Originally posted by buck:
There are still plenty of games to be played, but at this point I still think JJ Watt has to be considered the best bet to win the DPOY.
My evaluation of Aldon Smith does not rest entirely on his winning or not winning the DPOY award.
Yesterday, Aldon Smith tied Fred Dean for the most sacks in a season with 17.5.
It seems safe to assume that he will break the team record.
Aldon Smith has already reached 30 sacks faster any player in NFL history--well the history since sacks became an official statistic.
With 31.5 sacks in his first two years, Aldon Smith has passed Reggie White as the player with the most sacks in his first two years.
Aldon Smith has developed his overall game enough to be rationally considered one of the dominant outside linebackers in the NFL.
The team really did need a good outside linebacker, and Aldon Smith has surpassed expectations and has become an excellent OLB.
Props to Aldon Smith.
Excellent post, buck! I agree.
Really, individual awards in a team sport are sort of contradictory. Nice to get the recognition, but really, its about how the team played.
To that end, I can't think of another defense that plays as well together as the Niners this year.
If one were to base DPOY on things other than just stats, Justin Smith would have to be considered. He frequently helps Aldon get to the QB and makes everybody around him on D better. As great as Watt has played this year, individually, I haven't seen him make the kind of self-sacrificing plays that Justin Smith makes, routinely.
Aldon has grown tremendously this season. He's showing coverage ability that no one suspected or thought he could. He belongs in the conversation about DPOY, along with Watt and Miller, AND Justin Smith. IMHO.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Dec 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM ]