A year ago, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith recorded 19.5 sacks in just 13 games. This year, Smith hopes to improve on that number and someday pass Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5, set in 2001.
“It’s a goal, but I’m not punching myself in the face at the end of the season if I don’t get it,” Smith said on NFL Network’s Around The League. “I’m young, and I’m learning a lot and I’m getting better. My goal is really just to get better every year. As long as I do that, if it was 14, then 19.5, at that rate it should keep going. Hopefully, I should be able to trump that record and keep going.”
Last season, Smith didn’t record a single sack from Week 15 straight through Super Bowl XLVII. Much of that can be contributed to an injured shoulder that required offseason surgery.
“I’m a tough dude. Honestly, I’m able to fight through a lot of things that I think might hamper other people,” Smith said. “It was there and it affected me, but it is what it is.”
Smith, who came in at No. 7 in the NFL Network’s Top 100, said his slump in numbers late in the season and in the postseason happened because of a “number of things,” including changes to how teams attacked the 49ers front line.