Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Ncommand is now writting for ProFootballWeekly...(not really).
After signing a new six-year, $44.5 million deal this offseason, there's a strong feeling in San Francisco that LOLB Ahmad Brooks is on the cusp of quickly proving himself extremely worthy of his substantial payhike. Brooks, who registered career highs in sacks (seven) and tackles (50) in 2011, rewarded the 49ers by remaining in Santa Clara the entire offseason and showing up to training camp in the best shape of his life. "I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up leading the team in sacks this year," one team insider said. "There has always been talk that he could be a special Lawrence Taylor-type talent, a 270-pounder who can play like a 230-pounder and beat you on the edge with both his power and speed. He seems different, a lot more comfortable in his own skin." Brooks also figures to benefit from a few more breathers courtesy of ex-starter Parys Haralson, who remains a stalwart backup.
That's crazy talk.
LMAO! It took them a few years but happy to finally have these guys see the light. LOL.
On a serious note, stoked for Brooks/this team. In the bold prediction thread I did pick him to have more sacks over Aldon (Left side...Strong side!) BUT that would be pretty unprecedented for a SAM to have more sacks than a WILL. The average sacks for a SAM is 4.5. Brooks had 8 last year. But if any SAM is capable, Brooks has the talent (and will) to do it.
PS: Love the videos of Brooks/Aldon's friendly competition of Brooks/McDonald vs. Smith/Smith. Wow! I can't wait to see these guys ball-out and compete against each other?
I love Brooks almost as much as you do, but he's not a better pass rusher than Aldon Smith. He doesn't put OT's on their ass the way Aldon does, he doesn't have the length and leverage that Aldon has. I've seen Aldon rush from the left side also, and he still pancakes tackles.