Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/12
In just his second NFL season, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has already been compared to some of the league's all-time greats. That's what happens when a player is as productive as Smith has been this year. With four games left in the regular season, Smith is on pace to break Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sack record. He has17.5 sacks entering Sunday's home game against Miami and needs five sacks the rest of the way to tie Strahan (22.5). "He is chasing history, and he's going to keep doing what he does, and that's to make the plays to help the team win," All-Pro 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith said. "And if, along the way, he gets the record, then so be it. We're all pulling for him, hope he gets it, and we're pretty confident he will." No player has a better view of Aldon's success than Justin. On most snaps, both Smiths line up on the right side and work together to create what has arguably turned into the most difficult one-two punch in the NFL. “It’s a well-coached defensive line, and just like anything else, it’s hard in football for one guy to do it all on his own," Miami coach Joe Philbin said. "So I think (Justin Smith) does an excellent job as well. He's been a productive, good football player in this league for a long time, and they’re a pair to deal with, no question." The tandem has a favorable matchup this week against the Dolphins. Miami rookie offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will make his first career start at left tackle in place of Jake Long, who suffered a season-ending triceps tear last week against New England. Martin, the team's second-round pick out of Stanford, had started every game this season on the right side. Justin Smith made it clear the rookie is in a tough spot. "He's a serviceable tackle in this league," Smith said. "It's definitely not Long in there. But there's things you can do. You can chip. You can slide the line. You can do some more bootlegs, which is a big part of their offense as well, to help him out. We kind of anticipate all those type of deals going on." Martin was originally viewed a potential first-round pick, but slipped to the second round when it was determined he was a better fit at right tackle. “I mean he walked in here and has been a starter since the day he got here basically, and he just keeps working," Philbin said. "He's got a long way to go, but I think his pro career is off to a good start.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Best and worst from NBA All-Star Saturday night

WATCH: Klay Thompson can't go home unless he beats Steph Curry in 3-Point contest

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

LaVine, Gordon put on best NBA dunk contest in years

WATCH: Thompson beats teammate Curry in 3-point contest

NFL teams, players hand out awesome Valentines

Earl Campbell ‘disappointed’ in Johnny Manziel, wants to help

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA skills challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker