Originally posted by Wodwo:
No, Peterson wouldn't start over Brooks. Peterson is not a fit at 3-4 OLB. He would not be able to hold the edge, which is just as important as rushing the passer. Peterson was the "Mike" LB in the 3-4 when we played it, IIRC. He is just too small to play 3-4 OLB. Brooks is about 35 Lbs. heavier than Peterson was. He'd get traded to a 4-3 team.
Bryant Young would have pushed any player on our current DL for a starting role, including Justin Smith. He would start over McDonald.
Jeremy Newberry would start over Goodwin if he were healthy.
Meh, that's all the thought I'm putting into this.
JP and Brooks had different roles. I remember any time a Tackle even flashed a look at JP, JP would stop in his tracks and lock up with the Tackle. He sucked as a pass rusher. JP was a top cover LB since we had him sprint back to a Deep Third at times...but rushing the QB, JP sucked.