Veach and Reid know the execution of both plans need to work in synchronization.
In these situations, even talented players are sometimes removed for the overall benefit of the renovation.
The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly pulled the trigger on a deal that will send Dee Ford away to the San Francisco 49ers are his new home. With just one day until the new league year kicks off, teams are making waves.
The former Chief thrives in a 3-4 role as a pass rusher and will get that chance with the 49ers. After missing several games with injuries throughout the course of his career, Ford played all 16 weeks for the first time since his rookie season. Their leading edge rusher was Cassius Marsh, who recorded 5.5 sacks in 2018.
The interesting thing about a deal to the 49ers, though, is San Francisco also runs a 4-3 defense. He had no sacks or tackles in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game home loss to the New England Patriots. They have the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, which they could use on pass rushers such as Ohio State's Nick Bosa or Kentucky's Josh Allen. They still possess the second overall pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, and if they use that selection on, say, Ohio State's Nick Bosa or Kentucky's Josh Allen, it's easy to see why the 49ers would be excited.
But given the time and effort it took to finally land one prominent edge rusher, there's plenty of reason to believe the Niners are poised to double down at the position Shanahan has compared to a quarterback on offense in terms of importance. "When you have them, they can be a difference-maker". I think we're also looking for powerful players.