Originally posted by NCommand:
You've pretty much listed all WILL LBers in the 3-4...doing their jobs blitzing from the backside of the QB while the other front 7 players aid in this scheme; to "attack." Pittsburgh was the ideal but they scheme VERY differently than Fangio. Both OLB's in the Steelers scheme are rotated often and attack behind the LOS from various positions. We play very vanilla under Fangio. You're issue isn't with Brooks. It's with Fangio. This issue (and the lack of depth and rotation the past two years) seems to be your real concern and it's one we all share. So hopefully with more depth and players with upside, Fangio himself may start to scheme more aggressively as well which in turn, can help the secondary.
No, what I did was list 3-4 olb combos. So you can't tell me that woodley, harrison, houston, ali, kerrigan, orakpo, ware and spencer all play the same position. Matthews started his career on the strongside and still plays there from time to time, unless if I'm mistaken suggs did the same. For what it's worth my thinking was the right side of the defense was the strongside, because that's the way the offense is, but it is indeed the left side of the defense because that is where the tight end usually lines up. I should've known that. Von miller also usually comes off the tight end side and dumerville came off of the blind side.
While brooks and mac might have had a sack a piece in the superbowl we only generated 4 sacks thru the entire playoffs. That is terrible. Aldon smith had more sacks against the bears by himself than our entire d had in the playoffs. True the bears pass protection is terrible but still.
LOL how many times did brooks play dt? Your suggesting that brooks takes on more roles for our defense than any other player. That simply is not the case. Patrick Willis does the most in that regard. Like I stated before Brooks is mediocre in pass coverage and in getting after the qb, true he has to account for the tight end and chip him off the line, but I've listed guys at his position that do the same thing and were more productive.
"TFL (which are like sacks), knock down passes, pick-6's, clutch plays," For one aldon smith made a lot more clutch plays in the regular season than brooks did. I don't see brooks or mac bat down a ton of balls, and he had one pick six. Tfl is the only stat I didn't look up but I gurantee you brooks isn't in the top 10 for olb. Although the positions of sam and will are different, like you said guys are interchangable. Aparently you guys are seeing something that I'm not. He still is the worst lb on the team.