This last game on Sunday was a sort of coming out party for rookie OLB/DE Aldon Smith. He had shown a knack for getting to the quarterback in the preseason, but he had failed to produce until the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was involved in more than 50% of the plays on defense, and the vote of confidence from the coaches paid off with a one and a half sack performance to lead the team.
So, with Aldon getting some more snaps, the question becomes which player will get less playing time as he gets more? Both Parys Haralson and Ahmed Brooks have been very good for the 49ers so far this season. The fact that Smith has still been given more time in spite of their solid efforts is a testament to how much faith the team has in Smith.
I would argue that the player who will play less will end up being Ahmed Brooks. Most of us are already well aware of his penchant for jumping offsides at just the wrong moment, but that isn't why I think it will be him. Parys Haralson has been playing rock solid football on his edge of the defense. He has two sacks and two forced fumbles, and he has made his mark in the running game, as well.
There are 31 other teams that wish they had our problem, here. All three guys will get playing time, and I expect all three to contribute in a positive way. So, who will sit the most?
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