Brooks was the prototypical Tampa 2 weak-side linebacker, with the range to cover like a defensive back and the closing speed to stuff the running game. The coaching staff has high expectations for Carter as he takes on Brooks' old role.
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"Everybody's just been hitting me with it -- Derrick Brooks, Derrick Brooks. That's a good thing," Carter said via ESPNDallas.com. "He was always around the ball. He was always flying around. He was a playmaker. He was always in the right position at the right time. That's something I want to do."
Carter was emerging as a defensive star before a dislocated elbow ended his 2012 season in November. He has a long way to go before he can match Brooks' 11 Pro Bowl appearances, but it helps that Kiffin's scheme is a natural fit for his talents.