Originally posted by NCommand:
Agreed...OL did better on pass protection; Staley had a couple big whiffs (1st one of the game = hit/incomplete rush passed), Davis had a couple as well, Suh splitting Boone, 3rd and short still sucks even with an overload to one side, etc. but like you said, this is a good "penetrating" DL.
Aldon, I tried to warn everyone that Aldon's sack numbers, QB hits/pressures would go down once he started; BUT I also noted that he would start to become a "complete" WILL and that is better for the team. Yesterday, if you watched our OLB's, they were freaking everywhere...Brooks, knocking down a key 3rd down pass (from the RDT position - think about that for a second), a PD covering Megatron (again on 3rd down), dropping back even more (deep down the middle of the field)...sacks, hits, pressures, TFL (as good as a sack) but Aldon is REALLY starting to get it. Playing off defenders to stuff runs, sealing the edge, dropping back (1 blunder), etc. I'd argue right now, we have THE two best complete OLB's in the game...team game! These guys are lined up everywhere!
Culliver/Fangio, props to Culliver and esp. Fangio for "getting it." He played his secondary up tight and physical, aggressive (no clean releases this game), moved Brooks/Culliver to cover Megatron, mixed up coverages, played Brooks/Aldon together almost the entire game (unlike GB), etc. And the result was a 5,000 yard QB and all-world WR with nothing to show for it in the end (few FG's and a give-me TD).
Miller is effing awesome - unsung hero, no doubt.
Agreed on dropped passes are unbelievable. We were horrendous last year, even worse so far this year (esp. when you look at the circumstances). And let's make things VERY clear here...every single one has been a catchable ball.
Manningham may end up being our best addition...absolute stud!
BTW: We haven't even tapped James/Jenkins/Ginn/Jacobs yet!
I always look forward to your thoughts Marvin, and enjoy them.
NC says everything I would try to say, and says it better that I could!
Concerned about Aldon? He's already got 3 sacks! He hasn't lost a thing, but because he's playing more, his pass rush plays may not stand out as much. He had plenty of explosiveness on his sacks, AND he played run support and zone coverage quite well. IMHO. NC's right, we've got two of the best OLBs . . . to go with the two BEST ILBs in the game.
Culliver looks great. Two terrific games in a row. We couldn't get Peterson, who went to Az before we could pick him, so we got a guy with the same measureables who plays DB just as well, or better! Credit to Baalke.
Finally, would love to hear that Walker is working out with VD on the jugs machine, working to improve his hands the way VD has done.