Aldon Smith runs over Bears' O-line
November, 20, 2012
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoNiners linebacker Aldon Smith recorded 5.5 sacks of Bears quarterback Jason Campbell on Monday night.SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith terrorized the Chicago Bears offensive line for a career high 5.5 sacks and seven quarterback hits Monday night, the most sacks the Bears have allowed to a single player since former Green Bay Packers defender Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila recorded four sacks in a game at the end of the 2004 regular season.
Niners right defensive tackle Justin Smith also had 0.5 sacks and three quarterback hits in the game.
"I have a thing for night games," Aldon Smith said. "I love playing at night. I love the lights."
The majority of Niners' pass rush damage was inflicted upon Bears offensive tackles J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi, who had a difficult time holding their blocks when the Niners would twist their rushers as they moved up the field. Those line stunts seemed to keep the Bears off-balance as on several occasions Webb ended up square on his back next to quarterback Jason Campbell.
"They had a lot of games (they were playing with their pass rushers)," Carimi said. "I thought me and Lance handled it pretty well up until the very end of the game when we had some problems on the right side. There are a couple things we can fix that would eliminate some of those sacks.
"It's very disappointing. I feel like I have better in me. I talk about myself and my level of play was not where I needed it to be in order for us to win this game."
It didn't help matters that the Bears found themselves in a 20-0 hole in the first half which likely forced them to alter their original offensive game plan. For whatever reason, the Bears have never been built to come back from large deficits under Lovie Smith. Since Smith arrived in Chicago in 2004, the Bears are 14-44 when trailing at halftime.
"We didn't want to be in that situatiion where we are down," Carimi said. "We need to get more first downs, bottom line, and to keep drives going."