In a game that will go down as one of the craziest in Niner history, I’m not at all clear as to why Vic Fangio chose this game to go with 3 man rush packages. Atlanta was obviously going to pass, yet Matt Ryan had little pressure, and he picked the Niner D apart all night to the tune of 348 yards and 2 touchdowns. Of course we stuffed their run game and Steven Jackson, but 1 sack on 48 pass attempts is a recipe for disaster in the playoffs. We did get the one pick and that came on an all-out blitz down near the goal line (the 2nd pick was the hail-Mary that mattered little).
I saw a couple corner blitzes, but even those were off a 3 man rush and they were easily picked up by Atlanta. So, is this something we are trying out as an option going forward? Because even when the Niners go prevent, they usually rush 4. Any team the Niners face (well, maybe not Dallas or Chicago, though I don’t see Chi-town winning) will have someone who can throw. Letting anyone do that without pressure isn’t a good plan. I’d like to think we were just showing something different to be cagey down the line. But to face Rodgers or even Foles and have him stand in the pocket unmolested isn’t a good plan. I’d like to be much more aggressive this last game, just to show we can. Besides, Carsom Palmer is a statue back there. Get on him early and fast. Too many times this defense plays it safe early only to watch the other teams move down and score on us. TB did it for God’s sake when we went prevent to close the 1st half.
For al the talk of Roman and his woeful play calling, I’m getting annoyed with Fangio and his lack of taking risks early. Bend but don’t break is fine, but it can be broken. Dial up the pressure. Most teams will be throwing on us anyway so bring the stunts and the 5 man rushes. Bring Lemonier and Smith in on the edges to crash the pocket. Pressure is a must-have as we hit the playoffs. No matter where we play.