Originally posted by ElephantHaley:
Willis is GREAT against the run and run blitzing and pass blitzing up the middle of course he's GREAT BUT......he consistently gets smoked in pass coverage and didn't Willson get behind him on TWO crossing patterns and one of them went for a SEACHICKEN TD. I don't get it, this guy gets all the notoriety from the homers yet Navaroo and Brock and even Ahmad Brooks have made more game changing plays then Willis. When Willis missed those two to three games and was replaced by Wilhoite the defense didn't even miss a beat. That speaks of coming 2014 paycut.
You dont seem to understand that when a LB is asked to cover a pass catcher, be it a WR or a TE, they are doing so out of necessity, not because theyre good at it. a LB in ANY kind of coverage is a mismatch, and is more often than not going to get picked on. It is also the job of the S to help him out in a case like that, so that Seahawks TD wasnt just on Willis. It was just bad coverage all around.
He gets notoriety because hes the best MLB in the NFL. NaVorro Bowman might be just as good, but Willis is still king until someone clearly unseats him. Ahmad Brooks is a pass rushing OLB. Its a completely different position. I cant stand when pass rushers get all this credit for being game changers, and MLB get no credit because of their job description.
Willis is the longest tenured defensive starter, and the defensive captain. To suggest that hes overrated because our D didnt miss a beat when Michael Wilhoite replaced him shows your true ignorance. Our D is loaded with veterans who make missing one single player less noticeable. We didnt lose a game the entire time Aldon Smith was in rehab. Was it because hes overrated, and can be replaced by Corey Lemonier? Of course not. Its because our D stepped up and filled the void like veterans.
You statement makes no sense. You basically call him replaceable, and in need of a 2014 paycut, yet you call him GREAT in what hes supposed to be doing on every play. Because hes only an average coverage LB, hes overrated as a football player? Give me a break. You should just stop talking,
If you asked every NFL scout about how many players are definitively better than Patrick Willis at the MLB position, theyd say "maybe 2, at most". All hes ever done in his career is make the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team. Every single year hes been a player. If hes lost any kind of step, hes fallen to the 2nd or 3rd best MLB in the NFL. Hardly justifies your position here.