More Veterans = Better FootballJuly 23rd, 2011
Nothing’s been normal about this offseason, thanks to the asinine lockout, and the preseason will take on a different look as well, says Bucs icon Derrick Brooks.
Fans actually might not mind paying top dollar for preseason games.
Speaking this week to the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, of WDAE-AM 620, Brooks explained a byproduct of the lockout will have more name players on the field in August.
“This is probably one of the first preseasons you’ll see a lot of veterans play, which is going to hurt the chance for some of these younger guys making teams. Period,” Brooks said. ” A lot of veterans are going to have to get in football shape a lot sooner, and they’re going to have to play a lot of snaps to get in football rhythm.”
Brooks went on to say teams with new coaching staffs, especially, will be all but forced to run with veteran players as the team learns schemes on the fly. And the veteran presence, Brooks said, likely will mean better football come opening day.
Brooks expalined that the more he played in a preseason the sharper his tackling was early in the season.
Joe’s not sure how the Bucs will approach the preseason. Obviously, the team is not in transition mode with a new coaching staff. But the upcoming no-two-a-days rule in training camp might force the Bucs to give regulars more time in preseason.
Regardless, if Brooks is accurate, Joe is fired up to see better preseason action, including a guy like Allen Bradford trying to bust through a defensive line not made up of soon-to-be luggage handlers and beer truck drivers.