Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Another concept I love that is.. thinking outside of the box.
When you have time (or maybe you already know it well enough)... read this link and ask yourself, " who from our current personnel would be exceptional in this scheme?" Of course, it will be helpful to get one of our NTs back.. but yes, this IS a test, and I want your answers!!!!!
(only a temporary derailment of thread topic.. )
Thanks, fun read! First off, the 9ers have three players who are among the best in the league--Willis, Bowman and J Smith. So any defense we play can accommodate their talents. I see Willis as MLB and Bowman as the weakside LB. We would need a strong NT to man the middle and Sop has done that in the past but may be declining. Justin could play the other DT spot as he is one of the strongest men in the league. Aldon would be good as a DE, as would Brooks on passing downs. I like what the article says about rotation of DL and that was a huge problem I saw with the 9ers. I'm sure they don't ever want to take Justin out of games but they really need him in the playoffs so a bit of rest would be a great boon.
Hunt would be an interesting piece in this defense. He and Aldon have good reach and the batted ball number might really jump. But the NT position would be my primary worry switching to this scheme...if the team loses both Sop and RJF they will need to use a top draft pick and sign a FA....in any scheme.
One of my disappointments has been the lack of creativity on defense to cover for J Smith's injury and a lack of pass rush this past year. They were able to apply pressure but I really feel strongly the MLBs need to be used more to blitz.
One reason for not going to a four man line is the success, until late in the year, of the three man line against the run. Unbelievable that they could get pressure on the QB and stop the run with only three DL.