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49ers to a 4-3?

Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:09 am
 

 

 

At the NFL scouting combine last week, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan was asked about his using a 3-4 style of defense or a 4-3 style.

"We’re about the best players, and whether that’s a 3-4 or 4-3, I really have no preference," Nolan said. "When teams
look at us and break us down, they’ll see, I don’t know if it’s a straight 50-50 but it’s pretty
close to a 60-40 split of 4-3, 3-4 in what we do. We draft one way, and that’s to get the best
player, and so if that lends its way to 3-4, 4-3, I’m not really particular about it. I do find
that 3-4, if you start there, is much more friendly, because if you’re just a 4-3 team, it’s
very difficult to play the other way."

But the signing of defensive end Justin Smith late Friday nigth might be an indication that the 49ers will be playing more 4-3 defense. Smith is more of a standard 4-3 end, not a 3-4 end. And you don't pay a player $20 million in guarantees on a six-year deal to be an occupying end, which is what they are in the 4-3.

"It's clear they're going to more 4-3," one NFC West coach said. "Smith isn't a 3-4 defensive end."

Smith is a try-hard player who had just two sacks last season, yet cashes in big here because there is a want for defensive ends. The 49ers have been big players in the market already, but despite spending big, one has to wonder how much improving they've done.

 

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ImaPirateYarr
Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2008 1:03 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2008 12:58 am
 

49ers to a 4-3?

our defense wasnt ripped apart because it was bad, it was ripped apart because our offense couldn't put a drive of more then 4 plays together. Defenses tend to get tired when they are on the field for 40 minutes a game....... but no one out side of the bay area would know this cause they just look at the numbers.... and they are misleading


ImaPirateYarr
Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2008 9:02 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2008 6:40 pm
 

49ers to a 4-3?

Wow! I have never met a clairvoyant before. Tell me how much change I have in my pocket.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2008 4:15 pm
 

49ers to a 4-3?

its pretty bad when your head coach is unsure what kind of defense he wants to use.... well i guess it doesnt really matter anyway, that D will be ripped to shreds like is every year


ImaPirateYarr
Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2008 2:53 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2008 9:37 am
 

49ers to a 4-3?

Yeah I'll give him this one.

At least he has a clue about what he's talking about on this one. We generally play a mix of the 4-3 and 3-4, something which his counterpart Clark hasn't quite figured out. I've seen an awful lot of 4-3 when the Niners play, and not a lot of 3-4, considering that's the formation we're supposed to play.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2008 8:56 am
 

49ers to a 4-3?

Pete good job.  at least you did a little research referring to Smith unlike your counter part Clark.


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