Itâ€™s no secret that I focus on DB play when watching tape. I look at footwork, range, eyes, tackling and angles. The key techniques you need to be a productive player in the secondary.
And in todayâ€™s NFL, you better have two safeties in the backend that can get off the numbers in Cover 2, play the deep middle of the field, walk down over a slot, get hands on a TE and tackle in the open field.
Thatâ€™s why I have no problem calling 49ersâ€™ safeties Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson the best combo Iâ€™ve studied on tape.
I played with Whitner Buffalo during the 2006 season when the Bills drafted the safety out of Ohio State. No question he had the physical tools, but just like any rookie, he was needed time to develop those raw skills.
Look at the Ninersâ€™ SS now. Whitner can play Cover 2 (or 2-Man), break off the numbers on the 9 (fade) or 7 (corner), make plays in the run game, carry No.2 vertical in a zone blitz scheme and light up WRs inside of the numbers.
With Goldson, I love his range...