Originally Posted by Br0nc0Buster
This is the problem though
He should easily step on the field and be an upgrade over Brooking
But he is THAT stupid that it is not just a given he will
Ok that's a legit concern.
But here's what's happening ON the field at the Mike position.
1. Brooking is strictly used at most as a two down run stopping Mike.
2. On third downs or obvious passing downs he's subbed out, Woodyard takes the Mike job, and Trevathan comes in lining up outside.
3. Brooking is SLOW to the ball carrier, can't shed blocks from FBs/TEs and has zero foot speed and change of direction.
4. Athletically, DJ can play his Mike two down role better because he's a better blitzer, quicker to the ball carrier and more physical.
5. Mentally, Brooking isn't being asked to play in coverage so the Broncos are strictly using him as a between the hash marks kind of run stopper. THAT'S IT.
6. Brooking isn't even used as a two down Mike sometimes. He's subbed out on 1st/2nd downs sometimes with Woodyard at Mike and Trevathan at Will -> see Sproles TD pass in the first half when neither LBer picked him up early.
At this point, I'm not sure what people think Brooking is doing
, or what's the love affair with a physically limited LBer who doesn't even play a true two down run stopping role, but if you actually watch the game, substitutions and formations you'll see that he plays a very limited amount of snaps, so it's not really asking a whole lot of DJ to come in and replace Brooking's limited 2 down plays. . . . .
. . . . . which would allow Woodyard to play more at Will instead of Trevathan when/if DJ shows he can play more snaps at the Mike position.
At WORST DJ can come in and immediately replace Trevathan at Will.
It really is as simple as that.