The 49ers’ DC Unveils Arik Armstead’s Future Attack Plan.
With Javon Kinlaw sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers turned to Arik Armstead, a starting defensive end against the Chicago Bears.
And Armstead’s alignment across guards and tackles won’t be limited to one game.
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On Thursday, November 4, defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans unveiled his game plan for the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder going forward. Not only is the interior Armstead’s permanent trench home now that Kinlaw has been placed on injured reserve, but the newest free agent addition on NFL trade deadline day has also helped Ryan modify his line of scrimmage ideas.
Ryans verified to the Bay Area reporters, “Yeah, Armstead has moved inside.” “He started last week and is still in the process of moving inside. We’ll see what we need for each week as time goes on. We’ll see what Arik can do for us.”
Armstead was still in command of his territory.
Armstead lined up in the “B” gap for a season-high 18 plays, according to Pro Football Focus.
Despite giving up 176 yards on the ground, the 49ers didn’t allow a rushing touchdown for nearly 55 minutes, until Justin Fields’ touchdown run below.
TD run by Justin Fields…
This is the 4th and 1st call. I have to deviate from the script (DE takes away boot). And this is really absurd. @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/E1XkO5W0U9 @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/E1XkO5W0U9 @NFLMatchup pic.twitter.com/E1XkO5W0U9 @NF
November 1, 2021 — Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41)
Armstead finished with four tackles, three of which were solo, in the 33-22 road victory.
The Bears only gained 11 of Chicago’s 176 ground yards between the center and right side tight ends. Armstead was inserted into the right earphone jack.
Ryans wasn’t shocked by how well Armstead controlled his gap when playing as a “wide 9” edge rusher (either lining up well outside the offensive tackle or tight end).
“The thing with moving Armstead inside is that he’s done it before and he’s really good inside,” Ryans said. “And we’re well aware of his edge superiority.” When Arik is on the verge of losing it, no one wants to run the ball to his side… Nokia News – Quick Recap