Originally posted by NCommand:Agree to disagree on this one friend. Brooks played a marathon season and Aldon played a sprint. Aldon is a very exciting OLB with a ton of potential but he was really only asked to do one thing and he did it exceptionally. Brooks on the other hand RIGHT NOW, is the best complete OLB we have by far.
You don't let a SAM OLB who played every down for you, took most of the double teams all year (allowing others to shine), had 8 sacks, was 1st in TFL (12), 3rd in QB pressures with 46 and 6th in total tackles walk. In one season he produced more than Manny Lawson did his entire career. And btw: this was his FIRST year under VF and as a FT starter. He also was our best coverage OLB and made many of the plays (but may not have gotten the stats to boot - ala Justin Smith; the only other guy who took every snap last year). This team values him greatly enough to offer him one of the first contracts months ago.
But who do you honestly think could replace that kind of production for next year? Name one other SAM in the entire NFL who had a better (well rounded) year.
First of all, he had 7 sacks, not 8 (and only 1 over final 6 games)...also, he was barely ever, if ever, double teamed. We got J. Smith, A. Smith, Sopoaga, and McDonald...o-coordinators aren't sitting there saying that BROOKS is the guy they need to double...in our nickel D where we have the Smiths, RayMac, and Brooks on the d-line, teams aren't saying "ok, left tackle, take Aldon, left guard, block Justin, center, you got RayMac....but I want the right guard AND the right tackle to block Brooks." That's just not how teams prepare for us. The Smiths, Sope, and RayMac all saw FAR more double teams than Brooks...whether it be 2 o-linemen, or a TE or back chipping. And although he played most snaps, let's not get carried away here by saying he played EVERY snap...i.e. he certainly wouldn't be on the field when we ran our 3-2-6 dime D.
[ Edited by andes14 on Feb 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM ]