Originally Posted by enjolras
Oh c'mon. Smith is a great pass rusher. Possibly better than Von. It's not like Von hasn't had his chances against weak offensive lines. You can argue that Von is asked to play a more complete role in the defense, and it's a valid argument. He has to cover far more than Smith, but it's hard to overlook just how dominant Smith has been.
There are three guys really deserving of the honor, I have trouble finding much space between them.
Have to disagree here. Smith is good, but he gets more pass rush opportunities than Von. Von is also dominant against the run with far more tackles for loss.