Originally posted by JimDrinkAMiller:
Ok I stand corrected about strongside weakside. But let me correct you because Willis is not the old man of the group, Brooks is. Willis might have more experience but brooks is 29. 6.5 might be "above average" but above average didn't win us a superbowl now did it? Our pass rush sure wasn't "above average" when the smiths were injured. Ahmad brooks might be an "above average" player but he hasn't recorded double digits sacks in a season and that's not impressing me. Horrendous was too harsh absolutely, but I don't think brooks is anything more than good, and McDonald too. Lemenoir hit 30 reps at the combine while running a 4.6 40, and tank has an amazing get off, if he can add 15 pounds like they said and keep the speed he will be a force. When we were talking about Matthews somebody else brought him up as an example not me. I was merely using ware as the example of a very well rounded olb. Even though the positions are different they are also very similar. Both require you to cover tight ends, hold the edge, and get after the qb. If we are talking about players that have or still play on the strongside that have posted double digits sacks than I can name a few from recent memory. Von Miller, Terrell Suggs, Clay Matthews, and Lamar Woodley all come to mind.
The fact is that our defense truly let us down more than our offense did this past year. Sure we didn't score on the last drive when we had the chance but kaep exceeded anyone's expectations. We knew that harlson was coming back from injury and is a good player but still opted to draft another potential outside linebacker. We also know that harlson isn't a pass rushing specialist and plays very similar to brooks. Aldon Smith came in last year and started as a 3rd down specialist and eventually got more and more reps. We might see the same thing happen with lemonier. He has long arms and played defensive end in college, sound familiar? I believe we traded up to get him for a reason. I know I'm in the minority but that's my opinion. Brooks made Russel Wilson look like fran tarkenton .
Thanks. I made a mistake on the ages.
At the end of the year and in the play offs, our pass rush was debilitated due to the surgery-requiring injuries to the Smith Brothers.
The team added depth in this draft at DE and OLB when we drafted Carradine, Dial, and Lemonier.
We clearly needed more depth on the front seven.
If Lemonier is good enough to one the starteing outside linebackers, more power to him. I was happy we drafted him.
We disagree, apparently, on Brooks, but no big deal. I am not going to take up your time and mine arguing with you abot Brooks.
We will see what happens next year.