Lovie Explains Call To UrlacherFebruary 3rd, 2014
Bucs fans like names they recognize. Just look how people did cartwheels when Lovie Smith was announced as the new Bucs coach, and how fans reacted when Lovie announced Hardy Nickerson, mentor to soon-to-be Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, was named as Bucs linebackers coach.
Well, here’s another name that will surely gets Bucs fans excited: Brian Urlacher. He’s been invited to help out Lovie.
Surely a Hall of Famer someday, Urlacher, who played for Lovie with the Bears and continued the tradition of stout middle linebackers from Dick Butkus to Mike Singletary to Urlacher, has been invited by Lovie to assist in some capacity with the Bucs defense, explains Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
“Brian is a family member for life,” Smith said. “I’ve had the privilege to be around a lot of great players, any great player I’ve been around is always welcome wherever I am. We’re trying to build something here football-wise, and I’m going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I’ve been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday… anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it’s a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I’ve been around.”
This is pretty cool stuff, provided Urlacher accepts the invitation. He’s a bright guy and anytime you have smart people who are familiar with a specific scheme hanging around, that’s not a bad thing.
You just know Brooks will be behind the scenes helping out. Add to that Urlacher and, of course, Nickerson, Joe thinks it is safe to say the Bucs’ linebackers will be well-schooled this fall.