Originally posted by lamontb:
Brooks is a shaky situation as well. He'a easily the best OLB on the team, and there is no depth behind him at all. What if come next year and Aldon still can't play OLB? Then they have massive hole in the front 7. I don't think it should take much to sign Brooks.
This is a very good point! We didn't know if Brooks could hold up a whole season until he did it...same can be said for Aldon. There is a very good chance that if Aldon is a full time (FT) starter, he is going to wear down significantly and his explosion and quickness will suffer d/t having to play the run much much more and assume some minor coverage responsibilities as well. When he was in the game, his primary focus could be on getting after the QB. When you are a FT starter, you need to account for the run and screen pass en route
to the pass rush. That's why I don't think Brooks is getting enough love/support around here for the job he did for the entire season. We certainly need to start working Aldon in more as a FT starter, sign Brooks LT and add another one or two OLB's to the mix to keep these two fresh all year.
THEN, VF can start working these two off each other more and creating mismatches along the OL instead of virtually playing them straight up all year like he did this year. I saw wrinkles of this this year when both were used sparingly, but very effectively, on the DL and when Brooks moved inside to TED and Smith played SAM and they stunted off each other. It resulted in a sack every single time.
As far as Brooks signing, he is going to get paid contributing significantly to the #1 defense in the NFL and history making run-stopping team and his sack numbers alone plus pressures/hits, etc. are probably top three for the SAM position alone. He will get paid...hope he stays for the home town/team discount! But don't be surprised if he is offered some serious $ by others...