Derrick Brooks Doesn’t InhaleMarch 5th, 2013
Joe wrote weeks ago about the wacky smoke screens flying around the NFL silly season, and those smoky plumes are in full bloom right now.
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks emphasized that point on WDAE-AM 620 recently with host Steve Duemig. No. 55 advises fans not to buy any of the spin their hearing, especially from the Bucs, and to make no assumptions on the Bucs’ defensive line
“At this time of the year, who can you believe? Nobody,” Brooks said. “Everbody don’t want you to be on their trail. If they can leave a line of crumbs, they’re gonna lead you with a line of crumbs going into a dead end. No one wants to be figured out. No one wants to be predictable. And that’s one thing that I can say about the Bucs the past few years, even when it comes to the draft, what’s predictable about them is they don’t want to be predictable. And they don’t want to be put in a corner or boxed. They want to explore all options. I think you put the approach to their free agents in the same box. They very well could have a deal done for Roy [Miller] and don’t want no one else to know about it. And vice versa, if they like a player you may not even know. I would simply say whatever you’re hearing take it for what it is, hearsay. … Saying you like a player in August or October, is very different than saying you like a player in February or the beginning or March.”
Interestingly, Brooks said the Bucs’ defensive line clearly is in need of an upgrade. “It was not good enough. It was not winning football,” Brooks said.
The Bucs’ plan for the D-line will be unveiled when the free agency bell rings, Brooks said, but perhaps simply the comeback of Adrian Clayborn and improved health of DaQuan Bowers is what the organization views as the upgrade, and adding a free agent defensive end not named Michael Bennett.
Brooks speculated that Bennett may be “outpriced” for the left defensive end position on the Bucs roster given the presence of Bowers. “The cold, hard reality of the NFL,” Brooks called it.