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Aldon Smith wants Von Miller to know who leads the league in sacks

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell during the first half of their NFL football game San Francisco Reuters

Broncos linebacker Von Miller had three sacks on Sunday, giving him the NFL lead with 13 on the season. That lead held up for one day, until 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith had 5.5 sacks on Monday night, giving him the NFL lead with 15 on the season.

Smith, whom the 49ers chose with the seventh overall pick in last year’s NFL draft, said after the game that he planned to make sure Miller, whom the Broncos chose second overall last year, is aware of the current state of the sack race.

I’ll probably text him as soon as I leave here,” Smith said.

Miller is a phenomenal player who was last year’s defensive rookie of the year, but Smith is making a strong case that he’s the premier pass rusher from last year’s draft. Smith had 14 sacks last year to Miller’s 11.5, and Smith’s total of 29 sacks in his first 26 NFL games are the most any player has ever had in the first 26 games of his career.

Whether Smith or Miller is the better player may boil down to a matter of personal preference. Suffice to say, both the 49ers and the Broncos are very pleased with their first-round draft picks from last year.

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  1. waxthat says: Nov 20, 2012 8:51 AM

    Both of these guys are animals.

  2. randyschwimmer7 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:52 AM

    And Von Miller wants Aldon Smith to know who the defensive rookie of the year was…. Not only that, but Von doesn’t rush the passer EVERY down. What a stupid comment by a “pass rush” only player.

  3. realfootballfan says: Nov 20, 2012 8:53 AM

    All I know is that alot of hindsight 20/20 talking heads didn’t like the pick when the 49ers made it for smith.

  4. bronconation7 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:54 AM

    Von would of had at least 7 against that junior college Bears offensive line. You can have the sack lead and Von will take the Defensive Player of the year. Just like he earned the Rookie Defensive Player of the year over you Aldon.

  5. cylondetector says: Nov 20, 2012 8:54 AM

    Awesome players – both of them.

    Smith probably has the better supporting defensive cast – but i’d love to have either on my team.

  6. buffalobills2012 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Somewhere Marcell Dareus is eating a hamburger.

  7. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    I’d personally chose Aldon but both are great players. The benefit we can all enjoy is that now talking heads will stop saying that taking pure passrushers high like jpp, smith, and irvin will be a horrible idea that wont work out

  8. swg777 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    The difference is that Von is not a one-trick pony. He also leads the NFL in TFL’s. Von has been a wrecking ball this season and has surpassed J.J. Watt as the frontrunner for DPOY.

  9. broadstbully says: Nov 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    Sounds like a cool competition amongst friends. Should bode well for both of their respective teams.

  10. jessejames182 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:00 AM

    I’m from A&M and love Miller, and.smith doesn’t donate to charity for every sack he makes. Also the bears O line has proven to be weak any less sacks and it would be insulting.

  11. boyshole25 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    Put Von with Willis and co and he’d look more unreal than he already is

  12. godofwine330 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:05 AM

    The way he straight bulldozed Gabe Carimi, who is from Wisconsin and no slouch by any means, was just out-frigging-standing. I saw that I my mouth drooped. That was one of the most dominating performances by a defensive player in a game ever. I watched the late Derrick Thomas’ game against the Seahawks years ago and it was that good. DT had 7 sacks, though he wished he had 8 because the sack he missed at the end of the game allowed Dave Kreig to throw the game winning TD.

    Great game by Aldon Smith last night. Great frigging game.

  13. fowle843 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:05 AM

    I would take Von Miller on my team, but both are tremendous players. I think Miller is a much more complete defensive player.

    Hard to believe that the 2011 draft has already produced three legit defensive player of the year candidates in Miller, Watt, and Smith.

  14. crazycane says: Nov 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    Von Miller now wants a piece of the Bears pathetic excuse of an oline.

  15. mialto says: Nov 20, 2012 9:10 AM

    Aldon played a crappy Bears team! Real comparison will be when they play someone good.

  16. theysone says: Nov 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    Uh, to those clowns saying all Aldon does is rush the passer…he’s also a beast against the run, and has been very good in coverage this year too.

    And to the Broncos fan talking about how Miller would have eleventy billion sacks against the Bears line…Miller gets to go up against the sad Chargers, Raiders, and Chiefs twice a year each…

  17. 49erstim says: Nov 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    Always take quotes in context. These dudes are buds. Both are beasts as well. Opposing QBs dont wanna see either of these guys across the line.

  18. Max says: Nov 20, 2012 9:13 AM

    Ummm, Von is better player. Aldon is better pure pass rusher. But Von is a 3 down defensive player, that can fit in 3-4 or 4-3 scheme’s, he can rush, blowup the run, and cover.

