No “Extra Blade Of Grass”September 15th, 2011
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks wants to see the Bucs establish a rhythm in the running game and a more physical defense to win in Minnesota, so he told the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
Talking about the Bucs needing to be more aggressive tacklers, Brooks went on a passionate rant that nearly gave Joe chills, as it stirred memories of the smothering Bucs defense of the glory years.
“That just seems like mentally, physically a defeat when a guy can fall forward,” Brooks said. “You want to make the hit, stop him right there. You don’t want him to fall forward for that extra half yard. …[Because] it appears that they’re more physical. They gain a confidence, ‘Oh, you hit me but I still got a yard. I still fell forward.’ You want to establish that line, when you make a hit, two or three guys makin’ a hit, and we’re sending you backwards. That’s an intimidation from a defensive standpoint. We don’t like guys falling forward. We don’t want you to get an extra blade of grass. … That’s the mentality you want to play with as a defender to really get that, to me, that mental advantage.”
Joe, too, would like to see the Bucs show everyone what “youngry” looks like. Because outside of a handful of splash plays, youngry hasn’t shown up yet.