Dear Aldon Smith…

I think it’s time we had a chat. I owe you an apology.

Earlier this year, April 28 to be exact, I was less than enthusiastic about you. When your name was called as the seventh overall pick by the Niners I was confused, bewildered and pissed off. I believe my exact words with something along the lines of “who the hell is Aldon Smith and why does the 49er front office hate us all?”

I wasn’t very big on you, I must say. I was hoping for Prince Amukamara, or at least Christian Ponder on Blaine Gabbert. When your name was called, it was a bit of a shock, and given the Niners’ recent history with “project” draft picks in the early rounds, I figured we should save everyone some time and just send you straight to Seattle for a sixth-rounder.

I was wrong. Very, very wrong. It turns out you are a pretty damn good player. It turns out you are a snarling sackbeast that runs over 300-pound tackles en route to hitting quarterbacks before then even finish their drops.

You had Ben Roethlisberger so worried, he forgot that his foot was being held to the rest of his leg by a roll of athletic tape. When you destroyed Tampa, I could smell the load in Josh Freeman’s pants from my couch.

You, sir, were one hell of a draft pick.

Okay, it has certainly helped matters that they other positions of need were filled quite well on their own. Carlos Rodgers has come out of nowhere to become a guy QBs deliberately throw away from. Jim Harbaugh has managed to turn Alex Smith around from a QB who just did enough to lose to the guy who manages to keep them ahead when the clock runs out.

But you, sir, have had one hell of a season. When you put Sam Bradford into the St. Louis turf (and being that its your first game back in your home state, we know you will be amped to do just that) you will claim the rookie sack record and I will feel like a complete ass for reacting the way I did to your April selection.

Thanks. I’ve never been so happy to look so dumb.

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68 Responses to Dear Aldon Smith…

  1. xoot says:

    JDR — your well-written apology sums up a great sub-plot in this season. Now let us see what the young guy can do in the playoffs.

    Over on sfgate, I thought I got banned, but then I logged in this afternoon. Are none of my comments showing up? I go on vacation and get banned for my occasional posts? Perfect. In any event, mossback definitely went ballistic. He convinced VK to add the name I usually use to address him — “mosshead” — to the banned word list. (Try to post it, see if you get the same result I did.) What tools.

    Thanks again for this blog!

  2. Nipper says:

    Niners!

  3. shaman138 says:

    It could be argued that Aldon Smith is possibly a saintly character, comparable to Ghandi or Mother Theresa.

  4. Nipper says:

    Trounce the LAMBS!

  5. Nipper says:

    Today especially when the NINERS win and they better, this blog should awaken from its slumber. We need some life here!

  6. mailorderwife says:

    Go 49ers!

  7. mailorderwife says:

    Heh…loved that trick FG for a TD.

  8. Chico says:

    Whew… A little too close for comfort, but we’ll take the first round bye and a playoff game at home. Niners!

  9. A1985Mattalac says:

    Admitting you were wrong, what a concept! Eloquent post, JDR. The doomers could learn a thing or two about humility. Their double standard allows them to freely bash Giants brass and never acknowledge moves that paid off. Glad the Niners pulled it out today.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Raiders aren’t getting any pressure on Rivers. It’s pitch and catch with Gates. How can the biggest most obvious target on SD get open every damn play?

    2 weeks off the the Niners! Woo hoo! Atl looks pretty hot today, but who hasn’t laid a beat-down on TB? Hopefully Atl can at least beat the crap out of NO for their game here . . .

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Shaman, sorry ’bout the Raiders. They couldn’t stop anything today.

    • Nipper says:

      Yeah Raiders D ……ouch! Somebody over there has to be fired!

    • shaman138 says:

      Yeah, Raiders D is a sad sack of shit but I’d be concerned about the Nine-Uhs….barely sqeaked by the Rams and Seahawks and now the Saints and/or Packers are on the way. Hell, at least your team is in the playoffs…

  12. IDK who to be more disappointed in…my Rams or my Ray-duhs…

    At least the Rams gave it a go…my new ‘hometown’ team looked like shit against the Chargettes…

    • shaman138 says:

      Simply pathetic effort by a team that does not deserve to even sniff the playoffs….bounce Chuck Brenshithan and get our good players back and we’ll be good next year but the Raiders’ D need a major overhaul…..

