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Postby panxing18 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:08 am

This past Monday , the future of the NFL was on display. he highest scoring games in NFL history. It was a fun experience, but also offered some insight into where the NFL is headed in the near future.You can’t just put a bunch of dynamic athletes on the field and easily imitate what the Chiefs and Rams did. You need a combination of dynamic athletes and great play-callers to make those kinds of offenses go. Rule changes have made this kind of consistent offensive production possible, but you still need the players and coaches to find this kind of ridiculous offensive success.That in turn raises questions about how to contend with those kinds of teams when you don’t have that kind of offense. Even if Jimmy Garoppolo returns to pre-injury form and develops into a stud quarterback, what else can the 49ers do to contain the Rams and other such offenses?Defenses are going to give up large amounts of yards and points in this version of the NFL. The Rams invested heavily in their defense and rank 26th in points allowed. Having a dynamic offense helps (the Rams rank third in points scored), but the key as general manager John Lynch recently described is having game-changers and finishers. Lynch was on 95.7 The Game recently, and he talked about how the Rams aren’t always stopping people, but their pass rush wears teams down to the point where they eventually create mistakes.Having an Aaron Donald (or Khalil Mack in the case of the Chicago Bears) gives you the kind of game-wrecker that can single-handedly change a game. The Rams and Bears both have significant depth on defense, but Donald and Mack are the kind of game-changer most teams don’t have. There are plenty of solid defenses in the NFL that can make plays, but few have the kind of game-wrecker the Rams and Bears have.The 49ers have a lot of work to do in their roster-building effort, but finding a true game-wrecker is critical. Lynch mentioned it can apply to the offense as well as the defense, but given the top-heavy defensive nature of the 2019 NFL Draft coupled with the 49ers likely high pick, and it will be critical to find a game-wrecker on defense. You might think it’s Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa, Clemson edge rusher Clelin Ferrell, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams, or anybody else.Whomever is your finisher of choice, the 49ers need to find that player DeForest Buckner Jersey , and soon. The 49ers defense gets plenty of criticisms, some due to scheme decisions, some due to personnel issues. If this group added a finisher, particularly at the edge rusher position, I think we would see this unit make some strides. Football Outsiders ranks the defense 19th overall, 21st against the pass, and 14th against the run. The biggest problem for this group has been finishing. Add a serious “finisher” and I think this unit takes a big step forward next year. One of the continued points of emphasis for the new 49ers’ regime has been to connect the franchise’s storied history with the current team in order to foster a winning culture from the get go. From decorating Levi’s Stadium with banners from the past to having former 49ers’ legends speak to the players, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have made a valiant effort to mend broken ties between the former and current players.The result of their conscious attempts? Approval from one of the greatest 49ers’ running backs, Roger Craig. The three-time Super Bowl champion sat down with The 49ers’ Hub’s Evan Sowards in a podcast interview, where he gave his thoughts on Shanahan, his connection to Bill Walsh, and his former head coach’s lasting legacy in the NFL.“Oh definitely, I would’ve loved to play for [Kyle] Shanahan, cause he understands the whole system, you know he understands that culture of systems that bring you success,” Craig said at the 11:50 mark of the interview when asked about the current 49ers’ head coach. My favorite line from the interview came right after this bit Garry Gilliam Color Rush Jersey , when Craig began to show his respect for one of the greatest coaches of all time, Bill Walsh.Craig, 58, spent the first eight years of his career in the red and gold, rushed for over 7,000 yards as a member of the 49ers. His best seasons came in 1985, when he rushed for 1,050 yards and caught 92 passes for 1,016 yards, and 1988, when he ran for over 1,500 yards and caught 76 passes out of the backfield.That got me thinking, what would Craig look like in 2018, in a Shanahan-led, run-centric offense? I would imagine that the ex-Nebraska running back would easily beat the numbers he put up in 1988 and would instantly become one of the best players that Shanahan has ever coached.
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