First off I want to point out that without Justin Smith, Ray MacDonald & Ian Williams, the DL doesn't look anything like it will come the regular season, this is not a rant about lack of performance by any means. Understanding that both Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial have led the DL in snap count in both preseason games, there's still something I don't quite understand. It seems pretty obvious to me that the 3 veterans (JS, RM, IW) will be the starting DL this year with Tank and Dial clearly showing they are the 2 most talented backups who should get the most snaps off the bench.
With all that said, my question is, why are we starting a DL made up of Purcell, TJE and Dobbs? Personally, I'd like to see Tank and Dial go up against the other teams starters and show what they got. I understand they got in the game some against the 1st units. Starting them would, at least IMO, give us a better DL, take more pressure off those competing for the other ILB spot next to Willis to show what they got, provide some more pressure on the opposing QB and allow the DB to shine a bit more.
What do you guys think the reasoning is behind the lineups we've thrown out there these first 2 preseason games?