Aldon Smith on 49ers pass rush: “Teams are a little more prepared for us than they were last year.”

SANTA CLARA — Aldon Smith spoke Thursday afternoon in the 49ers media tent. Here’s what he said about the defense’s No.1 ranking against the pass and the state of the pass rush.

Q: You guys are ranked No.1 in pass defense right now. How much do you guys take pride in that?

ALDON SMITH: We all take pride in it. That’s all of us working together – safeties covering, corners covering, everybody doing their job. Everybody making plays.

Q: The defense’s sack total is down this season but Vic Fangio says getting pressure isn’t an issue. Do you feel the same way?

ALDON SMITH: Selfishly, we’d all like to have more sacks, but I think teams are little more prepared for us than they were last year. Quarterbacks are getting the ball out faster. All-in-all, we’re hurrying throws and creating pressure, so we’re doing our job.

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