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.

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Getty Images

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.”

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.

QB Tom Brady - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“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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Not sure about Derrick’s evaluation. For years, it was the Bucs needing one more player or pick to put us over the top. The addition of Gruden finally did it. The GOAT will do whatever it takes to win. It only takes one player or coach to change the attitude in the locker room, especially the best QB of all time, or an offensive minded head coach with a hall of fame level defense. If we take away 20 someodd picks from this Bucs team(pun intended) what do you get? Playoffs in Tampa. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

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Well I mean Brooks is right. The old Bucs when they got Gruden, At that time, were 1 player away. The whole league new the Bucs were 1 player away. This Bucs team hasn’t even sniffed a playoff spot, nevermind being a SB contender. It’s pretty hard for a perennial below .500 team with plenty of flaws to be a SB team simply by adding a 43 year old QB. Look I think Brady was the right move, and he will definitely make them a playoff contender. But it’ll take more than just him for us to be a SB… Read more »

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I dont think the Bucs are in the Superbowl this year, but solely putting Brady’s numbers from the Patriots and that awful bunch of weapons on our team would have pushed us into the playoffs. He obviously would have had better numbers in our offense, but for arguments sake, those numbers alone make us a playoff team. The point I’m making, is the rest of the team is already good enough to make the playoffs, and possibly contend with better QB play. What Brooks said, is like saying that all chocolate makers need to make chocolate, for there to be… Read more »

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FireLicht..yeah sorry man, I can’t possibly disagree more. I can’t comprehend how you think we’re a playoff team without Brady. We’re not. We’ve proven that, by NOT making the playoffs anytime in the last decade. So you’re basically insinuating that Winston and ONLY Winston caused us to go 7-9 last year? That’s just not the case. For as bad as Winston was at times, and for all the games he cost us, there were still a few games we either wouldn’t have won without him, or lost because of someone other than Jameis. WK3) vs NYG. Jameis was great. Wouldn’t… Read more »

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Did you notice those were all early games Dave? We led the league in points of turnovers. Jameis did the defense no favors. Also, out of the 3 games you suggested, were we 1-2? So Jameis won 1 game of those 3? The defense started winning games down the stretch, but just didnt have any good QB play to help them out. Jameis was awful. A league average qb would have won us every game down the stretch and we might have a winning record. The Giants defense was terrible, the Seahawks were bad, and the Rams were almost league… Read more »

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Worsr in the league at pts off turnovers* Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Dave, the other point I’m making is not just about Brady. It’s about the subtraction of a 30 interception 7 pick 6 qb. League average QB in his place puts us in the playoffs imo. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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When you are a winning team you might be one player away. When you are a perpetually losing team, You are at least a half dozen players away. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Actually, when Jon Gruden was hired he turned over about 40 percent of the roster he inherited, which is fairly typical. So the Bucs were never “one player away”. But, regardless of how many players change from year to year, sometimes there is a small group of players that just make a huge difference, no matter how many other players come and go year to year. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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He didnt change the defense at all Naples, and brought in a couple wide receivers and a rb because they couldnt sign Dunn. McDaniel retired in that offseason so they had a new guard lol! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Naplesfan
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The defense was set, but he rebuilt the offense and special teams. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Maybe I should have said impact player? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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And wouldnt rebuilding the offense constitute a massive overhaul? They had the same #1 wideout, same qb, almost the same o line and would have kept the same rb if Dunn wanted to stay one more year to win a chip and then get paid. My point is, he did change some players, but the scheme was changed dramatically. I think the scheme, more than any personnel changes, made the offense good enough to win it. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Thank you, Derrick. We are not the Tompabay Gronkaneers as I’ve been reading everywhere. Last I checked there will be 53 players on the roster plus the practice squad, coaches and trainers. We are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Brooks is one of my favorite all-time Bucs. He is right, but also taking the comment a little too literally. Of course Brady won’t change the franchise by himself, nor can he do it by himself, but Brady and his presence is franchise changing. He will bring his knowledge and skills and experience and help influence and teach all the stars we have to help them reach their potential and motivate the support players to play above their current levels. He is a franchise changer, but it will take the whole team to bring us out of the cellar and… Read more »

