Originally posted by btwagner:
Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by tohara3:
Originally posted by jimbagg:
The answer lies in Fangio's style of play and schemes.
Look what Geen Bay did with unknowns Sam Shields and Travian Williams.
If Fangio wants guys who can cover, man-for-man, for x seconds, with specific, tight safety help, Donatel will coach them up to do it.
If Fangio wants a maniac outside blitzer from the CB position, Donatel will coach-up the right guy to do it.
If Fangio wants a stud run stuffer on one side, Donatel will coach-up the right guy to do it.
What Fangio and Donatel cannot do, is manufacture a true shutdown CB, and there are no more such CB's to be had in FA. The coaching course is now set. Look for more of a 4-man orchestrated dance among the 4 DB's on the field, rather than one-on-one responsibilities. It will be on Fangio to out-manuever those Offensive Coordinators, who are trying to creat one-on-one isolation plays. Maybe the club gets its Patrick Peterson in Next year's draft, to create more defensive flexibility.
Agree and nice post
I got to admit Jim, reading that got me a little excited. You should work for the Niner's PR department.
They also had Charles Woodson on the field. In my opinion he is one of those players, like a polmalu, that make the players around him better. Without woodson there would be a drop off.
No question that Woodson is a force and I agree that he does make the players around him, play better. The only "forces" on the current Niner D are Willis and Justin Smith. With 7 years experience, the last 3 on a high-rqnking D in Minnesota, maybe M. Williams can be more of a cerebral QB for the defensive backfield than the rough-and-tumble Goldson.
I see the club needing 6 NFL-caliber CB's on the 53-man roster, in order to deal with the 4-wideout formations and inevitable week-to-week injuries at the position. Do they have 6 NFL-caliber CB's on the roster right now? I doubt it. In fact, I think that they are probably 2 CB's short, one a starter and another an experienced back-up.
It looks like the veteran starter candidates are down to either FA Carlos Rogers or a trade for Asante Samuel. Because the Fangio defense is going to be so sensitive to coordination among the 4-5 primary defensive backs, the club needs to get this other starting-caliber CB in camp immediately. No time to lose in this compressed TC. . So, waiting for late TC cuts from other clubs, may be a good "patient" strategy to find the back-up veteran CB, but that strategy is not effective to get the starting-caliber guy.
I have no idea how Fangio and Donatel would rank the existing CB's, but just based on my own eyes and monitoring, the current pecking order might be:
Thus, they are currently two CB's short to create any type of competitive situation.