  19. tdrundmc says: Nov 20, 2012 9:14 AM

    Not hard to get sacks when the opposing team never tries to block you. The Bears offensive line has to be the worst in the NFL.

  20. bathroomben7 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:15 AM

    This is where stats can be deceiving, as anyone who has watched the two play can tell you Von Miller is the better overall player. Aldon Smith plays 3-4 pass-rush-only linebacker (which is in my opinion the easiest position in the NFL, see Shawn Merriman, James Harrison) whereas Von Miller is like Lance Briggs where he’s a great all-around outside linebacker.

  21. yousuxxors says: Nov 20, 2012 9:16 AM

    Watt smith miller … Three studs from this draft. Gonna be nicr watching them terrorize offenses for years to come.

  22. jm91rs says: Nov 20, 2012 9:17 AM

    That offensive line was a joke last night. Smith looked great but I think anyone might have last night.

  23. zaggs says: Nov 20, 2012 9:18 AM

    Who else on the Bronco’s defense do offensive lines have to account for? Lets see how well Smith does when he is the only big name on a defensive front 7.

  24. supremekingz says: Nov 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Their friends. Get over it people. There’s no animosity between them. Just for kicks.

    But for all the geniuses saying Aldon didn’t win DROY, Aldon wasn’t even a starter!!! And he still had 14 sacks.

    And quit saying Aldon is a one trick pony. The Bears were down early so they had to pass to try and get back in the game. Hard to get Tackles for losses when they’re in pass only mode

  25. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Throw in JJ Watt and you’ve got one of the most impressive pass-rushing draft classes in recent memory. I’m a Watt guy, but it looks like these two are making an even stronger case for Defense Player of the Year. JJ’s got to step it up on Thanksgiving.

  26. paythevig says: Nov 20, 2012 9:22 AM

    For all those that are calling Aldon a one trick pony, should note that he did not get nearly the amount of playing time as Von did; as he had to transition from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 OLB. He’s still got a lot to learn, and from what he’s picked up thus far, is pretty impressive. Von is more well rounded today; regardless – at this pace, the future looks bright for both.

    The two are great at what they do and are really coming into their own. Prior to the draft, they were rooting for one another so it’s nice to see friendly competition between them.

  27. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Nov 20, 2012 9:25 AM

    Both are great pass rushers but Von is the more complete LB.

  28. riggz91 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    Good draft class for linemen so far; add JJ Watt and Kerigan to that mix.

  29. genus49 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    It’s clear that some of you have no idea about Aldon Smith. randyschwimmer7 being the obvious one. Aldon plays the run very well and has been playing every down this year. And he and Von are friends so this is nothing but a friendly competition. Stop being so sensitive.

  30. jimbo75025 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:27 AM

    Eh, both great players. No need to waste breath arguing about who is “better” as they have a little different skill sets and fit well into their respective teams overall defensive mindset.

    Kind of arguing between Reggie White and Mike Singletary 25 years ago-either way you choose, you can’t go wrong.

  31. nickmiller63 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    I can’t believe “fans” actually get pissed in the name of players who are friends and rivals texting each other. Hey, get mad at something that matters, and in the name of someone who needs your help.

  32. Lucky82 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    A good prelim for for both to be in this years superbowl

  33. tgifcarterthefourththefifth says: Nov 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    Ah… I remember all of the pundits giving the Niners poor draft grades for selecting Aldon Smith at #7 (said he “played scared”)…. Bleacher Report gave them a C+ but I remember seeing worse. Man I wish I had that job— I make stupid predictions all of the time and pretend to know what coaches and GMs should do.

  34. icecake12 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:37 AM

    Can’t believe this guy is bragging about getting sacks against webb and gabe. Can we put an asterisk beside the sacks people get against the Bears?

  35. lottsmissingfinger says: Nov 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    If the two of them weren’t friends, it would make me want to tell Aldon to quiet the talk and just play. But this kind of amiable competition helps both players and their respective defenses.

    For those of you who say Aldon is a one-trick pony, try WATCHING this year’s play instead of just regurgitating the talking heads from last season when that was the case. Smith is playing very well against the run as an every down OLB this year.

  36. wtfpft says: Nov 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    Aldon > Von

  37. kash71 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    I have a feeling that this Sunday, the Chiefs are going to pay for that text.

  38. troy10 says: Nov 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    Exactly.. sounds like a good natured competition between to friends. The fact that all you Von Miller fanBOYS are getting soo upset makes it even more hilarious.

  39. shootscuz says: Nov 20, 2012 10:01 AM

    Look at the quality of QBs Miller has had to go against this season. Also Miller is not just a force in the passing game, but in the run game as well. But the biggest advantage Aldon has is rushing alongside Justin Smith. Most of the time Von rushes next to Derrick Wolfe or Kevin Vickerson. Both great players but no doubt Von is the better of the two.

  40. eddardofthehousestark says: Nov 20, 2012 10:04 AM

    Aldon is the better pure pass rusher. Von might have a slight edge in coverage. Both are staunch run defenders. Either way both are solid players and you can’t go wrong having them on your team.

  41. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    Ask ANYONE who has more class, Von or Aldon. Answer is Von by far.

    Id rather have Von Miller anyway. Hes more of a complete player than Aldon who is only worth anything as a pass rusher anyway. Plus he plays for a classless organization.

  42. malvaren18 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:06 AM

    5 sacks against a QB less Bears is not the same as 3 Sacks against a good offensive team Buddy.

  43. labfan30 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:08 AM

    I guess we know how many Niners fans are on this site. They are both sensational players. But while all of the other numbers are close, Von has 12 stuffs and 23 tackles for loss, Alden has 2 stuffs and 13 tackles for loss.

    Von is still the more complete player even before you add in the fact that his two LB mates he’s played with this year are low to undrafted FA while Smith plays with 2 all pros. Yes, boys and girls, being the big dog is tougher.

    Please don’t spin this as an insult to Smith, it’s not. Every team in the league, Broncos included, would love to have Aldon Smith. But right now Miller is the better player.

  44. waxthat says: Nov 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    while we are on the topic of DPOY

    JJ Watt: 39 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 2DFR, 11PDef

    These three along with Charles ‘Where were you last night’ Tillman…Gonna be a battle for the award the remaining several games

  45. genus49 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    lol at the haters acting like getting sacks against the Bears don’t count. It’s not like Aldon got all 15 of his sacks against the Bears and Von Miller and every other pass rusher gets to go up against offensive linemen that may not be all pros.

  46. genus49 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:12 AM

    Yeah the 4-6 Chargers are a great offensive team…

  47. mgdsquiggy17 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:34 AM

    “Aldon Smith plays 3-4 pass-rush-only linebacker ”

    Uhm no… but good try.

  48. rockybev35 says: Nov 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    I like Von and Aldon, both great players. Let’s hold off on DPOY comments when considering what JJ Watt, at 11.5 sacks has done. He has batted 12 passes, 4 of which have been intercepted. Talk about not being a one trick pony. He is the most instinctive player I’ve ever witnessed. If he is not going to reach the QB, he stops and has an impeccable sense for when the ball is being released.
    More impressive, or concerning if you are a Texans fan, he is doing it while being double and sometimes triple teamed as the Texans’ areas of strength last year (Outide LB’s) are not producing at all.
    San Fran has by far (as in today) the best defense in the league and Aldon plays a huge part.

    Von Miller is a beast. I still think let’s see how the rest of the season plays out. JJ Watt will be in contention. Dude was averaging 2 sacks a game, forcing one turnover until Cush went out.

    When everyone starts to key on one guy, you would think the others would have a clear path to the QB…not so much in Houston!:)

    Great game last night by San Fran!

  49. legacybroken says: Nov 20, 2012 10:38 AM

    Can we all just agree that last years first round was loaded with elite front 7 talent. Miller, Smith and JJ Watt all look like annual all pros.

  50. briank1ne says: Nov 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    a lot of haters in the house. von miller sholdnt have been the rookie defensive player of the year when aldon smith played a third of the snaps miller did last year and had more sacks than him. aldon smith wasnt even a starter last year. you guys are all salty. Smith is the truth!

  51. chrisknowsdbr says: Nov 20, 2012 11:04 AM

    Doesnt hurt to play against the worst O-lines in the nfl

  52. dukemarc says: Nov 20, 2012 11:12 AM

    Miller’s the more complete player at this point – I’d take him every week over Aldon, as great a pass rusher as he is.

  53. rarson says: Nov 20, 2012 11:31 AM

    The Bears o-line looked terrible and Jason Campbell looked largely immobile. However, Smith was steamrolling professional football players all night and I’m pretty sure that he even helped with a couple of sacks that he didn’t get any credit for. Some of his moves were downright awesome. I don’t remember the last time I saw someone dominate a team so badly. He never let up. Both of them are great players.

  54. bamboozle99 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:38 AM

    Aldon Smith has been playing 95% of the snaps this season.

  55. realninerfan22 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:38 AM

    Aldon smith is 3 down linebacker, could play coverage and the run. He never comes off the field. Yes aldon does have justin smith, but lets not forget who plays on the other side of miller, dummervil is one of the best pass rushers in the game

  56. steviep23 says: Nov 20, 2012 11:43 AM

    Von is a beast but let’s be honest. He’s playing the afc west 2x a year.

  57. joeydawop says: Nov 20, 2012 11:54 AM

    At the end of the day its who has more sacks, its a pro league with pro players they are not playing ncaa teams so quit hating on a great player. So cry me a river all of you that dont like smith he is monster and will continue to terrorize opposing Qbs.

  58. lrt79 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:01 PM

    Bragging about beating up on the Bears offensive line is like bragging about dunking on a kid in a wheelchair.

  59. 1stngoal says: Nov 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    I watched that Bear/49er game last night and Aldon Smith was a one-man wrecking crew. Move over De Marcus Ware, step aside Von Miller, Aldon Smith is Thee best pass-rushing OLB in the NFL…;-)

  60. goldrush4949 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    Might as well fit Aldon for a gold jacket right now. What a stud.

  61. jnova80 says: Nov 20, 2012 12:56 PM

    Woah, Von Miller fans! The Aldon and Von are friends, I don’t think he would have the guy’s phone number if they weren’t. Just friendly trash talking. And I know the Bears don’t have the best offensive line, but the Broncos do have it pretty easy in the AFC West as well. Give credit where credit is due, Aldon made those guys look like children last night.

  62. worldchampsbaby says: Nov 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    Both players are great.I would take either on my team.Smith is a cinch to break Strahan’s bogus(Favre laydown) single season sack record and Miller is destined to join LT and Derrick Thomas as Legends among outside linebackers.They could very well meet in New Orleans this Feb.

    This is from a NYG fan.

    PS: I can only hope my Giants wake up derail that possibility!!

  63. broncofanssuck says: Nov 20, 2012 1:05 PM

    Aldon Smith shines on an already stellar defense and has had a much tougher schedule. Smith > Miller. Miller is a beast but Smith is better.

  64. discosucs2005 says: Nov 20, 2012 1:16 PM

    Von’s numbers are obviously boosted by playing in the AFC West, and Smith’s are by playing the Cardinals.

    They are both great players, but it will be another five years (if even then) before we can fairly decide who is better. Smith may out play Miller this year, but that could change next year. Or Smith could develop his pass coverage game and run away with it, or Miller be more consistent. Fun watch no matter what (unless you’re playing against either of them.)

  65. EJ says: Nov 20, 2012 1:38 PM

    buffalobills2012 says: Nov 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Somewhere Marcell Dareus is eating a hamburger.

    As a Bills fan you should know that Marcell Dareus isn’t called on to become the league sack leader. He is there to take up space for the run D and pull double teams in order to give Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Mark Anderson easier lanes to the Quarterback, which he does a damn good job at. Numbers aren’t everything as a Defensive Tackle, teamwork is. Dareus was brought in to shore up the run defense, not to rush the passer. Two different type of players were talking about here.

  66. hjworton46 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:00 PM

    It’s fantastic to have a proper race for the sack title again. Blocking either of them isn’t funny for O linemen. I hope they can both stay fit to make this race go down to the end of the season. Smith is slightly more dangerous IMO but Von is an overall better defender. Future league MVP.

  67. sixjak says: Nov 20, 2012 2:45 PM

    All the Von Miller fanboys should take note that Von Miller likes Aldon Smith better than the fanboys he’s never even heard of or met.

    Which is better? An apple or banana? They are both every down players and will both be Pro Bowl/All Pro players for years to come.

    Discrediting players to make the player you support is goofy. Uhhhh he played against the Bears. It’s the NFL and none of us could ever hope to be in that elite club. 5.5 sacks vs. NFL players is impressive no matter how you look at it.

    He’s chased down RB’s and WR’s to save TD’s and has been very good in coverage so try watching him play before you say he’s just a one trick pony.

  68. sherman721 says: Nov 20, 2012 3:34 PM

    Von will take the sack lead back this week, and should with our schedule. I’m afraid Aldon Smith isn’t touching Brees, or Brady.

  69. niklip117 says: Nov 20, 2012 4:16 PM

    You also have to understand that Von did not play two games of that 2011-12 season due to the thumb injury, and he wasn’t optimally performing the rest of that season. Who knows how much further he could’ve gone. Still though two amazing key defensive players that contribute a lot to theirs teams.

