Originally Posted by Fiddler
So, if you're Bryan Braman, you've shown the Texans that you are talented. The problem is that you simply aren't as productive or explosive or disruptive enough to be part of the regular rotation.
What would you have been doing to improve that, so that when you get an opportunity (which he has now) to become that productive, explosive, or disruptive player?
At the least, maybe you can replace Jesse Nading. The guy who sticks, because you're productive on special teams you'll probably have a job for a few more years, but you probably won't be a serious consideration when injuries beset the "regular" players. You don't want to be that guy. You want to be a "regular" player, if not for this team, then for another team.
How did you prepare for this day?
Go to your coaches and ask what is keeping you from that status. They're the best source of direction. Try to find someone on the "other" side of the ball with the most challenging skills and try to find a way to practice against them. Poor challenge will only give you opportunity to remain a poor LB. That's why many players who haven't shown much all of a sudden become that diamond in the rough when thrown into the fire (the ultimate challenge) with little warning.