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SANTA CLARA -- Outside linebacker Aldon Smith has not recorded a sack in the 49ers’ past four games. It’s the longest shutout streak of his four-year NFL career.
Smith said his drought is a combination of how the opposition is playing him and how he is playing.
“(There are) a lot of different ways they block me,” Smith said this week. “Scheming, they try to make sure I don’t make as many plays. We’re playing good teams, so there’s good football being played all around.”
But Smith said he can also play a lot better than what he has shown in the 49ers’ four-game losing streak, which includes losses to Seattle, Oakland, Seattle and San Diego.
“Any time I’m not getting the stats I usually get, I can look at myself,” he said. “But, also, teams aren’t going to keep just letting me get back to the quarterback as easy. Both of those things. Giving credit to the teams that are being successful with it, and I have to get better doing what I do.”
Smith has 44 sacks in 49 regular-season games in his career. He missed five games in 2013 when he sought treatment for substance abuse, and he served a nine-game suspension earlier this season for violations of the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.