Originally posted by FunkNinerFlex:
I actually like the defense you posted. But I think Justin is a better inside pass rusher as a DT in a 4-3 than as a DE. Also Justin looks to be more stout against the run than McDonald as a DT. On the oustide, McDonald has more speed than Justin.
Though if we were to switch to a 4-3, there would be less of a chance to extend Bowman's contract. You're not going to spend 10mil on Willis and 7-8mil on Bowman in a 4-3. There's not many 4-3 defenses that tie up 23 million in its LB core. But in a 3-4, I believe the 49ers extend Bowman's contract in the middle of next year before he reaches his last year in 2013 and upcoming free agency.
In the 70s the 9ers used a four man line where each player could play any position...didn't matter DT or DE. Remember and article about Hart, Webb, Elam and Hardman being incredibly flexible as to where they played. They stunted a great deal and Hart was also able to play LB. Heaviest guy was 255!
The current lineup is being used even more creatively and I love it when they all stand up when the opposing team has to pass. Gives them six or seven guys who might or might not be rushing--more depending on the DBs. How they do so well against the run with three down men is beyond me!