Its pretty exciting that a rookie LB with some physical tools has the best linebacker in the league to teach him. This kid has a huge opportunity to be at least above average at his position if he absorbs any pointers willis gives him. Hes not going to be lights out right away but he can turn out to be a solid lb.
[ Edited by eastbay9erfn on Sep 22, 2010 at 8:02 PM ]
Ya know, when I watch him in game sits he seems hesitant; almost like he's thinking too much? Then on ST's he's always the first to decelerate and adjust. Rarely among the 1st 6-7 guys to the ball? Maybe we should consider "simplifying" the calls when he's in? Really good athlete - has all the measurables. But, we can say that about a lot of high round picks lately, can't we?
Spikes on the other hand is predictable, experience and smart. Rarely takes a false step unlike Bowman. Slower, for sure. But I like smart, experienced, predictable.
Originally posted by RedWaltz24: Matt Barrows today on his blog posted that at then end of practice when they do sprints and such, Bowman was challenging Willis in the race and he was neck and neck with Willis all the way across the finish line. They both left everyone else on the team in the dust he reported.
"The 49ers don't want me reporting on the conditioning session - running from sideline to sideline several times -- that ends every practice. But they might tolerate this observation: Rookie Navorro Bowman challenging Patrick Willis to be the first inside linebacker across the finish line. In fact, the two pushed each other so hard that they were the first two players across when the session ended. Usually receivers and defensive backs are the first across the line."
Anyway, Bowman must be pretty fast to keep toe to toe with Willis.
Did not realize Willis was that fast, know it hits like a small truck, though
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