Originally posted by oldman9er:
Fangio expects more sacks from Brooks. So does Brooks
When a player signs a lucrative, long-term contract, there might be a tendency for him to exhale, to relax and to enjoy his newfound financial security. The six-year, $44.5 million deal Ahmad Brooks signed in the offseason has had the opposite effect, Vic Fangio said today. "He probably had his best offseason he's had in pro football," said Fangio. "... I think he's probably in the best shape of his life, at least his NFL life, and we're expecting a big season from him. We'd be disappointed if he doesn't." This year, Brooks hung around Santa Clara all offseason. Not only that, he fell in with the core group of 49ers workout warriors - Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Parys Haralson chief among them - who would show up every day to train and lift weights. Brooks even augmented that routine by buying a membership at the local 24-Hour Fitness.
Great find and relay! So he has only two areas he really needed to improve upon 1) Increased sacks (remember the average SAM had 4.5 and he had 8 last year) and technique and 2) Relentlessness (staying with the play through the whistle) and not leave anything on the field.
Scary! So then he goes out and works out even harder this off season esp. on these two goals AFTER he signs a big contract. Love it!
One thing I am picking up on in all these defensive videos is that the coaches have targeted one or two main goals they need to work on to get better and each player is fully aware of this. Keep it simple...