Some of you may be wondering why Aldon Smith and Dashon Goldson were not finalists in my midseason defensive player awards.
Let’s be clear – they’re both having Pro Bowl seasons.
Dashon Goldson is having the best season of any safety in the NFC. He’s defended two passes, intercepted two passes and scored a touchdown. He also made the hardest hit of the 49ers season Monday night on Early Doucet.
Aldon Smith is tied for fourth in the NFL with 7.5 sacks. He also has 27 pressures. Over the last two games, he’s accumulated 3 sacks and 8 pressures. He seems to be hitting his stride as November approaches.
What about Ahmad Brooks? He’s having a Pro Bowl season, too. He only has four sacks, but he has 26 pressures and he’s a better at dropping into coverage than Aldon Smith.
These three have been excellent. Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Justin Smith have been even better. That just goes to show how great the 49ers defense is.