Derrick Brooks has a job

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2009 – 5:27 pm

Free agent LB Derrick Brooks has a job. It’s just not the one everyone was expecting.

Brooks is joining Sirius NFL Radio. Every Friday throughout the season, the longtime Bucs star will host The Red Zone live from 1:00 – 3:00 pm with former Bills lineman Ross Tucker.


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Tucker skeptical of position switches for rookies

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2009 – 6:57 pm

Former Bills offensive lineman and SI.com writer Ross Tucker, is expressing concern over some of the position switches planned for some of the league’s top draft choices from this past spring.

He discusses Brian Orakpo, Jason Smith and Andre Smith among others, but does not mention any of Buffalo’s four players who will be making transitions.

Eric Wood is moving from center to guard, Andy Levitre from tackle to guard (though he has guard experience), Jairus Byrd from corner to safety (though he played safety in HS) and Nic Harris from safety to linebacker.

Still Tucker raises some good questions as to why having a rookie change positions his first year in the league can make that player’s transition more challenging.

I think because the Bills projected position switchers are highly intelligent, the transitions for them (Wood, Byrd, Levitre and Harris) will not make for as steep a learning curve as some other players around the league.

Still it’s an interesting question to raise.


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Bills the next Arizona?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2009 – 7:47 pm

Former Bills offensive lineman Ross Tucker took a look at the league and picked three teams that he thinks could go on an Arizona-like run in 2009. One of them was the Bills.

He also picked Houston and the 49ers. The best point he makes about the Bills is how they need to improve their depth so they’re able to press on and succeed despite costly injuries.

Once Schobel and Youboty went down there wasn’t enough depth, at the time, or at least that the coaching staff was ready to trust, to fill the void effectively enough on a week to week basis.

That’s why between free agency and the draft they need to add at least two studs and then plenty of quality depth that the staff is not hesitant to hand a big role should an injury to a veteran crop up.


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Ross Tucker says Peters didn’t deserve Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2008 – 4:19 pm

Former Bills offensive lineman Ross Tucker, who now writes for SI.com did a reactionary column on the heels of the Pro Bowl roster announcements and specifically called out Jason Peters as an undeserving Pro Bowl player this year.

Being a former offensive lineman his opinion certainly carries some degree of credibility. Take it for what it’s worth.


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