Re: Brooks to move to ILB
I'm not overly concerned about Reed in coverage versus him being capable of making quick reads from the inside and learning to attack from that downhill angle. It's not a totally easy conversion which is why some (including myself) were against the move DURING the season. It's not an easy jump to do it during the progressing year. Now going into offseason where he gets a chance to attune himself to it more fully, study film and get the time/attention from the coaches it is more understandable.
Coverage wise our linebackers graded out like this:
Brian Cushing - 3.1
Tim Dobbins - 2.8
Brooks Reed - 1.7
So yeah Brooks was actually one of our better backers in coverage. Oh and he was our HIGHEST graded linebacker against the run. Yeah even higher than Cushing in that aspect though we're talking two different pursuit/attack angles and facing different type of block/blockers. Would be interesting if he could keep that up from the inside but for some reason that holds no explanation what so ever since there is little proof....I think he can.
Question becomes how do they feel about Braman? Do they think he is ready to be more than just a special teams guy? Would be interesting to find out.
But this defense needs something at ILB. Wade was overly dependant on the sub/dime packages where he would use a safety as if it was a linebacker and that killed us in games. Teams would spread out knowing Wade would skip a nickle package for the sub and run right at that safety and *sighs* James. We know the result of that. But if we have two ILB's athletic enough maybe we can rely on nickle more and not be so handicapped against spread formations.