Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Why don't people understand this? Do they watch the game? We have asked Willis to do more things in this defense. Like cover people. He has phenomenal speed and is doing. He's knocking the ball down and doing good in coverage. We put him there because he is faster than Bowman. This leads to less tackles (coverage). But he is performing at the usual dominanat level with everything he does.
Because Bowman had a few stellar games right as we started gathering momentum and it has stuck in people's minds.
Willis is one of the last true all-around MLBs in the game.. He can play anti-run, he can blitz, he can play zone, he can play man. He reads and diagnoses plays as well as anyone. He hits ferociously yet never draws a flag for dirty play. He's on the field when it's 1st and 10, when it's 3rd and 15, and when it's 4th and 1.
With the rise of position specialists, guys like this are rare birds and getting rarer.