Brooks Unsure If Bucs Can Be An Average DefenseJuly 12th, 2012
Like many Bucs fans, iconic Double Nickel, Mr. Derrick Brooks, isn’t expecting miracles from the 2012 Bucs defense. In fact, Brooks isn’t sure if the Bucs can climb to the ranks of a middle-of-the-pack NFL defense this season.
Former Bucs guard Ian Beckles, an ex-teammate of Brooks, hit Brooks with a hardball question on the potential of the Bucs’ defense during the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday. Based on his response, Brooks doesn’t seem moved by the addition of Eric Wright, Mark Barron and Lavonte David, the return of Ronde Barber, and guys like Gerald McCoy, Cody Grimm and Michael Bennett coming into the season 100 percent healthy.
Ian Beckles: Did we do enough in the offseason to think that we’re going to be at least an average defense this year?
Derrick Brooks: That’s yet to be seen. You know, I wasn’t expecting much to be done up front because of the drafts that we’ve had the last couple of years. It’s time to see where these young [defensive linemen] are and see if they’re the answer, or do you need to be more active in free agency. … That’s a tough question that I asked myself looking at their defense based on how they performed last year. How much was it personnel? You know, how much was it with the defense itself and the players alone and the system they played in, you know, the details of it? So we’ll get a chance to see going in with Coach Sheridan what Head Coach Schiano was able to put together. But the answer may not be in the free agents. It may just be in stability of what you’re bringing to the orgainization and the stability of what you’re bringing on the defense. That may be enough to get some improvement. How much? Only time will tell.
Joe has no crystal ball, and can only hope/assume the Bucs will return to respectability on defense. Joe would be happy to simply not see the team get gutted and gashed up the gut repatedly and, you know, tackle.
Joe’s confident the Bucs will improve defensively, though unsure it will be enough — or fast enough — to successfully defend the Panthers, Giants and Cowboys in the season’s first three games.