What Will the Defensive Line Look like in 2015?


There have been a lot of theories as to what the defensive line will look like for the 2015 San Francisco 49ers. The bad news is, many in the media are pessimistic due to the losses on a very steady unit from the past four seasons.

Justin Smith retired after his left shoulder, which gets the brunt of the contact playing on the right side of the line, “didn’t respond” the way he wanted it.

Ray McDonald was released and is now likely out of the league.

The good news is, there is a very deep group of promising young players poised to step in and make their mark.


Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee has suggested that Glenn Dorsey will take over for Justin Smith on the right side on base downs and will be replaced by Tank Carradine on nickel downs. He also believes Quinton Dial will start on the left side and standout nose tackle Ian Williams will resume his starting role in the middle.

This is a very plausible theory as Dorsey is very versatile and can play both end and tackle. Dial has good size and seems to be a good fit on the left side on base downs, especially against the run.

So where do the rest of the guys fit in and do any of them have a legitimate shot to start?

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Three Reasons to be optimistic about the 49ers Offense in 2015


For the San Francisco 49ers, 2014 was a disappointing, injury-filled season that ended with an underachieving 8-8 record. Coach Jim Harbaugh was essentially let go by the team, and three players at key positions, Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Justin Smith all retired. Since then, there has been a lot of unrest among fans as to whether or not this team still has what it takes to compete for a Super Bowl.

Despite everything that has happened the last six months, there are three good reasons for 49ers fans to be optimistic about the offense for the upcoming 2015 season:

1) The offensive line should show improvement. Staley

There wasn’t a single element of the offense to point to and blame for
the lack of production in 2014. Instead, it was everyone and
everything. The offensive line and Vernon Davis were very banged up, which crippled the offense. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was
mind-numbingly inconsistent but even the times where he made some really good throws, many of them were dropped.

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