I have a question for those of you guys that don't think we should address the pass-rush:
Is our current defensive line capable of finishing in the top 10 for sacks in 2013 and beyond? To put things in perspective, two teams were tied for 9th place in sacks this year with 39. The 49ers and three others teams were tied at 11th place with 38 sacks.
I just can't see that happening unless we bring in more help. The Bucs finished with 27 sacks this year which was tied for 29th place. Will Adrian Clayborn increase that number? Sure. Da'Quan Bowers will likely progress in time as well. That should help. I just don't see this group scaring any Quarterbacks anytime soon, especially with Clayborn coming off major knee surgery. A major knee injury is no joke, and to assume he is going to be back 100% by week one is a bit premature.
Our offense gave us an opportunity to win just about every single week. Can you imagine how things would be different if we didn't have a mediocre pass-rush? Ezekiel Ansah may or may not be the answer, but he easily has a higher ceiling compared to the ends that we currently have on our roster.