Originally posted by joshuatree:
Originally posted by susweel:I love pat but he's no bowman.
I know we are splitting hairs here but I feel Patrick's game is more well rounded. Bowman is the prototypical MLB tackling machine.
Bowman is faster, has quicker change of direction, and is better at rushing the passer, but Willis is the far better tackler of the 2, and is the better run stuffer.
Bowman is just younger and better is certain areas, so Willis gets overshadowed sometimes. In my mind Willis is still the best tackler in football. Hes also more disciplined in the run game. If you watch the Lynch TD run in the NFC title game, Bowman didnt maintain his gap integrity, which allowed Lynch (along with a horrible mistake by Reid), to cut back in and break away. Willis NEVER makes those kinds of mistakes in run defense.
Of all people, 49ers fans should know that Willis is just as good. They just bring elite abilities to different aspects of the game, all while doing everything else at an all-pro level as well.