Originally posted by nickbradley:
You know what's ridiculous?
Being the only team in the NFL that can play nickel coverage with two defensive linemen and four linebackers!
The utter dominance of Willis & Bowman allow us to do unique things on defense
And having a good NT only helps the defense as a whole, with the playmakers this team has, having a big, quality NT that eats up blockers and allows linebackers and defensive backs to attack is huge, especially considering how many time teams have gashed the 49ers up the middle, its all about creating mismatches, you can't really improve too much on the defense, not at linebacker, not at DE, not at safety.....possibly at cornerback, but NT is HUGE, that is the weakest spot on the defense right now. You want a guy that can consistently occupy 2 blockers, doing that, with the quality of linebackers, will make running up the middle essentially impossible.
Looking at teams in the division such as Seattle and St Louis, a top NT will be the biggest improvement this team can make in regards to facing those teams next season. In a 3-4 defense, the NT is arguably the most important piece, the one who makes everything go, which is one of the reasons why 3-4 teams are constantly stockpiling or looking for quality NT prospects.
Its a thankless position, you can read through this thread and see how many are ready to overlook a quality starting NT and instead go with a backup 3-4 DE, just because, however it doesn't make it any less crucial.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM ]