Charles Haley on Aldon Smith: “Nobody is going to give him the benefit of the doubt.”


During this off-season it has been former 49ers DE/OLB Charles Haley who has been taking troubled but talented OLB Aldon Smith under his wing. Two players who can wreck as much havoc on the field as off the field, it’s Haley who can relate to the young promising pass-rushing specialist.

Today, Haley spoke on working with the one-time All-Pro (2012). Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman asked Haley what his thoughts were in regards to Aldon’s skills:

And that’s the harsh truth. Smith has had too many run-ins with the law to be given a pass, and as a result will need to stay out of trouble, if he hopes to land a long-term deal with the 49ers.

How great is this: Hall of Famer Charles Haley working with #49ers Aldon Smith on technique A video posted by Cam Inman (@49erscam) on

Smith is currently playing in a contract year, so he will have to show that he can stay on the field while also returning to his 2012 All-Pro form. A task that is easier said than done considering that he won’t have DE Justin Smith in front of him, it will be interesting to see how Smith actually holds up in 2015 especially under an entirely new scheme.

A scheme that LB Desmond Bishop compares to Dom Capers’ while at Green Bay, you can expect blitzes to be running wild on any given down and distance. New DC Eric Mangini would love nothing more than to put a stamp on his new scheme, so expect the 49ers to tackle on a more aggressive approach.

In 50 regular-season games, Smith has recorded 152 tackles, 44.0 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

With Smith playing in a contract year, I can’t help but think that he will return to form in 2015, as I believe he will rack up a stat line around 50 tackles and 15.0 sacks en route to being named once again a first-team All-Pro.

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