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Old 08-30-2009   #1
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Default SBNation Talks About Dr. Doom

He says a lot of the things most of us natives know, but he mentioned one thing that I didn't realize, or at least it didn't click until I read it:

Brazile was 6'4", 241 lbs. That was big for that time. Hell, it's big for this time. Brian Cushing is 6'3", 243 lbs., and people rave about his size.

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At my age, it's stupid to be a fan-boy. But when it comes to two players, I make exceptions. There's the Tyler Rose, Earl Campbell. And then there's Robert Brazile (#52 above behind O.A. "Bum" Phillips [and I believe that's Billy "White Shoes" Johnson in the background]).

Over this past weekend, Derrick Thomas was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Ten years earlier, Lawrence Taylor made his acceptance speech in Canton. Bum implemented the 3-4, but it was Robert Brazile who helped evolve the 3-4 defense, paving the way for Thomas and Taylor.

Yet, Brazile isn't in the Hall of Fame.

Coldhardfootballfacts.com takes a look at him, and you can look at his Wikipedia entry, but what Robert Brazile did changed the game of football. Suddenly, a huge OLB was rushing QBs with tremendous speed while still more than capably handling the run and pass when necessary. Brazile played with a controlled passion bordering on vengeance like you'd just stolen his last beer. Not only was he elite, but he was consistently elite, getting voted to seven Pro Bowls in his 10 seasons. Perhaps it was his consistent greatness that leaves him short today. Well, that and the lack of stats...

For you see, sacks were not counted by the NFL until 1982. In '82, Brazile recorded 6.5 sacks in just nine games during that strike-shortened season. During his last two years, Brazile, who never missed a game, could only garner 5 sacks combined. By this time, Bum was gone, and the 3-4 defense under which Brazile thrived was long gone. We never counted Brazile's best years, but it was his success in the 3-4 that blazed the way for 3-4 LBs today.
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Get Johnny McClain on it!
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Get Johnny McClain on it!
He has been, actually. One thing I cannot fault McClain on is his HoF support for former Oilers. However, there is a serious bias against defensive players. According to a link in the article, for instance:

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Of all the players who have entered the NFL since 1971, Green is just the third defensive back voted into the Hall of Fame. The others are Lott and Mike Haynes. To put that dearth of DBs into perspective, if you're a 50-year-old man who began watching football as a young teen in 1971, you've seen just three HOF defensive backs enter the league in your football-viewing lifetime.
Add Rod Woodson to that list now. This year's class is the first in which they've made a concerted effort to get defensive guys in. As an aside, according to the article, there is only one nose tackle in the HoF.

On top of that defensive bias, the Oilers never won anything. So that makes it very difficult for McClain to argue their case. However, in Brazile's case, he truly was the prototype that made the 3-4 defense what it is today. As an eight-time All Pro in a pioneering position, that makes him a HoF player in my book.
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Brazile is probably my all time favorite Oiler. I've mentioned many times over the years here and at other places that I considered him a HOF'er. He was a beast on the edge. It's just a shame that he will probably never get in.
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Help Robert Brazile aka Dr. Doom get in the pro football HOF by signing this petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/HOF/petition.html

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Signed it a couple days ago. I doubt it'll gain much traction, but it's worth 3 minutes of my time. The HoF has already inducted the two best LBs to follow in his footsteps in LT and RJackson. They should have already had Brazile in there.
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He says a lot of the things most of us natives know, but he mentioned one thing that I didn't realize, or at least it didn't click until I read it:

Brazile was 6'4", 241 lbs. That was big for that time. Hell, it's big for this time. Brian Cushing is 6'3", 243 lbs., and people rave about his size.

Anyway, here's the link and an excerpt:
I've always referred to Dr. Doom as "The LT before there was an LT".
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