I just see Willis having to do more if Bowman is not on the field. PWilly came out on a tear, he singlehandedly gave the Niners their defensive identity. I will never forget that first season, I would show up to Qwest field to take my one shot to see the Niners live, I couldn't afford it when I lived in Cali. So I would proudly show up in my Niner gear only to see Alexander running all over us and taking some of the worst beatings we had taken since the pre Walsh days as a kid.
That rookie season for Willis changed everything, he played lights out and all over the field. It seemed line he was tackling everyone and involved with every play. So when he stuffed the Chickens and held Alexander to squat I was beaming. Just when it looked line the Chickens were going to get it going, BOOM, Willis shut them down and I got to see my first Niners win live because of it.
I sort of thought his play was dropping off, but I realized that Bowman was carrying a good chunk of the load and allowing PWilly to play in position. I think Willis is the best LB'er in the NFL and that Navarro is right behind him. There is also the wear and tear factor, don't look now, but PWilly is starting his 8th season this year. What happened?!?! I can remember his pick being announced like it was yesterday. He is still better, just more discipline and we are lucky to have them both on the same team. I like Brooks too, but he looks like he could get called for being offsides on nearly every play he is getting after it. Man those two are good.
[ Edited by Rathmanator on Feb 23, 2013 at 8:09 PM ]