Originally posted by Marvin49:
3) Aldon Smith: Not so much a criticism as just as a concern. He was a monster against the run last night. Very nice to see that he can play well in that role. What concerns me is that he doesn't seem to have the same explosion as I saw last year. It is very possible tho that it's because he's playing on every down, has more run responsibility, and they are running alot of 3 man rushes. Just something I'll be keeping my eyes on.
Harbaugh and Fangio are asking Aldon to take on far more responsibility this year.
Last year? He was the "sack specialist," the mode of Fred Dean. The coaches wanted him to pin his ears back and rush the passer, which is exactly what he did.
This year, he's got to watch for the run. Plus, I've seen him drop back into coverage once or twice. Plus, the hip pointer still might be bothering him.
In other words: RELAX
I hear you about Delanie though. I'm sure those drops are killing him, just as much as they are killing us.