Originally posted by NCommand:
Come on guys...the point of the O.P. was why isn't he making the big plays we always see of Ray Lewis and others if he is in that elite category? And now we have Bowman who is taking away his limelight somewhat. All of this is a GOOD thing for our overall defense as it continues to evolve. Willis is supposed to lead the team in tackles...like a WR in catches...a RB in yards from scimmage. What the OP is asking is where is the big plays? Nothing wrong with asking questions like these or looking deeper into a defensive scheme, the other plays and other reasons for why our star is not as visible this year. Fortunately, the other reasons are all GOOD ones!
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?
[ Edited by VA49er on Oct 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM ]