I like the move to bring in Ngakoue as he is a stud DE. He's kind of like a Terrel Suggs type, not really very big, but extremely explosive. He's been a durable player and proven he can stay healthy a full year. His sack pace the past 4 years is pretty close to Hunter's, but I'm curious how he's held-up on the edge as a run defender?
I think Odinegbo should be upset . . . initially. RDE was his spot to lose and supposedly he was doing ok at camp. Now, he has to either prove he earns that Right DE position, or accept the rotational role he's had. The thing I feel for him on is $$$ because if he's a starter and playing well, he obviously gets a bigger paycheck next contract which is coming up for him. The flip side is injury, say he or Hunter do get hurt and miss 4 or more games, now you have a 3rd stud DE that can play . . . and in Odinegbo's case if he were a starter that gets hurt in game 3 and is out 6-8 weeks, he'll never see the payday he will as an impact, young rotational DE. It's all about opportunity and the way one approaches challenges. His tweet could be a red flag . . . it could be nothing over the course of the season.
Zimmer and Patterson know what they're doing and they know what they have in the defensive linemen. They know they're hurting at the NT position, so this move may be related to making the line a small, fast, quick unit . . . one like the Colts and Broncos employed during their semi-recent SB years. The downside to small D-lines is control of the run game . . . the way SF ran the ball down our throats in the playoffs, a smaller D-line wouldn't help that situation.
So, here's to hoping the defense continues to improve!