I think that the strong feelings is what I gravitate towards, and I’m always thrilled to know that others share the feelings with us. You can really find out a lot about a character when they’ve gone through the fire, emotionally.
For the disadvantages, you’ll want to keep reading the story. Sure, Sam’s got a better grip on climbing and may inch Dean out with strength, but strength isn’t everything in a fight. And Dean has a few advantages on Sam when it comes to interaction with Jacob that’ll be touched on before the end of the story.
If Sam and Dean’s positions were reversed, Sam would be able to do just as little to help Dean. Jacob has all the physical power in this AU. Either brother is helpless if they get trapped in a coffee pot.