Originally Posted by BigWillie
C'mon now, you want to cherry pick stats still? It's almost as valid an argument as saying Emmitt isn't as good a RB because he put up numbers against bad run defenses. Same thing for Troy, Michael and the gang.
Also, how can you compare one game (New England) to Merriman? It's the equivalent of talking about how Reggie White was shutdown by Erik Williams.
But again, why are you bringing up a knee injury from 2005 and correlating it to a hip injury in 2006? Especially when the meniscus injury did nothing to stop him from putting up great numbers from his DE position. The injuries have nothing to do with one another, and why it is even being brought up makes me wonder.
[View Full Quote]The hip injury didn't need rehab and didn't limit him after he had healed. Heck, it didn't even require surgery. He was on crutches for 8 weeks after the injury and was prepared to play in the Sun Bowl, but Gary Pinkel thought better of it since he had not practiced in 2 months and was coming off such a freak injury.
With Emmitt we are talking about a career, not a single season. And I did mention 'other good teams'. I mean if I have to type out Baltimore and Kansas City I guess I will. No sacks in two games against Kansas City and getting bowled over by Todd Heap for the game winning score. But as long as he rang up 9.5 sacks against the worst passblocking teams in the NFL, rock on.
Analyzing the stats is very important. If it had been 13 sacks against the lobos and .5 the rest of the season would you think differently? If it had been 6 sacks the entire year, but 2 against Joe Thomas would that make a difference? Level of talent faced is a big factor.
Regarding injuries: If he had broken a finger, I wouldn't even mention it. But when it has to do with his legs, then any injury has potential to be big. He played an entire year on a torn meniscus before having surgery because he aggravated it. What kind of shape is it in now? Will he experience any lockage as many people do? Will he reaggravate it requiring cleanup? Will he experience any swelling taking the abuse of an NFL season? Will he experience pain and eventual arthritis? Awww who cares about his knee, I mean it's only his second injury to his right leg.
He was held out of the Sun Bowl because a bone scan revealed his hip still hadn't fully healed, not because he hadn't practiced.
I think we are diverging from the original post, which is my fault. I like Brian Smith, I really do. I even drafted him in my mock draft, I think in the 7th, which is admittedly too low. However, I maintain my stance that unless I see him in some football-like action (all-star game, combine, personal workouts, etc.) I wouldn't trust that he is fully healed and ready to go. There are many other DE/OLB that have much fewer question marks and similar stats. Until Brian shows he is back and not thinking about his injury, I wouldn't want to chance a first day pick.