Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers former linebacker Derrick Brooks is introduced as an inductee for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class at the 3rd NFL Honors at Radio Music City Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Brooks Endorses Lovie Smith as Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach

Lovie Smith was hired as the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach in January of this year to much approval by the fan base and former players.

You can now add Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks to the lists of advocates for Smith.

“I think he is the right guy where our franchise is now,” Brooks recently said via tbo.com. “You talk about consistency and a way of doing business. That’s gotten lost over the years, it really has. The sense of direction, how you go about doing it – all those things have really gotten lost and can’t be defined. What is the Buccaneer way?’’

Brooks went on to say, “I think Coach Smith, being the right guy at the right time, gives us a good start … He brings a lot more experience in this situation than what Coach [Tony] Dungy did in 1996, and he has a better football team. He has shown that my yes is yes and my no is no. There’s no guessing game with him.’’

It was Dungy who gave Smith his first NFL job with the Bucs in 1996, the year after Brooks was drafted. Smith was Brooks’ linebackers coach until leaving in 2000.

While it wasn’t a necessary endorsement, it’s important to see someone as prominent as Brooks declare his support for the hiring of Smith. It carries even more credibility since he played under him and knows what kind of person and coach he is.

The Bucs are quietly moving in the right direction since Smith was hired at the start of the year and is doing so with the full backing of former Bucs’ players.

John Lynch, Ronde Barber and Warren Sapp have all supported the hiring of Smith since his appointment was made official. That just makes Brooks the next in a long list of supporters.

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