Originally posted by DirtyP:
Originally posted by strickac:Willis, easily.
Justin was nearly considered a bust early in his career. Willis instantly was in the elite status when he entered the league. Willis is the consensus best MLB in the game. Justin, even in his prime, is among the best, but he doesn't dominate his competition (other DEs) like Willis does.
I'm a huge Justin fan, but I think he'd be easier to replace than Willis. We're just fortunate to have guys like Bowman and McDonald complimenting them.
Not even close. Only considered a bust by Bengals fans who don't know how to appreciate good line play
Definitely the truth. He was the #4 overall pick. He had a good rookie season, but his stats declined from there and the Bengals continued to stink on defense. He never came close to posting the sack numbers Cincinatti hoped for. He was considered a high motor guy, who was solid in the run game, but couldn't get to the QB. That was as a 4-3 DE too. After another mediocre season, the Bengals let him go to free agency.
Bulking up and converting to the 3-4 saved his career. He went from a good pro to an All-Pro. No one could of predicted he'd be this good in the 3-4. Even when we signed him, it wasnt clear we're he'd play. He was a little light for DE and he didn't seem to have the pass rushing skills to play OLB.