DirtyBirdDynasty Posted January 18, 2012 Share Posted January 18, 2012 Nolans hiring would suggest the switch to a 3-4. Doing so would require a few pieces. Even if we remain a 4-3 this season I would definately expect Nolan to bring in atleast 1 big interior D linemen. The DL wasnt good enough this season. The pass rush wasnt good enough and there wasnt enough depth for the run D to last when the offense failed.We didn`t get much production in the pass game out of our interior DL which hurt our edge rushers as well. Players like Babineaux and Peters are quick undersized players who win with their quickness. The more these players stay on the field defending the run instead of rushing the passer the more they wear down. Adding a big DT would keep the undersized DTs from eating double teams and keep Spoon and Lofton clean so they can get to the ball, as well as setting up 3rd and long so Babs and Peters can rush the passer freshI think Nolan is going to look at the tape and regardless of what scheme he runs decide he needs to bring in a DT preferrably with size who can stop the run and make the other DL more effective and put the D in good situations.There are a number of potential FA D Linemen. Of the available NT/DTs I like Paul Soliai, Pat Sims and Aubrayo Franklin the most. Soliai was Nolans NT in MIA, is 28 and at 6'4 355 is a monster that eats double teams. Sims is 26 and Franklin is 31 and both are short wide run stoppers that can anchor in the run game.At 3-4 DE/4-3DT there are a couple players who I like in Calais Campbell, Mario Williams and Jason Jones. Campbell is young massive and has been crazy productive. Williams would be a DE in the 4-3 obviously but I would play him at DE in the 3-4 as well. Jason Jones could contribute as a pass rusher but is too small for 4-3 DT, could be a 3-4 DE though (hes 6-5)If I could pick 2 DL it would be Soliai and Campbell. Soliai could follow Nolan over from MIA and give us a monster in the middle to free up the LBs and other DL. Campbell gets a lot of tackles and sacks and bats down a lot of passes with his rediculous height as well. If we had them Soliai could line up at NT with Campbell and Peters at DE, Edwards could line up at LOLB with Biermann, Sidbury and Nicholas at ROLB and Weatherspoon and Lofton at the ILB positions, then we could add an edge rushing OLB in the draft Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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