49ers: Early return of Aldon Smith would provide huge boost

| 2 years ago

49ers: Early return of Aldon Smith would provide huge boost


PFF-headlinesIn a story first reported by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, there is a possibility that Aldon Smith’s nine-game suspension could be reduced to seven games, enabling him to return to the playing field after the 49ers’ current bye week.

The 49ers pass rush could use a much-needed spark, as it has struggled for most of the season getting consistent pressure on the quarterback. Benching Corey Lemonier (-4.7 pass rush grade) for rookie Aaron Lynch (+5.0 pass rush grade) has paid off, but the Niners still aren’t getting much production from Ahmad Brooks, whose -7.9 overall grade ranks 48th out of 49 outside linebackers.

There is no question Aldon Smith is one of the premier pass rushers in football, and his numbers in just 11 games last season show how much disruption he can cause in the passing game.

Pass Rush Snaps

Sacks

Hits

Hurries

Total Pressures

% Pressure

Pass Rush Grade

Overall Grade

49ers OLBs (2014)

439

6

6

21

33

7.5%

-1.2

-6.9

Aldon Smith (2013)

379

9

9

37

55

14.5%

+16.5

+23.4

  • B

    Could be great for my Fantasy team as well! I need SF to get back to being a sack machine!

  • Darren Kirven

    Come on alden smith. We need you. The team cant get even close to the opponents qb’s without you. Got to have you in that starting line up. Please keep your cool and stay away from trouble. Please!!

  • corners

    Doesnt look good when the nfl reduces only star players suspensions, like big ben.

  • Jay Kay

    Our D was great without 75% of starting LBs. Now we have discovered Borland and Lynch. Look out for this D!