MVP: "With defense carrying this team, our choice had to be a defensive player and so Justin Smith is the man. We'll mail him an Elvis Presley rubber chicken chew toy I saw this morning in the pet store. Smith's stats don't scream, "MVP!" but his play sure did. He hustled, he kept blockers off of the linebackers and hit the quarterback over 40 times. Smith gained weight over the last off-season to fulfill the role of a 3-4 defensive end but he didn't change his uniform size, hence his jersey was constantly hiking up towards his chest. The sight of his flashing midriff is probably a true nightmare for those offensive saddled with trying to block him.
Smith also took the prize as possibly the most unselfish player. When he signed, Smith was supposed to play anywhere from nose tackle to standup, rush linebacker. Instead he settled in at end where he occupied blockers while the inside linebackers collected tackles and outside backers bagged sacks. He took that role seriously, and at mid-season he stunned Manny Lawson by sitting him down and discussing how he could free Lawson up to get more sacks. Who does that?
I recall criticizing the 49ers last year for lavishing $20 million in guaranteed cake to Smith, who couldn't notch double-digit sack totals. Many on this blog said Smith was worth the money and that's turned out to be very true. The guy makes this defense go."
very few people understand just how good of a season Justin Smith had this year. hes statistically been the BEST 3-4 DE in the NFL this year, but not only that, the best DE in ALL OF FOOTBALL. by a freakin mile.
check him vs his competition. its insane. a pure travesty he didnt get to go to the pro bowl this year. this is the 3-4 DE stats, but you can also click the 4-3 DE tab and see he beats them out too.
look at that. he had an even better season than Dwight Freeney. best DE in all of the NFL folks. truly underrated.
[ Edited by Niners99 on Jan 10, 2010 at 17:08:45 ]