Finding A Pass Rusher Critical to Turning Around 49ers’ Defensive Woes

January 13, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With Nnamdi Asomugha now a free agent after having his contract voided in Oakland, fans from the other side of the Bay are clamoring for his services.
Asomugha is a legit shutdown corner, in every sense of the word. The man hardly racks up any major defensive statistics because he never has a chance to make a play. In 14 games this season, he recorded 19 tackles. In his eight seasons in the league, he has 11 interceptions, eight of which came in one season. 
One thing you could count on if you watched the Raiders the last eight years is Asomugha's name would likely not be mentioned throughout the entire broadcast. He shuts down his side of the field like no other.
Now, all compliments aside, I'm saying that Asomugha might not be the answer in San Francisco. Yes, it would be nice to see him in a 49er uniform, and it would be even better to see it come at the expense of the Raiders.
But maybe the key to turning around the 49er defense lies in the trenches. After ...

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