Originally posted by GEEK:
A 4 man rush consisting of a combination of McDonald (DT), Smith (DT), Brooks (DE), A. Smith (DE), Carradine (DE/DT), and Lemonier (DE). That's 3 DTs and 4 DEs rotating along the defensive line...increasing the effectiveness throughout the game.
Plus, I wouldn't mind seeing Dial in there playing the role of Justin Smith - taking on a double team to set up a stunt for Aldon/Brooks/Lemonier.
Dial is the only really big guy on this list and he isn't huge by NFL DT standards! It's all about strength and leverage though, which Justin Smith has over almost any DLman in the league. This is a bit of a problem unless they start rotating guys a bit more, as you suggest. Going up against 330 pound offensive linemen every week for a season is wearing. And if they can't rest an injury like a torn bicep then it's an even more difficult situation.
One reason the 9er defense faltered last year in the super bowl were the injuries to Justin and Aldon Smith. They played well, just not to the level of excellence they are capable of reaching.
Another thing I'll be watching is how creative the line becomes moving these guys around to create confusion for the offensive lines they face. They've moved Aldon from side to side at times and he really had success. I'd love to see Justin moved inside and out with his strength and ability to push anyone out of his position. A few snaps at NT would even be fun as well.
Carradine was rated as a first round talent by many last April.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Oct 24, 2013 at 5:59 AM ]