Brooks Wants To Play In 2009
December 30, 2008 at 01:46am by Scott • 3 Comments »
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.