Aldon Smith hasn’t played a game for the San Francisco 49ers since September 22nd, so NFL fans have kind of forgotten about the havoc that Smith has wreaked on opposing quarterbacks for each of the last three seasons. Smith is back on the 49ers’ roster after a month-long stint in an alcohol-treatment center, which isn’t good news for the rest of the NFC.
After a rookie season of 14 sacks, Smith turned it on in 2012 with a team-high 19.5 sacks. In fact, Smith was in the running for Defensive Player of the Year Award, but J.J. Watt took the home the honors instead. Either way, Smith’s All-Pro campaign in 2012 was quickly marred by constant off-the-field troubles. His troubled past hit a head when he was arrested for drunk driving late in September, thus prompting Smith to leave the 49ers and enter himself in rehab.
Felony weapon charges aside, Smith can still get to the quarterback, which is something that San Francisco is going to need if an NFC West title is in the cards.