Originally posted by Sims84:
Yes because we have struggled to stop the run in our base defense in recent years :-/ we do just fine with "band aids"
Yep, that's why they didn't get gashed by big physical backs such as Faulk and Jackson who would break up the middle for huge gains. Soap played like a beast in 2011 and was basically still average for an NT, this past season he regressed and was just flat out awful, one of the worst NT's in the NFL. Crazily enough, the 49ers defense might look even better with a strong, athletic, big body lineman in the middle drawing multiple blockers regularly.
NT which is the reason we have not addressed that position with urgent need.
If we weren't a top 10 run defense, I'd see your point but we just set a record for consecutive games without allowing a rushing TD recently, Williams can handle that easily. We need more depth (later rounds) and penetrating lineman (early rounds)
Exactly when was this? I see a team that is still strong against the run but got beatup by quality teams with big, physical running back's. 49ers gave up 150 yards rushing to Minnesota, 150 against the Giants, 140 against Seattle and......almost 180 against Seattle. Are you somehow under the impression that the 49ers don't play Seattle again this year, that they don't have to go against Marshawn Lynch who has given them all sorts of issues?
lol we are in our base 3-4 about 30% of the time
What exactly do you think makes this possible(by the way your number is significantly incorrect but I digress....I think you're looking at Soap only having played 30% of the snaps without accounting for others who were in the game replacing him). The 49ers play in a nickel defense because they get teams into 2nd and long, 3rd and long.....however, against teams like Seattle, St Louis and Minnesota, it was more commonly 3rd and 2, 3rd and 3, 3rd and 4. When you get a team into 3rd and long, you can move your NT out, when you CAN'T, your entire defense suffers and this is the key for them. If Williams steps in and can't deliver, this entire defense falls apart as their success has been largely predicated on getting teams into unfavorable third down situations. Adding a quality NT means being able to put teams more consistently into those types of bad positions.