The 49ers added Chase Young to their defensive front on Tuesday, just before the NFL trade deadline, and general manager John Lynch believes it was the best move the team could make to help address their defensive stagnation. pass rush.
“I’m glad we got into the Chase for the right reasons, not just because we felt like we had to do something,” Lynch said on a conference call Wednesday morning. “I believe with all my heart that all the answers are here in the building.
“We didn’t have to do this, we just saw an opportunity and felt like we could stay true to who we want to be, in terms of building through the draft, and also add a player that we felt could help.” us the rest of this year.”
The 49ers have built their team from the trenches out by selecting three defensive linemen in the first round and one in the second in the last seven NFL drafts (Solomon Thomas in 2017, Nick Bosa in 2019, Javon Kinlaw in 2021, Drake Jackson at second in 2022). But through eight games, the group that previously led the NFL in quarterback takedowns has recorded just 15 sacks, tied for 19th in the league. Three of those sacks were made by linebackers Fred Warner (two) and Dre Greenlaw (one), who are not members of the D-line.
Lynch believes the 49ers have the players to get the job done, but he also knew that acquiring Young, a former No. 2 overall pick who has 14 sacks in 34 NFL games, in a trade with the Washington Commanders was an opportunity not to be missed. they could. Do not ignore it.
“We didn’t necessarily feel like we needed to do anything,” Lynch said. “We weren’t going to be reactionary in our recent streak. “We always felt like if the right thing happened, in the end we thought this was something that would really help us.”
Still, the numbers don’t lie. The 49ers have lost three straight games allowing 400 or more yards of offense in the last two games and 300 or more yards in three additional games. If the team wants to keep its playoff dreams alive, it needs to stop the bleeding.
“We’ve invested a lot of resources there,” Lynch said. “Those guys not only have to be good, but they have to be really good and dominate, and I feel like that’s on the way. “We need to do that and that takes everyone.”
The 49ers previously added defensive tackle Javon Hargrave in free agency during the offseason and pass rusher Randy Gregory in a trade in early October, but the group has yet to affect games enough to tip the balance.
Lynch is adamant that the 49ers already have the personnel in the building to get back to winning ways after a three-game losing streak, but a significant building-wide self-evaluation is needed during the team’s bye week.
“I felt like it was the best deal that could be done,” Lynch said. “We had several conversations and we’ve always had the philosophy of starting from the beginning, and that was the agreement that made the most sense for us.”
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