The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the Niners are scrapping the silly 3-4 hybrid D they ran in 08 and going with the traditional 3-4 in 2009:
49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky scrapped the 49ers’ “hybrid 3-4” scheme in the second half of the season after Mike Nolan was fired as head coach and went with a simple 3-4. The 49ers yielded nearly 10 points fewer per game, and the team’s defensive ranking improved to No. 13 in the league. The Niners held their first minicamp of the offseason Friday and Saturday, and their defense is already in place. “We know exactly what we run,” defensive end Justin Smith said.
“We have some new twists and wrinkles in it but we’re not straying away from what we do well. I think that’s important. We’re going to run what we run and do it well. I expect us to be a lot better out of the gate and continue from there. We’re sticking purely to a 3-4, and not necessarily having to throw in a bunch of trick-’em stuff. The main thing is having the scheme and the players in place. In the NFL, it’s a short window when you can have everybody together so I think we have to take a pretty good shot at it this year.”
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