  13. shaman138 says:

    There’s always next year….Chuck Brenshithead single-handedly flushed the Raiders’ season down the toilet, IMO. Fuck him…and..

    …How bout them Cowboys? Bwaahahahahaha!

    • Nipper says:

      Cowboys suck too. As for the Raiders, their 8 wins is the same for the Cowboys. San Diego finished with 8 wins and their coach will be shit-canned! Tampa Coach got the axe today. Rams coach was booted. Football is a cruel game when you can’t win and win big.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Indy’s been gutted . . .

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Sham, if you had told me before the season that the Niners would end up the #2 seed, I would have danced a jig across the state.

    Good, bad, or indifferent, and even if they lose, the Niners are headed in the right direction. Shit, give Harbaugh another draft and a proper preseason, and hey, they’ll be a playoff team for the foreseeable future.

  16. Fucking Stanford BLOWS the game…THREE times no less!

  17. Nipper says:

    Okies rule! Stanford fails to be perfect!

  18. I take issue with your splash avatar, bags…

  19. Chico says:

    Fuck Stanford… They will now fall back down to earth.. Seriously though, that was a great game and Luck is unreal on the run, let alone in the pocket… I say trade two first round DP’s and go for him (the Colts will probably be asking for more than that) but he’s too good not to go after. Far fetched, but I would be all for it.. Now thumbs down me 😉

    • shaman138 says:

      Good idea but when you have what was one of the worst defenses in pro football history even the best QB will fail you, two 1st round picks traded for him or not.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Chico, you talking about the Raiders or the Niners? The Raiders are down to a 4th and 5th pick in the 2012 draft. And they’ve lost a 2nd in 2013. They have nothing left to offer Indy.

    • JDR says:

      Is that 2013 pick the conditional one that becomes a 1st if Palmer starts a playoff game next year? It’s a shame, because with their offense, the D is just one or two players away from getting them to the playoffs, especially with that division being as fucked as it is.

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Getting Luck would mean mortgaging the future of the team. I don’t see the Niners doing that. It would take a HUGE amount of picks to get Indy off of that spot. Like what Ditka did to get Reggie Williams.

    http://blog.nola.com/saintsbeat/2009/04/wedding_photo_of_mike_ditka_an.html

  22. Chico says:

    Someone on KNBR (forgot which host) had a guy on apparently in “the know” who said the Colts would be willing to trade for the pick and probably wouldn’t be asking for the whole farm.. Who knows, I was just going off of what he said and the idea sounded intriguing. I don’t see the Colts going for it either though, Manning is 35, 3 neck surgeries… Time for them to re-load at QB.

    • slats says:

      I heard that same thing on 95.7 except the whole farm part. Jim Irsay supposedly has a of dedication to Manning and would have more trouble making the commitment to an inevitable parting of the ways like SF did with Montana. Irsay fired Chris Polian who would probably not pass on Luck and do the smart thing with a once in 25 years QB, but who knows.

      • JDR says:

        My first instinct is to say the Colts are incredibly stupid if they passed on Luck. At second glance, however, Manning is a pocket QB who aside form the neck stuff has been very healthy. He could play at an elite level for another five years, and as close to a sure thing as Luck is, he’ll be lucky if he ever reaches Manning’s level. I won’t agree with them if they trade the pick, but I also see the reasoning.

  23. unca_chuck says:

    The Colts would be ridiculed by the football world, and their fans would revolt if they passed on Luck.

    Yeah, there’s no such thing as a sure thing, but Luck’s about as close as you can get.

  24. Who the FUCK is ”BandRacism?” Dude is a mega jerk

  25. unca_chuck says:

    “Oh, NO!! they’ve killed Kenny!”

    “You bastards!!”

  26. Chico says:

    Where the fuck is xoot?

    • slats says:

      he reincarnated as posterchild

      • Chico says:

        Yeah bud, he didn’t even say anything wrong that night he got blocked.. That was a fucked up thing Mosshack did.. Seriously, we’re all adults right? People need to grow some skin if they can’t handle a conversation and stay away from the “report abuse” button. I think that’s fucking weak-sauce.. Enjoy your weekend.

        • xoot says:

          mosshead’s a fool, slats seems to enjoy the show. It’s been almost a week, but I’m sitll on Maui time. Man that little 6-day trip was fun!

  27. mailorderwife says:

    Happy birthday, SFDF!!! I bet you’re out somewhere causing trouble.

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