Originally posted by NCommand:
Originally posted by ElephantHaley:
I want more Willis blitzes. Willis can rush the passer and we all know he cannot cover TEs and RBs out of the back field.
I brought that up in the game day thread. tl408 or someone else, anyone have a theory why we struggle covering RB's out of the backfield? These guys seem WIDE open. Is it the formations we run (i.e. Willis/Bowman with underneath coverage)?
Just my observation, and I welcome anyone else with thoughts on this. I think the reason the RBs are open on passing plays where the QB has good time in the pocket is due to scheme, not lack of coverage ability by the ILBs. The ILBS are used to help with underneath coverage on the WRs, playing the hook or curl zones, while the DBs are often playing with a cushion preventing anything over the top. As the play progresses, the ILBs will start to sag deeper and deeper into their zones allowing the underneath short passes to the RBs. I think Fangio is okay with this because the ILBs are so good at attacking downhill and tackling to prevent a lot of RAC by the RBs. So Fangio gives that stuff up while relying on Willis and Bow to quickly come up to make the tackle. Notice slants are not completed very often by 49er opponents. It's because the ILBs are playing those passing lanes while giving up the short underneath to RBs.