How will the 49ers fair against defensive pressure in 09' season? It was a struggle in 08'.
Will we be confined to slant passes? It was like a .90 correlation between Blitzes and Slants. I clenched my teeth every time.
1) against the blitz?
2) against a stacked box?
Factors; old and new
O-line: Hard to argue these positions will not improve.
WR corps: We have a bigger and more talented bunch, some suggest the best depth in 49er history. The slant will be more effective, and it will be easier to stretch the field. Crabtree will be a weapon on the WR screen, it may be very effective at spreading the D. Oh and slants should be more effective.
RB's: We now have a few more options on screen and swing passes, including better lead blocking with the return of Norris and the open field skills of Rachal(thats right, a detail). We'll see if Bear plays and cleans up the "whiffs" the scoutes have him committing. Between the tackles running should help as well.
TE's: VD should be more effective, more consistent blocking and more realistic receiving. He's a great screen option on the blitz, as we saw some examples of throughout his career.
QB: if Hill is our guy, he will have much added experience. If Alex takes over the answer here is clearly, and always has been, the roll-out.
1st down: This may be a problem in that a forced hand early in the running game may put us in a lot of 3rd and long situations. Hopefully this is not the case.
3rd and long: Hill has been as good as anyone since Garcia at picking this up. His decision making and the addition of speed and talent at the WR should help. Lets not forget VD in this situation either. Will Bear be Usefull?
Note: PLEASE ADDRESS by Defensive set, Offensive Postion, or Down and Yardage situiation. This is to entice SITUATIONAL matchups, not as much GENERAL.