Originally posted by dtg_9er:They play very different styles and/or different positions. Aldon has looked freakishly good most of the year but isn't experienced dropping into coverage. If they change the D a bit to allow him to play as a rush specialist who can shut down a side against the run, I think he will explode with productivity. I'm suggesting that they use him sort of like Baltimore uses Suggs--move him all around so the O has no idea where he's coming from. He can still learn to cover as time goes by but until then he can wreck havoc on opposing teams QBs.
I believe this would be possible because the 9er MLBs are able to cover and make up for his moving around by filling the void. The only thing that would hold him back would be a lack of instincts, but that does not seem to be the case.
The reason Smiths tackles numbers are low is simple; Willis and Bowman. Miller doesn't have players of this caliber making tackles in addition to decreased snaps. As a linebacker miller is more complete, but a pass rusher Smith is his equal. Don't forget Miller has played two more years of football than Smith.