Brooks Explains Why Bucs Traded Adams

October 23rd, 2009

Again Friday afternoon, former Bucs great linebacker Derrick Brooks co-hosted “The Red Zone” with Ross Tucker on Sirius NFL radio.

Brooks had some great nuggets, such as how he studied the Wildcat offense run by the Dolphins and came up with tendencies both Ronnie Brown and Rick Williams display when they are in that formation.

An interesting take Brooks had on the Bucs dealt with Gaines Adams. Some NFL prognosticators and pundits (Pat Kirwan for example) have been critical of the Bucs for giving up so quick on Adams, the fourth-overall selection in the 2007 draft.

Brooks, who played with Adams for two years, explained why the Bucs gave up on Adams.

“I think there is a lot left in Gaines Adams,” Brooks said. “The first thing you get is an athletic defensive end that can compliment Mark Anderson and Alex Brown and Adewale Ogunleye. I think he will help the Bears.

“Also, Gaines gets to go back to a defense that he was drafted to play in. He will be with Rod Marinelli and he runs a defense in which Adams had some success in rushing the passer as a rookie.

“Gaines, for whatever reason, can’t play in the defense the Bucs are running now. He didn’t deliver this year and, again, for whatever reason, [the Bucs] didn’t see him being successful in the system they now run.”

Now remember this is coming from Brooks. Derrick Brooks. A former teammate of Adams and arguably one of the smartest football players to ever snap on a chinstrap.

Throw in the mini-bombshell Kirwan talked about in his preview of the Patriots-Bucs game, well, Joe will let you do the math.

13 Responses to “Brooks Explains Why Bucs Traded Adams”

  1. oar Says:

    Damn do I miss this MAN in a Bucs uniform.

  2. leningan Says:

    what was the math? the answer I got was our defensive scheme sucks, we’re clueless in the front office, and our “Franchise quarterback” is not ready… do I need to show my work?

  3. Joe Says:

    LOL. leningan moves to the head of the class.

  4. oar Says:

    Can I have an eraser?

  5. Justin Says:

    The Boston Metro newspaper was previewing the London matchup today, and characterized Morris as an egotistical coach, who would rather lose with his guys, than the team from last year. Me, I would rather try my luck with Brooks.

  6. Matthew Says:

    Love Brooks tells it how it is. With Freeman not being ready, I don’t think it such a big deal. Phil Rivers sat on the pine for two years before he came in. Why rush? The season is done let it play out get some better players around Freeman before he has to play. First and for-most I would LOVE to have a strong running game in place before we turn anything over to the young gun. Now thinking of it would love to see Morris let go at the end of the season and being in a guy who knows how to build a playoff team… Ready? His name is da dadadaaa Marty Schottenheimer!

  7. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    “there’s a gleam men, a gleam” YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    It pains me to see Derrick Brooks not as the CAPTAIN of our Team. DB was the heart and soul of the Bucs. I guess when RahDom evaluated Brooks they forgot to take Brains into account. Our Defense lacks brains and Leadership. I just don’t see what they’re trying to do.

  9. george c. costanza Says:

    that “explanation” didn’t explain anything.

  10. Mike Says:

    Joe, did u go to London to watch the Bucs fall down?

  11. Joe Says:


    No, Joe doesn’t have that kind of cash. However, Joe has a reader who lives in UK who plans to attend and Joe is hopeful he can file a story on the atmosphere and the scene of the game.

  12. BUCSUC Says:

    The Gaines trade was simple. HE SUCKED OUTLOUD AND NEEDED TO GO.

  13. PetetheHat Says:

    Doesn’t seem like anyone can play in the current defense…maybe your not so sorry to be gone Derrick…?