Brooks Making An Impact In Seattle

May 29th, 2009

After Joe saw three Bucs television commercials this morning screaming the virtues of buying Bucs partial season tickets (how far we’ve fallen), Joe made his way to the Internet to continue his daily ritual of looking for news about Derrick Brooks.

Joe just can’t stop hoping for Brooks to land a team.

Today the search revelealed a tidbit about Brooks on Former Bucs linebackers coach and new Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks about the guy who helped him sharpen his focus as a coach and leader. That would be Mr. Derrick Brooks.

For Bradley, the path to relentlessness is more about having the parts than just a blueprint – a lesson he learned during time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks.

“Derrick Brooks told me something that has stuck with me: Many have the blueprint, few have the parts. I think that’s really accurate,” Bradley said.

“A lot of coaches have an idea what they want to do. But more important are the parts. The coaching staff. The players. The camaraderie. The passion the players have for the game. The athleticism. All those things are what’s really important. Some times you get so caught up in your plan that you forget about all the parts that go along with it.”

Brooks’ words have stayed with Bradley, and now he hopes they will serve him well with his new team and its new players.

“Over the last couple of years, I’ve always had that in the back of my mind – to be more aware of the parts and how important those parts are to making it run smoothly,” Bradley said. “That’s what we’ve got. We’ve got a great group of parts.”

Reading this got Joe thinking again about how much Raheem The Dream could have benefited by having Brooks on his team for 2009. It was a lost opportunity for a young coach. Although Joe has to give The Dream credit for having the guts and confidence in his youth movement plan to show Brooks the door.

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