Can the 49ers generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks with just four pass rushers if/when the NFL suspends Aldon Smith? Or will Vic Fangio have to call blitzes and send a fifth rusher to generate some pressure?
Blitzing is not a good option. The first four QBs the Niners face this season shred blitzes.
2013 passer rating versus blitz*
Tony Romo: 91.5
Jay Cutler: 97.6
Carson Palmer: 90.7
Nick Foles: 127.8
*Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus