Originally posted by eonblue:
Honestly I like the plays concept. This is essentially a cover 0 which means there's no safety over the top and tons of space behind the CB the only problem the press is so good that by time Boldin beats it the entire defense sees that Kaep has kept it and Thomas is able to make up the ground. Really Kaep could've made that throw too but IMO that is not his strongest throw and he didn't feel confidant with it. This is what you have to do to Seattle. Test those corners on the boundary. If Boldin beats that press sooner then he's wide open over the top for days. Maybe this play was doomed to fail but in general I hope they isolate those corners and really try to expose them in man. Browner is gone and I know Maxwell isn't near as good as him. All it's going to take is a couple of big completions to deflate that secondaries bravado and shut that crowd up.
This could be a key to the game. My impression is that Maxwell tries to be physical like Sherman except that Sherman is smart enough and talented enough to take his physicality just up to the boundaries of what the refs are likely to call and Maxwell isn't as smart or talented so his efforts at physicality too often turn into outright mauling the receiver. If the refs let him get away with it (think of how he got away with mauling Crabtree on that pass on the sideline near the goal line in the last game), then it will be that much harder for the 9ers to win. If they call pass interference the way they are called in most games, then Maxwell could end up being the achilles heel of the Seahawks secondary.