One of the things I really like about Harbaugh and the staff is that they really try to get all of their active players on gameday involved in the game. We see wide receivers and tight ends cycled in and out. We've seen formations with 6, sometimes even 7, offensive linemen on the field. At times, defensive players are switched to offense. And with the spread offenses in the NFL, I'm sure the backup safeties and cornerbacks all saw extensive time last season.
With us losing a couple of our backup safeties, it makes me wonder about how young players, and possibly rookies, will fare this year. I know the basic coverage we played was 2 safeties deep, with the cornerbacks playing underneath coverage, and Carlos Rogers covering the slot receiver one-on-one. I think Carlos Rogers being re-signed, regardless of who else we bring in, is the best signing/re-signing we could've done for our defense.
It's concerning that we've lost both our back-up safeties... but... in my opinion, any rookie or first-year safety we bring in will be able to play, should Goldson/Whitner go down or need a spell. I could be wrong, but scheme-wise, am I correct in saying that the only person in our secondary who had a difficult assignment was Carlos Rogers? I feel good our secondary, regardless of who we bring in.