The Curious Case of (Newly Released) Aldon Smith

I find it very interesting that Charles Haley is inducted into the Hall of Fame at the same time that Aldon Smith gets popped for another DUI. Both guys are phenomenal pass rushers. Both had major character issues that caused problems in their lives. Haley’s issues ran from pissing in Carmen Policy’s potted plants in his office to taking a shit on Steve Young’s car to countless other run-ins with teammates and opponents to the point of pissing everyone off. It got so bad that Eddie D, in a fit of hubris, decided to pawn off the problem child to hated foe Dallas, thinking he’d cause a shit-ton of problems over there. Well, that backfired in about the most horrendous way possible for Eddie and the Niners as Dallas reeled off 3 Super Bowls with Charles in charge on the defense.

Haley has been very forthcoming about his diagnosis with bipolar disorder, and how he hid from it most of his life. Never asking for help as he would feel weak to do so, etc. He has also said ‘I’m done saying sorry as I’ve spent the last 4 years doing that, and how many times can I say it?’ Which leads us to Aldon Smith. He’s a very smart kid who comes across as thoughtful and eager to move on past his earlier problems. He has said all the right things lately, and has kept his nose clean. Til now. Smith was arrested by the Santa Clara police for DUI hit and run and vandalism charges. I’m assuming the vandalism is due to damage from his car tearing shit up, but there are no details as of now as to what happened.

Smith has already come out and said he isn’t in the wrong, but really, to admit guilt would result in his immediate suspension. Here’s Aldon’s response this morning:

“The people who are faithful remain faithful,” Smith said. “Simple as this: Justice will be served, the truth will come out, there’s no DUI. I’m sorry for anybody I let down, I’m sorry for the way this whole thing . . . I need to speak and I want everybody to understand, this wasn’t a DUI, the situation I had could have been handled differently and I apologize for everybody I did let down and I apologize for how it all played out. But as far as everything is concerned, it will work out the way it’s supposed to work out. That’s all.”

Aldon’s either in full-blown denial, or he’s a real shitty driver, or I don’t know, he’s a magnet for trouble.. Point being, this goes beyond football. He needs to take care of himself and figure out what is really going on. He seems to not be able to avoid driving drunk and doing stupid shit. Problem is, the league refuses to do anything to players before court dates and this could be stalled out for a season.

So what do the Niners do at this point? They are ‘not rushing to judgement’ but this could very well play out like the RayMac situation where you have a guy on the hook for various crimes, yet without his day in court, he gets to play. Shit, Smith was on the field hours after being released from jail for his last DUI. Beyond that, Smith was fucked over by Goodell what he voluntarily went into rehab following that arrest. Goodell still levied a hefty 9-game suspension on him. So, do the Niners cut their losses now? Go the ‘due process’ route? Wait for Goodie Goodell?

Frankly, I’d have a talk with Aldon and say look, we’re going to release you. You haven’t held up your side of the bargain that we JUST struck. Get your shit together now. Admit you fucked up, and start on the road to getting past this. We’ll talk in 2016 when you’ve gotten your shit together.  I’d tell Goodie as well. Just say I’m voluntarily suspending myself, so don’t go ahead and suspend me next year when all this plays out.

Thing is though, due to Goodell’s previous actions I can see Smith playing out the string until the league does something. Whether that’s here or elsewhere is a question. But you KNOW he would be on the open market for about 24 hours before some other team would sign him to a deal.

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102 Responses to The Curious Case of (Newly Released) Aldon Smith

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Well, the Niners wasted no time and released Aldon Smith. Not surprising given the number of run-ins with the law. Wonder how long it takes before he gets signed by someone else?

    They are making al the noises regarding this issue is bigger than football, he needs help, and all that. But if losing a multi-million job isn’t reason enough to get help, you wonder what his thought process is at this point.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    How much do you want to bet Goodell is conferencing in all the owners regarding Aldon?

    Here’s what he’s saying:

    “Hey guys, give this a month to sit. NO ONE can pursue Aldon Smith until September 5th.”

  3. Nipper says:

    Drink sure has brought down a lot of famous people. I haven’t checked yet, but I bet the “other” blog is taking credit for predicting this latest player problem. The glee bursting forth will probably be significant there.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Furthermore, the Niners are ‘supporting Aldon in every way possible to get past these issues. He will not have to walk this path alone. This is from the owner to the GM to everyone on the team.’

    Tomsula is handling this was well as possible. Saying this is a ‘very sad day’ for everyone involved.

  5. 12th Man says:

    Dumb. That is all.

  6. rtfirefly says:

    Annnnnnnnd now, yourrrrr Super Bowl L hosts, the San Francisco 49ers 2015!

  7. How fitting and wryly ironic that this should all transpire on International Beer Day (first Friday of every August). Here’s to you Aldon. The red-faced icing on the cake to this total embarrassment and sham of an organization that is the San Francisco Forty Niners.

  8. Winder says:

    Hey dennis- love you man, but you blow it out your ass concerning the 49ers. You don’t like em, great. But lot’s of people still do care very much about the organization.

    • You think I don’t care? Ha. That’s my fucking problem. I care too much. They make me sick to my fucking stomach. I wish I could stop caring, but like I’ve said before, they’re my family. But that doesn’t make me have to love them all the time.

      Tell me you haven’t at least once, probably numerous times said to either a sibling, parent or your spouse: I hate you. You’ve ruined my life. I wish you were dead. Fuck you. But their still your family. That will never change.

      Well, I hate the 49ers. They’ve ruined my life. I wish they were dead. Fuck them. But they’re my family. We share the same DNA. And I couldn’t be more ashamed at this moment to call myself a 49er Faithful. And so should the rest of you.

      • 12th Man says:

        Bullshit. One crazy guy who they tried patiently to help is beyond redemption at this point and we should call out the organization and hate the team?
        Be a pussy as much as you want Dennis but don’t expect everyone else to have no backbone when trouble comes.

      • You know what’s bullshit? $1.3B on a new stadium and they can’t even practice there because the sod is sub-standard. Yet York and Co. keep renting it out and raking in the dough. They *deserve* each and every goddamn torn ACL that’s coming this year.

      • unca_chuck says:

        The City and County of Santa Clara have everything to do with the stadium being pimped out. It was part of the deal to GET the stadium built. So save your pathetic whining for something else.

      • 12th Man says:

        Beat me to it Chuck. As usual its just lazy to point a finger at “greedy Jed” right Dennis?
        Topic du jour in North Korea I understand, just won’t fly here where stupid bias is harder to find.

      • Winder says:

        Thanks dennis, I understand now.

  9. Winder says:

    This one really fucking hurt. I am totally fucking pissed.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    No Dennis, you ruined your life. The 49ers are a diversion. A sports team. They owe you nothing. That you invest so much into it is your deal. I’m as die-hard a fan as anyone. I’ve broken and thrown things over the years, but that was in my younger hot-headed days. I’m still passionate about my team, as evidenced by this fucking place and the time I put into it, but to ascribe them to ruining my life because they are having problems? Sorry. That’s just a pathetic cry for attention from you. Boo hoo. The Niners are having troubles, so you complain about how it affects you? Total candy-ass shit, Dennis. Not wholly unexpected, but candy-ass nonetheless. Nut up or shut up.

    Like Aldon, you need to take responsibility for your actions and not blame the world for your problems.

    Time to grow up, Dennis.

    • You couldn’t be more wrong. You just don’t get it. And if football remains “just a game,” you never will.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Get what? That your life is determined by how well the 49ers do? Sorry, but that is the talk of someone who has no responsibilities at all. Those of us in the real world have kids to get through school, bills to pay, and normal shit to take care of. Yet your life is ruined because the field is in bad shape? Boo hoo. Poor Dennis. I feel so bad for you. The 49ers don’t live up to your standards.

        Funny because you take no responsibility for your life. If you want to feel bad for someone, feel bad for Aldon Smith. he’s got some problems that he can’t handle right now. You should at least know how he feels.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    You telling me what kind of fan I should be is about as stupid as anything Bullit has ever posted, Dennis.

    Like I said, your last few posts are completely disconnected with reality. I ain’t happy about all this shit raining down on the team, but in the end it doesn’t determine what happens in my life.

