Originally posted by AKfanster:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
Originally posted by GEEK:
Originally posted by YungAce:
Originally posted by Trajik1:
I like Lawson I wouldn't mind getting rid of Haralson
Exactly. Keep Lawson, cut Haralson. Sign Matt Roth in free agency. Re-sign Travis La Boy to compete with Gibson for the final roster spot.
OLB: Brooks/A. Smith/La Boy
I think this is also an indictment of Brooks and Haralson. All three (Lawson, Brooks, Haralson) were out played by LaBoy who didn't even play every game because of concussions. If anything LaBoy beats out the other guys for starting time. Okay LaBoy is a liability in space, but Haralson and Brooks that much better? Not really.
I think every OLB on the roster has been put on notice. First Smith and now Miller in the 7th round.
Brooks, Haralson, and Lawson have all failed as pass rushers. The only legit rusher the team had was Laboy and he was injuried constantly.
I would not be surprised to see Smith and Brooks as the starting OLB this season. Brooks is capable of playing the SAM spot and Smith would be the WILL.
This is my prediction as well...ManLaw fans need to ask themselves, does MANNY want to be here? The guys been playing 1/2 speed for the past two years gearing up to move on to a 4-3 team, IMHO. Fangio already noted Brooks as being the only one he mentioned as having the pass rush potential on this team but wanted to see more consistency. Last year, Brooks was in position to take over the SAM position and then ManLaw ended his hold out and he got the lacerated kidney. It seems like he lost some morale last year.
But the facts remain Brooks has the skill set to play both the SAM, WILL & MIKE positions. This is crucial to a Fangio defense where he will be moving ALL of his LBers around to create mismatches. If you look at what the Packers did with Matthews and if you watch the highlights of Aldon Smith, many of his sacks/pressures came from the inside whether it was d/t a stunt or lining up over a guard. Brooks and Smith can do this. LaBoy can not. Haralson may be able too. Lawson, I will not include in this discussion b/c I don't feel he fits nor wants to even be here.
I would not be surprised if guys like Gibson and Bruce Miller get additional attention at this position. Again, with the lack of help in the secondary, the emphasis will be even MORE on getting to the QB early and relentlessly.
LaBoy would be a good signing and a better fit in this defense under Fangio, where again, coverage "in zones" will be even less of an emphasis this year...by a mile! Brooks two best skill sets are getting after the QB, certainly against the run (2nd most TFL) and was actually very good in coverage last year (s/h had at least 3 INT's last year alone). The #1 thing Baalke and Fangio will be looking for is pass rush skills, hands-down!
I would not be surprised to see Willis rushing a ton more this year and also being moved around to create mismatches, ala Smith and Brooks. The "defensive fullback" is no longer needed in this defense. Therefore, I would not be too surprised to see the coaching staff not bring back TKO although his game is best inside the box and he does have some inside pass rush ability plus his great character. You could see a guy like Gibson be moved inside to create more havoc. Fangio will want to get his four best pass rushers on the field and mold them into his scheme. He will want this to be the next Saints four-backers who ALL were attackers and played very well within this scheme!
Having ManLaw on the opposite side of Smith would mean teams would double up on Smith and defeat the purpose of a 3-4 defense. We no longer need to be hamstrung and forced to use our LBers primarily in coverage b/c of these skill sets. I could be wrong so let's wait and see what happens but I do feel Fangio, and going off his history, his focus and as echoed by Baalke the most, will be on LBers who can get after the QB first and foremost. That leaves ManLaw out of any discussions. Period.