Found December 16, 2012 on NESN.com:
The 2012 NFL season has been just as much about young pass rushers as it has been about rookie quarterbacks. While Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are battling it out for offensive rookie of the year honors, second-year defenders Von Miller, Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt are each fighting for defensive player of the year. With three games to go, all three players are within reach of Michael Strahan‘s 2001 record of 22 1/2 sacks. Smith is on pace for 25, Watt for 21 and Miller for 20. The 49ers’ Smith may have the best chance at the sack record, but that doesn’t mean he should automatically win defensive player of the year. Still, one of those three players should take home the award. Smith is your pretty traditional pass rusher, but that’s not a knock on him. Simply, there have been other players like him, and there will be more like him in the future. In the league right now, DeMarcus Ware or Clay Matthews could be considered similar players. All three are every-down...
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