J.J. Watt vs. Aldon Smith: Who’s The NFL’s Newest Sack King?

4823991With 2 games left in the 2012 season, Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt are each sitting 3 sacks away from Michael Strahan’s single season NFL record of 22.5 sacks.  Both these guys are ready to take the mantle of the NFL’s Sack King, but who is the man? 

TALE OF THE TAPE

J.J. Watt, DE, Texans

 

Aldon Smith, OLB , 49ers

19.5

SACKS

19.5

74

TACKLES

58

3

FORCED FUMBLES

3

15

PASSES DEFENSED

1

  • 350x-623-e1348840948600The Case For J.J. Watt

The fact the J.J. Watt is even sniffing the sack record from the 3-4 DE position is a historic feat on its own.  The DE in the 3-4 defense is supposed to be a two-gap body that frees up LBs to make tackles.  They are not supposed to be disrupting QBs at the rate Watt is or collecting as many tackles as he does.  Any conversation about Watt has to include his supreme knack for knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage.  Just when you think he can’t get more badass, you realize that he is played with a dislocated elbow all season.  There is no one in the league that does it better or anyone who has ever played the game who did it better than Watt is doing.  He is only 23-years-old and is in his 2nd year in the league, so the sky is the limit for Watt.

  • The Case For Aldon Smith

The pick was panned by most when the 49ers draft Smith out of Missouri in the 1st rd of the 2011 draft, but he has paid off in Aces.  He has broken Hall of Famer Reggie White’s sack record for his two seasons (33.5 currently) and has 2 more games to add to it.  Smith is the game’s premier pass rusher and is the key piece in San Fran’s pressure D.  Some of the things Smith does to help the 49ers will not show up in the stat lines, so that is why Watt’s numbers may look better.  Just don’t forget that Aldon Smith is one of the best pure rushers in the game and he is doing all that the 49ers need him to do.

Strahan%20sackWith all that being said, J.J. Watt is my pick.  He is the most dominant defensive player to come along in some time.  He has to be accounted for on every play by at least 2 blockers and with his ability to knock down passes, that sometimes doesn’t matter.  He is strong against the run and can straight shutdown a passing offense.  I honestly hope that both of these guys break Strahan’s record.  I think Strahan is a Hall of Famer and hell of a player, but it pisses me off that he has the sack record because Brett Favre took a dive

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