Originally posted by Heed49er:
It's only his second year.
It is a bit unnerving that he's gotten nada without Justin Smith. Niners need to draft a J Smith clone for the future.
The problem isn't necessarily the absence of JSmith but also lack of creativity in the pass rush. Why didn't see the stunt with RJF or even Ray Mac? Why does it HAVE to be with Justin???? Why was Aldon only next to Ray Mac on a handful of snaps? Why doesn't Aldon move inside on 3rd downs like Kiwanuka does with NYG?(im beating this topic with a dead horse because I want to see it). Fangio only rushes 4 players on every play, rarely, if ever do we rush 5+ -- on the plays we blitz a CB we usually drop the OLB next to them into coverage.
Also as others have said its only Aldon's 2nd year(1st as a complete OLB) and IMHO we're asking him to do too much reaction/reading rather then just rush the QB and tackle the RB if needed. He was drafted to be a pass rusher, not an all-around player like Brooks, we need to turn him loose and let him do his thing without handcuffs. Have more pre-snap movements with him and Brooks and more dynamic rushing concepts.