Derrick Brooks: It Takes A Team

May 13th, 2020

No “I” in team.

Who the hell is Joe to argue with a Hall of Famer?

Mr. Derrick Brooks, the iconic former Bucs linebacker, did a hit on “Speak for Yourself,” co-hosted by Marcellus Wiley and Jason Whitlock, seen and heard weekdays on FS1.

Whitlock and Wiley reacted to Mike Evans’ words over the weekend that park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is a flat out franchise-changer and playoffs, barring injures, is as sure a thing as Joe drinking a Big Storm Beer on his patio while scarfing down Hooters wings on a Friday afternoon.

Brooks loves the signing of Brady but is adamant that in no way can Brady change the Bucs’ losing culture by himself.

Brooks reminded Whitlock and Wiley that when he came to the Bucs in 1995, the franchise was in a sorry state. Brooks noted it wasn’t just him — or just Warren Sapp or just Ronde Barber or just Simeon Rice or just John Lynch — who turned around the franchise.

Instead, it was the whole team, Brooks said.

Wiley disagreed while bowing to Brooks’ resume. Wiley said he was part of such a franchise turnaround in San Diego (he didn’t elaborate on who that one player was).

Besides, Wiley added, the fact players like Evans are already talking about higher standards and expectations shows Brady’s exacting demands are already in their heads, and that’s a good thing.

You can watch the full discussion in the FS1 video below.

(And check out Brooks’ sweet backdrop!)

31 Responses to “Derrick Brooks: It Takes A Team”

  1. Sport Says:

    This guy is a piece of work. Huge respect for his work on the field and charity work off the field. If you’ve ever spent time with DB55 away from all the fans and media, you see what he’s made of. He treats the ‘little people’ like s***. First hand experience, Booger is in the same boat with less on field accomplishments (he road the coattails of greats).

    The guy who made a huge impact on DB55, the team and the franchise before the great DB55 is Hardy Nickerson. Read the articles, DB was not the natural leader, it was Hardy. To be a leader, you need followers. Hardy was the leader, DB55 was the follower in his early career.

    In BA I Trust!

  2. Ndog Says:

    But what you didn’t know Derrick is now they are going to give extra. You got to be kidding me with these guys on defense.

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    In basketball or in a Madden video game…. not in the NFL and certainly not the Bucs Just give me 9 wins and I’m good with that

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    The Bucs have the talent to win a championship but lacked a QB that did not make it rain football’s for every DB in opposing defenses. The team was still good because of the crazy WR talent here but we lacked the belief or confidence that each and every week was very winnable contests.

    With Brady at the helm, the team will have the mentality and confidence that any game is very winnable and they will,play hard because they do,not want to disappoint the GOAT.

  5. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    There is no I in team. But there is a ME.

  6. Smashsquatch Says:

    At what point do you realize you have too many footballs on your shelf.

  7. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Between the “defense trying harder” and having a qb that doesn’t need google, this season is looking up!

  8. Sport Says:

    NDog – I feel ya. My moment of being less than enthused about David is a couple of years ago he made that mistake of hitting the guy out of bounds, then went on to say, that play ruined his mindset for the season. WTAF…

    The opposite of Hardy Nickerson!

    In BA I Trust!

  9. El Buco Realisto Says:

    If it takes an “A” team, then the “real” fans wonder how the Bucs will succeed with an Old “C” team with an old “D” head coach, with too many coaching mistakes and sloppy play and penalties due to lack of attention to detail by the coaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To bad this is not 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s time to herd the sheep, and put them back in the pen!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  10. ATrain Says:

    Well This team has a good start

    Removed the Two Loser Leaders

    The ones who made excuses instead of changes when they lost

    By the way neither one is in a super role on another NFL team Like some of y’all think they would be

  11. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I used to be disgusted with the usual morons pissing on every attempt at optimism regarding the Bucs. Now, it’s really great comedic entertainment. Keep it up, boys, and we’ll keep laughing at you.

  12. AJ Says:

    Sure wish the Johnny Manziel loving, Devin White 5th pick unworthy Joe’s would quit with the gimmicky prefixes. The one for Brady are just plain dumb. Go back to the creative lab and work on it.

  13. ParrishBucsfan Says:

    Check your sheets, I’m balling, Uber groping, crab legs eating, stand on table yelling, interception king Jameis Winston is thankfully off this team making less than Ryan Griffith. If we had resigned him it would be same old Thursday night football being the only prime time game for the Bucs. But thankfully Super Bowl winning, afc east champion, game changing Tom Brady gives us 5 prime time games and most of all HOPE

  14. Joe Says:

    Wuhan virus denier Joe

    ????? Huh?

    Then why is Joe wearing a mask to go to Pubix and wearing surgical gloves to pump gas?
    Or do you think Joe believes the virus was hatched in Eastern Europe?

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Brooks loves the signing of Brady but is adamant that in no way can Brady change the Bucs’ losing culture by himself.”

