Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
We run a different style of 3-4, and the a monster nose tackle is not as key for us, we give the DE's more gap responsibility than Green Bay or New England does, our 3-4 is more of a hybrid 4-3, that anything else. This makes it easier to find linemen, there are 32 teams in the NFL, and only 6-7 true nose tackles to run a pure 3-4. Those guys don't just grow on trees.
Can't argue with this, but we could still use a NT/DT who can get consistent penetration to help out Justin and Mac. Imagine this defense with a true monster in the middle, one who requires a double every play.
Justin is unstoppable one-on-one and it would give him more chances. It would also help Willis and Bowman, who are currently trying to shut down the middle against the run and pass with almost no penetration from the NT position.
In other words, doesn't matter what our scheme is, the 9ers can use great players at any and all positions, but seem to treat NT as an after thought. I believe it is partly an acknowledgement that the salary cap can't sustain top players at each position so choices must be made...and that's fine...but I can dream!