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Ex-49ers, Raiders star Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI in Kansas

Ex-49ers, Raiders star Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI in Kansas

Aldon Smith is in the news for the wrong reasons once again. 

The former 49ers and Raiders edge rusher was arrested Tuesday morning in Mission, Kansas. Police initially stopped Smith for a traffic violation, the Kansas City Star's Robert Cronkleton reported Tuesday

Cronkleton reported that Smith was then arrested around midnight on suspicion of DUI. He was issued citations at the Mission police station and released to a friend, said Capt. Kevin Self, a spokesman for the Mission Police Department. 

This is the latest in a long line of off-field issues for Smith. He was last arrested in August of 2018 for allegedly violating conditions of an electronic monitoring program. When he showed up to the San Francisco County Sheriff’s department last summer, he had a .40 blood alcohol level, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Smith was selected by the 49ers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He set a record by recording 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons before running into trouble. He was released by the 49ers in August of 2015 after his fifth issue with the law. 

The Raiders then signed Smith just before the start of the 2015 season. He played in nine games for the Silver and Black that season before being suspended again for at least one season. Smith applied for reinstatement in 2016, but that decision was pushed back to the offseason and he was never granted the ability to re-join the NFL. 

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Now 29 years old, Smith officially became a free agent in March of 2018 when the Raiders released him after two seasons away from the NFL. At the time, the San Francisco police said they were searching for Smith in connection with a domestic violence charge. Smith turned himself in before posting bail.

Over four seasons and 59 games played in the NFL, Smith recorded 47.5 sacks.

49ers' Richard Sherman responds to 'armchair coaches' who wanted tie

49ers' Richard Sherman responds to 'armchair coaches' who wanted tie

Over his nine-year NFL career, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman has played for two head coaches: Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan. He doesn't come from the school of Herm Edwards, but the two have one thing in common. 

They play to win the game. 

The 49ers had a chance to settle for a tie in overtime when they fell to the Seahawks, 27-24, on Monday. Sherman saw tweets questioning Shanahan's play-calling at the end of the game, and in a way only the three-time All-Pro know how to, he fired back on Thursday. 

"That's coming from people who don't know ball, if I'm being honest," Sherman said to reporters. "You get to the point where you've got armchair quarterbacks, armchair GMs, armchair coaches like, 'Oh man, I would have done this.' And that's why you're sitting on the couch and not in this sport as a professional.

"You've got people, who don't do this for a living, talking about what they would have done, and it's cool, I guess, for social media chatter. It's great for it there. But as people who play the game, and who put the sacrifice in, who go out there and lay their bodies out on the line, you don't play a tie."

The 49ers had the ball on their own 20-yard line with the score tied and only 1:50 remaining in OT. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw three straight incompletions, and after a Mitch Wishnowsky punt, only 25 seconds ran off the clock. 

Shanahan and his offense had an opportunity to move down the field and improve to 9-0 on the season. They failed, yet still have the best record in the NFC. 

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"If you have a chance to drive the ball down the field and try to win the game," Sherman continued, "then I would think everybody would want us to try to win the game. You don't want a tie."

Sherman's right, and the 49ers remain in the driver's seat with seven games to go. 

49ers' K'Waun Williams on Pro Bowl ballot after Richard Sherman's plea

49ers' K'Waun Williams on Pro Bowl ballot after Richard Sherman's plea

Ask and you shall receive. 

Richard Sherman wanted fellow 49ers defensive back K'Waun Williams added to the Pro Bowl ballot after San Francisco's nickel corner originally had been left off it.

On Thursday, the NFL obliged.

The 49ers currently have the league's best pass defense according to DVOA, and Williams has been a big reason why. While San Francisco has had to use multiple outside corners due to injury, Williams had provided a consistent, steadying force in the slot. He's totaled 22 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions through 10 games, and opposing quarterbacks have been limited to a 67.6 passer rating when targeting him.

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was asked about Williams' addition to the ballot, and made it clear he thinks the recognition is deserved.

"He’s earned it," Saleh said, "he’s worked his tail off and he’s been healthy. I think people are starting to recognize how valuable he is in the slot."

Traditionally, nickelbacks have not been included on the Pro Bowl ballot, which partly explains why Williams was left off in the first place. But with the way the league is changing, Saleh thinks the NFL should reconsider how Pro Bowl rosters are constructed.

"You know, I don’t understand the whole system," Saleh added. "I think it’s archaic in terms of the nickel plays a majority of the snaps, but you still have a SAM backer and a fullback. I don’t know how the whole thing works, but I do think slot corner should get a little bit more recognition than they do. I’m pumped for him that he’s getting that."

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While Williams' inclusion on the ballot is deserved, San Francisco certainly wouldn't mind if he wasn't able to participate in the actual Pro Bowl. That, of course, is because players participating in the Super Bowl are ineligible to play in the Pro Bowl, which occurs the week prior. If the 49ers reach the final game of the 2019 season, you can be sure Williams played a big role in helping them get there.