Originally posted by Ceadderman:Originally posted by strickac:
I like Manny, but honestly, I hope he stays away and Brooks steals his job from him. Brooks is a much better pass rusher than Manny.
Don't make me spank you with the stats. Brooks is a solid Pass Rusher yes. But WTF has he done since he's been in the league? The only thing he has going for him right now is that he's got some upside on this Defense.
Besides, how many downs are passing downs? Pass Rushers are only good for PASSING downs. So how many teams do we face that are WCO based teams? Seattle and Green Bay. Of the 13 teams we face how many are pass happy on 2nd downs? Two. Seattle and New Orleans. Green Bay is WCO but they do alot of swing and screen passes. Both of which negate the effectiveness of the Pass Rusher.
So people, PLEASE please stop with the Brooks taking Manny's job bruhaha. It's pathetically ignorant.
There are FOUR players not at OTAs'. Franklin(no guarantee he shows for Camp), Nate, Spence AND Manny.
All you have is rumor innuendo and speculation at this point.
But it's a guarantee that Brooks ain't takin shat from Manny. If anyone takes Manny's spot it would be LaBoy, but TL is a Pass Rush Specialist too. So he's more than likely(after I thought about this some) going to be on the field WITH Brooks on the opposite side. Allowing Bam Bam to drop into coverage and TKO to find a gap.
So just F'N STOP already.
Go ahead and throw out all the stats you want. They're not going to surprise anyone. We know where each player stands. Face it; you're living in denial. Sure Lawson's career stats outweigh Brook's career stats. Who cares? Manny was drafted to bring heat off the edge and he's failed to live up to that. Lawson is solid in coverage and excels at setting the edge. That's great, but those can be taught; whereas, pass rushing is more of an art.
Brooks finished up the season (last 5 games) with 5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. That's the reason for the optimism. Since the team implimented the 3-4, he's shown the most promise as a rush LB. He's a far superior pass rusher and as a stud college MLB, he's no slouch against the run either. You criticize Brooks for being a one-trick pony, but isn't Manny also? I'd prefer the guy that can pressure the QB, especially with our lackluster secondary.
IMO, for someone that's widely been considered and under-acheiver, Manny is taking a huge risk in demanding a larger contract. He may not even fit into the team's longterm plan. A duo of Brooks (pass rush) and Bowman (coverage OLB) is an adaquate and cheaper option than shelling out the cash for Lawson. Coverage LBs are relatively easy to find.
For the record, I'm not a Lawson hater. I root for him to suceed, but you must admit that he's been a bit of a letdown for us. Don't get upset that people are hoping for great things out of Brooks. Even if we use a rotation of Brooks and Lawson, I'm happy with that. I just don't see how Manny feels he has any leverage, considering he took a reduced role last season.
Brooks starting is definitely a possibly. He's getting valuable reps with the 1st team defense and Singletary seems to really like him. Laboy will probably just spell Haralson on occassion. I'd be suprised if he sees much action next year.