Originally posted by Super5:
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.
Have to disagree,Willis went to the pro bowl his rookie year and continues to do so
they are two different types of players,one is a tackling machine and the other is a sack master but
the diff between the two is Willis can do it all: tackle/pas defend/force fumbles/int/sack the qb
Aldon is piece the 49ers have been missing since C.Haley-a bonafide pass rusher
He's a beast and should go to the pro bowl in his rookie year as well
love them both
Yes, Willis has been a complete ILB the past few years but that wasn't exactly the case during his rookie season. As a rookie, he was absolutely dominant stopping the run...but his cover skills weren't great yet (0 ints, 5 pass deflections as a rookie compared to 1 int, 12 pass deflections this season). I'm not knocking Willis at all. He's the best ILB in the game today (and has been for several seasons now). I'm just saying that although he was dominant as a rookie, he wasn't a do-it-all player YET.
Both players are/were amazing rookies. Willis had one of the greatest seasons for a rookie MLB and Aldon is having one of the greatest seasons for a rookie pass rusher. I personally can't say who was the better rookie...but IMO, its arguable because both have had an amazing impact on the Niners during their respective seasons. I don't think its a hands-down choice because an argument can be made for both.
2007 - Rookie Willis:
-Led team in tackles
-0 ints, 5 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles
-"Wow! He's amazing now...imagine when he improves his cover/pass rush skills!"
2011 - Rookie Smith:
-Led team in sacks
-Possible Pro Bowler (may miss it due to a technicality keeping him out the fan ballot)
-Set franchise record for rookie sacks (and may set an NFL record for rookie sacks)
-0 ints, 4 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles
-"Wow! He's amazing now...imagine when he improves his cover/run stopping skills!"