Originally posted by Joecool:
Willis disappointed me when rushing the passer. Bowman is a far superior pass rusher. In a near equal situation, Willis went in, got the RB and went head on with him trying to truck him and got stuffed. I could understand if the RB appeared to go on a pass route but it was obvious he was in there specifically to protect. Bowman was in a similar situation and quickly made the RB whiff and applied immediate pressure.
On another instance, Willis appeared to have RB responsibility and the RB stayed to protect. Willis just stood there and didn't attack Jackson until slightly after he stepped up. He got a hit on Jackson that resulted in a 15 yard throw at the receiver's feet but he should have rushed sooner for a solid sack.
Willis has a lot to learn when attacking the QB.
If Parys keeps it at a high level, then our LB Core is freaking awesome.
I've been trying for awhile to get people to understand the difference between pass rushing and blitzing. Willis is a good blitzer because of his quickness off the snap and closing speed, but he has no pass rush ability.
Bowman is a better blitzer because he's got those same traits, plus the ability to get around the running back.
Neither are pass rushers. They aren't going to beat a blocker after contact.
I think they're fine, though.