Originally posted by buck:
The stats that you are using is confusing you.
OLB on that web pages includes both 4-3 and 3-4 outside linebackers.
You have to eliminate all the 4-3 linebackers and their stats from that list when you are talking about or comparing 3-4 outside linebackers.
On the first page of that stat list #34 Akeem Ayers and #43 Anthony Spencer are the only 3-4 outside linebackers.
In the Dallas defense Anthony Spencer plays the same position as Ahmad Brooks.
DeMarcus Ware is the Dallas equivalent of Aldon Smith.
That's an interesting point. I'll look into that. That's a pretty radical swing though, in stats.
Both NE and DEN spent a lot of time in a nominal 3-4 configuration, too.
Regardless, the assists are low for ALdon. Has the physical capability. Needs attitude adjustment there.
But I think that you are right in your prior post and we should focus back on the thread topic.
The lack of pass rush exposed our weak covering safeties, and that's a trend that grew through the late season into the playoffs without much change, IMO. I think the weird first half second half stuff is a little quirky, but basically the trend was unmitigated weakening. Brooks helped us out.