  12. rtfirefly says:

    The only two starters remaining from the Harbaugh SB defense are Brooks and a rehabbing Bowman. Don’t get neck strain watching Rodgers. Stafford, Ryan, Palmer, Manning, Foles, Wilson, Worthlessberger and Flacco this year. The whizzing sound you hear is balls flying over, under and through the Niners D.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Note that I didn’t include on that list my second fav young QB from last year, Teddy Roosewater. He’s on probation, being his soph year. but he has AP to do his damage for him now.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The only QBs left on the Niner schedule are Cutler, Dalton, and Johnny Eightball. That’s barring injury to injury-prone guys like Palmer and Foles of course.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Is that every SB winning QB in the league with the exceptions of Brady, Brees and Peyton on the Niner schedule this year (6 games total)? Yipes.

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Taylor Swift concert at Levi’s on the 15th? This after this Sunday’s practice has been moved because of crappy field conditions. Yeah, that field will be ready for the 23rd. LOL, bringing back fond memories of Candlestick already and it’s not even the rainy season!

    • Exactly. Chuck and the 12th Man are reading me the fine print of the stadium contract. This predicament has nothing to do with “greedy Jed” making money off other events. It has everything to do with this Mickey Mouse Organization looking like a goddamn embarrassment.

      I, (state your name), am thoroughly embarrassed to call myself a 49er fan.
      Say it. Say it! Say it!! Say it!!! SAY IT! SAY IT!! SAY IT!!! S A Y I T !!!

    • rtfirefly says:

      Dennis, I was thinking Taylor might write and perform a bad love song for you. Something like this. Think of it as Dennis’ Ode to the Niners:

    • 12th man says:

      You do know they announced weeks ago the field will be replaced after the concert and 6 to 8 times during the year and that most grass playing surfaces get replaced multiple times during the season right RT?

      • rtfirefly says:

        How’d that work last year?

      • 12th Man says:

        Why are you shifting the argument? You make a big deal about a Taylor Swift concert damaging the field and the team had already addressed it, weeks ago.
        Last year the field was decent once they figured out the new stadium shake out process. Early on it didn’t work then they figured it out.
        If you want to find fault you will find it.

      • rtfirefly says:

        If it’s fixed, why did they have to move this Sunday’s practice?

        The Taylor Swift concerts are next weekend. Since it’s fixed, they’ll be able to practice on the field right after?

      • 12th man says:

        I will go a little slower. The playing surface will be resurfaced, multiple times, starting before the first pre-season game after the Taylor Swift concert.

        The team and various agencies use the facility for all kinds of events. It’s a side effect of being the only 100% privately financed football stadium in the united states, it has to generate a lot of money.

        Predicting precisely how the surface will hold up following these events, such as Barcelona v Manchester United, would be a tough thing to do.

        The team has already committed to a new surface before any games are played or players are at risk.

        In the event it didn’t hold up we’ll enough, and it hasn’t, there are 2 practise fields at the stadium, meaning it causes absolutely zero disruption to the team in TC.

        What’s the problem again?

    • Winder says:

      If memory serves Kezar was a mud pile for a few games a year.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Winder. IIRC, they used to paint the Candlestick dirt they piled on top of the mud after heavy rains. By midgame, between the forty yd. lines used to look like the Thanksgiving pickup games I played as a kid.

      • 12th man says:

        As was the Stick.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    I’m not trying to pour salt on an open wound, but I gotta vent. If I don’t laugh about it, …

  15. Nipper says:

    As for the turf … least they don’t have to worry about weeds…..the turf never lasts long enough to grow any.

  16. Nipper says:

    As bad as this off season has been at least we’re not stuck in Geneoushire listening to chamber music.

  17. Flavor says:

    I didn’t mind losing Gore or Willis. Two old men on the downside of their careers. Borland stung a little but really, we’re talking about him having a handful of good games, no guarantees with him. Aldon was a bummer mostly because I think it’s going to hit the psyche of the team pretty hard. Everyone seems to love that guy. I’m not as versed as you guys on who will replace him but the options can’t look good.
    But I am not down on the season yet, not by a long shot. Harbs is gone and that looks like a huge plus. And it’s possible that Kaep got some things worked out in the off season. We’ll see if Warner had any impact at all.
    But whatever, I’m ready for real games because those are the only thing that *really* matter. Anyone who pretends to know what this team will do this year is full of shit. Let’s form more cogent opinions after the first 4 games of the year…….

