Brooks Is Sure Bucs Are Doubting CoachesDecember 21st, 2012
Send that coach back to college!
That’s the feeling that went through Derrick Brooks’ mind when a little known defensive backs coach at Ohio State, Lovie Smith, join the Bucs as linebackers coach and had Brooks doing things he thought were senseless in 1996.
So with that in mind, Brooks said this week that he does not doubt the veracity of the controversial anonymous quote on ProFootballTalk.com that claimed a frustrated Buccaneer player told writer/chief Mike Florio, “Can we send these coaches back to college?” following the loss to the Saints.
Brooks explained to Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, that players doubting the Schiano regime likely has been a common and healthy part of the process.
“I can see [a comment like] this probably happening well before last week, man,” Brooks said, “because they see, especially if you’re a veteran, that these coaches are new or coached in college. They did. Lovie Smith was my linebacker coach who coached DBs coach in college but came to the pros as a linebacker coach. I would like to sit here and tell you every day that I went in there I didn’t have a question or two about something we were doing, or something he was teaching. ‘Like man, is this going to work? These are DB drills. We linebackers.’ But it stayed within and I went out and I executed everything he asked me to do. I didn’t question him; I just asked myself internally, ‘is this going to work?’ I smartened up. The only way it’s going to work, Steve, is when I go out there and do it.”
This was tremendous insight from Brooks. And it ties into something Brooks said earlier about Schiano picking the Buccaneer weeds at the end of the season. Joe suspects there will be a surprise or two in the gardencleaning.