Originally posted by Kolohe:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Part of judging a NT is judging the MLBs who play behind him. Willis and Bowman are all world, I don't think they would be if Sopoaga was a "bad" NT. Would it be great to get a NT in the draft who could collapse the pocket every play? Sure, but how likely is that? To release a guy because we might get a guy who is better...bad planning unless the coach really sees a replacement on the team--Williams, RJF...
LOL.....yes, I'm sure Willis and Bowman are the two best inside linebackers in the NFL because of their mediocre NT. In opposition I say, imagine how beastly those two could be with a true NT, because bottomline, Soap is not an NT, he's a DE playing out of position, he doesn't tie up blockers like an NT is supposed to do, he gets knocked off the ball far more times than is justifiable, simply, he was a so-so fill-in because the team hasn't had a true NT, but if they can acquire a Jesse Williams or Jonathan Jenkins like player, he can go to backing up the DE's or simply walking off into the sunset.
This is kinda true guys. Willis was good when Franklin was the NT and he couldn't break the starting lineup in NO.
Willis' or Bowmans play didn't drop off either. But its not like we're saying NOT to bring in a NT, I for one hope we draft one, but I'd still re-sign Sopoaga too, veteran help is always a plus for the rookies. D-line rotation is important on a defense, and if anyone is playing outta position its RJF at NT, when he lines up at nose teams run right up the middle. But, IMO I think the secondary needs to be fixed or really addressed this off-season.
I'm for re-signing Soap but at the right price. I don't think you can "fix" the secondary without addressing the LOS. We know we have a serviceable defensive backfield. The source of the 49ers defensive problems seem more attributed to the health of Justin Smith than the coverage skills of Brown, Rogers, Culliver, Goldson and Whitner. I think it would be monumental waste of money to invest tens of millions in a secondary without significantly upgrading the DL depth with both pass-rush and guys that demand double-teams other than Justin Smith. If you're LOS is dominant, everything else falls into place.