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Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:00 am
Aldon Smith picks up one of his record-breaking sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. (AP)
By Will Brinson

A blown transformer caused a power outage on Monday night in San Francisco. Or maybe 49ers rookie linebacker Aldon Smith just snuck out back of the stadium and swallowed that bad boy whole before the 49ers handed Pittsburgh a 20-3 loss in Candlestick Park.

Because, my goodness, Smith was off the charts, dominating the Steelers offensive line en route to recording 2.5 sacks and a pile of hurries and hits on a hobble Ben Roethlisberger. Smith's sacks were notable for more than just his performance Monday, though, as he broke Charles Haley's record for sacks in a season (12.5) by a 49ers rookie.

"The biggest thing with him is when there's a guy there ready to block he can just turn his hips, get skinny and get through there and still pressure on the quarterback," defensive tackle Justin Smith said afterward when asked about Aldon. "He's done it all year, he did it a bunch tonight and he's one of the reason we're where we're at."

Where they're at is the No. 2 seed in the NFC, a spot they'll lock down if they can beat the Seahawks and the Rams on the road over the next few weeks.

And where Smith should be is near the top of Defensive Rookie of the Year ballots. His 13 sacks are the best by any rookie in 2011, and even the other guy who might win the award, Von Miller, knows how good Smith is -- he told me before the season Smith would win the award.

If Smith plays the last two games like he did on Monday night, Miller might be right, at his own expense.

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:05 pm

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

Hes not Model Citizen but a hell of  a pass rusher and thats all that I care about

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:22 am

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

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Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:16 am

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

ROY? Sure, and you won't hear any stories about Aldon beating up his girlfriend, selling pot, driving his ferrari 130 MPH drunk or firing his unregistered handgun in a club at 2AM.  Why is that? He is a young man of character and a former Missouri boy! Midwestern character instilled during his collegiate career will last a lifetime.  M I Z...

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:24 am

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

What is great about this is that Mel Kiper and pretty much every other draft analyzer said that Aldon Smith was a huge reach and that he wasn't even going to be that great. Well now they sure are eating their words and being a niner fan, we all should have supreme confidence in Jim Harbaugh because seemingly everything he has done has worked.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:32 am

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

Aldon Smith was looking like a combination of Charles Haley and Bruce Smith tonight.  It's appears that first pick in the draft was a steal for the 49ers.  The sky is the limit for Aldon.  What a talent and acquisition.    

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:19 am

Aldon Smith makes Defensive ROY case Monday

Maybe I'm biased being a 49er fan, and admittedly I have not watched much of Von this year, but Aldon has been incredible all year! Watching him tonight was crazy, it seemed like every play he was getting pressure and using a variety of different moves to do so, he can rip, swim bull rush and just straight up knock a dude out of his way. Very impressive stuff and HUGE props to Harbaugh and Baalke for having the foresight and confidence to draft this guy 7th overall despite him not being projected to go that high!

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