And if you've been paying attention to the 49ers this offseason, you know Baalke cited "philosophical" reasons for the team using a small rotation along its defensive line. Perhaps the comment was innocent. For me, it recalled Fangio's tenure as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts in the early 2000s. Back then, the Colts were going with younger, less accomplished players on defense. Fangio was known to favor veterans such as the ones San Francisco has used extensively on its defensive line. Bill Polian, then the Colts' president, fired coach Jim Mora when Mora refused to fire Fangio.
So.... their defense is moving to more of a rotation. Gone already are the classic massive nose tackles for both San Francisco and Arizona. I think we are going see a little more in the way of similarities among defenses in the NFC West.
So .... brace yourselves Seahawk fans. We are destined to see a rash of 49er posts about how the Seahawks are copying the 49ers defense in the near future. LOL
Link >>> http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/101182/implications-for-eric-manginis-hiring