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Old 02-25-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Linebacker Derrick Brooks, one of the greatest players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, was released Wednesday along with four other veterans

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I dont know where or how, but this guy would do nothing but help our team. I know he is old and all, but the guy has been awesome since his arrival in Tampa.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Linebacker Derrick Brooks, one of the greatest players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, was released Wednesday along with four other veterans.
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Brooks is an 11-time Pro Bowler and a potential Hall of Famer. Wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard, halfback Warrick Dunn and linebacker Cato June were also released.

"Our family and the entire Tampa Bay community owe Derrick an indescribable measure of gratitude for all that he has meant over the last 14 years," Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. "His play on the field and leadership in the locker room helped resurrect our franchise and we look forward to celebrating his certain enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

With Raheem Morris taking over for Jon Gruden, the Bucs are apparently starting a youth movement and a major change in philosophies. They are also getting away from the Cover 2 defensive scheme that had been employed by former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Jim Bates has taken over the defense and is changing the style. In the Cover 2, Brooks was considered the perfect weakside linebacker. He was quick enough to cover the field and make most of the tackles.

He was a first-round pick of the Bucs in 1995 and never missed a game. He had 25 interceptions during his 14-year career in Tampa Bay.
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Unloaded some agimg veterans.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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I know Derrick Brooks is getting up there in age, but the man can still bring it. I couldnt hardly believe that the Buc's would let him go that easy myself.
Cato June is not that bad of a player either, and Warrick Dunn is a class act and a great person. He is huge in his neighborhood helping out needy folks and helping his high school and homtown out.. he is a great guy
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Uh...WOW. All great talents. Especially the two linebackers. Why do i get the feeling the Bucs are gonna go nuts in FA like the Jets last year?
I dont think they are going to go that route.

They are going away from the Tampa 2 defensive scheme and getting younger. A youth movement is coming into Tampa Bay, and that's a good thing.
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We don't need him.
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Fans down in Tampa won't be happy...I lived down there, and I'm not sure they'll understand.
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Color me surprised that Cadillac wasn't cut. I guess they have high hopes for him remaining healthy throughout the remainder of his career.
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Well, Cato June and D. Brooks are both (strictly) Cover-2 linebackers...whereas the offense isn't expected too change much.

So C. Williams hanging on isn't such a bad thing for the Bucs.

Those aging (yet surprisingly performing) WR/QB that they had though...

I'm guessing that Tampa is doing the right thing, but now I wonder where Derrick will go. He's one of my favorite players in the league to watch. How many other teams play the C-2 outside of Indy/Bears? Because at this time, I only see those two teams as possibly taking these guys on.
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