Hello to all,
I just finished my review of this past weeks game film. If I were handing out game balls, I'd give one to Vernon Davis, Ahmad Brooks, Tony Jerrod-Eddie and Anquan Boldin. Those guys had a huge impact on the game. I know Vernon Davis sounds surprising considering how few catches and yards he had in the game but he had a HUGE impact on the game. Carolina was as committed to shutting down Vernon as most teams are to shutting down megatron. Boldin's 45 yard catch was all because of the threat of Vernon.
From the Defensive side of the ball:
Both our ILB's brought their game this week. Both of them played outstanding and made some pretty amazing "wow" plays. A lot of those aren't the ones you'd think about, it was just great to watch some really good LB play. Brooks played far better this week than he did last week. He was more consistent, absolutely collapsed the edge and got a great push in pass rush. Our goal line stands were awesome, but no one was more impressive on our goal line stands than Tony Jerrod-Eddie. He was the reason we were able to make the stops we were, he was an absolute beast from the NT position on the goal line.
One thing this game gave me a great appreciation for is the great job Jim Tomsula does with our D-line. I truly think we have the best D-line coach in the league. The way all of our D-lineman played in this game and what they've shown me over the past 6-8 weeks or so is pretty outstanding. A lot of these guys aren't high draft picks and Tomsula gets these guys to play with great technique, leverage and recognition. He's routinely able to take lower draft picks and turn these guys into quality contributors to the team.
From the offensive side of things:
Our offense was a little out of sync through almost the first 2 quarters. Part of this had to do with Carolina, they came with a LOT of blitzes throughout the game and mostly in the first 2 quarters. They blitzed more than they didn't. Vernon's impact on the game was very apparent. There were at times 3 defenders watching VD, Carolina truly feared Davis' speed and playmaking ability. I loved some of Roman's jumbo set calls, he set up Gore's big run late in the game perfectly, it was a thing of beauty to watch. Tukuafu's loss was felt in the game; Dixon did an alright job, but wasn't consistent. I think our O-line didn't play too well in the first half; partially because I don't think they anticipated all the different blitzes Carolina came with, but they did much better in the second half.
Personally, I think Carolina's defense is better than Seattle's. Their players play fast, meaning, they diagnose quickly and get to the play.
That's all I'll talk about for now, per the usual I'll follow with some breakdowns. I'll be moving over to the seahawks scouting/week2 breakdown probably by tomorrow or thursday, I've already started scouting out Seattle's game against the Saints from last Saturday.