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Aldon Smith & Jack Del Rio

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: The Raiders, who open at home today against the Bengals, did right to sign Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. Oh, that’s such a tepid, cautious statement. The Raiders didn’t only do right. The Raiders did brilliant. [...]

By | September 12th, 2015|14 Comments

49ers right to cut Aldon Smith

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Aldon Smith. The full text runs below: The 49ers are struggling to regain the moral high ground. Sadly, they surrendered it a while back. Everyone knows that. But what they did Friday — they booted Aldon Smith out the door — [...]

By | August 8th, 2015|14 Comments

Aldon Smith and caution

Lots of people are dumping on Aldon Smith right now, saying he's a bad guy and the Niners need to dump him. Maybe that's true and maybe that's what will happen. But be cautious. We know very little about what he did and said at LAX today. As far as [...]

By | April 13th, 2014|22 Comments

Fan hypocrisy

Sometimes fans can be hypocrites. So many fans have supported Aldon Smith and gushed with empathy for him. This is a guy who shot off illegal guns and got drunk and drove into a tree. OK, fine show sympathy. Some of the same fans are down on Jonathan Martin, call [...]

By | November 7th, 2013|28 Comments

In fairness to Jim Harbaugh

There has been stuff on the internet that Jim Harbaugh questioned the motives of anyone who disagreed with him about playing Aldon Smith last Sunday. I, of course, disagreed with him about playing Smith. Anyway, Harbaugh made his remarks this morning on radio. I listened to the broadcast and, as [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|36 Comments

Lowell responds re: Aldon Smith

I guess I'm argumentative this morning, so please bear with me. Many of you have written to the blog or my email disagreeing with my column, disagreeing specifically with my assertion the Niners never should have played Aldon Smith on Sunday. Some of you said it was the best thing [...]

By | September 23rd, 2013|41 Comments

I really disagree with Jed York

After the 49ers lost to the Colts yesterday, Jed York spoke to the media about Aldon Smith and why the team played him. "I don’t know that there’s a right decision in this situation," he said. Wrong. There is a right decision if you want to make the right decision, [...]

By | September 23rd, 2013|12 Comments

Aldon Smith to get help

I keep reading and hearing from national media that the 49ers want Aldon Smith to get help -- I guess for his drinking problem, not for his shooting problem. The national media is spinning this story favorably to the 49ers. I look at it a little differently. If the Niners [...]

By | September 22nd, 2013|9 Comments

Aldon Smith to play

Jim Harbaugh said today he expects Aldon Smith to play on Sunday. He also said discipline in these matters is up to the league. I wrote earlier Smith crashed on his way to practice. I want to amend that. I think he was on his way to practice at 7:00 [...]

By | September 20th, 2013|19 Comments

Aldon Smith blows breath test

Aldon Smith allegedly blew a .15 on his Breathalyzer test after crashing his car into a tree this morning, apparently on the way to work. The legal limit is .08, which means he was almost double the limit if reports are true.

By | September 20th, 2013|7 Comments