Originally posted by VA49er:I agree with all of this. He had a great game today. But the first four games he just didn't seem like his normal, tackling-machine self. Today he was
Those that disagree with this line of reasoning, as I do, argue that you just aren't watching the game. Willis is making plenty of big plays. He allows everyone to do what they are doing. People act like Ray lewis is some kind of sackmaster intereception specialist. Ray averages under 2 interceptions a season and only once had more than 3. He has had seasons with none. he averages about 2.4 sacks per season. His best was 5. Had none one season. He has scored a total of 3 tds in 16 years. He has 19 fumbles recovered and 1 safety.
Patrick willis's numbers aren't any better or worse in the "big play" category. He had 6 sacks last year, 4, 1, and 4 before that. He ahs two seasons with no picks one with 1 and one with three. He's scored two tds. He has recovered 3 fumbles.
The point is he isn't playing any better or worse than Ray Lewis over his career so far or any better or worse than he has for us. He is in on all the plays, he is making huge tackles and shutting down the run which is his job. He is often left alone to get the RB while our other players blitz this season which means he has to clean up. He is playing great and I and others on this board would, and have, submited that those who think he isn't don't know what they are watching.
Also, looking at the numbers, where is this magical partick willis who has been leading our team in interceptions and sacks the last few years?