Originally posted by DVDA:
Justin Smith was responsible for a ton of Aldon Smith's sacks with stunts yet he gets no credit for it. These lists are nice and all but they leave out a lot of important little things that guys like Justin Smith do all day long.
I think that Justin Smith does get credit for the work that he does.
Here is a quote from PFF.
"The Effect of Justin Smith: One Positive Pass Rush Grade From Week 15 to Season's End
It's amazing how quickly a strength for a team can be turned into a weakness for an individual, but Aldon Smith's late-season performances did raise the specter of how much he is, to an extent, dependent upon the presence of Justin Smith to his inside. The 49ers and Aldon Smith do so much work off Justin Smith's presence and his efforts in tying up and beating interior blockers, that when he is not there Aldon was left to carry the load as a pass rusher and his performance dropped away over the last two months of the 49ers' season.
From the time Justin Smith was injured against the Patriots in Week 15 to their eventual Super Bowl defeat, Aldon Smith did not register a sack (having notched 20 in 13 games before that) and his pass rushing grade was -4.8 in those final six games compared to a +17.2 in the 13 games with a healthy No. 94 at his side."
The problem with analysis, in my opinion, is that it does not seem to consider the fact that Aldon Smith was injured was almost half of the season.
Maybe, just maybe, Justin Smith actually gets too much credit for the sacks that Aldon Smith gets.