Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
My whole point is that its not fair to compare talents, they are two different positions with entirely different expectations. But we can talk about which position is more valuable, especially in todays NFL, and IMO OLB is much more important then ILB, especially when you are talking about two players both in the top three of their respective positions. That is my only point. Like i said, if i was building a team from scratch right now, and i could only take one or the other, i would have to take Aldon, simply because it is a harder position to find talent of his level.
If I was building a team from scratch I would also choose Aldon Smith but mostly because he is a couple years younger. Now if pat was the same age then I would take pat because he makes everyone around him better and is a leader. Aldon is not a leader. I am just getting frustrated with the faithful because IMO pat is underappreciated and undervalued. With the emergence of some young stars (Bowman and Aldon in particular), Willis is kind of pushed to the side or at least it seems that way.
I just don't see how a dominant passrusher who has a lot of growing to do is as important as the best ILB in the game who is a lot more polished.
Is your thinking behind the statement based on the league being more quarterback driven? Even though it may seem that way, I think it will eventually balance back out. I think your starting to see it with qb's being able to run the ball and WR's being more versatile and being a factor in the running game. Then you have Runningbacks like AP and CJ2K who can run for 2,000 yards.
I don't think passrushers are as scarce as you think they are. There are plenty in the league at both OLB and DE. I can name at least 20 that have recorded double digit sacks. Are they on aldon's level? no probably not but neither are any of the ILB's.
You point to contracts as evidence to ILB's not being as important as OLB's but if that was the case than why did the 49ers sign Navarro to a long term contract when they already had pat signed? They could've used that money on other more important needs in free agency like corner or olb but they didn't. They could've found a serviceable ILB to go along with the best ILB in the game but they didn't.
[ Edited by JimDrinkAMiller on Jun 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM ]