“Half The Stuff I Say, I Got From Him”August 4th, 2011
Surely there’s a long list from Raheem’s 10 years coaching in the league. But somewhat surprisingly, it appears the Bucs head coach puts Derrick Brooks atop the list, so he told the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
“Everybody knows he’s the Don. And that’s how we refer to him,” Raheem said of Brooks. “I guarantee you. Half the stuff I say, I got from him, that he probably got from Dungy or some of the great coaches he worked for, Coach Bowden.
“I’ll never forget, it’s like clockwork for me right now, about him explaining to me one day about falling back in Cover 2. He talked about letting the 3-technique win. And he talked about ‘taking two steps, three steps, if you go any farther you’re going to go too far you won’t be able to fall back. You won’t to make the play.’ To this day it’s a coaching point.
“It is absolutely from the Don. That is not in any playbook.”
Brooks was at Bucs practice yesterday, and Raheem acknowledged that Brooks still has a heavy influence.
Hopefully, Brooks has all the young linebackers on speed dial.