2011 49ers Defense: Vic Fangio Will Scheme to Fit Personnel

As Louis Murphy and Taylor Mays practice for an upcoming interpretation of the Broadway musical "Cats", a football shows-up and ruins everything. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Matt Barrows wrote a piece on Friday afternoon just as training camp was about to commence on the field. It was a bit of this-and-that: some sad news that rookie CB Curtis Holcomb was likely out for the season with an achilles tear, as well as tidbits about a few other things.

Of these I gleaned an interesting fact that I thought I'd pass on for us to discuss. Barrows spoke with Taylor Mays about the defense Vic Fangio would be installing and Mays had this to say:

They're going to tailor the defense to the way we are as a defense. They're not going to have us playing calls that aren't appropriate for us.

This is a welcome theme as many of us have scratched our heads in the past watching two press-corners (Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer) playing TONS of off-man and off-zone coverages...seeing Patrick Willis not blitz up the gut nearly enough...or even watching Mays himself playing deep zone all by himself as a rookie.

Fangio came with a reputation for doing this exact thing. Many have commented on how when he came to Stanford he simply took what was there and schemed to the players' strengths.  This is something that should serve the49ers well as the team hasn't had a scheme that seemed to really maximize the players on the roster in some time.

Given this statement, what kinds of things do you anticipate Fangio doing to take advantage of the players he has and their talents and deficiencies?

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