Will 49ers make a move for Peppers?

By Brad Wilbricht  |   Tuesday, May 05, 2009  |  Comments( 5 )

San Francisco 49ers
While the San Francisco 49ers’ 2009 draft looks like a success on paper, their offseason activity might not be over just yet. Recent happenings have linked San Francisco to disgruntled Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who has expressed his frustrations with his current situation and is looking for a long-term deal with a new team....
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10:16 AM
I agree Peppers would fit good with the 49ers. Will McCloughan pull the Trigger??? a NO!! He's a puss. it wont happen. This is someone that will INSTANTLY upgrade our team. We have been talking the past 2 seasons about how bad we need some sacks. Well peppers would bring some sacks and QB pressure with him from Carolina. but he will end up going somewhere else. I guarantee it. I love the niners. will never root for another team. but if the SF front office has said or hinted that they want to win football games, they are blowing smoke. you have to do more than talk about winning. When the elite players are available, you can't be scared to jump on them. 49ers and their front office will not make this move. its too bad, because I think it would be the best move this offseason if they weren't so scared to win football games
12:00 PM


1) The 49ers didn't need help on the D-line. They run a 3-4 as you said. They are two deep at all 3 DL positions (and they did draft Ricky Jean Francois in the 7th round btw).

2) What they didn't do, that everyone felt they needed to, was draft an Outside linebacker. This is what Peppers would be in their defense.

3) In the 3-4 the pass rush is supposed to be generated for the most part by the Linebackers, particularly the OLB's. Justin Smith plays most downs at DE in the defense. The DE in the 3-4 is supposed to take on blockers, freeing up the LB's to rush the passer. Smith does sometimes stand up on passing downs but that's not his main responsibility in this defense.

Parys Haralson and Manny Lawson are the OLB's who will be counted on to rush the passer from the "edge." Of course if the 49ers land Peppers, they will probably share time opposite of him.

4) Kentwan Balmer is a DE and may play some NT. He will be doing the same thing as Justin Smith. If Balmer is playing NT he doesn't need to be freed up. His job is to swallow the interior blockers. He will most likely rotate at DE though with Smith/Demetric Evans/Ricky Jean Francois.
08:57 PM
uh .... no. so manny lawson sits ? so parys harrelson sits ? dude, wake up to the world.
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