Brooks Fingers Bucs’ Flimsy CommitmentFebruary 4th, 2010
Almost one year after Derrick Brooks’ abrupt ousting from the Bucs, No. 55 has now fired what appears to be his first major shot at the organization.
Stephen Holder, of the St. Pete Times, caught up with Brooks yesterday. And Brooks questioned the commitment of the franchise to building a winner when compared to the way Team Glazer did things a dozen years ago. One of Brooks’ prime examples was Barrett Ruud’s contract situation.
“I was asked what’s the difference now where the Bucs are (compared to) when you go back 12 years when I was young,” Brooks said. “I said this: The difference is the commitment in terms of where is the franchise going?
“All the coaches are obviously on one-year deals and the economics of the game of the game (a potential 2011 lockout) forced that hand. But as a franchise, they don’t have a core group of guys who are beyond three or four years. When I was young, they had that. This year, I don’t see that. The guy that was told to be the leader of the defense (linebacker Barrett Ruud), no one showed him any long-term commitment (Ruud’s contract expires this month). How can he really embrace that role? It was hard for Barrett to do that. I fielded a lot of phone calls from guys on the team this year because they missed that presence. You can’t force that. . . Leaders kind of evolve from situations that are not manufactured. I did the best I could just being me, being positive to help the guys through.”
Joe completely gets what Brooks is saying, although Joe’s not buying that Ruud couldn’t be a strong leader — or shed a block, or make tackles in the backfield — without a fat, guranteed contract.
Reading between the lines throughout the interview it’s pretty clear while Brooks like Raheem The Dream, Brooks doesn’t believe the Bucs as a whole are moving in the right direction.