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Aldon Smith

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Cubbiebum, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    Think he deserves his own thread.

    1. He now owns the most sacks in first two seasons record, passing Reggie White. He's got 31.5 at this moment with 4.5 games left.

    2. He is on pace to set the single season sack record.

    My question, just how good is he and how much do the sacks come from having Justin Smith in front of him? To me, Justin Smith obviously helps but if you watch the games (I've watched all but one) he beats lineman 1-on-1 constantly. He does well in a speed rush but a lot of his sacks come from his great bull rush. He's got ridiculously long arms which makes it hard for lineman to get hands on him.

    Is he better than Clay Mathews?
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Aldon Smith also benefits from having the best run stopping linebacker pair in the league to alleviate a lot of those duties. But he's very, very good.

    Because I like being yelled at almost as much as I like making lists, Versatile's NFL pass-rusher power rankings:

    1. DeMarcus Ware
    2. J.J. Watt
    3. Von Miller
    4. Clay Matthews
    5. Aldon Smith
    6. John Abraham
    7. Cameron Wake
    8. Jason Pierre-Paul
    9. Mario Williams
    10. Geno Atkins
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Aldon Smith is the best insane and socially unacceptable player the 49ers have had since Charles Haley. I'm even skipping right over TO.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    When Reggie White came into the league, teams weren't passing 70 percent of the time.
  5. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Vers, the fact that sorry ass Mario Williams makes your list and Terrell Suggs doesn't is absurd.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Suggs is playing third downs only right now, right?

    Obviously, at full strength, he'd be top two.
  7. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Ok, I thought we were talking of the last few years.

    Suggs is back to playing full time, I believe.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    The Smith "Brothers" are proof Mizzou can churn out SEC-caliber talent.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I think he's top five. I think it obviously helps that he plays on a defense with so many top-level players.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    TO was crazy when he was with the 49ers, but most people didn't see that until he got to Philly.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Weeping uncontrollably after catching the game-winning TD vs. Green Bay in the '98 playoffs should have been a tip-off. I remember thinking, "WTF is wrong with this guy?"
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    People knew he was crazy in SF -- dancing on the star and his first coach and QB feuds were out here.

    But with Haley, I think the 49ers to this day feel somewhat fortunate that he did not severely injure or kill someone. And Smith is displaying some of those early tendencies -- he has had four eyebrow-raising incidents this year alone. My fave was his house party that ended with him getting stabbed and another person getting shot.

    Good traits to have in a pass rusher, though. Last thing you want there is a normal human being.
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