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Barber says PFT quote was “made up’’

Posted Dec 19, 2012 by Roy Cummings

Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran defensive back Ronde Barber said Wednesday that a quote attributed to an anonymous Bucs player who reportedly asked if the Bucs coaches could be sent back to college was fabricated.

“That’s a (expletive) made up quote,’’ Barber told the Tampa Tribune. “No one said that. I can promise you that.’’ sparked the controversy Monday morning when it ran a post that included a quote from an anonymous Bucs player saying, “Can we send these coaches back to college?”

The post also referred to a sideline shoving match between Bucs linebacker Adam Hayward and defensive front seven caoch Bryan Cox and suggested “the grumbling’’ over head coach Greg Schiano’s disciplined approach had begun.

“No way,’’ Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams said when asked Wednesday if the quote accurately represented the sentiments of the players inside the Bucs locker room. “These guys have changed the culture around here.

“It’s been fun working with these coaches and I can’t wait to keep working with them. We have two more games with these guys this year and hopefully a long future with them as well.’’

Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett echoed Willaims’ comments, which were shared by several other players as well.

“I feel like these coaches came out here and did a good job,’’ Bennett said. “ Whoever said that, if they were man enough, they would have said their name. A real person is going say what they said.

“That’s why I don’t put too much into it. I don’t believe anybody said that.’’

Mike Florio, the curator of PFT, responded to Barber’s comments by saying in an e-mail: “If Ronde is aware of every private communication in which his 52 teammates engage, that’s even more impressive than his Hall of Fame playing career.”



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