Sapp says Brooks should be playing

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Say what you want about Warren Sapp, but one thing that’s always been admirable about him is he never has been afraid to speak his mind.

That happened again when Sapp was a guest on WSCR (670 AM) in Chicago. He was asked about his former teammate Derrick Brooks, who despite some rumblings that he would join the Chicago Bears, has not.

“If you’re telling me Derrick Brooks can’t play football, then you really don’t know what you’re talking about,’’ Sapp said.

Sapp knows Brooks as well as anyone -- they were teammates for years in Tampa Bay and Brooks was the best man in Sapp’s wedding.

Part of the reason Brooks’ name came up after Brian Urlacher’s injury was because Chicago coach Lovie Smith, assistant Rod Marinelli and general manager Jerry Angelo also are very familiar with Brooks. All three were with him in Tampa Bay.

“No one knows that system better than Derrick and it was Lovie who was sitting there with him when they implemented the numbering, the counting and where we sent him and different stuff. It was Rod and Lovie who put that system together, the front seven and Derrick was an intricate pat of that.’’