If there’s anyone that knows about winning Super Bowls for the Tampa Bay Bucs, it’s Hall Of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks.
The leader of the Bucs’ championship winning team was recently on the FOX Sports 1 show “Speak For Yourself” with Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley, where he was asked if Tom Brady was a franchise changer for the Bucs. Brooks answer disagreed with what one of the current leaders on the Bucs, Mike Evans, said about his new quarterback.
It all started on a Sunday night during a conversation that Evans had on instagram live with former Bucs teammate and wide receiver, Louis Murphy. When asked about his feelings on having Brady as the Bucs’ quarterback, Evans expressed his excitement while also showing support for Jameis Winston.
“I obviously wanted Jameis back because that’s my bro, but the opportunity to get Tom Brady, that’s Tom Brady, that’s the greatest of all time,” Evans said. “He’s a franchise changer. He’s about to change the franchise. Ticket sales are going through the roof, primetime games, and he understands the game of football, nobody understands to that level.”
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It was the “franchise changer” comment that caught the interest of Brooks, who gave his reason for why he disagreed with Evans that Brady would not instantly change the Bucs franchise around.
“I can’t agree with him because it’s gonna take everybody,” Brooks said. “Going through changing a franchise, we had to do that together. It just wasn’t Derrick Brooks, it just wasn’t Warren Sapp, Ronde Barber, John Lynch, Simeon Rice, it was all of us collectively. We even went through a changing of head coaches at that time to be part of a franchise changer. So I would disagree with him in this regard, it’s gonna take more than just one player to do that.”
Brooks believes there are a lot of different factors that could alter Brady’s start with the Bucs, including switching franchises for the first time, the heat in Tampa Bay, and the lack of privacy in his new city.
“It’s not gonna happen over night, and to say that he is the one to do it by himself, I think thats unfair,” Brooks said. “Let’s not forget this is the first time in 20 years that he’s going to a different culture and you just can’t expect him to pick up the bicycle and ride it the same way. It’s very different. I want see how Tom performs in this heat down here on a daily basis, no seasonal change.
“It’s just all the little nuances, you could tell right now like he’s not used to being bothered and his privacy being invaded like it’s been since here in Tampa because they’re used to seeing their superstars. Well Tom is not used to that all the time, so again, going through all those adjustments, I think it’s gonna take time, I just would not automatically stamp him as a franchise changer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and you’re talking day one. I just got to see it happen over time.”
With all that said, Brooks does see all the positives that come with having Brady as a quarterback. Brooks said he’s confident that Brady will make for a better Bucs offense.
“He can be a difference maker on offense,” Brooks said. “Obviously in terms of his decision making, I think that can be a difference. But in terms of turning around the entire franchise, I don’t think one player has the capability to do that, period.”
You can watch the interview Brooks had on Speak For Yourself here.
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