The San Francisco 49ers’ defense has come under increased scrutiny following their second consecutive loss. With the NFL trade deadline approaching, the team is reportedly searching for help on the defensive front and in the secondary, according to sources cited by The Athletic’s Diana Russini.
It’s no surprise to the loyal 49ers fans, as General Manager John Lynch has been known for his aggressive approach during the deadline. Since taking over in 2017, the 49ers have made impactful in-season trades for players like Jimmy Garoppolo, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Willis, Charles Omenihu, Christian McCaffrey, and Randy Gregory.
Earlier this month, Lynch expressed the team’s willingness to make a significant move if necessary. However, their outlook may have changed after losses to the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings. The need for reinforcements is becoming more apparent.
The defensive line has fallen short of expectations so far this season, struggling with depth and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. In their recent game against the Vikings, Kirk Cousins exploited these weaknesses, throwing for 378 yards. The 49ers may need to explore options for acquiring an impactful edge rusher.
In the secondary, lapses in coverage have raised questions about the personnel combination. Despite facing criticisms, the 49ers have expressed their trust in defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
At 5-2, there’s no reason for the 49ers to panic. However, history shows that they are willing to make trades in pursuit of their ultimate goal: winning a Super Bowl. Even after recent setbacks, it would not be surprising if Lynch decides to give his team a boost to overcome challenges.
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