    I sometimes wonder why some JBFers take things so literally (perhaps just to argue for the sake of arguing?). There’s absolutely nothing counter to good old-fashioned common sense in what DB is espousing. You play 11 on offense & 11 on defense. To have a finely-honed TEAM, all 11 have to be clicking on both sides of the ball. FOOTBALL IS A TEAM SPORT … duh. That’s all DB was saying.

    Does it take LEADERS within the offense & defense? Of course. Will Tom Brady make a difference on offense? Based on his past accomplishments, MOST LIKELY. But the games still need to be played; no one gets to hoist the SB trophy in pre-season. It’s EARNED by whoopin other teams on the field over the course of months.

    Do the 2020 Bucs have what it’ll take? Time will tell. But in the meantime, some folks need to fast forward a few years to 2020. For instance, what LVD did back in 2013 has absolutely nothing to do with how well he’ll play in 2020. And Hardy Nickerson left here in 2000 after 7 years as a Buc at the age of 34. Bucs let him become a FA & they both made a business decision to part ways. Such is life in the NFL. Hopefully that won’t be LVD’s fate next season … we need him in this defense.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    we have the TEAM!!!!!….and we have the QB!!!!!!

    too bad this isnt 2018:

    Huge pass to the coaching staff issued by the “real” Buc fans!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  17. 541BucsFan Says:

    Changing into a winner has two halves. Bring in good and remove bad.

    GMC, VHIII, Winston were holding the Bucs back by playing soft, being lazy, and crushing moral with turnovers.

    Jensen, Suh, JPP brought tough-minded veteran leadership. BA brought accountability. Devin White brought young leadership and energy.

    Brady isn’t the one to change the culture. He’s the next. He also represents addition by subtraction.

  18. 813bucboi Says:



    the TEAM wont give 30 extra chances to the other team….

    our defense inherited the worst field position in the NFL….due to INTs….

    get in your cage mutt!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    Defense Rules- You know that common sense isn’t so common anymore, right?!

    What’s hilarious to me is Ndog scoffing at the opinion of a HOF defensive player because of that player’s opinion about offense. I guess we’re led to believe now that Ndog is the all-knowing soothsayer above even those that have played the game?
    Nobody knows football like Ndog! I mean NOBODY! Am I right?!

  20. 813bucboi Says:


    well said

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  21. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I lived in Pensacola, Florida for several years (Derrick Brooks hometown). I never heard a bad word about Derrick Brooks, everyone I talked to that knew him loved him. Emmitt Smith, not so much.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucsfanman … Ndog’s been butt-hurt since Jameis was unceremoniously not re-signed. NFL is a business as we all know, and Jameis wasn’t good for business. My philosophy of life for as long as I can remember has been ‘Life happens … deal with it’.

    There are a number of JBFers who seem to enjoy playing devil’s advocate (and yes, Ndog’s one). Contrary opinions are fine IMO, as long as they’re genuine. It’s really not all that hard to tell when someone’s just ‘arguing for the sake of arguing’. I’ll leave it at that.

    And BTW, you’re right. It’s a pity, but common sense ain’t so common anymore.

  23. SirClicksAlot Says:

    I wonder if the guy Wiley was talking about was the great Ladanian Tomilson? Truly a game changer and real captain. AP has been the only back to come close to his greatness since, without the leadership.

  24. Maze Says:

    Brooks is wrong

  25. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I think Brooks comparing his and Sapp’s situation to Brady’s is the flaw in his argument. I agree with what Wiley said:

    “…the fact players like Evans are already talking about higher standards and expectations shows Brady’s exacting demands are already in their heads…”.

    The difference is Brooks and Sapp were rookies, no resume. They started from scratch. Brady has a resume, obviously. So expectations are being raised before training camp starts SHOULD be expected. Can you imagine players like ME and Lavonte David who have NEVER been part of playoffs how stoked they will be? These people are already self motivated, but everyone needs some extra juice. Don’t you think Brady coming here brings a ton of juice for ME and David in their workouts?

    Go Bucs!

  26. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    I disagree with Brooks

  27. Oneilbucs Says:

    maze Brooks not worng he knows what it takes because they did it before . While yall think that it’s all about the quarterback I believe it’s all about the team . Brady has fooled a lot of people thinking it was all because of him why the Patriots won the national media started the narrative and yall believed them and that’s the problem with football today .

  28. Oneilbucs Says:

    Brady ain’t changing the culture in Tampa it’s going to take the hold team . Remember what Sapp told his team this losing stops now and they started holding every body accountable on the team ..Fl

  29. Sailer Jerry Says:

    In one way Brooks is right, TB wont win the games by himself – it does take a team, BUT what TB brings is TB attracts talent. Just like the lightning, players want to come here and in many cases are willing to negotiate team friendlier contracts to play here.

  30. Bradybru Says:

    Brooks is a pillar in the community, a great guy. He is correct.

  31. WestChap Says:

    One feather can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. DB55 is narrowly right that Brady in isolation couldn’t do anything alone but Brady is walking into a situation primed with talent and hunger waiting for him to, in fact, change the culture singlehandedly… with him as the final piece the change will ripple throughout the whole team.