Brandon Thorn is one of the better follows on Twitter if you’re interested in defensive and offensive line play. Brandon wrote an article that you’ll see below where he went in-depth about Kerry Hyder’s season.
- Kerry Hyder’s production and ranking of 5th in sacks per snap is one of the bigger surprises among edge-rushers this year. Hyder became a full-time starter for the first time in his career this season after Nick Bosa went down with injury and is taking full advantage, notching a sack every 57 snaps he’s on the field with a sack score of 5, ranking 17th overall. Hyder’s blend of power and a well-stocked repertoire of pass-rush moves has been maximized under 49ers DL coach Kris Kocurek’s shrewd coaching this season.
“Now’s the easy part, just because we got here on a workday and we’re going hard all the way until our game on Monday,” Shanahan said. “So, it’s more of the times after that.”
Topics such as mental health and depression were once taboo and came with a stigma in the world of the mighty athlete, but more and more times are changing.
With a worldwide pandemic carrying on and the NFL having to implement protocols to combat coronavirus outbreaks, a new and very real concern of the effects of isolation is prevalent.
Shanahan does understand the county’s perspective, though, and knows that the goal is to keep people as safe as possible. The coach just would have appreciated a little more notice.
“I just like communication, that’s all, and how people treat each other, most human beings,” Shanahan said. “That’s what we were most disappointed with, and we’ve got to deal with the situation just like a lot of people are dealing with stuff. Not just the Niners, all over football — I know we’re the only ones who’ve had to move — but all over the country.
“So, everyone’s got to deal with stuff. You don’t want to sit here and be woe is me. There’s a way to do it, and that’s what we were bothered with. You adjust, you deal with what you’ve got to deal with, and you move on.”
Almost every time someone on the 49ers gets injured, it seems The Next Man Up is even better than the starter.
This past Sunday, The Next Man Up was Kevin Givens, who replaced nose tackle D.J. Jones in the starting lineup. Jones is an excellent nose tackle, and his absence could have hurt the 49ers ability to stop the Rams rushing attack if Givens were a stiff.
But Givens is not a stiff. Givens is at least as good as Jones, maybe better.
And against the Rams, Givens made an impact on the 49ers’ first defensive play, when he knifed into the backfield and blew up the Rams run. A couple plays later, he knifed into the backfield again and tackled the Rams running back for a three-yard loss.
Later during that opening drive, Givens recovered a fumble.
What a start for him.
The 49ers got a massive win in sweeping the Rams in Week 12 and now can start to sense a shocking late playoff run with a healthier offense and defense. Their coaching has been fantastic all season. They will effectively run on the Bills and use their intermediate passing game well, too. On the other side, they will get after Josh Allen after shutting down the run. The Bills lose by a field goal on this tough cross-country trip.
Pick: 49ers win 27-24 and cover the spread.