Originally posted by NCommand:Originally posted by lamontb:
And where is the change on defense? I mean did sing only watch offensive snaps. At what point does he tell Manusky you have to do something to ramp up the pressure on qb's. You can't keep praying that Manny and Parys are gonna drink some pass rushing juice and get some sacks.
I don't know man. To play Devil's Advocate, my fear is that this defense is way too complicated (ala Jimmy Raye's system with all the verbiage) and therefore, Manusky has strong-armed himself by sticking with players playing together all these years but players who are not very good at their primary responsibilities for the most part. Is he stuck with Manny/Haralson b/c they know the defense best but b/c they are one dimensional players and lack the #1 skill for these positions, he is forced to generate a pass rush from everywhere else on the field? That's great but ask yourself this question...how many of those sacks made a difference in the game. It seems like just about every sack Brooks made last year was on third down, forced a fumble, hurried a throw or flat out dominated a divisional opponent. That's the kind of playmaking you need at ALL FOUR of the LB positions. So, did Manusky handcuff himself by having a complex scheme that won't allow for players that may be a better long-term fit for us (Brooks, LaBoy, Bowman, Smith, Mays, etc.). Is that why we've ignored the NT position, pass rushing OLB's and top tier CB's all these years? Is that why Manusky said it would take Mays three years to become a starter on this defense yet in Seattle, their rookie safety is not only starting but making huge plays already?
I think on many levels our best players for a "real 3-4 defense" have been sitting on the bench and in some cases, have been for years.
Either way, I don't know how you can have the worst defense in the league and NOT make one single change. I was a big fan of Manusky in San Diego but somewhere between Nolan and Singletary, he's lost his balls! Think of the long list of potential pass rushing studs that could have fit in this defense and/or been developed just with the four LB positions over the years.
To add to that Eagles and Packers are both starting there rookie safeties and they are both making plays. How is that our staff can't get Mays on the field. Personally I didn't like the pick but they have to coach up his natural ability.
One thing that Wade Phillips can do is coach up a 3-4 defense so Manusky learned form a good source. And the Niners 3-4 looks nothing like the cowboys who play aggressive and attack offenses. I mean after 4/5 years there hasn't been any infusion of suitable players minus draft picks to this defense. Right now Manny and Parys are killing the defense b/c they can't rush the passer. i wish ppl would watch Pittsburgh play and just watch Woodley, and Harrison play football. That is what real 3-4 olb'ers look like. They do everything and play all 4 downs. Folks are hype b/c Manny can set the edge on run plays. That's just settling for mediocracy.