The Niner just picked up Osgood who is 6-5. Seattle has a really tall secondary which is big reason why they are good. On the Niners you have to go all the way down to Baldwin, who probably is the 5th wide receiver off the bench. before you find a guy over` 6-1. With Baldwin at 6-4, Osgood at 6-5 and Boldin playing like he is is 6-5, the Niners can, at least in terms of height, match what Seattle has in it their secondary.The Niner have also exchanged Mcdonald for Walker, and McDonald is 4 inches taller than Walker at 6-4.
If the Niners roll out in two wide and two tight ends with Gore in the backfield they could have have Boldin, Baldwin, Davis at 6-3 and McDonald . While Osgood is more known for special teams he showed some ability to catch and you could sub him in for any guy above. I'm more curious than normal with the Osgood pickup considering the Niners looked great on coverage last week.
Seattle will counter with Sherman at 6-3, Browner at 6-4, Chancellor at 6-4, and Thomas at 6-2 (if we are counting Boldin like he is 6-5 then Thomas gets to be 6-2 at least, he is good, I really wanted him in 2010 but I'm cool with A Davis and Iupati.) For those of you keeping tracking the rest of the NFL has 6 defensive backs over 6-3 and Seattle has 3.
Could the 49ers be trying to up the Hawks in terms of height during passing plays? Seattle's tall and physical secondary is the best part of their team. The fact that they are tall gives them an advantage over most opponents. Atlanta was able to score on Seattle because they have a tall receiver in Jones at 6-3 and and the best tight end ever at 6-5. Other teams have had a much harder time. Maybe the secret to scoring on Seattle is having tall receivers and tall tight ends. If that is the case the Niner are in a better position than last year in terms of their of wide receiver and tight end's overall height.
Taking all of the above into account there is a better chance that Baldwin, McDonald and Osgood see some time this week. Height is by no means the say all end all of receiving players and defensive backs but having those extra inches can help in certain situations, especially in the red zone.
It might just be a few inches that makes the difference between winning and losing next Sunday night, and the Niners have a few more inches this year than they did last year. And with that I'm going to find Al Pacino's pregame speech on youtube and get pumped for Sunday.