Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Willis has been all world since he entered the league. It didn't matter who was playing in front of him.
This. A great NT can make lousy linebackers look better, great linebackers can make a mediocre NT look better by making plays in spite of having to regularly deal with blockers at the second level. Willis and Bowman both made some big plays this year after the RB had blown past the DL, guys like Faulk, Jackson and Lynch beat this team up at times.
The 49ers have great linebackers, find a competent NT and they'll perform even better. Either Jesse Williams or Jonathan Jenkins will be available via the draft, even a guy like Brandon Williams in the 2nd would provide a big boost, in free agency, they can acquire a part-time starter such as Aubrayo Franklin or Terrance Knighton to rotate in with them, allowing this team to maintain its edge in dominating against the run, even against bigger backs like Lynch.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM ]