I heard one analyst posit the notion that Seattle's big DBs will relish the challenge of facing a "big & slow" Boldin vs a darty speed receiver. So you wanna wager on somebody shutting down Anquan? I wouldn't, but let's say that some big physical DBs can slow him down, then maybe that's the time for a speedy Patton to light it up, not just because it's time, but because they now have a mismatch advantage vs the Big & Slow DBs of the Seahawks.
Kids who got speed have lots of success in football, so they don't learn to do all the things that Anquan does. Anquan knows how to separate and how to communicate with his QB at the right time. It's about moves, not speed. It's about looking back or turning or cutting at the right time while his QB is looking at him and then using his strength to bring the ball down vs just running the programmed route at high speed for 5 seconds & then wandering about aimlessly & wistfully staring into the sky after the prescribed amount of time for you to have gotten the ball has expired. Speed doesn't get you open that much in today's speedy NFL. Cutting harder than the other guy & pushing off without looking like you're pushing off does.
Truth is, Seattle is in the same boat as Green Bay in the sense that the Kap to Boldin thing is all-new and something they haven't faced before. Well, I guess Seattle can watch this game, but the 49ers had plenty of tape to watch the Flacco to Boldin connection last year & they still couldn't do much to prevent him from catching passes.
Anyway, it goes without saying that keeping Russel 'Scooter' Wilson off the field next week should definitely be part of the game plan, so getting comfortable with 3 yard runs and 5 yard passing plays might be a gr8 strategy regardless of whether Boldin is getting open like his usual monster self or not. Well, scoring an astonishing number of TDs is another good strategy!
[ Edited by NinerFandrew on Sep 9, 2013 at 1:10 AM ]