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14 Mar 2013

Glenn Dorsey and 3-4 Questions for 49ers

Could the 49ers signing of Glenn Dorsey hint at some differing alignments in San Francisco? Mike Sando investigates the possibility with some help from Matt Williamson.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 14 Mar 2013

4 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2013, 3:56pm by Karl Cuba


by CBPodge :: Fri, 03/15/2013 - 6:01am

I really like Mike Sando. Some of his columns aren't great, but he generally does a really excellent job of highlighting stuff across the NFC West.

by Ryan D. :: Fri, 03/15/2013 - 9:48am

And then there is Pat Yasinskas, present only to trot out common knowledge pawned off as insight for the NFC South.

by bravehoptoad :: Mon, 03/18/2013 - 1:58pm

Grant Kohn was quick to point out that the 49ers are already a 4-3 team, using a 4-3 "under" as their base defense.


by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 03/18/2013 - 3:56pm

I don't really agree with what Cohn has said. Soap didn't one gap I'm fairly certain of that and I don't think that you can redefine a defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3 just because the ends pinch in a little.

As for Aldon Smith being an end then perhaps Mr Cohn could explain how he ended up covering slot receivers? I think (it is hard to be sure) that the niners run a reactive defense where the linebackers' coverage responsibility is determined by the offensive formation, within the scope of the play. This is how Aldon ends up covering Sproles against the Saints because you wouldn't draw it up like that.

I think Dorsey is our backup end.