Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I guess I would be worried that Brooks would wear down on the line. He's big for an OLB, but not for a DE. I think going head to head with guys the size of Anthony Davis week in and week out could cause injury. I know he faces RT now, but he's engaging more on his terms, I believe. Its not so much smashing into each other. I could be wrong though.
Nah, Brooks has been taking on doubles of RT's and RB/TE's for years now. He knows how to disengage, seal the edge and force RB's inside...can chase down the LOS, make TFL, knock down passes, etc. I'd be much more worried about Aldon on the edge if a team decided to run at him for most of the game. It might be a little harder for Brooks b/c he typically lines up @ the LOS standing up, outside the T (where he can seal or rush). In a 4-3, he'd be over the T with his hand in the ground; would have to tweak his first step a little more and play off the DT more rather than being on an island.