I don't think he is really taking plays off, his lateral movement is not as well when he is chasing a smaller player. Lets not forget he is a tall player.
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Originally posted by Harkonnenzombie:
Right now Aldon is a huge beneficiary of Justin Smith because he can take on 2 blockers, which allows Aldon less traffic to get to the quarterback. Worried to see what he could be like when Justin retires in a few yrs. Really hope im wrong though
To be fare, i think he is wore down more than anything. Of course he benefits from cowboy, andy OLB would, but his body being wore down has just been amplified by loseing cowboy.
Everyone is making a big deal out of the no sacks over the last few games. But he almost had two against seattle, that the qb simply wiggled his way out of, He had brady dead to rights twice, one was an obvious hold, and the second he looked like he went for a strip and simply didnt wrap as he was doing so and brady wiggled loose. and he had a nice stuff against AZ.
He has 66 total tackles and 50 solo. He is wore down and besides that, his sacks have always seemed to come in a couple game spurts, and then after that comes a couple off games as far as sacks are concerned.
Like i said previously. Rush OLB's dont really peak at aldons age. They get better as they develope a bit of experiance, stamina, and strength. Need to keep him fresher next year with a solid rotation. This Bye week should help him get fresh, and i expect him to come on stronger in the playoffs.
Originally posted by Niners99:
Are you serious? A huge part of his game is based on Justin Smith. Thats why he stopped getting sacks. Theyre like a 1-2 punch. Smith creates the lane, and Aldon puts the heat on the QB. Hes a free lance pass rusher, so hes looking for a blitzing lane. Theres not much he can do if he gets caught behind good blocking. It makes no sense to call him lazy after 19.5 sacks in 14 games. You could tell immediately in the Pats game when Smith got hurt that it affected him.
Originally posted by PhillyNiner:
No pass rusher really goes all out on every play in my opinion. First of all, not all plays call for it, he could have been in set the edge mode, or watching for the screen. Secondly sometimes the rush is supposed to be delayed a bit to match up with a stunt and the ball comes out too fast. Thirdly sometimes a guy tries to power rush rather than speed rush and the Tackle picks him up...it looks like he isnt trying since once they lock up its a stalemate.
Originally posted by mayo49:
Yeah, I noticed he doesn't go all out everytime. Especially, on run plays. He just needs to get his second wind.
Originally posted by fister30:
He hasn't really looked the same since he injured his shoulder a few weeks ago.