Brooks Looks At Patriots as Example

Brooks looks at Pats as example to follow

By Jeff Berlinicke

TAMPA – A home game in the NFC playoffs?

Who would have thought? From 5-11 to 11-5, it was the biggest turnaround in the NFL. Derrick Brooks has been in the league since the days when the Bucs wore popsickle outfits and he's as amazed as anyone.

"It's not over yet,'' Brooks said. "There's an example out there that we looked at when the season started, and that was the New England Patriots. From 5-11 to AFC champs to Super Bowl champs. They did it in 2001, so we have an example that we can go after.''

What the Patriots have done, winning the Super Bowl in three of the past four seasons is quite an accomplishment, especially in these days of NFL parity, but Brooks said it is not an impossibility.

"Right now, we'll just enjoy it and then get ready to play Washington,'' Brooks said.

The Bucs will be without wideout Michael Clayton on Saturday, but the rest of team remains injury-free. Defensive back Jermaine Phillips is ready to go and no other serious injuries have been reported.

Tickets are sold out for Saturday's game, with the few remaining gone almost immediately after going on sale Monday morning.

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