Originally posted by LBSI9ers:
To be honest, the game will never be the same. Safeties cannot hit like Ronnie did period. Safeties have to cover now. That's far more important than big hits.
This. Coverage ability for a safety far exceeds hitting ability in importance, 49ers fans know that better than others after seeing how the secondary has improved a lot after Reid came in and Goldson left. Better coverage skills and smarter overall performance vs aggressive and a big hitter and the 49rs are doing better without the latter. Not say that Reid is a slouch, he's laid some big hits this year, but he doesn't go potato and cause stupid penalties or get caught out of position.