Originally posted by AB83Rules:
Originally posted by ninergold:
I can't see them letting go of Goodwin this year. They need his leadership on the line. I do believe there will be a huge battle at LB, with a lot of guys not being even solid back up players (except Haralson) and just laying claim to fame on their ST skills (Wilhoite, Skuta, Moody).
Yeah, unless Kilgore or Looney prove something, Goodwin stays, and isnt back after 2013, with either a draft pick or one o the 2 mentioned before starting.
Haralson would make it for depth and experience at OLB. Lemonier stays for pass rush and STs.
Battle is for the 4th ILB spot. I see Skuta more of a lock, he is a ST Ace. Moody I think has advantage due to versatility.
Agreed, Goody and Haralson stay this year, both are solid vets who know the system.
Im really excited with Lemonier's explosiveness. With Tanks availability early this year, I think Lemonier is going to get lots of reps this summer in pass rush packages. There were times last year when Brooks kicked inside and did a hell of a job getting to the QB. If we are in 3rd and real long with no threat of a run, I could see a Aldon-Justin-Brooks-Lemonier rush early in the year with Tank easing in later. McDonald is much more effective when he can get a blow or two, he was on the field way too often last year. If Tank can get healthy and Lemonier can show explosiveness off the edge, it gives us GREAT opportunities to mix and match our fronts in passing situations.
Aldon-Cowboy-Dorsey-McDonald-Brooks = base
Haralson-Dorsey-Ian-McDonald-Brooks = run stuffing base package
Aldon-Cowboy-Tank/Lemonier-Brooks = passing 4 man front
Haralson can give either OLB a breather
Dorsey can give either DE a breather
Ian can give Dorsey a breather
Lemonier and Tank are the fresh pass rushers off the bench
Lots of versitiliy in the front 7, imagine if Dial, Okoye, Fleming or Cam pan out too? I think the 9ers saw a weakness on our front when Ricky Jean and Soap were on the field and addressed it with versatile players. Then they added some young legs for late game pass rush.
Also as far as STs.....the 9ers went from the 2nd ranked ST unit in 2011 to the 20th ranked unit in 2012. You better believe Jimbo replays that kick return to open the 2nd half over and over in his head. ST's received plenty of attention in the draft and FA this offseason. It will be a HUGE empasis on cut day.