San Francisco 49ers have the NFL's best linebackers, and it's not close
Our Experts Discuss
- by Asa Beal,
- Senior Analyst
NFC West running backs, take heed. It will be four more years of the All-Pro tandem of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman killing your yards per carry.
Add to those stalwarts the deadly pass-rushing combination of Aldon Smith (NFL-leading 16.5 sacks) and Ahmad Brooks (5.5 sacks), and San Fran has a young, defensive core in place for years.
Sorry AFC North, your dominance of the smash-mouth defense concept is at an end. A few years ago the Steelers' LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, Larry Foote and Lawrence Timmons would have closely beaten out Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Bart Scott and others for Baltimore. But no more!
They will be good for a few years...but I expect the cap and likely injury will start forcing choices by 2014-15...but they will be together and have a shot at a championship...
Is San Fran now your 2nd favorite team Asa?
The niners just need to figure out who to start at QB.....
Who has more trade value, Alex Smith or Kaepernick?
Kap more trade value. No one wanted Smith on the cheap as a FA last season...
Kaepernick's value is inherently tied to Jim Harbaugh. Immediate success in the NFL turns a lot of heads. Once the Ws started piling up, everything about Harbaugh was scrutinized and imitated. His schemes, the players he develops and even his, ahem, unique decision-making process are all currently in high regard. Since trade value lies in perception outside the org, everyone else will prefer Kap because Harbaugh prefers Kap.