but since we can only choose one player, i have to go with David Akers....if he didn't make those fieldgoals for us, we'd be f**ked
no one on offense consistently helped us get TDs to take advantage of the great field position our defense and special teams got for us. So Akers was asked to do soo much this year, and he has came through.
Honestly? I think Andy Lee. It's tough... At first I thought Alex or Justin Smith, but I really think Andy Lee. Yeah, I know... the punter. But still... Over the course of a season, winning the field position battle is a major, major advantage.
I won't put down Justin or Alex Smith though. Justin Smith came up with a lot of clutch plays, was stout against the run, and formed a formidable pass-rushing tandem with Aldon. Alex Smith on the other hand was the orchestrator of our offense this season. Sure, we didn't put up prolific numbers, but you can tell that we have a very complex system and the offense performed their part as planned, all season long. He played his role, albeit it wasn't a centerpiece like a Tom Brady or Drew Brees... but without him fulfilling that role the way he did, we could've lost some very close games.
You could also say Akers, Lee, or ASmith, maybe even Bowman. Their excellent or vastly improved play enabled this team to accomplish what it did. BUT, Justin Smith set the tone for this team -- his relentless motor and professionalism are amazing -- and he saved two games for us at least -- Philly and Giants.
Originally posted by spizzy:
When you ask yourself this question, the answer is very clear
Who could we NOT win without?
I asked myself the question and without hesitation, delineation , aberration , and swear under ONE NATION "we can and do win with or without #11." Scoreboard matters and the single season record holder for points scored is.............................................David Akers. Decided too many games to dismiss his VALUE to this team. Akers it is then
My first reaction was "no brainer, its gotta be Justin Smith" but with a little more thought I have to go with David Akers. Dude was consistent and clutch for us all year. Not that "Cowboy" wasn't but when I look at the way we play/win games, I just don't think we would be where we are now without a kicker the caliber of Akers.
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