Originally posted by buck:
You are mixing up the two aspects of the return game. James, Cox or the other returners have little to do with the mistakes that we made on our coverage teams.
I find it next to impossible to think that the coaching staff is not doing anything to improve our coverage units. Have they done enough to rectify the mistakes our coverage units made? I do not know. But, we will find out.
You continue to harp about James. I understand that you wanted to keep Hawkins, but you continue to ignore the evidence of their return capacities as demonstrated in real games. Hawkins returns for the 49ers were in preseason games. They were not made, as far as we know, against the opponents top coverage units.
No, I am not even talking about kick-off coverage.
My point is the difference of 1 KR TD can be between a win or loss or even a Super Bowl. For example, instead of having Jacoby Jones scoring on us, if one of our returns had been a TD, we would have won the Super Bowl.
I harp on James cos he doesn't pass my eye test as in he is not explosive enough, lacks vision and instincts. You can't just look at stats in isolation. Tell you what, James has a higher kick-off return avaerge than David Wilson, does that mean James is a better returner than Wilson ? Heck no. LOL.
If you look at Hawkins' stats, he was only used in kick-off return in 2 years when he was with the Titans. Before 2012, last time he was used was 2008. If you look at his 2012 numbers he was on par with James. I don't call 29.29 yards for Hawkins Vs 29.79 yards for James a difference. But, what you can't quantify is may be the 9ers have better blockers or may be Hawkins is a late starter or may be he wasn't given enough opportunities. This is where the eye test comes in.
[ Edited by Rascal on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM ]