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.
I feel the exact opposite. Bowman and Willis are basically the same linebacker, but Bowman is more well rounded and better in coverage (which would explain why he didn't leave the field in any package, Willis did). Bowman also has had more signature moments and big plays in his short career than Willis has (killing the Falcons in the playoffs, then at the Stick's fairwell game, then the forced fumble/recovery that wasn't even awarded to him against Seattle in the playoffs, etc.) The only true signature moments I recall for Willis are when he chased down the Rams' receiver from the other side of the field and when he demolished the Jets' TE, neither of which meant much in the grand scheme of things as the team was stuck in mediocrity and neither play had any impact on a possible Championship run. I love Willis, but Bowman is the better player.
Another thing is we were able to plug pretty much anybody into Willis' spot next to Bowman and that guy had success. We will have to wait and see if the same can be said about Bowman's spot next to Willis. Hopefully Pat can elevate the guy next to him the way Bowman did when Pat was hurt.