Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
He had a bad series, it happens, like I said, I like Reynolds a lot for his coverage abilities, I know he needs to improve as a tackler and I think NFL level coaching could help a lot, not sure that the Stanford coaching isn't somewhat living on reputation or mystique at this point, looking at Chase Thomas, that was the one factor that Atlanta really had to drill into him to wrap up properly. At this point, I really like the thought of having two safeties who absolutely excel in coverage, throw in some tougher, more hard-nosed CB play and it great would open things up for Fangio to start blitzing with reckless abandon and send 5 guys after the QB on passing down.
It wasn't just a bad series. He whiffed on 3 other tackles in the 1st half. Admittedly, I didn't see the 2nd.
Here's the thing. Fangios safeties are required to move up and tackle. You know this. Sometimes they're the last guy to make the tackle while others set the edge. Other time they're jumping routes to make the tackle for a huge loss. Fangios safeties launch at the receiver and it pays off big time.
In the Utah game Reynolds was not even trying to tackle the player. He essentially played containment. He let the guy run the edge until there was only Reynolds and the line then the receiver would just truck Reynolds for a couple of extra yards. He was too afraid to tackle he let the receiver run into him. I'm sure Stanford isn't teaching him this.
I mean your telling me an NFL coaching staff will make him better but the NFL player is considerably faster, stronger, and bigger. That makes this guy a liability.
He's not a fit for this system. His coverage skills are nice, but not at the price of tackling which is such a fundamental part of this defense. Our safeties cause turnovers and drops when they launch from 15 yards out to tackle.
Going from Whitner to Reynolds would make the team weaker. We can draft an upgrade in coverage, and still maintain the hard nosed tackling style. They're are plenty of really good SS in this class, and if you want to make coverage stronger then we should just draft a shutdown corner.
That's just my opinion on it. I guess we both know how we feel about it at this point.
[ Edited by eonblue on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM ]