Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Originally posted by LasVegasWally:
You hit it on the head SanDiego!
Absolute need for a DLine ROTATION.
No. The defense was superb before the injuries. Unfortunately, three injuries (Aldon, Justin, Ahmad--four injuries including Dobbs) were in the same group. You're never going to backup every group with three starting caliber players. Injuries happen.
We have made two moves in the off-season to address the needs on the defensive line.
1. We signed Glenn Dorsey. In my estimation, he would be a decent rotational DE behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
Jim Tomsula and Vic Fangio should be able to get more out of him than KC did.
Plus, playing behind Justin Smith for a year would be equivalent to getting a master's degree in defensive line play.
2. We extended Ian Williams. Ian Williams played nose tackle for three years and defensive end for one year in Notre Dame's 3-4 defense.
Apparently, he is a natural nose tackle. He weighed around 320 pounds at Notre Dame. Not sure what he weighs now, but if he get his weight somewhere close to 320, he might be the projected starter at nose tackle.
We should not forget or lightly dismiss these moves.
[ Edited by buck on Apr 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM ]