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Brooks Wants To Play In 2009

December 30, 2008 at 01:46am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

See, Derrick?  Doesn't this look like fun?  Wouldn't you like to do this ALL YEAR LONG?!?  You can, you know.  Just putting it out there.
Derrick Brooks announced today that he intends on playing out his contract in Tampa that is set to expire at the end of the 2009 season.

“I plan on being back unless you know something I don’t.”

So, of course, he’ll play. Brooks is the Brett Favre of Tampa Bay, and as long as he wants to play, there’s going to be a spot on the team for him. The only way I see him not playing next year is if Raheem Morris somehow convinces him to hang them up in the early offseason. But even then, we’d never know about it. He’d just have a press conference and say that he doesn’t think his body can hold up to the pounding of another NFL season and he’s going to retire. God, I hope that happens.

I called for his retirement after the 2006 season because he looked slow and old. Then in 2007, he had a great year and made all of us who thought he was out of gas look like chumps. This year, he started off strong and then faded down the stretch. You can say it was because of injuries or because he’s getting old. Whatever. Chances are he got injured because he’s old and his body can’t bounce back like it used to. If the Tampa 2 is going to continue under Morris, they need a weakside linebacker who can run from sideline to sideline without popping a hammy or getting gassed. I don’t know if the right guy is Cato June or Adam Hayward or someone else that isn’t already on the team. But at one time not too long ago, Brooks was the best WLB in professional football hands down. He’s not anymore, and the Bucs need to find the guy who is because that position is too important in their defensive scheme to leave to a guy who can’t keep up.

But the Bucs will never cut him. Especially not after this season. They don’t have the capital with the fans to make such a move. He has to leave voluntarily, and if he decides he’s staying, we’d all better get ready to watch the defense suffer for it. The team could hide some of his inadequacies by getting consistent pressure on the quarterback, but that’s a complaint for a different time.

3 Comments to “Brooks Wants To Play In 2009”

Fizzy Womak

Fizzy Womak (December 30, 2008 at 10:57am:

Brooks is a awesome guy, it’s just that his football skills are fadding a lil’ bit. Prally too much for this defense. I hope he will peacefully take a back up role. He will be a good coach one day.

We may have a better weakside line backer on our roster. Adam Hayward, Quincy Black, or we could move Cato June back. June has not stopped the run down the strech. He needs work this offseason at the weak side first.

The only LB position thats solid is MLB.

bigchet

bigchet (December 30, 2008 at 03:22pm:

I know I’m going to catch quite a bit of flack for this statement, but here’s my issue with Ruud at MLB (and this may be due to the fact that I was spoiled with Quarles and Nickerson before him), he faded the past 2 seasons down the stretch in tackling, but more so, he doesn’t drop back into coverage well. The Bucs give up a ton of yardage over the middle that they didn’t give up prior to the last Quarles season and the last 2. That’s not to say I don’t think Ruud will become better, it’s just an area that he needs to improve on. The issue may be that Brooks doesn’t cover his position as he once did and I don’t think June is the answer, but it seems that there are quite a few in the draft that could fill this role.

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (December 30, 2008 at 05:01pm:

Our problem is simple: We’re spoiled. We’re used to having Sapp and Rice terrorize QBs with NO blitz help, Brooks and Nickerson and Quarles flying to the ball, and Lynch destroying anyone daring to float around the secondary. Those are all Hall of Fame or near-Hall of Fame caliber players, and just don’t replace them. Easily, anyway.

And we definitely won’t have another combination of HOF DT, WLB, and S playing at the same time again.

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