RolandDeschain wrote:Even scrub backup rushers can catch a tackle off balance sometimes. I'm not saying that's what Aldon Smith is, calm down, but my point is that we haven't seen Aldon without Justin; and you're making a pretty big assumption that guys like Reggie White played next to a dominant guy like Justin Smith in their first couple of years, which I don't think was the case.
That will be a big part of Aldon Smith's development. FWIW, he has been training extensively this offseason, and has appeared to be a much better citizen and much more focused. He has also incorporated some MMA into his game. There's no way to discount the fact that he had 19.5 sacks, all with Justin Smith in the lineup. So it'll be interesting to see how his career goes as Justin's skills start to wane.
Aldon does have work to do, but he has unique set of power, speed, quickness, and length.
He also has the most sacks EVER for two seasons. Regardless of the circumstances, that's still really impressive.
And I find it funny that he's not the guy other teams fans would want. Patrick Willis is great, but honesty Bowman may be better. Vernon has all the physical tools, but he still doesn't have Tony Gonzalez's hands.