  18. Flavor says:

    oh and Dennis, good luck dude. Sounds like you need it.

  19. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the “other” blog, Phil is giving advice on treatment for being a drunk.

  20. 49patriot says:

    Tone it down Chuck? I’m a little teapot.

  21. 49patriot says:

    Short and stout

  22. Nipper says:

    I wonder what V really thinks? It’s so hard to get an honest opinion from the guy.

    • Berger says:

      Yes, I would say he should open up and tell us how he really feels except he’s making us conservatives look like idiots. He needs to campaign for Donald Trump. They’d be two peas in a pod. V could be the one conservative on LSD!

  23. 49patriot says:

    I am a dick head

  24. 49patriot says:

    I’m a little slow

  25. Flavor says:

    keep going 49, let it ALL out, lol

  26. Flavor says:

    the way I see it, if 49 keeps spewing his weirdo venom out here maybe he gets it all out and doesn’t go rape some woman later tonight. So in some way, good will come from these posts…..

    • Berger says:

      The good will come when we all get a laugh at what unca changes his posts to. Things like, I like my mom’s basement and I love unca chuck! Isn’t that what he is really saying?

    • 12th Man says:

      Rape some woman? This dude V is a cross dresser fer sure. Anyone who has to repeatedly announce his manhood whilst all the time denigrating women is seriously feminine.

      • Flavor says:

        Long ago I stopped worrying about what idiots type on to the internet from their parents basement. It’s uncontrollable drivel. I’ve been to a couple of baseball games with Chuck, he’s the most anti-Hitler person you could ever meet. I mean, hopefully we all are, lol. But he’s cool as hell, just a very chill guy….

      • 12th Man says:

        V hides behind his right to “freedom of speech” as a way to deliver his pathetic brand of hate speech and when its not tolerated he accuses Chuck of Nazism. Cute.

  27. Berger says:

    This Aldon Smith incident is the one first thing that has me worrying about the season. His ability to seal the edge and pass rush at the same time is special. I was feeling our defense would keep us in every game and was hoping an offense that made sense would be what makes us competitive this year. I’m still optimistic about the season but this has me reeling a little bit.

    Now we will probably need more than just an offense that makes sense. We’ll actually need to have a productive offense. Having RoBaugh gone is an improvement there but how much is the question.

  28. Flavor says:

    the internet is very cool, but it’s also got a dark place to it. Guys like Dennis and 49 have found it. Shit, I’m glad they are there and not outside interacting with the 3D world. We’re all better off for it.

  29. 49patriot says:

    I touch myself often

    • Flavor says:

      see my 10:00am. Have a great day. Try not to interact with any other humans, ok? I’m not counting the ones you’re holding hostage in your basement. My advice is to free them, or at least feed them…..

    • Berger says:

      V- I am not going to read your anymore of your posts but I did see my name. Let me just say this. You are not coming off as a sane person so even if you had something good to say nobody is listening. Think about that if you would like to be heard.

  30. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the thing about Aldon is we didn’t get much from him last year, so we hopefully won’t miss him too much this year. You just shake your head and move on. All the talent in the world, but he’s on his way out f the league if he doesn’t get his life together.

    Eli gets to step up and hopefully hit the ground running.

    • 12th Man says:

      You are right about last year but I think the team really needed Aldon to return to form to paper over some of the cracks and especially to give the back 4 some cover. Here’s hoping Eli can step up because someone has to be the third down monster they are going to need.

  31. Flavor says:

    and what was up with Aldon saying this wasn’t a DUI? The police report says he failed a sobriety test, and he had bailed for hours after the crash and then came back to deal with the cops and the test.

    • 12th man says:

      Yeah suspicious to say the least. I get Bergers position about wring what you can out of Aldon before he gets suspended but it sends a bad message IMO. Aldon is a head case, what a waste of talent, could have been the best ever.

      • Berger says:

        What can you do to help the moron at this point. The message is we’ll pay your ass if you are on the field and won’t if you aren’t. Since you have shown you don’t care about us and your team mates we will play you while you have some use and not when you get your ass in a stir. When they haul your ass off your pay stops and you can then think about it. Then it’s next man up.

        Why does a football team have to be societies panacea for human behavior. That’s the problem in the first place.

        A fan gets to be Judge Judy in their dreams when they tell what should be done to these players. For a moment on a blog they get to feel important in their condescending little world. I just want to win football games. People expect a bunch of pugilistic players to angels. Yeah right. Everybody seems to be an expert on the ills of society but nobody has a clue about reality.

      • Winder says:

        I still think it’s just too much money for some to handle.

  32. Berger says:

    If Cory Lemoneir is our starter we are in trouble. He was so bad at supporting the run during pre-season last year I am surprised he is still on the team. I also keep hearing Eli Harold is a pass rusher who even soft at that. Sounds like another Lemoneir. We might have to move one of our DEs to the position. Probably Tank. I watched a lot of video on Tank from college. He does it all, including dropping into coverage. I think he’d do well at Elephant.

    • 12th man says:

      Agreed about Lemon, didn’t see much from him so far. Lynch is an unknown for now so we have Harold or Rush or moving Tank to bookend Brooks who is having a great camp so far.

      • 12th man says:

        Maybe Dial, he is very athletic for a man his size too.

      • Berger says:

        Dial is a natural at 3-4 DE. Can’t move him. He’s going to be a good one. Tank has played some Elephant and done it well. He has a great initial burst when he’s not reading. He had a hard time learning leverage at DE where he had to do a lot of reading. Now that he has it down he can use that to be better at Elephant. My main point is I just can’t see Lemoneir as the answer. We are OK with Lynch and Brooks but I’d like to be much better than OK. We need some depth that isn’t Lemoneir. Okoye can flat out push people around and has some quicks. Maybe? Not sure.

        For me, it wasn’t Lemoneir’s lack of ability to stop the run but more it was his lack of willingness. He just avoided contact and tried to run around blocks. Maybe a year in the NFL has changed him. I would doubt that but we’ll start to see in a week.

        People who have no idea of what they are seeing were blaming Purcell for the 49ers getting run over last preseason. Purcell did get pushed around but Lemoneir was like having nobody lined up at all. Purcell at least did make some plays.

  33. Berger says:

    We are now 13.3 million under the cap. Maybe we can take a run at Jake Long for OT?

    • 12th man says:

      There are a few options out there. I still prefer Boone at RT. Only thing I can think of is the Niners are worried about Staley for some reason so they want Boone at LG ready to step in at LT?

    • Winder says:

      Why are the Ram’s letting Long go, salary cap or Play?

      • NoFear49er says:

        The Rams couldn’t keep him on the field. So not worth the cap money he took to keep. Too many big injury cards in his profile now. Big flag to any team NEEDING an OT. We’ve already had Jonas Jennings.

      • Berger says:

        Three things in life you can count on, death, taxes and Jonas Jennings being injured.

      • rtfirefly says:

        The Rams drafted 5 (!) O linemen, including 3 tackles. Make of that what you will.

    • rob says:

      Don’t forget Dorsey will be playing DE too this year. Good point about tank his progress as pass rusher might be huge now

  34. Berger says:

    I was wondering why Long is available. That makes sense. I’d still want him if he doesn’t cost too much.

  35. unca_chuck says:

    Didn’t Long miss the last 2 years?

  36. Lurker John says:

    “I also keep hearing Eli Harold is a pass rusher who even soft at that.”

    Where’d you hear that? No one’s even seen him play yet and he’s soft? Not buying it.

    • Berger says:

      Draft day. It was said on TV. I just read it yesterday too. I need to watch some video and assess this myself. I didn’t really care but now that Aldon is gone it is a little more important. If I have time I’ll check it out tomorrow.

      • Lurker John says:

        He’s also an athletic freak and he’s going to need to learn quick with the impossibly stupid Aldon Smith now gone. I’ll wait to see him play before passing judgement on his toughness.

        Brooks is also going to need to do a ‘Vernon Davis’ and bounce back in a big way. He’s off to a good start by showing up to camp in shape. That shit dogged him all year in 2014.

  37. Nipper says:

    WANTED …….Problem free football players that can play pro football. CALL the 49ers… 911

    • Lurker John says:

      Jesus, I have to pay to read the article. I don’t like the Chron that much.

      • Nipper says:

        I’m not paying one penny for that rag. It should be shut down. What a disgrace! Just plain greedy. Newspapers should just DIE! ……. BOO HISS!

  38. Berger says:

    I just watched some video on Eli Harold. He’s definitely quick. He’ll speed rush but he’s OK at initiating contact to get around a blocker. He’s not going to set an edge in the run game. He tries but needs to be stronger. He also misses a lot of tackles. The missed tackles can be fixed. He’ll run too fast at a would be tackle and get juked. They’ll teach him better technique in the pros. I can see why he was called soft but I don’t think that is accurate. He just needs to get stronger and get better technique, both of those will happen in the NFL.

    I watched a little Tartt video. This guy crunches people. I can’t wait to see him play in preseason.

    • Lurker John says:

      I don’t recall Aldon being especially adept at setting the edge either, but I could be mistaken. I just hope the Smith debacle is finally rock bottom for this team. They’re due for a break.

  39. ewisco says:

    the chron article basically said that his speed sets up the inside move a lot. but also went on to say that vet antoine bethea feels that it’s most important to know the playbook which makes some sense as it’s not all “kill the quarterback”. even if you’re consistently beating your guy inside, that just sets up some outside roll outs, screens etc to your vacant spot. so we’ll see.

  40. rtfirefly says:

    Football season! At long last! Hooray!!!! OK, it’s just the BS HOF “game”, but it’s still NFL football!

    Shutdown Corner has the Niners #23. Meh. There’s a few power rankings on there I think are patently ridiculous. I’m really in wait and see mode about the Niners. Camp is too short to tell the result of all the changes any time soon. I’ll be watching this year for up and coming stars, as well as the blue collar guys who might stick around and be contributors to our next SB Champ.

  41. Winder says:

    You guys just might want to look at some video’s that bullit posted. Interesting stuff, and some hard memories.

  42. unca_chuck says:

    Did it show all the shitty play calls around those passes? Or the blindness to situational football? Or the fact we only run play action on 3rd and 8+?

    Bullit can suck my dick. He’s so full of shit he thinks Kappy caused 47 of the 52 sacks. He can show videos all he wants but it doesn’t take into account the lack of speed at which we run plays, or how slowly most of our pass plays develop. He calls reports of WRs not getting open fallacious, despite the fact the vids don’t show who the primary is, if there’s an outlet, or any number of other factors on any given pass play.

    Have him get videos for every pass by every QB in the league and I’ll take a gander. . .

    Funny that they were wondering why Kappy didn’t get offseason help the previous 2 years, when he was rated 7th in 2012 and 10th in 2013. Despite out offense being in the bottom 3rd consistently. Fucking idiots all of them. No one cried about him then. It was when Harbaugh and the coaches told all our opponents that Kappy was not going to run that teams didn’t really need to spy on him as they did on 2013. He ended up with more running yards because the blocking was horrible. But no, it’s all about the revisionists coming up with cockamanie theories about the guy who took the 49ers to the Super Bowl is the problem.

  43. Winder says:

    Most of those passes were set up by 2 and 3 yard gains from our RB’s. Kappy didn’t have a prayer at times. he also screwed up at time but he never looked gun shy like a QB we had before.

    • 12th Man says:

      Context is everything. We all saw the O and to try to pin that shit on Kap is low hanging fruit as I heard a time or two.

  44. 12th Man says:

    RIP Frank Gifford

  45. Winder says:

    i know the Cubbies are pretty good this year but to lose 4 in a row to em that’s pretty piss poor baseball.

  46. unca_chuck says:

    Never liked Giffoed for whatever reason. Too young to see him play, but maybe he was just too goodie goodie. Fitting that Chuck Bednarik and Frank pass the same years. I always loved the picture of Bednarik exulting over the unconscious form of Gofford after he laid him out.

  47. unca_chuck says:

    The Giants are banged up yet again this season. If they could ever get healthy…

  48. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . .

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