Originally posted by TheGoldDiggerrrr:
Aldon is great at passrusher, but he's well crap at coverage and stoping the run. Willis and Bowman are like watching the same guy both can cover, stop the run and chase the qb. I also think brooks is more of a complete player than aldon great in pass and run plays, but hopefully aldon now in his 3rd season will do better at those areas and improve his weakness. Personally I think we have the best Lb core to ever see a nfl football field and it's amazing to watch this defense.
Your claim that Aldon is "Crap at coverage and stopping the run" is not supported by the numbers.
If we are going to compare players, we should compare Aldon Smith as 49er to Charles Haley as a 49er.
Charles Haley played six years for the 49ers. He played in 106 games and started 63.
In his career with the 49ers, Haley had 326 tackles, 66 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 0 passes defended.
Aldon Smith has played for the 49ers for two years. In those two years, he has played in 32 games and started 16.
Aldon Smith has had 102 tackles, 33.5 sacks, 1 interception, 5 passes defended, and 5 forced fumbles.
Smith has averaged 51 tackles, 16.75 sacks, 2.5 forced fumbles, 0.5 interceptions, and 2.5 passes defended year.
Over his career with the 49ers, Haley averaged 54.33 tackles, 11.8 sacks, 2.33 forced fumbles, 0.167 interceptions, and 0 passes defended.
Aldon Smith is a better pass rusher than Haley was
Aldon Smith is fundamentally as good as Haley was against the run.
Aldon Smith is better against the pass than Haley was.
And if I remember correctly, nobody has ever complained about Haley's run defense or coverage skills.
[ Edited by buck on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM ]