Originally posted by sfout:
Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by WildBill:
no. I think they will let brooks go if he gets greedy, make aldon full time starter, have harrelson for back up and then draft a nice rookie. would not rule out a free agent but i would rather them get a rookie to groom and let him learn behind aldon
If we can't resign Brooks, how about resigning Larry Grant, move him to OLB or have him play in the middle and slide Bowman outside. Then draft someone to groom for the future say in the 3rd round.
MM states in this article http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/niners-talk/post/49ers-Mailbag-Brooks-replacement-already?blockID=655914&feedID=5936
That the 9ers will let walk Brooks if he gets to greedy because they believe Aldon can be an every down player this coming season. He'll play 2 downs as a standup OLB then move to pass rush DE on 3rd. He also believes they'll sign a pass rush specialist in FA and draft a rookie for depth.
MM doesn't make sense with this article. Brooks/Smith play two totally different positions (in 2011; even they may be more interchangeable in 2012 with an open playbook) and in in totally different roles. Heck, one could argue one of the big reasons Smith had so much success was b/c Brooks was THE guys teams targeted for double teams all year, including the playoffs. Smith took advantage as a 3rd down rusher. Either way, Smith plays the WILL and Brooks plays the SAM. Now, next year, if Brooks leaves, that forces Smith to become a starter but at which position? The SAM? He's been rushing his entire career from the WILL spot on the weak side and over Justin Smith. Teams need to account for Justin Smith and Willis on that side and often times left Aldon to 1x1 blocking. If he moves to SAM, he's not going to be half as good at setting the edge as Brooks (lead team in TFL) and we'll lose a ton of underneath coverage. He'll also have to play more with "run" on his mind and in fear of screens b/c that's typically the side teams run to esp. when they add the extra TE (which Brooks played exceptional off all year setting the edge, knocking him off routes and blowing up screens and TFL). BIG DIFFERENCE.
If anything it would force Smith to be the FT starter at WILL and move Haralson back to SAM as a starter...both of which may be a step backwards for a while and force the team to garner depth in FA and the draft.
Ideally, you pay Brooks or franchise him and keep him at SAM and work Smith into the starting lineup at WILL and keep Haralson and a rookie/FA as rotation players. Goldson has some intangibles but he's not a complete player; his range blows esp. sideline-to-sideline and he can still get beat deep even playing 30 yards deep. He's best playing down hill in the box and in the middle of the field. And we didn't even match him up against the taller TE's last year. Wonder why? I can't tell you how many times he took poor angles or was late over the top. I like him...but if I had to choose between the two, I'm going with the more complete player, top to bottom and one who contributed to the secondary playing better/more aggressive! Front 7 trumps.