Originally posted by WRATHman44:
Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Originally posted by hofer36:
why take a guy who will play only 30% of the snaps so high
It's a common fallacy on the Zone that a blue-chip NT would only play 30% of the snaps. If you add all the NT snaps from Sopoaga and RJF last year it's closer to 50%. And those are both mediocre players. It stands to reason that if we had a top-flight NT he would play even more and give our D more flexibility in our fronts.
I think this is false. If you add up all of the TOTAL snaps from RJF and Soap, it is closer to 50%. Soap had occasional snaps as a DT in the Nickel, but he was the fastest 49ers of the snap for years (Nolan used to measure it), so that makes a little sense. RJF got most of his snaps at Nickel DT and rotational DE in the base set. If you add up all of the base D snaps, you get around 40%, IIRC. Some NTs seem more likely to help on passing downs. I'd take Jenkins over Williams for that, personally.
Pro Foot Focus has the snaps listed by position and name.
The 49ers, according to their snap count, had a nose tackle
on the field 49.5% of the time during the regular season.
The players who had snaps at nose tackle during the regular season were Sopoaga, Francois, and Williams.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM ]