Originally Posted by Rosebud
Merriman is still the most important player to that d. A big blow, but I don't think it's nearly the same caliber of lose as merriman was last year.
I don't know about that, you can't underrate the value to a big NT like Williams in a 3-4 defense, he makes guys like Merriman's job alot easier. He may not be what he used to be, but the guy behind him isn't anywhere close to his level, and JW still was calling for double teams.
I think losing him is bigger then Merriman, especially with the depth concerns on the line already...Merriman is obviously not 100%, it's going to take at least a few games but the few times you saw him he just looked healthy enough to play, the explosion wasn't the same at all.
Teams are going to continue to run right at SD now in the heart of the defense.