Filling Justin Smith's void
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco and Dennis Brown detail the changes the team has been forced to make since Justin Smith's injury.
I'm mad me because CSN Bay Area dot com check all our forty hours coverage out there and also 49ers central will be airing every day next week leading up to the playoffs. We're gonna talk playoffs the Dennis -- long time forty niner defense alignment of course. Justin Smith who nobody knows for sure whether he's going to be able to play in the playoffs or if he does play how effective he can be just how big. Of a question mark is -- looming over the 49ers. Just I think now that he's not in there. The 49ers realized just how important he is now I played inside I understand what inside plays and how important is for. Not only the two defensive ends but also the linebackers and also that the secondary too so. The 49ers are experiencing right now what would they I think they should've seen before that that's that's very important every year now. When I was in the in the NFL. George -- every year there's a high draft pick as far as defensive -- it was either first round or second round committed. Because that inside position is so important and his leadership on the phone off to feel. You know it did you just can't be matched by the by the way it's gonna have to be that's the thing about it someone's gonna have to step in there. Everyone's gonna have to play higher because if he plays on Sunday he won't be 100%. Now no one on the field as a 100% but he's gonna have that. That that triceps muscle as a defensive lineman. All of the triceps muscle with all this it's -- -- that's all our defense -- -- all day long so two and a half games with Rickie -- -- and they're playing. What did you see from him is he capable of filling the void of just snapped. No he's not capable dormant but it. Justin Smith has that strength in the middle he could hold a double team now I play with a guy by the name of Kevin Fagan and he was kind of the same way he was just wrong he could hold the double team now the biggest challenge -- has right now is holding that double team getting pushed off the ball and then still keep it in that gap to play in the two gap -- he's got a hold a gap in the B gap. With someone coming down puts him on the side we're trying to push him off the ball so the biggest thing I saw was complete in that double team now. In the Seahawks game it was tough last week's game did a better job. Put Melbourne will report to the playoffs it's totally different bubble. Now the linebackers need to be able to flow so that's going to be the biggest challenge right now if Ricky is in there he's got a hold a double team and keeping them points. About four yards and they have so much talent on their defense -- you'll six pro ballplayers even it just doesn't play there's still five probable players all the Smith seems to have been affected by you talk about the run game where is he most. He needed just Smith is it in the pass game or the run game. It's both it's very obvious both all the Smith every once saw that his game changed. As far as pass goes just helps out the stunts you know Jackson -- the demands a double team know what's gonna chip at the start of good people would double team him. So he's missing both sides of run game like we talked about pulling that double team begin but those linebackers flow so yet. The pro bowlers this is -- time to play Pro Bowl type of level talk football right now. Because you're gonna miss if he's -- in there like -- that I believe he's going to be there but he's not in there. Everyone has to step up and play better. This Dennis Brown. Analyst for the 49ers on 49ers central -- CSN Bay Area.