The San Francisco 49ers third year linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith said that he may be able to collect 30 sacks this season.
Last season, Smith recorded 19.5 sacks and is expected to obtain more this season. But 30 sacks would require the skills he already has, opportunity to get sacks and just plain old dumb luck. The easiest way for him to reach this goal is to play all 16 games and average just fewer than two sacks per game.
There are two important aspects about opposing teams, quarterback mobility or lack of mobility and if the team is pass heavy. Looking at the 49ers’ schedule and the starting quarterbacks on the teams they play, Smith might have several opportunities to get those sacks.
The 49ers have games against the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers, the Atlanta Falcons with Matt Ryan, the Houston Texans with Matt Schaub and the Jacksonville Jaguars with Blaine Gabbert. Though Rodgers is considered to be mobile, he was also sacked more than any other quarterback last year. The other quarterbacks are considered to be statuesque compared to Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the NFC West division Smith has two games against the Arizona Cardinals with veteran Carson Palmer and the St. Louis Rams with Sam Bradford. Both quarterbacks would probably look ridiculous running a bootleg. Smith needs to take advantage of his divisional games and the aforementioned games and put the quarterback down. With the team’s focus this year and Smith’s mixed martial arts training this offseason, he is poised to accomplish this lofty goal.