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What he ↑ said Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Spitfire, we weren’t in the cellar without Brady, but I agree, Brady is a franchise changer. What does being a franchise changer entail? Makes the Bucs a must watch team? Demands excellence from his teammates? Brady does that already, but obviously, the most important thing is wins. He has been a proven winner for 20 years, and won last year on an offense bereft of weapons. Granted, the Patriots had a great defense last year, but the only way they moved the ball, was Brady making plays with nothing. He was a plumber going to a jobsite with nothing more… Read more »

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As much as I like D.Brooks and agree that it will take the other players I do agree with you Spitfire that TB12 is a franchise changer. He is the Catalyst we have been missing to get to the next level. He doesnt have to do silly things like Eat Ws on the sideline but when the game is on the line he doesn’t make very many poor decisions that puts his defense in a hole and clinches the deal in so many games. Brady leads the league in 4th qtr comebacks with 36 Also leads the league in game… Read more »

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He may not be able to change an organization by himself, but he can be the impetus for that change like Hardy was. He will certainly bring about a change of nationwide visibility to these Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will allow players like Lavonte David, Ali Marpet, Devin White, Vea to get the national exposure that they lack. Brady’s pedigree alone has thrust this team into the national spotlight. Along with having Gronk signed! So, he want not be able to change this team by himself he can be that agent of change this team so desperately needs. His professionalism… Read more »

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Was about to type something similar to this and Spitfire. You guys said it. Brady can definitely contribute to and be a catalyst for change but can’t do it all. Excited about our prime time games this year and hopefully being more than an afterthought with the national media. All we have to do now is win. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Still think Brady was the wrong move for our Bucs. I’ll say it until I’m proven Wrong. Its possible for us to make the playoffs this season. But I’m not feelin anything close to a superbowl with this..washed up Vet. Bellacheat is the greatest ever. He knows when to hold’em..and whent to fold’em. Bucs would have been smart to invest in a quality backup at QB..somebody who can be groomed to step in after 2 yrs or before. I know we were desperate. But no idea how careless and stupid we would be. Acquiring Brady put us at least 4… Read more »

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U r certainly in the minority with that viewpoint but nevertheless it is ur right to say so. I strongly disagree though. The Brady signing is already paying dividends and he has yet to play a game. National exposure means money! The stands will be packed with fans again and there is an excitement in the air that hasn’t been around in two decades. There r some players who r in their prime and they can’t wait to win in a couple of years. They need to win now. While some fans, like yourself, may disagree with the Brady signing…… Read more »

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The only dividends Fans want to see is Wins, go deep in the playoffs and superbowl. Anything else? is unacceptable. Thanks you are right. I can have my opinion. And guess what? I do hope I am wrong. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Set us back 4-5 years? How do you possibly come up with that math. Brady is here 2 years. Where do the other 2-3 years come from. And since you’re so adamant about Brady being a bad signing. Who should be the starting QB of the Bucs in 2020. I want you to say it for everyone but to read. Who do you think we should be starting in 2020? I’m dying to hear this Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

twspin
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The other 2 to 3 yrs come from us not..investing now in another QB to train. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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You didn’t answer my question? Who do you think should be the Bucs opening day starter in week 1? Also, the other 2-3 years are from not investing in another QB to train right? When and who should we have invested in? Last year going into the season, we had Jameis going into the season with a lot of high expectations in his first season under BA. The only elite QB in the draft went #1 overall in Murray. The rest(Jones, Haskins, Lock), I would much rather us bank on JW and BA being a match made in heaven(which most… Read more »

