Originally posted by DarthNiner:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Suicide rate hits all-time high in San Francisco.
Random thoughts amid my shock...
Manusky & defense:
Lawson, 2 great plays at the end but again, like the last throw by Favre, too little, too late. Time to get Brooks worked in as he's better against the run, diagnosis plays quicker and can actually pass rush (bull rush or speed rush)
Lawson has been great against the run. He was blowing up blockers on the line of scrimmage and pushing them back behind the line of scrimmage. More than one occasion, he prevented the blocker from establishing the corner (where AP can run around) and pushed the play back into the pursuit. He had at least two tackles on AP one-on-one.
And how can you say that Brooks is better than Lawson? Please.... From the three (THREE!!!) plays of scrimmage that Brooks played?
On that play that he got the tackle on the reverse, his job was to hold the edge, which he did. But he didn't engage any blocker, then disengage the blocker, and then make the tackle on a ball carrier like Lawson did. Lawson is still better than Brooks, and everyone knows that.
Lawson has not been great against the run over three games. He was terrific this past game though! I'm NOT saying Brooks is better. I'm saying Brooks has the skill-set to be better in the 3-4.
We all know what we have in Manny which is average coverage (given up a TD already), average containment on the edge, below average disengagement from OT's, excellent lateral speed, average play recognition and below average QB pressure/sacks for a 3-4 SAM LB. He would be an ideal OLB in the 4-3!
Manny had 11 tackles last game for a total of 17 for the year, zero sacks and zero passes defended or INT's or forced fumbles. That's 15th in tackles for OLB's. And if you're willing to give up sacks for a "complete game" then where is the rest of his game?
Brooks has a different skill-set that COULD translate into being a very good SAM/WILL OLB in the 3-4. He's bigger, thicker, stronger, has an incredible burst, is a much better pass rusher b/c he can speed and bull rush, clearly diagnoses plays quickly and correctly, is excellent at containing the edge, disengages blockers easier and plays with a mean-streak and emotion.
All I'm saying is it's time to work him into the lineup more and see if he can earn a FT spot opposite of Haralson for the better of the team.
Manny has been given a free pass for way too long. He's just not a good fit for the 3-4 as an OLB, IMHO.