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Defensive post-game analysis (Week 1)

Well, the entire defense played great and not giving up the long bombs had a lot to do with our defense constantly getting good pressure on Warner (except during the 3rd quarter, where they promptly started to get bigger gains), but for me something else was important in this game:

There was no play where he screwed up so bad that the Cardinals could score

Remember, this was his first game as a starter. And he did not play that much before, as he was dinged up during extend parts of the past few seasons. So he lacks playing experience, which could lead to some mistakes and screw-ups.

However, the problem with a Safety screwing up is that usually there is no one left behind him to bail him out. So I was worried a bit that Goldson may make a few mistakes and that one of those mistakes may give a big scoring play.

But as I see it, he was steady, did his job most of the time and he did not have a big meltdown play that directly lead to points (I still have nightmares regarding that Dolphins touchdown Mark Roman gave up....). Which means he had an encouraging start and I hope he will show us his ball-hawking skills in a game soon, preferably with an interception or two against Seattle next week
Correct me if i'm wrong, and I very well may be, but I believe Fitz didn't catch one single ball while he was being covered by Spencer. If memory serves, his 1st catch didn't come till he was covered by Nate.

I have always liked Spencer and thought he was surely a #1 corner in the making before he ran into a string of injuries. I like most of you was honestly suprised when he was named starter. If Spencer continues to play the way he did yesterday, our defenseis going to be top 10 and maybe even better then that.......

[ Edited by WINiner on Sep 14, 2009 at 05:16:08 ]
Spencer played very well as did our defense as a whole. Lets see what happens next week.

[ Edited by hklar17 on Sep 14, 2009 at 05:15:04 ]
Yea Spencer is a great CB to play the outside. I can kinda understand why he starts because he's got a bigger and more physical frame than Bly who seems better suited for the slot.

He had an amazing game...no passes were thrown his way for the longest time and we all know that's a great thing.

Lets also give props to our safeties Lewis, Roman, and Goldson. They were really never out of position and I can only remember one play in which they really got beat (pass to Morey).
Originally posted by WINiner:
Correct me if i'm wrong, and I very well may be, but I believe Fitz didn't catch one single ball while he was being covered by Spencer. If memory serves, his 1st catch didn't come till he was covered by Nate.

I have always liked Spencer and thought he was surely a #1 corner in the making before he ran into a string of injuries. I like most of you was honestly suprised when he was named starter. If Spencer continues to play the way he did yesterday, our defenseis going to be top 10 and maybe even better then that.......

Spencer did play very well. In fac the secondary played lights out all game yesterday. Fitz and boldin were held under 100 yrds total lol
Originally posted by Leathaface:
Yea Spencer is a great CB to play the outside. I can kinda understand why he starts because he's got a bigger and more physical frame than Bly who seems better suited for the slot.

He had an amazing game...no passes were thrown his way for the longest time and we all know that's a great thing.

Lets also give props to our safeties Lewis, Roman, and Goldson. They were really never out of position and I can only remember one play in which they really got beat (pass to Morey).

Yeah I was impressed with Goldsons 1st start, and being demoted seems to have put a nasty streak into Mark Roman. Also Bly played very well and Nate was Nate. Lewis had a few nice stops as well. Honestly, our entire defense played very well. I was very impressed with our defense in light of what I expected.
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.
Originally posted by RogerCraig:
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.

the right side of line (snyder and baas) got completely manhandled
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by RogerCraig:
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.

the right side of line (snyder and baas) got completely manhandled

Bring in Pashos please and Wragge please.
Remember, Spencer went to the University of Pittsburgh with Fitz. When he was drafted, I remember them talking about how he guarded Fitz in practice everyday.
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by RogerCraig:
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.

the right side of line (snyder and baas) got completely manhandled

Wasn't the right side of the line Rachal and Snyder?
Originally posted by bzborow1:
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by RogerCraig:
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.

the right side of line (snyder and baas) got completely manhandled

Wasn't the right side of the line Rachal and Snyder?

yea baas was playing left guard the line just got overpowered which wasn't good considering we want to be a power running game.
I'll admit that I had written Spencer off, and Roman too, and both had very good games, especially Spencer, which is very, very exciting. If Brown continues to develop and Spencer keeps it up, that would be awesome.

Bly has more big-time playmaking ability than any of our DB's right now, but I think we have him in the perfect role at this stage of his career, to be a nickel corner. He has chances to make plays without being exposed for big portions of the game.

Goldson was very solid, and this was a big test for him. The only time he seemed like he made a mistake was on the Urban catch. I think once he's even more used to the defense and starting we'll see him making some big plays.
We should give some props to bly as well. Great point about him playing well in the slot. To be honest with Spencer stepping up and with Clements showing he was bagging it in preseason adding Bly as the nickel guy is awesome. I think we may have one of the best secondaries in the league. Hopefully we'll find ourselves in the run game soon.
Originally posted by bzborow1:
Originally posted by 49ersalldaway126:
Originally posted by RogerCraig:
The O - line was the only unit, which played poorly. Gore was being abused at the line of scrimmage. Really would like to know what was going on.

Shawnte pleasantly surprised us all.

the right side of line (snyder and baas) got completely manhandled

Wasn't the right side of the line Rachal and Snyder?

Yeah Rachal had a bad game, and Snyder looked like garbage.

Rachal had a few nice plays, but too many bad plays negated the few good plays he had. Baas from the LG position also had a bad game. Seemingly each time he pulled he was either late to the block, or whiffed completely. Snyder was abused the entire game.