Originally posted by Wodwo:
No kidding, eh? Imagine in nickel packages, lining Justin up at end and Aldon in the three tech. WTF are o-linemen going to do? Justin Will maul the tackle one on one and of the focus on him, Aldon will pwn the guard and kill the QB.
So much potential! HYPE!
Oh, and we don't exactly have anyone much better than Lawson at OLB, NC. Sorry, but Brooks isn't going to scare people as a starter, either. If he did, he'd have just been the starter at WILL last season instead of a situational player and we wouldn't even be having this discussion.
Oh Wodwo, you always make me laugh!!!
Yeah, I've been hearing Smith will be tried at SAM, the WILL, etc. Essentially, he's going to play where Fangio thinks he'll be most effective and that will be dictated by our opponents and where their weaknesses are (inside, off LT, RT, etc.). Fangio will try to exploit those much like how Harbaugh will be doing for our offense...attacking the weaknesses, ala Walsh-like; we can only hope!
But as to your point that made me laugh, obviously, and hopefully we'll see the big difference in 2011 (if we have a season), coaching was the biggest road block this team faced last year (and in previous years). After 5 years, ManLaw is about as good as he's ever going to be even with the same DC for his entire career and essentially, same cast around him. Fangio won't be able to do much more with him. But with guys such as Smith, Brooks, Willis, Gibson, etc. the sky may be the limit. I think, if he is all that is advertised, you will also see a totally different secondary by scheme alone with virtually no changes in the secondary, perhaps.
Either way, this is going to be fun to watch and see how the chips fall. But one thing we DO know is that Baalke loves his pass rushers as does Fangio and no doubt, Harbaugh and his offense will benefit the most from a defense that can get off the field quickly, so what does that mean for Lawson esp. when you consider what we'll need to pay to retain Smith, Franklin and others.
The FO did not see Lawson as a priority to sign LT a year before his contract expired like it has with many other Niners who we saw LT potential and rising skill sets. We didn't see him as a priority in the off season in his final year, during his contract season last year (where players play their best) and do you think we will once FA contracts can be addressed again? We shall see!