Again, a linebacker needs to be able to defend the run first and Werner was weak in that aspect of the game.
Trust me, I'm not isolating Werner--I place a lot of the blame for the struggles last year on Borland. I'm not saying Harrison was perfect, but he was definitely better than the other two by a pretty decent margin.
I did watch the Michigan game and you're right to say Werner was good in coverage that day, even though it's not something to be overly impressed about because Michigan didn't have a very good offense or passing attack. I'll give Werner his credit though; I saw him make a 3rd down stop that forced a field goal, and he had good man coverage against Evans on another 3rd down when they motioned Evans out as the #1 receiver in a 5-wide set--he was in solid position and right on Evans so I won't take that away from him even though Mich got the 1st down.
I also saw Werner do an awful job filling gaps in that game on multiple instances that lead to Higdon breaking a big run though.
First of all, you're probably gonna be most effective at the position you're most comfortable--that seems relatively straightforward. Are you actually saying that you don't think that Browning should even be tried at Sam, and that you agree with not even trying him at Sam last year? If so, you may be the only OSU fan who feels that way. Besides, how can they figure out where he's most effective (as you put it) if they don't test him at different positions?
To be clear, I absolutely think Pete Werner has potential to become a good player who can compete at the top level of college football (unlike Borland) because he's athletic and his mistakes are more mental than physical, which means they can be fixed. I'm not saying Browning should be named the starting Sam over him right this second. I am saying, just like many Buckeye fans, that I think he should be tried out at Sam in practice because he seems to be a good fit there and we'll never know if we don't try. I don't see how you could possibly disagree with that.