June 23, 2024 8:43 pm
John Lynch explains the decision to revamp the defensive line during the offseason.

In 2023, the 49ers had a strong defense, but they knew they needed to make changes. General Manager John Lynch focused on improving the defensive line during the offseason, with the team’s loss to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl serving as a reminder of their weaknesses. They made several moves to address this issue, including signing Leonard Floyd, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Jordan Elliott as free agents and trading for Maliek Collins.

Lynch highlighted the importance of stability and continuity when building a strong defensive line. He emphasized that this is why he decided to give Floyd and Gross-Matos two-year deals, which is different from their usual approach of shorter contracts. The addition of Elliott and Collins helped to strengthen the interior of the defensive line even further.

To make room for these new players, some existing ones had to be parted with, including longtime staple Arik Armstead. However, Lynch and the rest of the organization are confident that these changes will result in a net positive impact on the defensive front in 2024. They believe that reworking their defensive line will help them maintain their status as one of the top defensive units in the league.

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