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Derrick Brooks: Jason Pierre-Paul seized an opportunity

Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants reacts

Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants reacts after a sack in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. (Jan. 1, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Sirius XM made available some of their analysts to the media in a small setting, which allowed for some great one-on-one time with 11-time Pro Bowler Derrick Brooks.

Brooks, former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, had some nice things to say about Jason Pierre-Paul. Click the embedded video above for a raw iPhone video. He was hesitant to make a pick for the game. Click the related video below to see why.

I picked Brooks' brain about other topics outside of the Super Bowl and about another New York team and their quarterback situation. Brooks said the main reason for Mark Sanchez's troubles this year was the lack of a running game, which many have already pointed out. Where Brooks criticism differs from others is when it comes to Sanchez being labeled a franchise player.

As long as Rex Ryan is the coach of the team, defense will always take top priority, according to Brooks. Whether or not the addition of Tony Sparano will change the culture of the franchise remains to be seen, said Brooks. 

Our attention turned to Tim Tebow and his future as a starter in this league. Brooks offered this: if the Broncos want a gamer, he is their man. Allow him to continue to compete and see where it goes.

Brooks pointed out that Tebow is a "horrible" quarterback in practice. Brady Quinn looks better than him. He works hard, but his ability is very limited in practice.

Brooks said John Elway will give him a shot and try to teach him more about being a pocket quarterback as time goes on.

Aaron Rodgers' comments on the lack of effort by teammates at the Pro Bowl was shockingly a mild topic of discussion. Brooks - a former Pro Bowl MVP in 2006 - said that guys played with a lot of intensity during his time. Guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady "wanted to carve up defenses" to prove something.


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