Derrick Brooks On Accountability, Bucs’ TroublesFebruary 22nd, 2012
Joe recommends checking out solid interview below with the great Derrick Brooks on The Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 today.
Brooks, of course, didn’t throw darts at any Bucs personally, but he did explain what was going through his head as he watched the 2011 Bucs. Brooks said the Bucs’ problems were less “about talent” and “more so about a mental approach,” calling some of what he saw “disturbing.”
One great story Brooks shared was a locker room speech from Tony Dungy on accountability during Dungy’s first season in Tampa.
“The thing about it was when that line was crossed that player was not on this football team. We got the message,” Brooks said. “When that line was crossed in 1996 when he got here, I’ll never forget, he stood in front of our team meeting room/locker room and very sternly said, ‘Some of you guys on this football team will not be here. I wish I could get rid of you tomorrow but financially I can’t. But as soon as I can, I will. And if you’re lookin’ around, it’s probably you.’
“I’ll never forget that speech. And we had a very different football team in 1997.”