Originally posted by JimDrinkAMiller:
Damn Aldon is a beast! 51 tackles a game? lol so he gets 816 tackles a year, 268 sacks a year and 40 FF?
Funny because the stats you provided do not prove that aldon is good at coverage or against the run. 1 interception in 2 years means nothing and 51 tackles a year doesn't mean he is a great run stuffer. 5 passes defended in 2 years is also not impressive when you consider JJ Watt a defensive end who isn't asked to drop back in coverage had more than triple the passes defended in 1 year than aldon did in 2. Now I do think he has improved tremendously at both compared to his rookie year, but if your going to try to prove him wrong than make sure your stats apply to your argument. I don't think PFF teaches you that..
But seriously the fact that he averages a sack a game is awesome. But to say that he is better than Willis is a stretch. Just because Grant stepped in and played phenomenal when Willis went down doesn't mean Willis is more expendable than Aldon or that he isn't as great of a player. Willis is the leader of the defense and does so many things that don't show up on the stat sheet.
First, I never compared Aldon Smith to Patrick Willis. I compared Smith to Charles Haley.
Comparing Willis to Aldon Smith does not make as much sense as comparing him to Haley. In four of his six years, with the 49ers Haley played OLB.
The stats seem to indicate that he was as good as Charles Haley in run defense and pass coverage.
Smith clearly compares well to Haley in all aspects of the game.
Second, I differed with the claim that Aldon was crap on run defense and in pass coverage.
I never said that he could not or should not improve.
I still do not think he is crap in either run defense or pass coverage. I think the stats do not support the original claim.
Was does PFF have to do with my post? I did not cite them.
[ Edited by buck on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM ]