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Jim Harbaugh gushes about Aldon Smith


The bad news is that the 49ers fear Aldon Smith will be suspended for six-to-eight games by Commissioner Roger Goodell.  The good news is that, once Smith returns, he’ll continue to be an impact player.

We’ll dwell on the positive, since the Harbaugh brothers think the media obsesses on the negative.  And since 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was so overwhelmingly positive about Smith in a Monday press conference.

“He’s had a heck of a week here,” Harbaugh told reporters.  “He’s had a heck of a training camp. He’s really. . . . Yeah, he’s taken his game to the highest level.

Harbaugh declined to elaborate on the specific reason for the elevation of Smith’s performance, who has 42 sacks in 43 career regular-season games.

“I’ll let it speak for itself,” Harbaugh said.  “His play has been outstanding.  I think if you talk to anybody here, he’s at the highest level of that position.”

Alas, Smith won’t get to demonstrate those abilities because he failed on multiple occasions to engage in the kind of self-check that keeps people from getting arrested multiple times.

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60 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh gushes about Aldon Smith”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 11, 2014 5:33 PM

    Let him go 5 games without a sack.

    Then we’ll see how supportive Coach is.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Aug 11, 2014 5:33 PM

    Doesn’t do much good if he can’t stay on the field.

  3. beardinals says: Aug 11, 2014 5:34 PM

    But is he above reproach??

  4. clg82 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:35 PM

    You had to do it didn’t you PFT…you had to go negative at the end of the article lol…just couldn’t help yourself….lol

  5. kamthechancellor says: Aug 11, 2014 5:36 PM

    Great pass rusher. Great coach. Lousy people.

  6. rukkus1 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:39 PM

    Aldon Smith has always let his play do the talking Harbaugh. On and off the field. On the field he’s a stud, and off the field he is an unbroken wild horse that you wouldn’t want in your stable.

  7. stampede101 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:42 PM

    Coaches gush about their players regularly at press conferences. Not sure why this stood out. Seems like the only point to this article was to jab the Niners.

  8. mogogo1 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:42 PM

    The Harbaugh brothers like “heck.” When I came to that word I almost thought he was going to recycle his brother’s “heck of a guy” line.

  9. bucsorbust says: Aug 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Would Harbaugh want his kids riding in the car with him? On the same street? Why gush about a guy like this, ever? Say nothing and make him play, make him stay out of trouble.

  10. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 11, 2014 5:43 PM

    Stay sober Aldon and you got a chance to be 1st ballot hall of famer…unless alcohol is your spinach. Then here’s a shot on me…go get em!!

  11. abninf says: Aug 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    “We’ll dwell on the positive, since the Harbaugh brothers think the media obsesses on the negative.”

    Oh, quit your crying. You aren’t the media anyway. You’re biased and push agendas and don’t even try to hide it.

  12. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:48 PM

    “We’ll dwell on the positive, since the Harbaugh brothers believe the media obsesses on the negative.”

    The media truly obsesses over that which generates interest, and often times it’s stories with some degree of negativity or wrongdoing involved. It’s the same thing with the general news we see on tv, murder and mayhem generate all sorts of interest.

    For instance, there were very few news articles(if any) about positive interactions Michael Sam had since “coming out” and being drafted into the NFL…while the negative feedback and backlash over his sexual preference and kissing on tv was everywhere. The media even made effort to seek out that small minority of individuals who were willing to detest Sam’s way of life.

  13. 5to46hawkfan says: Aug 11, 2014 5:49 PM

    Yeah smith is so wonderful…. What a piece of work…
    He’s right up there with harbarf caliber

  14. rainponcho87 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:49 PM

    8 game suspension, 4 game credit for time off last year.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    According to the Harbaughs domestic violence, gun crime and DUIs are just dandy as long as the criminals are good players.

  16. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 11, 2014 5:54 PM

    Doesn’t matter if you have Hall of Fame talent when you’re never on the field because you’re dumber than a box of rocks and keep getting in trouble.

    (Add James Blackmon, Josh Gordon, et. al. to this list)

  17. bucsorbust says: Aug 11, 2014 5:55 PM


    Cleaned up or not, Aldon Smith will never make the Hall of Fame. If he does, they might as well put OJ back in front and center.

    If they had a Hall of Shame, Smith should be in a giant, backlit, glass case.

  18. mazenblue says: Aug 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Gushed all over his khakis.

  19. kabasaman says: Aug 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    My guess he’ll get busted for something else during his 8 game suspension. This guy is and always be “Trouble”.

  20. 2difshoe says: Aug 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    Funny how the Harbaugh brothers condone criminal behaviorists !

  21. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 11, 2014 6:05 PM

    The guy is aces if you can catch him sober…

  22. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 11, 2014 6:06 PM

    This is worrisome.

    Yesterday Carroll gushed about Lynch and today… It’s almost as if he knew.

    Now today Harbaugh gushes about Smith…

  23. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    hairbauf and pete the cheat deserve to be in the same division.

  24. robert831 says: Aug 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    @bucsorbust -Really? OJ is a murder. Aldon is a dumb kid. Gigantic difference!

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    Harbaugh trying to make it more difficult for Goodell to suspend him for a long period. League depends on it’s star players for popularity. Aldon probably not much different than he ever was on the field. Harbs just hyping up his potential impact.

  26. 2difshoe says: Aug 11, 2014 6:10 PM

    rukkus1 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 5:39 PM
    Aldon Smith has always let his play do the talking Harbaugh. On and off the field. On the field he’s a stud, and off the field he is an unbroken wild horse that you wouldn’t want in your stable.


    I wouldn’t mind that horse in my stable as long as Harbaugh in it armed with a shovel.

  27. rainponcho87 says: Aug 11, 2014 6:15 PM

    ^^ comment above is genius. Suspending a star player at the top of his game who has already taken time off is harder than coming down hard on a mediocre talent. Harbaugh is working it!!

  28. peytons5head says: Aug 11, 2014 6:31 PM

    Can’t wait to see him throw that midget QB from Seattle around.

  29. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 11, 2014 6:34 PM

    I use to like the Harbaugh brothers….then they started opening their mouth’s and spewing ridiculousness….

  30. njonutz says: Aug 11, 2014 6:40 PM

    Aldon has a chance to be one of the greatest pass rushers of all time . Unblockable

  31. mcquillian says: Aug 11, 2014 6:50 PM

    Suck it Harbaugh . . . You and your brother are NFL hacks . . .

  32. chexmix49 says: Aug 11, 2014 6:56 PM

    All of you idiots hating on Aldon know dammed good and well that there would be 31 teams lining up to sign him if the Niners released him !!!

  33. goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 11, 2014 6:59 PM

    How many players get busted every year for DUIs and bad behavior? Why does this one stick out so much? Oh that’s right, because he has HALL OF FAME talent! Look at his production and please argue that.

  34. dadplumberawesome says: Aug 11, 2014 7:02 PM

    What’s the difference between Marshawn and Aldon? It’s not in there ability to make good decisions, it’s not their talent, it’s not even that their teammates don’t love the characters they are. That’s it, there’s no difference between them…

    Oh wait, the ring.

  35. The Parisian Ballad says: Aug 11, 2014 7:31 PM

    One difference is that all of Aldons trouble has come in one year. He was never in trouble in college or anywhere before this last 12 months.

    Lynch has been arrested almost every year since hes been drafted. Its lasted the last 6 years, Dui’s, guns, hit and run, heck why not add assault to his rap sheet now. He has a whole menu of criminality now.

  36. faepernick says: Aug 11, 2014 7:40 PM

    Aldon Smith has been sober since the incident last year and is doing everything to turn his life around for the better. He has stated this offseason he is in the best shape of his life right now and completely focused on football. This guy is going to be scary.

  37. Dogsweat says: Aug 11, 2014 7:42 PM

    Smith will be fine, who do the Hawks have?

  38. njonutz says: Aug 11, 2014 8:05 PM

    Biggest difference between Aldon and lynch , Aldon is just getting warmed up , lynch is running out of skittles .

  39. 7to85 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:29 PM

    “Let him go 5 games without a sack.

    Then we’ll see how supportive Coach is”

    He won’t.

  40. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 11, 2014 8:30 PM


    When it’s all said and done, I would bet the farm Aldon will have more sacks than Derrick Thomas who is one of my favorites btw

  41. boyshole25 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:50 PM

    Not even as good as Antonio smith without justin smith blocking three guys for a Clear path to the qb. Guy is average at best without justin

  42. rcali says: Aug 11, 2014 9:02 PM

    Ohh, so now the coach of “The San Francisco Team” has something to say about Mr. Smith. He threw a hissy fit a few weeks ago.

  43. whatjusthapped says: Aug 11, 2014 9:05 PM

    Its tough to be an impact player if you can’t even suit up come Sunday. I have a feeling he has some more arrests in him, just a funny feeling based on the sheer stupidity of his crimes.

  44. thefox61 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:13 PM

    Vernon Davis thinks Kam Chancellor is a BIGGER impact player…

  45. mdlinton says: Aug 11, 2014 9:27 PM

    “I say your lips are moving boy(Harbough) but nothing coming out”

    Foghorn Leghorn

  46. stampnhawk says: Aug 11, 2014 9:36 PM

    Didn’t hit a tree while drunk on the way to practice, fire some illegal guns in the air, or utter any bomb threats, this week = gushing from a coach

  47. 12hawksfan1976 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:40 PM

    “That midget from Seattle…” — kiss his Ring.

  48. ancienthawkfan says: Aug 11, 2014 10:31 PM

    Let’s remember, this is the coach that stated Crabtree had the best hands in the league. I’m not to swayed by his critiques.

  49. ancienthawkfan says: Aug 11, 2014 10:53 PM

    There should also be no excuses for this guy. The time he “took off” was voluntary. It should not count toward his suspension any more than if he’d taken time to heal an injury. He lucked out with the legal system, the league shouldn’t go so lightly on him. A net 4 games suspension is the same as using weed – Smith’s transgressions are much more egregious. We have people on season suspensions for weed – (btw – Rices’s 2 games was ridiculous) Smith’s punishment should be commensurate with his actions. As SHOULD have Rice’s. ridiculous.

  50. uplate5301 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:08 PM

    All the Seahawk haters that troll Niner blogs would cheer wildly if the Niners released Smith, and cheer yet again when Carroll rushed to sign him.

  51. omeimontis says: Aug 11, 2014 11:14 PM

    Someone in the media is trying to pressure the commish into giving him a 6-8 game suspension. Yes he has been arrested multiple times, but so was Marshawn Lynch, who was arrested twice as a Buffalo Bill and who pleaded guilty to reckless driving after he was arrested on DUI charges. Lynch has not been suspended by the league for his latest offense yet. To suspend Smith 6-8 games would be pretty unequal treatment for similar offenses (DUI arrest, pleading guilty to lesser charge and multiple offense). Smith also pleaded no contest to possessing assault weapons, but 6-8 games for that, when Ray Rice was suspended two games for knocking his future wife out cold inside an elevator? Again, that would be grossly unequal treatment for a similar offense. Aldon Smith should appeal any suspension because it would be selective enforcement of the worst kind against him.

  52. chexmix49 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:27 PM

    In spite of Aldon’s production in the games in which he’s played, the 49ers still managed to win every game he missed last year. With him in the lineup, the defense is taken to a whole different level and Russell Wilson would be running for his life. I’m not sure the Seahawks survive the loss of Lynch for five weeks because he is a huge part of their offense. It remains to be seen how the Seachickens and the Legion of Dumb will survive without being able to grab and hold on every pass play. Besides, Aldon will be back in time for both of the Seattle games and I can’t wait for Thanksgiving evening !!!

  53. senoreno says: Aug 12, 2014 12:29 AM

    Aldon Smith is a saint compared to Lynch

  54. nineball26 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:42 AM

    8 games is NOTHING for a FELON, drugs and weapons?

    what kind of message is that org trying to send our children?

    just cuz they paid off the local LEA doesnt mean the league should buckle

    these are REAL crimes

  55. goreisabeast says: Aug 12, 2014 6:52 AM

    Whatever the suspension is. That just means it’s less wear n tear on his body early on. He’ll be ending the season strong. Enough with all these picture perfect ppl on here dogging on the youngster for his mistakes. What’s in your closet hmmmmmm?

  56. lutch57 says: Aug 12, 2014 10:53 AM

    Aldon Smith – DUI, Gun Charges missed 5 games voluntarily being suspended 6 games

    Marshawn Lynch – 2 DUIs, hit a woman drunk at 3 am, 2 sets of gun charges in two different states. Is suspended 3 games………and is in trouble again.

    How does 6 games make sense? Aldon Smith hit a tree after attempting to sleep it off. Marshawn Lynch hit a woman drunk at 3 am.

  57. ancienthawkfan says: Aug 12, 2014 11:19 AM

    Next we will hear that Gabbert will be the next Manning.

  58. jacktheraven says: Aug 12, 2014 1:02 PM

    Thanks to the 49ers for a great 4-5 days of practice with the Ravens. Both teams were great with each other. And, the Niners have a good future with Kaepernick at QB.

  59. 49ergeorge says: Aug 12, 2014 1:39 PM

    He’ll come back fresh and ready to rock.

  60. dapedigos says: Aug 12, 2014 2:26 PM

    Last year Von Miller from Denver was suspended for 8 games for smoking weed. The NFL better suspend Smith at least for 8 games for what he has done or they will look like they are playing favorites.

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