Just curious to see what you guys think. ADVANCED POLL!!!
I gotta go with Chris Clemons, Max Unger, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Not bad, but most on defense obviously. You guys? Any you thought I missed?
CANHawk wrote:MRob is elite.
Sidney is knocking on the door of elite.
KJ will be elite this time next year.
MontanaHawk05 wrote:Unger's close, Clemons is somewhat of a system product (albeit an awesome one)...the other four, I think, would be anchors on any team.
olyfan63 wrote:A healthy Rice for a full season with an in-sync QB targeting him could easily approach elite status.
I was really torn about the Clemons pick. It's the "system" argument. But dammit, the dude has flat made plays against some very good O-Lines. Just ask Aaron Rogers...
Can anyone with a strong opinion pro or con on Clemons as "elite" make the case for or against him with some good data points we should be considering?
Data point #1 is the 'Hawks just gave him a new contract. So far Clemons is playing at or ABOVE his contract, IMO. (Another chorus of kudos to the front office on both signing him and having him play "worth it"). But what does "elite" mean? I think Clemons is elite for a LEO in Carroll's defensive system. But I don't know if he is elite in other team's defensive schemes. Philly didn't seem that upset to let him go. And do we call Irvin elite too if he gets 15 sacks as a rook?
Sarlacc83 wrote:I love Lynch with all my heart, but he doesn't have the type of breakaway speed to be elite. I wouldn't trade him for another back, but if I'm being objective about elite status, that's my honest opinion.
mjwhitay wrote:Elite is a big word. I think we have 5.
Unger, Red, and Clemons are close
Browner, chancellor, Wagner, Robinson, and KJ Wright round out the potential pro bowlers
This team definitely gets 6-8 on the pro bowl roster. The first four are locks to get voted in by the players. No question.
MissoulaHawk wrote:I'm a little surprised more people picked mebane than clemons. Not that mebane isn't a nightmare in the middle, but Clemons is the type of player that quarterbacks must account for before every snap, or at least he's nearing that realm.