Glenn Dorsey: There shouldn’t be a big letdown because of Justin Smith’s retirement

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Glenn Dorsey didn’t try to undersell what defensive end Justin Smith meant to the 49ers defense when asked about Smith’s retirement last week.

Dorsey said you can’t replace “the baddest dude I’ve played with” and that the team’s plan moving forward is going to be for several players to pick up the slack. Dorsey is part of that group along with Darnell Dockett and younger players like Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial and first-round pick Arik Armstead. He thinks the injection of new blood will do good things for the defensive front.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that can play,” Dorsey said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “There are a lot of young guys that are hungry, so there’s a lot of good competition and guys are working hard. There shouldn’t be too much of a letdown.”

Dorsey may see more time at defensive end in the coming season as the 49ers recalibrate with Smith and Ray McDonald out of the picture and he said he’s close to being fully healed from the torn biceps that ended his 2014 campaign. Dockett is returning from a torn ACL and the 49ers will need the veterans to be a big part of the mix even with the hungry youngsters trying to fill their plates.

16 responses to “Glenn Dorsey: There shouldn’t be a big letdown because of Justin Smith’s retirement

  1. Says the guy who’s been nothing but a big “letdown” his whole career. He should have been a perennial All-Pro; instead, he’s having a good week if he even starts.

  2. Boy can’t wait to read all these Nostradamus posters burying this SF season cause broken Justin and Pat retired. A girly man in Borland and knuckleheads like crab and Gulliver leaving. Ask brown, Rodgers, goldson, whitner how well football has been for them since leaving. Matter fact does anyone recall hearing any of these players being called stars lately? Man I can’t wait until September

  3. Contrary to what Dwilk proclaimed, Dorsey has been a very solid acquisition for the 49ers. Yes, he did not live up to the hype in KC, but he’s played very well for the 49ers. Not surprising.

  4. Oh yeah, a career underachiever and a bunch of young guys are going to replace one of the best 3-4 ends in the league the last 7 years. The 49ers pass rush was noticeably worse without him in be lineup. Aldon Smith looked ordinary with Justin Smith out.

  5. Our defense is not going to skip a beat. The dline is stacked and that gonna help the pass rush and our young corners. Keep underestimating our niners and keep pumping the super bowl losers Seahawks, the overhyped Rams and the cardinals……

  6. I’m glad everyone is sleeping on this team_______it’ll make it that much easier to draft a top 3 defense for my fantasy team.

    The fact is this defense was hobbled incredibly last year and it still performed as a top-5 unit. Mind you that meant playing with no Willis for the majority of the season (and even the year before his performance was questionable compared to his prior years), no Bowman, no Aldon Smith for the most part, the loss of the starting nose tackle, the loss of Dorsey…………………………
    I’ll keep head-nodding the naysayers but this unit could be unbelievably fierce.

  7. mississippininerfan says:
    May 25, 2015 12:48 PM

    Boy can’t wait to read all these Nostradamus posters burying this SF season cause broken Justin and Pat retired. A girly man in Borland and knuckleheads like crab and Gulliver leaving. Ask brown, Rodgers, goldson, whitner how well football has been for them since leaving. Matter fact does anyone recall hearing any of these players being called stars lately? Man I can’t wait until September
    _________________________________________

    How good has your team been since all of those guys left? BTW, you forgot to add Harbaugh to that list. I am sure you will be just fine without him. You know, because your team was go good with him.

    Your team is cursed. Should never have moved out of San Fran.

  8. And with the first pick of the 2016 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select…

  9. Dockett, Birdgang 007, continues to destroy his hated Niners from within.

  10. Nice answer, but it’s not just Justin Smith, but Willis, Gore, Iupati, Johnson, Lattimore, James, Crabtree, Harbaugh, etc

  11. Niners defense this season is an unknown. You have a totally different scheme with Mangini taking the reigns and most of the key players from last year no longer with the team.

    I think the Niners can surprise alot of teams this year, but I don’t see them doing any better than 7-9 with so much turnover in talent as well as the complete overhaul of the coaching staff. Of course if Kapernick can play like an pocket QB then who knows.

  12. I was just reading Glen Dorsey’s comments… Is this guy on crack? He’s gonna get suspended for drugs. Crack addict thinks, “We got a lot of guys that can play”. Who? Who the hell is he talking about? Is his brain so scrambled he think he’s on the Rams where a lot of guys actually can play?

    Dorsey’s been a bust, nothing special just ok, Darnell Docket’s coming off a torn ACL and as so many ‘9er fans have stated if Todd Gurley can’t come back from it why do they think old man Dockett can? Arik Armstead is Mike Mamula 2.0 some dude who looks good in shorts & a tshirt. The dude had no production in college and if he couldn’t get the job done in college how the hell is anyone expecting him to suddenly get game at the Pro level?

    So who are these guys that can play? Tank Carradine & Quinton Dial? Those dudes are just roster filler.

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