Is Kris Kocurek the Key to the Defense?

In January, the 49ers quietly hired Kris Kocurek to be the new defensive line coach. I had never heard of the guy, but he is one of the most respected line coaches in the game, Jimmy Fartsalot notwithstanding.  In his 8 years as the D line coach of the Detroit Lions, he led them to 250 sacks. 4th in the league during that stretch.  His stint in Miami last year just prompted him to get the hell out of Dodge as fast as possible and get to a promising team.

His defensive scheme employs the wide nine alignment for one or both DEs in passing downs. If you don’t know what it is,  wide nine puts the DE well outside the tackle, or TE (if there is a TE lined up on that side). All this does is isolate the DE on the tackle thus negating double teams from the guard on that side. Although offenses can chip with an RB in the backfield.

This certainly favors fast quick DEs, and with the addition of Kwon Alexander (I know, an LB), Dee Ford, and now Nick Bosa,  the Niners have the edge guys to use the scheme to their advantage. The key to this working is of course speed. With Fred Warner in there as well, there is a lot of speed in our LB corps and our ends.

Throw in Lane Kiffin’s smarter younger brother Chris working on the pass rush as well, and  the hope is this defense really gets after all these mobile QBs in our division, let alone the rest of the league.

I expect this defense to be vastly improved, or Saleh is hitting the bricks. no excuses now.

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29 Responses to Is Kris Kocurek the Key to the Defense?

  1. Winder says:

    Yeah, the defense should be a lot better this year as the offense should be too. I never heard of our new Dline coach either but that don’t really mean anything I probably only know of 4 or 5 of em throughout the league. Shit, this time of year is just as bad as waiting for the Goddamn draft. I really didn’t expect a whole lot from us last year but I kinda do this year. Hard not to when you know we have some talent.

  2. Jimmy Shartsalot says:

    I expect the D to be a polished turd that will be torched twice by Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray. BuhByeBosa will be out for the season by early October anyway.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Busy little troll, ain’t ya?

    • Skeeberss says:

      You sure are. You harassed my blog all the time and now you create fake troll accounts here so you can scapegoat my blog regulars. Pathetic, Charlie.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Lonely little guy, aren’t you? Really lonely. Trashing your own teams to get attention because no one will talk to you. Sad.

      • Bulllit says:

        Agreed. I feel bad for Chuck for pulling this nonsense on his own blog. Getting banned from the Outsider must have driven him over the edge. SAD

      • rtfirefly says:

        Still can’t make any friends, eh? Trolling as a way of life is a pathetic way to live and isn’t going to make you any.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    So I;m you talking about myself in the 3rd person? Denigrating myself in absentia?

    Got it. Hyuk!!

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Skeebs is desperate for traffic I guess.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Gonna have to check more of this guy out. I had not heard of Danny Gatton until reading the comments on a Gatemouth Brown/ROy Clark video.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    This is wicked cool…

  8. Winder says:

    You tube is just fucking great.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Instant Kharma? Reuben Foster looks done for the season. Carted off the field screaming and crying.

    • Niner Fans Love Injuries says:

      You guys sure love to celebrate injured players when it’s convenient but you go after anybody else with a double barreled shotgun when they ridicule your team’s injuries. Typical liberal hypocrites. And there’s no H in karma

      • unca_chuck says:

        Boo hoo! Poor little snowflake. Gawd, do you have testicles? Or did yer mama cut ’em off when you were born?

        Dude, that’s rough. But really, taking your insecurities out on us fans is just plain sad.

    • Cespedes says:

      Now you’re on the Flap joking about the Cespedes injury? You are one sick fellow. May CJ Beathard be the starter by week 3 and Bosa never even see the field of Levi’s Stadium

  10. Winder says:

    Just someones own evaluation but it’s still a little interesting

  11. rtfirefly says:

    Down goes Portland! On to the 5th straight NBA Finals!

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Amazing game. Steph and Dray with triple doubles.First time in HISTORY that has happened. McKinnie and Looney with 12 each. Looney with 6 offensive boards!

    Warriors get 10 days off!

  13. rtfirefly says:

    Last team to be in the Finals 5 straight years had Bill Russell and John Havlicek on it.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Yep. Crazy stretch we are seeing. Given the teams left, I’d like to see Toronto rather than Milwaukee. The Greek Freak is pretty tough to defend. Still and all, I think we can take either. It would be easier with KD though. Don’t think Cousins is gonna be available, but we’ll see.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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