Originally posted by billbird2111:
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.
Yes. I am aware that Aldon is doing more. Thank You for pointing out the obvious. That was why I qualified the statement before and after I made it. I even made YOUR point in my post.
No need to relax as I stated I wasn't making a criticism.
EDIT: Sorry...was a bit harsh there. LOL. Just annoyed by the number of people who act like I just said Aldon was a bust or something. I am well aware of WHY his production may go down, but it is still something to watch for.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Sep 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM ]