Originally posted by 5280High:
Paraag has learned to use players confidence to the 9ers advantage in terms of contracts. Heres the conversation that went down with Brooks per a league source I made up "You dont think you can reach 8-10 sacks/yr, then maybe you shouldn't be paid like a 10 sack guy.. oh wait you want that money? Then get ten sacks haha." Players will never downgrade themselves, and if the players go beast mode then they get compensated and if they dont they make allot less... seems actually fair to the team and other players who perform cause it frees up money for them to get paid.
Within three years this franchise has gone from red-headed stepchild of the league, to almost a blueprint of how to be successful. Players want to stay here, they know if they perform they will get paid compared to having to overpay for guys just to come and play here.
True but typically, the SAM isn't the guy who is required to get 10+ sacks every year. That comes from the WILL position on the blind side of the QB's side. Those are your Ware's, Harrison, Matthews, etc.
If Brooks can get 7+ sacks every year while also leading the team in TFL (like a sack), seals the edge effectively, remains 6th on the team in total tackles, 3rd in pressures/hits and continues to impress with underneath and outside-in coverage like he did last year in his first year, than he has more than earned his contract! But I have no doubt this contract is set up to motivate him even more and if he DOES get double-digit sacks from the SAM, it will benefit both sides.
The more effective Brooks is and the more teams have to continue to double and even triple team him, the more effective the rest of the front 7 (esp. Aldon) AND the back end will be.
Very nice contract!
PS: We just have to remember the differences in responsibilities between the SAM & WILL positions. Eventually, both may be learning the other position and they will become interchangeable like in Pittsburgh to help with disguising the blitz!