Derrick Brooks Conference Call Highlights

Derrick Brooks talked to the Indy media this week about the success of Tampa Bay's defense this year, his role in their scheme, what this weekend's game means, and more!

On if he likes that the identity of the Buccaneers is that it is a defensive team...

"I'm not interested, personally, in being an offensive, defensive team. To me, it's as long as we're a winning team. I don't get caught up into identities outside of being known as a winner. So to me, I really don't have a preference."

On if the defense is back to what he is used to seeing...

"We're playing better. We're off to a better start, obviously. Again, that goes back to playing with a lot more consistency and the turnover ratio. We're protecting the ball on offense and defensively, we're getting turnovers. Usually, that correlates into wins. So I think that's probably the biggest area of improvement outside of everybody just playing better I can assess right now."

On what type of test the Colts will give them...

"They'll give us everything we ask for. They're a tough team, and rightfully so—defending Super Bowl champions, undefeated at home. It's a tall task. Somehow, we have to find a way to get a win."

On what kind of difference Tony Dungy made in his career...

"There are numerous (ways), but I think the first one I would have to say is character and making sure you stand for what you believe in and believing in the right things in life. And more important than that, is the challenge to be great. As soon as he was signed here as a head coach, he challenged me not to be a good player, but he expected me to be a great player. I was never, ever challenged like that, throughout all of my success in high school, and I accepted the challenge as best I could."

On the Tampa 2 being set up for him to make plays...

"Yes. My rookie year, I was a right-side linebacker. But when (Coach Dungy) got here, that was the first thing that he told me, that I would be off the line and I would flip sides. I think it allowed me to utilize my ability a lot better, being an open-field player, than someone that's constantly lined up on a tight end."

On if he has tried to forget the 2003 game...

"You move on, but it's one of those things that you learn from. I've learned from it in terms of moving on in previous years that you're never too far ahead, and at the same time, you're never too far behind. So in this game, the 2003 game that Indianapolis defeated us, that's one of the things that it constantly reminded me of."

On if the 2003 game is one of the more bizarre games he's been involved with...

"It just kind of fell right for them from the missed field goal to the blocked field goal hitting the upright to the only kickoff we gave up set up a touchdown. Again, you can re-live the last five minutes of that ballgame, and it's obviously painful for us to look at, but there was a lesson that was taught that you're never too far ahead in this game."

On how exhausted he was at the end of that game...

"I hate to use the word depressed, but I was very disappointed, because I felt we should have won the game. We played well enough to win, but we didn't finish and the Colts did."


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