  70. Nickstixx says: Nov 20, 2012 4:22 PM

    What most people aren’t talking about is how many TFL Von Miller has. He is leading the NFL by a long shot with that stat. If I’m right, it’s around the 22-24 TFL mark for this season already. Paired with his 13 sacks… that is an impressive stat.
    While I will agree that Aldon Smith is also very good, I would still take Von Miller any day as I think that he is more versatile. For those saying that Von “gets” to go against the AFC West 2x a year… Save for the Chargers, both the Raiders and Chiefs have pretty good O-lines. MUCH better than that Chicago team Aldon went against last night, and the O-line currently working in AZ (Aldon’s division opponent).
    I think the DPOY will come down to Von Miller, JJ Watt, Charles Tillman, and Aldon Smith. That would be my order of rank as well if someone were to ask. It will be a fun competition to watch play out for the remainder of the season.
    But yes, I think they are both friends and just having some friendly competition.

  71. lukecaldwell07 says: Nov 20, 2012 4:23 PM

    Miller missed one game last year and was wearing a cast for 7 games. tie one hand behind Smith’s back and he’s not gonna dominate like Miller did.. oh wait, maybe he will since hes got guys like Willis, J. Smith, and Bowman taking away so much attention.

    4-3 OLBs should not have as many sacks as Miller has. Eatin greedy!

  72. ninrjoe says: Nov 20, 2012 10:42 PM

    Von will see soon enough that he can’t compare himself to the likes of smith…bowman…or PDub!…

  73. geoffbangs says: Nov 21, 2012 1:27 PM

    Okay

    1) Its easier to sack Rivers, Cassel, and Palmer than it is Russell Wilson, Sam (sack me) Bradford, and Ryan Lindley/Kevin Kolb/John Skelton??

    Ehh wrong, stop the weaker division comparison.

    2) Von played half of his rookie season with one hand and Aldon still only beat him out by 2.5 sacks.

    3)Aldon leads Von by 4.5 sacks for their careers and Von leads Aldon by 16 tfl’s. That is 11.5 more plays made in the backfield.

    4)After gaining the sack lead Sunday Von said ‘I dont know how many sacks I have. I know we have a 3 game lead in the division. That’s what counts.’

    After Aldon takes the sack lead Monday he says “I’ll probably text him as soon as I leave here.”

    5)@zaggs The Broncos don’t have any other pass rushers to account for in the front 7??? Ever heard of a guy named Elvis Dumervil? He happens to be leading the league in sack/fumbles….. So just be quiet dunce.

    Im a football fan. If these stats don’t tell you enough then watch them play. I’ve never seen anyone play the way Von Miller does, I feel bad for opposing offensive linemen and qb’s. It really just isn’t fair.

  74. geoffbangs says: Nov 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    @broncosfanssuck

    No, you suck. Broncos have already played Texans, Saints, Steelers, Falcons, and Patriots. The toughest schedule for the first half of the season. So, simply, you are blowing hot air.

    So the 49ers D is already stellar? Wouldn’t that make it easier for Smith to eak through the cracks? When Von is a main component of what has made the Broncos D, one which recently held opponents 0-for in 26 consecutive third downs over three weeks, just as stellar.

  75. azwildcats96 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:41 PM

    briank1ne says: Nov 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    a lot of haters in the house. von miller sholdnt have been the rookie defensive player of the year when aldon smith played a third of the snaps miller did last year and had more sacks than him. aldon smith wasnt even a starter last year. you guys are all salty. Smith is the truth!
    _____________________________________

    This just proves why Von Miller was the better player their rookie years. Von started and played almost every down and with one hand for almost half the season. Obviously, Aldon wasn’t developed enough yet to do the same. Von was the better player. I’m glad to see that Aldon has improved to an every down player this year and I hope to see a 49er/Broncos Super Bowl.

  76. dt58 says: Nov 22, 2012 12:41 PM

    For those of you saying that the sacks against the Bears shouldn’t count because of their OLine should remember that Von got his 3 against an in drafted rookie backup for SD. Both great players and I agree…throw Watt in the mix and that’s an impressive draft. No need to argue who is better, it’s impossible to tell. Football is a team sport and individual success often depends on the teammates/coaches that surround them

  77. broncosfan242018 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    And Von would like to remind Aldon who leads the league in tackles for a loss. Miller has 21 which proves that he is the better player cause he doesn’t just blitz. He can also drop back in coverage against HBs’ and TEs’. All I know is that it’s going to be a close race for DPOY

  78. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 23, 2012 9:41 AM

    The bears offensive line is a defensive linemans dream. They get Jared Allen this week.

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