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What about Eason and Morgan? Didn’t they go in the 4th? Those were 2 guys I liked, Morgan much more than Eason..Eason does have a ridiculous arm and maybe if he gets his head out of his A** (From what I read this is why he went much later than most expected) and gets in his playbook and in sync with his coaches and players, he even gets playing time & starts eventually. Morgan could eventually push Darnold to the bench if he learns to vary his throws as far as speed and angle of delivery etc.. (I think he… Read more »

Naplesfan
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Who says we’re not going to invest in a future replacement? It wasn’t a major need this season – though I would have been happy to see a middle round draft pick to become TB-12’s understudy starting this year. I think it is rather likely that next year there will be a concerted effort to acquire, by draft or free agency, someone to be ready when Tom Brady retires in a couple or three seasons from now. The problem with drafting someone now is that while sitting on the bench one or two years may make sense, after three or… Read more »

NC Greenbeard
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I disagree too but respect your opinion… because hey, I’ve been wrong before, and there is a risk of bringing in a new QB in his 40s even if he’s the GOAT. I didn’t see the Wizards win an NBA title with Jordan. Anyway, we weren’t in a position to mortgage everything to move up in rd1, no franchise changers at 14, and what other FA would do markedly better…. Rivers? Bridgewater? Dalton? Tannehill? The way things lined up for us, I think this is the right move. One of us will be wrong and I hope it’s you! Go… Read more »

twspin
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Having been a Bucs fan since the teams inception,I actually do hope I am wrong. I’m just not feelin the Brady thing at his age at all. And I’m certainly not feeling Gronk who has NOT..completed an entire season since 2011. 60 mil for these 2 relics could been utilized more wisely…in my opinion. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Disagree with Brooks about “the lack of privacy in his new city.” The Bay area is largely a sleepy one that prefers CFB to the Pros. It is far more diverse than Boston with a huge influx of fans from all the Northern states, to a huge Hispanic part, to still a traditional southern feel. As to the weather that indeed could be an adjustment but Tom certainly won’t have the problems the Bucs have faced in cold weather stadiums. Of the QB’s available Brady was the plum. JMO but this is not a Unitas move to San Diego or… Read more »

Naplesfan
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What Derrick was talking about was purely an artifact of the COVID pandemic – these have not been normal times for anybody on the planet the last three months. “Normal” will not be restored the rest of this year, most likely, particularly if a second wave hits in a couple months, as seems more likely than not. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I think these acquisitions are obviously short term, but man did they have a good draft. With good health, Wirfs can be a stud for us. The more I read this draft intel article, I get pumped for the 2020-2021 season. https://prosportsoutlook.com/most-valuable-intel-from-each-teams-nfl-draft-class/ Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

seat26
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I agree with Brooks. Brady is a stop-gap at best. Assuming we get two years out of him which in light of the situation around the country, that is doubtful, we still have nothing after him. which I believe they could have addressed in this draft in the 2nd or 3 round. Plus they have three old guys on the defense that have maybe one or two years left. And besides that their entire secondary are 2nd year players or rookies. They have ignored the offensive line other than this year and if anything happens to one of our starting… Read more »

Naplesfan
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Brady is no “stop gap”. Stop gap is when you go out and grossly overpay a backup quality quarterback to step in for a season or two while the franchise figures out what it can do to bolster the most important position in the league. GOATs are by definition never “stop gaps”. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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First of all Brady has already changed the culture in Buc one Brooks has no idea what playing with a QB of Brady level because Brooks never played for Patriots! Also, Bucs have changed more than QB they have the Gronk added a good lineman a running back that can catch in general every player on Bucs is excited and most of all have removed a dark cloud that turned the ball over 25 extra times more than Brady will !!!!!!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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That dark cloud didn’t play defense, didn’t play kicker, didn’t pass or run block, and didn’t run the ball. To say that a simple addition by subtraction of Winston to Brady, makes us a SB team, is being incredibly naive and overly optimistic. Let’s focus on trying to make the playoffs first. Then go from there Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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The Dark cloud threw touch downs to other team gave them the ball back 35 times, brought the defense back on the field early without rest 35 times Davvve Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Of course our favorite player is “Mr. Derrick Brooks” and his perspective of things both on and off the field is highly regarded. In this case though, #55 is looking at the “franchise change” as being the team and the organization inside One Buc Palace. Of course winning a SB takes more than one guy with a pretty wife and a goofy friend. Me, I look at it from a fan’s perspective. It may well be short-lived since Brady is nearing the end of the run. But at least for the time being he has piqued the interest of many… Read more »

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It’s a good point about drumming up ticket sales and interest. With the cupcake schedule, there should be lots of wins for long dormant fans to enjoy. Only possible thing that deflates this would be the pandemic continuing or key injuries. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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C’mon now Mr. Derrick Brooks! The Bucs picked up more than a 42 year old system QB. They also talked a tight end out of retirement and paid him 10 million! But seriously, the Bucs had two glaring needs going into draft weekend: fix the rushing attack by drafting a RT and RB. Enter pool hopper combine all star Tristan Wirfs and keshawn Vaughn (who?). Mission accomplished!! Super Bowl favorites!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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On defense, the Bucs have 1 year left with Suh, Barrett, David, and Gholston before the contracts expire. JPP signed for 2 years. So, what did Licht/Arians do? Yep, they addressed the youth/injury problem at Safety by drafting another inexperienced and injury riddled question mark at Safety! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Basketball is a totally different game, but where ever LaBron signs they win, or compete for championships. When he leaves such team they become average again. When he’s on a team he raises the play of everyone around him. Tom will do the same. He can’t win a S.B. by himself, but come on Brooks, his signing alone changed the franchise completely. Just look how the media has already made us contenders, our playoff, and SB chances went from 0 to real. That right there is proof he’s already changed the franchise. So yes, in the case of Tom Brady,… Read more »

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Someone give BS a hug! Jonathan Taylor is a Colt and he’s sad lol Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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They all got it right. It takes more than one guy and one guy can make a big difference. Go Bucs. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Naplesfan
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Derrick is more or less right, but that he keeps coming out and saying this is not a good look for him. He was of course one of the two principal stars on a great Bucs defense. Defenses are not led by a single guy, but offenses are. The Bucs teams Derrick played on never had better than an average offense – it was always the defense that led the way on those teams. Today, the league is very different than the one Brooks and Sapp played on – far more offensively-driven, very different rules that would have emasculated Sapp… Read more »

Cleckert
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Well yes, he’s correct. But I think Arians is going all in for a super bowl. Brady has the offensive weapons around him, they just need the chemistry to be strong. Like, Mike Evans is a monster with someone who can get him the ball. Dude tied Moss for most seasons to begin a career with 1,000+ yards. Their offense will be explosive. https://prosportsoutlook.com/top-sports-facts-to-know-from-5-16-20/ Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I’m not going to argue with the HOF’er DB55 that it takes more than one player to change a franchise, but I will add that the current Bucs are far more talented than the team that 47,55 & 99 came into and if I remember correctly it was Sapp that started the tone that the Bucs losing ways were going to come to an end, and even though it does take more than one player, sometimes it’s the one player that sets the tone to start changing the ways. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Tony, just to jog your memory, it was Hardy Nickerson that assumed that role. Hardy went right at guys for their acceptance and perpetuation of the loosing culture. He led by example, had a nasty edge & really made a huge difference in the Defensive mentality. Then, Dungy arrived, got Sapp-Brooks-Lynch to buy-in and the defense rose to prominence. Nickerson was not accepting of a losing culture & neither is Brady. One guy can ignite a flame, but can’t do it all. This Buc team is way ahead of that early 90’s Sam Wyche Buc team that Dungy inherited. With… Read more »