^^^ You guys can continue to ignore this all you want but it's been a major problem for us for 3 years now:
...You can see the night and day difference between Reid (FS) and Whitner (SS) in coverage immediately, once Reid was hurt. Wilson only had 142 passing yards but 1/2 of those yards were on Whitner (50 yard bomb on 3rd down and another 15+ yarder; probably more) and another was a 40 yarder on Nnamdi for P.I. Had we had ANY safety help over-the-top, that play may have been an incomplete pass. Also, once again, teams passed right down the middle of the field in the RZ and fortunately, Rice dropped both of those TD's. Reid was critical to this game. Who knows, had he been in, perhaps that 50 yarder turns into an INT like on his previous deep ball thrown his way...or maybe Wilson tucks it and never attempts to throw it.
IMHO, some of this is scheme as well. Why is Whitner stuck chasing Baldwin around for a 50 yard catch trailing by some 5 to 10 yards (with his 4.4 speed...LOL), in the first place? Why does Whitner continue to be matched up on teams biggest WR's in the RZ (thankfully Rice dropped both TD's). Why does Fangio decide to FINALLY blitz inside his own RZ with his backup FS (Dahl) for an all-or-nothing blitz and give up, perhaps, the easiest TD I have ever seen? To me, I thought Scheme would be the Theme for 2013 but I keep seeing Fangio play to our weaknesses and put players with clear limitations into no-win situations. And ask yourself this, how much did we rotate our front 7 compared to Seattle or Green Bay? Everyone, including our opposition, knows our weakness (i.e. target Whitner in 1on1 coverage esp. in the RZ)...so why aren't we doing a better job with scheme? I will note that in the GB game, Fangio kept Whitner in deep, deep center field and let Reid play under him, making all the plays. And to be fair, the game plan may have changed once Reid was out.
[ Edited by NCommand on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM ]