Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by baltien:
Corner really isn't a pressing need for us anyway. People like to point to the ONE bad game Nate had (Atlanta) last year as evidence that he's done. It's rubbish. Corners get beat sometimes, it comes along with the territory. Darrell Revis got owned last year by Ted Ginn. I remember Champ Bailey getting thoroughly embarrassed before by Chad Johnson. Hell, even our own Michael Crabtree went up and got his first NFL TD against last year's defensive player of the year, Charles Woodson. And mind you Roddy White is not only one of the fastest players in the NFL, but he's one of the best at his position.
It's not like it was random bum out there schooling Nate. It happens.
So with a healthy Nate back in the lineup, Spencer and Brown can battle it out for the #2 position with the loser becoming the nickel back. So we can definitely can use more depth at CB, I think our starters are pretty much set.
And with the said, between Nate, Goldson, and Mays we have some serious HITTERS out there. I'm excited to see what these guys can do as a group.
The other thing the media is loving to do these days is talk about how Clements was "benched" because the 49ers thought they had better match ups against the Colts receivers with our other good corners.
As a result, we did an excellent job against the Colts receivers.
Our corners have shut down the top wide receivers in the league. Fans of course expect them to do it all day, every game, every series, and if they don't then we have "corner issues". They also expect our corners to cover every running back and TE, even if they are not assigned to cover them; that's asking a lot.
Just get an offense that stops going 3n'out all the time, and our corners will not only give up fewer yards to WR's (which they were very good at last year) but they will also "give up" fewer yards to running backs and TE's, who they aren't assigned to cover anyway.
Good stuff from both of you guys.
What we should take from this draft is that the staff BELIEVES in Clements, AND they are convinced that the very solid season from Spencer last year is something they can expect again. Also, they appear to have more confidence in Tarell Brown than national media who do not know anything about him. Hence, all the hype about "need a CB" has been a little overblown.
Or to put this another way, the CB options in the draft this year, either came up at a time the team saw greater need/value opportunities, OR the price they would have had to pay to move up was not worth what they would have sacrificed.
I still want to see affirmation that Brooks/Haralson and friends can get pressure, and we need the eventual replacement for Clements, but for now, I will settle for the guys we now have.