Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by okdkid:
The rookie record is 14.5, held by Javon Kearse. He only needs 2 sacks to set the record.
Aldon Smith...gulp...is a better rookie than Patrick Willis was.
Please stop! Please. Smith is still a reserve. Willis was a Pro-Bowl starter, a first team All-Pro. It is not close.
P.S. Honestly, members..... only one response to the post that Smith was a better rookie than Willis? Rally people. Are you honestly going to let that comment ride along free and clear? I expected a full dog pile. Put down the egg nog!!
The starter vs reserve argument is a bit flawed. You have to consider this:
1. The 2007 49ers NEEDED Patrick Willis to start. Besides Willis, we had Derek Smith and Brandon Moore playing ILB. Derek Smith was an average-below average starter and Moore wasn't good enough to start (he even struggled to make it as a backup on other teams after the Niners released him).
2. The 2011 49ers DON'T NEED Aldon Smith to start. Since Haralson and Brooks are solid starters, the team has the luxury of using Smith as a situational pass rusher. When Smith got "starter snaps" vs Detroit, he showed he can play at a high level throughout an entire game. I'm not so sure its talent keeping Smith from the starting lineup. I believe we just happen to have a good rotation in place.
Patrick Willis was a Pro Bowl starter and a first team All Pro as a rookie. That's very impressive and a great accomplishment. Aldon Smith has a shot at the Pro Bowl and set a 49er rookie sack record (and may possibly set the NFL rookie sack record). That's also very impressive and a great accomplishment. My point is that BOTH players have been dominant as rookies. I don't think its that ridiculous to compare who was a better rookie because they were both amazing rookies. IMO, its arguable who's the better rookie (especially if Aldon sets the rookie sack record).
At the end of the day, its a win-win for the Niners.
[ Edited by candlestick49er on Dec 23, 2011 at 5:09 PM ]