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ESPN Power Rankings: Willis #1 LB

awesome to finally see Willis praised the way he should be on a national level.
Originally posted by lamontb:
Originally posted by crabman82:
Originally posted by lamontb:
Originally posted by crabman82:
Originally posted by lamontb:
Originally posted by crabman82:
every great defender has that 1 year where they are clearly the best defensive player in the game, deion in 1994, derrick brooks in 2002, ed reed in 2004, etc. i'm hoping willis has one of those signature years coming up.

Gotta get to the playoffs so he can make some impact plays on a large stage.

it has nothing to do with the playoffs, all the great defensive players had their 1 stand out season where they were clearly the best defensive player in the game, for example strahan won it in 2001 on a 7-9 team, reggie white on a 7-8 team, cortez kennedy on a 2-14 team. its got nothing to do with the playoffs at all, right now willis is in a group of very talented elite defensive players, to truley be special he needs a season where its clear amongst all the best defensive players hes the clear cut best def player that year. i look forward to him having that year sometime soon

But those are defensive ends that rack up sack numbers. For a middle linebacker in a 3-4 he's gonna need to be on a larger scale to get those votes. He isn't in a position to have have many sacks or int's. and those are the glory stats for defenders. For a mlb you need to make plays in the playoffs on a large scale so everybody takes notice. Leading the league in tackles means nothing to most ppl. Ray Lewis had plenty of standout seasons but was an MVP in years that he added playoff performances on top of his regular seasons. That's why the majority of the time the defensive MVP either leads the league in sacks or int's.

the defensive player of the year award is voted on before the playoffs, if a DT on a 2-14 team can win the award i am pretty sure willis can too without making the playoffs, hes a great player but needs to step his game up a bit to justify a #1 ranking, to me its not about national exposure its about more splash plays like his td's against stl and seattle in recent seasons

That's my point. He won't have those type of big plays b/c he's a MLB in a 3-4. That's why I said he needs to be in the playoffs for those extra votes, or at least on a winning team. Kennedy had 14 sacks so it doesn't matter if his team record was terrible b/c he got the glory stats numbers. Either you have a ton of int's or a ton of sacks or you don't win.

ray lewis has been picking off passes for years in a 3-4, i love willis but if hes the #1 lb in the game then needs more splash plays, its not about the system, its about taking his game 2 the next level, hes very capable of it