Originally posted by danielxcdt:
Originally posted by mug0mug:
Originally posted by 49ersVic:
As you've read on Twitter, the 49ers have finally secured Stanford defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to run their 3-4 defense (first reported by Matt Maiocco on CSNBA, and needlessly confirmed by my team sources).
Fangio is a fourth-time NFL defensive coordinator, but he isn't alone in that experience department.
The 49ers have also landed Broncos assistant Ed Donatell to coach their secondary, according to a league source. He was a defensive coordinator in Green Bay (2000-03) and Atlanta (2004-06) and was the secondary coach in Denver's Super Bowl repeat in the 90s.
Consider Donatell the first step, and a major step at that, toward addressing the NFL's 24th-ranked defense.
Donatell walked into Denver last season and turned an overturned roster into the NFL's third-ranked pass defense. His Packers led the NFL in takeaways from 2001-03.
Coaching up the secondary is Donatell's specialty. He's coached the likes of Champ Bailey, Ty Law and Steve Atwater. Look for him to get more out of safety Dashon Goldson and help develop Taylor Mays into starter's material, as well as whatever cornerback the 49ers decide to draft -- and you better believe they're going to draft one up high.
Harbaugh is clearly the man in charge in San Francisco, but by hiring two experienced NFL defensive coordinators, he's showing a willingness to put the defensive side of the team into the hands of far more qualified people. Given the last head coach's knack for wandering out of his personal wheelhouse, this can only be a good thing.
Did you write this or plagiarize it? Because, unless I'm missing something, whoever wrote it has some facts seriously wrong. I'm not saying Donatell won't do a good job, but I don't know where the statistics come from.
Denver was the NFL's 3rd ranked pass defense? Not even close, and anyone who watched any Broncos games this year should've immediately done a double take on that stat. Try 25th ranked pass D (just behind our Niners).
And the Niners were the 24th ranked defense? Try 13th. Not great, but a whole lot better than 24th. (maybe 24th ranked pass D is what was meant, but if so, that is what should be said).
I'm all for looking at the positives of the Donatell hiring, but there's no need to make things up.
OP copied word for word David White's Chronicle blog:
David White's comment here is seriously confusing. What he's referring to is not "last season," but rather 2009.
According to denverbroncos.com, Donatell was named defensive backs coach on 1/20/09. In 2009 the Broncos had the 6th ranked pass defense in the league, as determined by footballoutsiders.com. This was, indeed, a huge improvement over 2008, when Denver's pass defense was ranked 31st (by footballoutsiders).
In 2009 the Broncos were ranked 3rd in the league, in terms of passing yards per game, according to nfl.com. Again, this was a huge improvement over 2008, when they were ranked 26th. And this is likely the stat that David White is referencing.