Derrick Brooks Helped E.J. BiggersOctober 14th, 2012
Didn’t miss Aqib Talib today did ya?
Neither did the Bucs. That’s because much-maligned E.J. Biggers played not just like a capable starter at cornerback in the NFL, but like a veteran starter.
Biggers made plays and he didn’t get burned, unlike the guy he replaced has a habit of doing. Biggers even made strong, open-field tackles of stud players like Jamaal Charles.
In short, Talib was not missed whatsoever. An afterthought, even.
That’s because Biggers credits former Bucs great Derrick Brooks with his play.
Biggers had scant time to prepare to start today, but it was his mental preparation for the Chiefs that saved both him and the Bucs, something he learned from Brooks himself.
Biggers had a rough start to training camp, injuring his foot early and was walking around in a boot through much of the preseason.
Rather than just sulk and feel sorry for himself, it was a visit from Brooks in August that motivated Biggers, a fact Biggers didn’t forget about today when he spoke with Joe after the win over the Chiefs.
“I was just playing football and doing my job, that’s what Coach Schiano stresses,” Biggers said. “Just do your job.
“It was something Derrick Brooks told me during training camp: ‘Stay in it mentally and your body will catch up.’ When I took that advice, everything just fell into place. Staying in it mentally, know all the calls so when I get back on the field, of course it would take a little bit of time, but because I stayed in it mentally, I caught up quick.
“As much as [retired Bucs] come around the building, I pick their brains as much as I can. Veterans on my team, too. All of that. You cannot learn too much.
“It was a great win, great team effort. This is what Coach Schiano talks about, if everybody does there job, there will be great results.”