Originally posted by andes14:
BY because he was a monster from day 1. Took Smith a while, but then again he was also misused as a 4-3 d-end. Still consider him on the Mt. Rushmore so to speak of all time niner defenders along with BY, Lott, and Willis though.
Originally posted by modninerfan:
Justin Smith is a better player... period
Bryant Young was a good player, one of my first favorite niners but Justin Smith is just better.
I agree. And it looks like the stats bear that out.
With three fewer years, Smith is already ahead in several categories. With even 3 more average years, Smith will surpass BY in every relevant statistic.
People just have a hard time admitting somebody is better than an "all-time great" even if the stats are there.
stats for a dlineman tell a portion of the story, for example sacks, if u get 12, thats less than 1 per game, theres many other plays (dozens per game infact) that tell the true story of whos better, i think by in his prime is slightly better than justin smith
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