Aldon Smith continued his assault on the NFL sack record with two more sacks in the San Francisco 49ers' win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. His performance was nothing new to his defensive teammates, who commended Smith's abilities after the victory.
Fellow pass rusher Justin Smith said that the second-year talent is currently in a league of his own. Safety Donte Whitner expressed a similar opinion:
"He's a young lion, and he's very hungry," Whitner said. "There's no way to stop him. He's like a new-age pass rusher because he's so elusive. You can't really teach a technique to block him. You need two or three guys to really stop him from making an outside move, inside move, spinning."
Smith now has 19.5 sacks and is in reach of the single season sack record of 22.5, set by former New York Giant Michael Strahan in 2001. With an average of 1.5 sacks per game in 13 contests, Smith is on pace to break the record by the final week of the season when the 49ers meet the Arizona Cardinals. With offensive line struggles, Arizona has allowed a league-high 48 sacks this year.
By recording 14 sacks in his rookie campaign, Smith has already set a record for most sacks in a player's first two season with 33.5 in just 29 games.