Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
If we can get more of a PRush from the other side then there are only so many people they can double team.
Justin will definittely get DTeamed. Ray Mac often. If Cam can become a PRushing threat from the other side then Aldon has a better chance to hit 18.
His challenge will, IMO, be more in teams game planning around him and not them taking him out with blockers.
I think I'm more inline with NinerBuff in that while his opportunities will increase, the attention paid to him will be too along with less attention to the front 7 (and they will be successful from it). Last year, it was Brooks who was double-teamed the entire year on the outside including the playoffs; this helps Aldon on the other side. And Aldon played behind Justin Smith who is exception and probably the most selfless player in the game. There is also a HUGE difference between being a pass rush specialist and every down OLB (see Haralson, Parys). All that said, when it's all said and done, I think he will be around 10+ sacks but overall, a complete WILL that we can rely on for years to come...as a bookend. Part of this 10+ will also depend on Fangio using him correctly, moving him around a lot and exploiting mismatches and giving him rests. Bold prediction: I would not be surprised to see Brooks with an edge on him despite playing SAM primarily. We are VERY lucky to have both!
[ Edited by NCommand on May 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM ]