Originally posted by zaro49er:
Originally posted by CalgaryNiner:
Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by OKC49erFan:
Originally posted by socal81:
This guy was terrible when he was on our squad. I was watching the games this weekend and I see this player come up with a pick and it's TBC. Then I hear the announcer say that he led the team in sacks this season. Sure enought I checked and he has 10 SACKS!!! Did we give up on him too early or was it that we didn't know how to use him?
I think the bolded. Although, I would have been curious to see how Manusky would have used him without Nolan.
I have been saying this for YEARS now. Manusky's scheme is the most vanilla 3-4 in the game. B/c of continuity in the system, we played solid this year but he does NOT have the exotic attacking schemes most DC's have in this league. TBC is a perfect example of how it may not matter who is playing the WILL or SAM, we just don't use them right. Even if Brooks takes over at the SAM, I don't know if he'll be much more successful then Haralson b/c the scheme is predictable and lacks unpredictability that most 3-4 defenses bring!
I'm sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with this. We were tied for 3rd in the league in sacks without any dominant pass rushers. If that doesn't scream generating pressure with scheme, I don't know what does.
Also, you don't confuse and frustrate Peyton Manning while running a "vanilla" scheme the way we frustrated him. I thought the gameplan Manusky came up with for that game was anything but vanilla.
If NE is so good at scheming and developing pass rushers that we are apparently "unable" to, why did we finish the season with 44 sacks to NE's 31?
Thank YOU! How can anyone criticize a Defense that forced, what, 29 turnovers??? Tying us for 3rd most in the league!!! 3rd Most SACKS in the league with 44!!! The #4 scoring defense, meaning they allowed the 4th fewest points....IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE!!! Yet Manusky runs a "vanilla" defense??? Wow, some people need to actually watch the games....Niners D was, at times, DOMINATING!!! Watch how they confused Peyton Manning....yes, Peyton manning!!!! Whatever Manusky is doing, however "VANILLA" it may or may not be, he did a great job, and don't be surprised if teams come calling his name in the near future....hopefully we can keep him around for a while!
Yes, the three years he has been here and before that even in running a 3-4 esp. when compared to other successful 3-4 defenses in the league during that time.
TBC had 5.5 sacks in JUST 5 starts for the Pats before coming to SF. In SF he had only 4 total sacks. He goes back to NE and gets 10. That is not a motivation or individual issues d/t him being overweight. His heaviest weight was 280 (start of training camp). Merriman played at 272 pounds and other successful OLB's also play in this heavier weight category.
The "scheme" issue I'm talking about it about putting your WILL & SAM (especially) and MIKE & TED's in the best position to generate pressure. That is where Manusky fails no matter who's in these positions. Willis & Spikes have been underutilized in this aspect and Haralson & Lawson/Brooks are used as pseudo DE's in on each down and rarely switch sides, stand up, move behind the LOS looking for a gap to attack, drop back, etc.
OUR team sacks came mostly from the d-line and safety and CB blitzes. Only this year did Manusky start to use more of Willis & Spikes. The bottom line is, we have always relied on coverage sacks to generate pressure with individual efforts of the d-line and sneak-attacks with CB blitzes. The majority of our sacks SHOULD be coming from all four LB's, particularly the WILL & SAM positions where our team leader in sacks is ONLY 6.5 sacks. That, my friends, is scheme.
And against good teams, we were dominated in "team" sacks, often times not even sniffing the QB - we made some average QB's, WR's & TE's look like all-stars. But in other games we'd get 8 sacks. Overall, it looks good esp. when you factor in turnovers this year but it still does not dismiss the fact that Manusky needs to go back to his San Diego roots and learn a more exotic blitz scheme. I agree he'll still be one-dimensional with Lawson at the SAM (meaning the sacks will have to come from Brooks & Haralson) but that doesn't dismiss the fact that offenses are easily making the blocking calls at the LOS based on where we line up pre-snap.
Here is our defense:
Willis & Spikes - expect few blitzes a game and not much attention is needed to account for either
Lawson - always lines up as a psuedo LDE and can be blocked using an OT, TE or RB rather easily; just push him out wide in pass rush but beware against him in the run game
Haralson - there's film on him now and always lines up as a pseudo RDE. Can be blocked rather easy; no need to use an extra man.
Brooks - only comes in on obvious pass rushing downs (3rd downs or down and distance); hard to account for with little game film and he lines up at both SAM & WILL