Originally posted by DVDA:
Originally posted by 9erred:
Please make it stop. As mentioned before, the Niners are a 4-3 defense the majority of the snaps, just their base defense to start is a 3-4. If you have players for a 3-4 they can play a 4-3.
With the league going to a passing league, the Niners are in a 4-3 on all dime packages and sometimes on nickel packages.
With the starting NT's going down, the 4-3 defense will be utilized 70% of the time just as it was last year.
Aldon Smith used to play the elephant position (charles haley) of the 3-4 or hybrid 4-3. No Lemonoir plays the elephant position.
You don't know what you're talking about if you say the 49ers are in a 4-3 on all dime packages. Maybe you are trying to say they use four man fronts a lot but it is impossible to be in a 4-3 defense and a dime package at the same time.
The 4-3 is a base defense that has 4 linemen, 3 linebackers, and 4 defensive backs. A dime defense has 6 defensive backs. The most basic dime defense has 4 linemen, 1 linebacker, and 6 defensive backs.
It is all semantics, which you understand. It is like when draft gurus call a guy a 5 technique, or a 3 technique, if a DL is a good player they can play multiple positions. The Niners let Isaac Sopoaga go because he play slightly less than 30% of the plays. THUS meaning any NT this year (Williams or Dorsey, Dial) probably would play 3 out of 10 downs. As Mike Nolan would say, no one runs a TRUE 3-4 or 4-3, it is about hybrid defenses.
The Niners want their best players on the field, which is 2 ilb's and 2 olb's. On passing downs the chess piece is the quarterback does not know who will rush, Cory Lemonoir or Brooks. This give the defense the element of surprise.
Now if the Niners had a STUD NT like Hali Ngata, they would probably run the true 3-4 with a NT more often and the stud NT's can also rush the passer.
I think Ian Williams is more of a plugger, and I did see the defense improve when a healthy Dorsey was in, as he is a run stuffer and has pass rush ability.