Talk about being forgotten, or after Sunday, remembered. Tarrell Brown's name has been lost amongst the abundance of 49ers superstars these past two seasons. Against the Saints, he heard something every cornerback fears, his name.
Since becoming a starter last year opposite Carlos Rogers, Brown has played exclusively at the right cornerback position. In the 29 games (including two playoff games) since receiving that promotion, he's played solid and has rarely giving up a big play. Last year he picked off four passes, but his overall play was overshadowed by the resurgence of Rogers, the hitting of Dashon Goldson, and the emergence of Chris Culliver.
This didn't bother him I'm guessing, because he reminded us who he was when he intercepted Drew Brees in a playoff game last year and then almost picked off Eli Manning in the next game. When he left the NFC Championship game, Manning immediately attacked his backup for a quick score, further reminding us how important #25 in the red and gold is.
This season Brown has once again been playing solid ball, breaking up deep passes and shutting down recievers on his side. If anyone's noticed, the 49ers are second in the league in passing defense. Once again his play his overshadowed by the overall team effort, and that's not a bad thing. Our defensive backs have really stepped it up this year, because for those first eight or nine games our pass rush wasn't what it is now.
What Sunday should have showed all 49ers fans is how lucky were are to have Tarrell Brown. On Sunday he got beat pretty bad a few times. But those plays came on long routes where our pass rush got no pressure. I'm not saying he's Darrelle Revis, but I am saying he's a top cornerback in the league. I think he's better than Culliver as of now and better than Rogers at the cornerback position, not the nickle cornerback.
This man deserves some recognition for his outstanding play so far these two seasons. It took Drew Brees, one of the most accurate deep ball passers in the league to finally put Brown in the spotlight. Wish I had more time to write this but I got to go to work.