Originally posted by btthepunk:
I love Aldon Smith, but JJ Watt is most deserving of defensive player of the year. Possibly the most deserving ever. If he was playing for us he would be "The greatest defensive player of all timez!"
I HOPE Aldon gets the award because Im a Niner fan, I try to be unbiased as possible though and can clearly see that Watt should get it.
I dont think I'd say that I wish we had Watt or Smith because who knows if Watt would be playing like that here and I cant assume he would, its possible they still would have extended McDonald and Watt would be a backup.
Watt has had a great year so far, and has posted some great stats.
Aldon has posted some pretty good stats himself. He clearly belongs in any conversation about DPOY awards, along with Von Miller.
But really, that's just a conversation. Who cares who wins it--I'd much rather see the team win, and I'm guessing the players feel the same way.
To that end, I'll take Justin Smith over Watt everyday. Justin sets the standard for team play, even if it means someone else gets the recognition and the glory.
I believe the last sentence of your post is correct. As well as Watt has played this year, statistically, he would not be starting over Justin Smith on the Niners. Watt's still got some things to learn--and I'm not saying he won't learn them, but he's not quite yet on the same level as Justin Smith. IMHO.