San Francisco 49ers' Run Defense Will Suffer With Ian Williams Out For Season

By Devin O'Barr
Ian Williams
John David Mercer – USA TODAY sports

Marshawn Lynch might still be running on the San Francisco 49ers‘ defense.

Sunday night’s devastating loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday showed just how weak San Francisco’s run defense is. Many NFL pundits didn’t make a big deal when nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga left San Francisco for the Philadelphia Eagles this off-season, but it’s obvious that the 49ers are rather thin at the nose tackle position. To make matters even worse, the 49ers will be without project nose tackle Ian Williams, who will undergo season-ending ankle surgery this week.

It may be a passing league, but this team will not be winning the NFC West in 2013 if it can’t rectify the issues on the defensive front. Besides, the 49ers’ schedule includes quite a few run-heavy teams in the coming weeks, which means head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio must buckle down.

The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans will be squaring off against San Francisco in the coming weeks, which means Arian Foster and Chris Johnson will both be running wild on this depleted 49ers defense.

While Williams is going to be replaced by former fifth-overall pick Glenn Dorsey in the starting line-up, there’s a reason why Harbaugh’s staff decided to start the inexperienced Williams. In addition, a 3-4 team like San Francisco can never have enough defensive tackles, so depth is going to be an issue for this ailing 49ers team from here on out, and the loss of Williams will make it hard for this team to stop anyone’s rushing attack.

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