Originally posted by Hoovtrain:
Hmm. Seems as though Matt Barrows, a man who is as close to the team as anyone, disagrees. But what does he know
Comment From RedsmallyRedsmally: ]
has aldons play fallen off or are we just not bringing enough blitzes?
I watched him pancake Michael Oher in the second quarter Thursday. His play hasn't fallen off. He's more prominent against passing teams. (He and the 49ers pass rushers *should* play well Sunday against a very banged-up Rams offensive line).
Pancaking Michael Oher doesn't count because he had a hard life growing up. He was homeless at one point. Have some sympathy for the guy. Aldon should be ashamed of bullying Michael Oher. The guy is trying to get his life together for goodness sake.
The other sacks don't count either. Stafford shouldn't have been in the endzone for that safety, and he should have looked around the field, rather than fumbling the ball around after he was hit from behind (cheap shot) by Aldon Smith.
The other sacks probably shouldn't count either for other various reasons. So if you combine what Aldon Smith has done on the field, should-have-been 0 sacks, with what he has done on the sidelines, another big fat ZERO SACKS, then I think its obvious to see that he is really not doing a whole lot for us.
Forget about the fact that he is the most dominant pass rusher on a per-snap basis. That shouldn't count.
1) He is a bully (see Michael Oher above).
2) He delivers cheap shots to players who aren't looking (see Stafford above).
3) He has done NOTHING to develop his sideline game (where he has a grand total of 0 sacks).
All those "per-snap" numbers are the result of luck, illusion, bullying, and name recognition (rookie of the week 2 times).
This "Lord of Illusions" will be EXPOSED, just as the Niners were against the Giants, or wait, I mean the Ravens. And if the coaches were smart, Aldon would keep all of his per-snap bull-rushing, pocket-collapsing, quarterback pressuring, sacking, pancaking shenanigans on the sideline 100% of the time where they can't hurt anybody.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Nov 29, 2011 at 4:25 PM ]