Originally Posted by AdamJT13
It's not close.
If Lee makes one impact play in a game, people point to it and talk about how great he is. If Ware makes one impact play in a game, people point to the other 65 plays and talk about how he disappears.
Lee is the best inside linebacker we've had in a long time and looks like he'll get much better, but he still has a ways to go -- and/or Ware has to decline quite a bit -- before he's on Ware's level as a player.
Ware is an all-time great who is still in his prime. Lee is still trying to get to a Pro Bowl level.
OK. I'll use Bob Sturm as a reference again.
He records what he calls 'splash' plays. According to him, Ware has 9 so far this season. Lee has 3.
Of course, it is not all about splash or impact plays, and we are lucky to have Sean Lee bolstering our defense, but Ware is one of the greatest players to ever grace the NFL. He is a shoe-in for Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame. Lee might get there, but he is not there yet, and it is doubtful that he will ever reach Ware's level. Few players will.