The 49ers are back at OTAs this week. Not that anyone really cares, but, there it is. In depth reporting at its finest.
While strolling down the boulevard last week, a guy noticed my 49ers cap and immediately came over to get in my face and ask me how I thought the team would do this year.
Normally, I don’t appreciate strangers impeding my progress and usually just stab them in the guts and mosey on my way. But this guy looked like George Foreman, minus two hundred pounds, with the same blank happy-idiot face Foreman has come to be known for, so I allowed the transgression.
I said I didn’t know how they would do. That’s all he needed to monologue off on a rant about the secondary and how they just never get any decent corners and would never succeed until they did. It was a lot more long winded dissertation than I’m relating here, but you get the point.
When the average non-blogging fan is able to clearly discern a situation, it’s not only a problem, but a long running problem. Most fans are either happy, happy or disinterested. But neither of these types tend to have specific issues or detailed criticism.
The secondary only received a couple of bandaids again this year, and is essentially the same group that produced the worst turnover record in NFL history last season. This year, the coaches are attempting to remedy the failure not by getting better players, but by adopting a schematic change.
According to Maiocco: “The 49ers have made major schematic changes at every level of their defense this season in hopes of generating more takeaways. The biggest change is at safety, where the spots are now interchangeable.”
They’ve also switched to a Wide 9 alignment along the defensive line. Not sure where the name comes from, but it essentially means the DEs will play wider than last year.
I doubt if my guy on the street will be appeased. And it’s entirely possible none of us will, either.