Strong cases can be made for guys like DeMarcus Ware and Aldon Smith, but at the end of the day, there's no outside linebacker a front office would choose over Von Miller when building a defense. And if a team did choose another linebacker, they would be making an astounding mistake. Show More Summary
When most people think of the San Francisco 49ers nowadays, it's a dominant defense led by linebackers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith that leaps to mind. However, San Francisco also has an impressive array of offensive...Show More Summary
Zaviar Gooden is yet another linebacker who is shooting up draft boards as I type this. He was overlooked in Missouri's defense due to the presence of Sheldon Richardson the past couple seasons and even Aldon Smith before that. For Gooden, he needed to shine in postseason workouts. Show More Summary
The San Francisco 49ers have fielded an effective, sometimes dominant defensive line recently, even without factoring outside linebacker Aldon Smith into the line equation. That's why it was shocking to see ESPN's NFL scout, Matt Williamson,...Show More Summary
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The surgery reportedly took place a few weeks ago, and there is no firm timetable for Smith's recovery time.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith reportedly had surgery to repair a torn labrum during this offseason. Here are the details, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: I reported on Total Access: #49ers OLB Aldon Smith underwent surgery for a torn labrum a few weeks ago. Show More Summary
49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith had surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder earlier in the offseason, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday. The 23-year-old Smith recorded an NFC-high 19.5 sacks last season, but none after Dec. 9 — a six-game span that included the playoffs. He was on the injury report with a shoulder…
The Super Bowl happened more than a month ago. But since it was one of the more memorable Super Bowls in NFL history, there’s still stuff about the game worth mentioning. Especially when people who played in the game are still mentioning it. Appearing on WHB in Kansas City (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith…
Suzy Kolber and Ed Werder discuss the impact of Joe Flacco's contract on the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith looks ahead to the new season and looks back on the Super Bowl and the NFL32 crew discuss Dwayne Bowe's new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Potential is a dangerous word. The 2013 NFL Draft is filled with defensive linemen that are loaded with raw abilities, but they have just as much of a chance to bust as they do to become the next Aldon Smith. Last year, the Seattle Seahawks hit a home run with defensive end Bruce Irvin, the No. Show More Summary
Super Bowl XLVII is being hyped as a low-scoring, defensive battle, but the offenses of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will be on display. The 49ers' defense is led by lineman Aldon Smith. He will be looking to show the entire nation what he can do on the big stage. Show More Summary
Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is filled with engaging storylines. It is hard to imagine any one player being more vital to his team’s chances above the rest. Each of these teams will...Show More Summary
The good news for the 49ers is that linebacker Ahmad Brooks returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday with a shoulder injury. The bad news for the 49ers is that linebacker Aldon Smith also practiced on a limited basis. Per a league source, Brooks will play on Sunday, despite missing practice last week with…
Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Alex Smith's future. Eric Mangini breaks down how the Ravens can defend against Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would like on their team; Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt.
NEW ORLEANS -- ESPN.com's Dan Graziano had some fun asking San Francisco 49ers players to name the best athletes on the team. Aldon Smith went with... Aldon Smith. That came as no surprise to me. In an effort to loosen up Smith during...Show More Summary
NEW ORLEANS -- Aldon Smith was a disruptive force for the San Francisco 49ers during late, critical moments of the NFC Championship Game. The outside linebacker still hasn't collected a quarterback sack in five games and 52 days. That...Show More Summary
San Francisco 49ers passer rusher Aldon Smith is the key to everything his team does on defense. He finished second in the league in sacks, and was named team MVP by the 49ers yesterday. But six weeks ago, Smith fell into a horrible sack drought, and he hasn't brought a quarterback to the ground since. Show More Summary
Aldon Smith has 33.5 career sacks, the most for any player in his first two seasons since the NFL started keeping sack records in 1982. And his teammates and coaches voted him the 49ers’ MVP for a 2012 season in which he was second in the league with 19.5 sacks. So no one doubts just…
During today's session with the media, head coach Jim Harbaugh seemed a more relaxed and laid back compared to his usual self. It was good to see him in rare form as it allowed members of the media to fully explore all avenues during today's interview. Show More Summary
NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday that defensive end Aldon Smith's teammates voted him the squad's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season, which would make sense for a player with 19.5 sacks in the regular season. Show More Summary