Why 49ers DE Tank Carradine needs to play against Arizona Cardinals

AP

AP

The question every Forever Faithful has been asking is why in the world San Francisco 49ers DE Tank Carradine isn’t being used. An absolute animal during the preseason, it remains to be seen why he has yet to record his first NFL snap. Last week saw Carradine activated but received no love from the coaching staff as he watched like a fan from the sidelines. Now, as they take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-0), I believe the time is now to unleash the beast!


carradine

As I mentioned above, Carradine has yet to record an NFL snap. A second-round pick (No. 40) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Carradine proved his worth during the preseason as he provided a consistent pass-rush. And that’s what will be needed on Sunday as the 49ers face a very potent Cardinals offense. There is no question that the lack of pass-rush has been an issue for the 49ers this season.

Getty Images

Getty Images

In their last game against the Chicago Bears, the 49ers pass-rush was almost non-existent with the exception of DE Justin Smith. In fact when looking at the numbers only two other 49ers fared positively in the pass-rush according to Pro Football Focus and they were DE Tony Jerod-Eddie and ILB Patrick Willis. Not good if you ask me. And to make matters worse, DE Ray McDonald, OLB Ahmad Brooks and OLB Corey Lemonier all received negative grades for that category with -0.5, -1.2, and -1.9 respectively. So the question begs, why not try Carradine on passing downs?

49ers.com

49ers.com

A beast of a man as Carradine stands 6-4 and 295 pounds, he would do wonders to the pass-rush as he has a rare combination of sheer strength and power. Whether using a bull-rush or swim move, Carradine can get to the quarterback in a hurry and that is something the 49ers can covet, as the only real player to do so this season is Smith. And while McDonald may be solid on run downs, he is not the feared pass-rusher that Carradine has shown, making him a plug-and-play player in nickel situations.

Whether the 49ers use Carradine or not is anyone’s guess but why not give him a shot? A Cardinals offense that has WR Larry Fitzgerald and WR Michael Floyd on the outside will surely be something the 49ers will look to counter, and a great pass-rush with Carradine may be the answer.

What are your thoughts Forever Faithful? Do you want to see Carradine in action? Start the discussion below!

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of NinerFans.com, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at ryan@NinerFans.com or call him at (408) 622-0996.

Comments