In the worst kept secret this offseason the 49ers add Justin Smith, a move that was expected for weeks. Smith is productive, and he is durable. So signing him is a smart move, right? Not so fast. The 49ers play a 3-4 defense; Smith is a 4-3 defensive end who doesn't translate all that well to the 3-4. He said he can play outside linebacker in the Niners' defense, but, really, do you buy Justin Smith to play him out of position? This is another one I don't get by San Francisco. It's not that I don't like Smith; it's that I don't like him in a defense other than the 4-3. He's a defensive end, not a linebacker.
Earth to Niners, earth to Niners
Posted on: March 1, 2008 11:11 am
Edited on: March 1, 2008 11:12 am