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Clements Overrated or Underrated

          The weakness of our defense last year as everyone knows was our pass coverage. After Clements was injured, all our other corner backs stepped up (Shawntae Spencer, Tarrel Brown & Dre Bly) but still did not keep opposing teams wide outs from the end zone. Since Clements has come to the 49ers there is no question he has been disappointing but there are a few things that have pleased me about his game. He definitely hasn't gotten the expected interceptions but he has helped the team in other ways. I would like to start with his role in run support. As far as corner backs in this league, only Antoine Winfield is a better run stopper at CB than Clements. Clements is a great tackler for the position. I also think that he has good coverage skills. He hasn't gotten a lot of interceptions but most teams don't throw it his way. And when a receiver does catch a ball on him, he has a knack for knocking the ball out and forcing fumbles. Sometimes he goes for the strip too often instead of wrapping up the ball carrier which you have to live with since he gets so many forced fumbles but i would like to see him wrap up better. I feel that Clements is a big time player on our team that doesn't show up in the stats like Justin Smith. I feel that if Clements could play up to his full potential, there is no doubt we would have a Super Bowl caliber defense. Even if he plays at the same level he has been since coming to San Fran, i like our chances.


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