Aldon Smith is key to the 49ers’ defense, being named the team’s MVP yesterday. While finishing second in the league in sacks, Smith has been in an awful sacking drought for the past six weeks.
Smith argues that the reason he hasn’t been able to sack the QBs is because opposing teams have allocated more players towards blocking him:
“A lot more guys coming to block me. I’m getting double-teamed a lot, triple-teamed at times, and then the quarterbacks are getting the ball out fast. Another thing that’s really cool about that is if I’m not making a play, a lot of times I’m getting double-teamed a sack comes from somebody else. I might not get it, but at the end of the day the stats still say it’s a sack.”
The drought began when defensive end Justin Smith was injured against the Patriots. Many people thought that absence of Justin Smith was the reason why Aldon was struggling, but even after Justin made it back to the field, Aldon continued to find it difficult to make his way to the opposing team’s quarterback.
This is what he told NFL.com:
“That’s just a straight statistic, but what you don’t always see is teams play us a little bit differently. Quarterbacks drift on us a little bit more, and we’ve been playing some really good quarterbacks in (Matt) Ryan and (Aaron) Rodgers. They’re timing guys. They’re getting rid of the ball quick. They do their job really well, as well, so it makes our job a little bit tougher.”
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