WWGD- Week 2 edition

In this Series of posts I am going to look at the Defenses that Dallas will be facing this year. I will give a Scouting report on each(hopefully) then based off that I will try to set out what I think the Game plan that I think Garrett will employ. This will be based off my "Air Garrett" posts (Version 1,Version 2) where I set out this statement:

That is what I think "Air Garret" is all about. Attacking the Defense at it's weakest point. Study the opponents carefully. Find out where they are lacking defensively. I bet you will see alot of plays designed to target that area.

Well on Sunday September 18th, 2011 The Dallas Cowboys meet the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Personnel wise they are similar to the Jets in that they run a 3-4, have good run stopping DL, and pretty good LB's. The Biggest differences are

A) The ILBs are much Better 

B) The CB's are much worse

C) the 3-4 they run is closer to a "Parcell 3-4" than what Rex runs

Some detailed breakdowns:

From Transplanted Texan in his post, From Stanford to SF: 5 keys to Harbaugh's Niners:

Harbaugh will try to give Tyron Smith fits using Ray McDonald.  Frequently at Stanford, Harbaugh / Fangio put a widebody on the outside and bull rushed from there with one or two additional blitzers.  Ray McDonald (6’3, 290) moves from the interior DL to left DE to play this role.  He has surprising quickness and foot speed to go with straight-ahead strength. Against Seattle, he was a major disruption.  He led the team with six tackles and also had a drive-killing sack of Tavaris Jackson.

so lets look at Ray McDonald:

Height: 6-3
Weight: 276
40 Yrd Dash: 4.88
20 Yrd Dash: 2.77
10 Yrd Dash: 1.62
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 29
Broad Jump: 9'6"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.97
3-Cone Drill: 7.41

Overall not a player that will "turn the Corner"  but seems to be a prototypical 2-gap DE...Tyron handled the Jets DE pretty well on Sunday so Dallas should be OK there. Interesting tidbit; the Seahawks drafted James Carpenter this past draft. Now I am not going to post his stats (will link it here though). Now the interesting thing is that Carpenter not only compares well to Smith(though Smith is stronger) he is also the starting RT for the Seahawks... the reason it is interesting is that Seattle doesn't have a player like D-Ware who stayed late in TC to help Smith... this Game will show if that extra work payed off.


Now the key of the DL is Justin Smith who many Niner fans are saying may be the best 3-4 DE in the league. Since Coming to the 49ers in 2008 he has amassed  a total of  23.5 sacks (counting the one from the Seahawks game) and for All those that worry about Ratliff, Smith is 6-4 285.....just saying ius all. And who say that 3-4 DE's aren't supposed to get sacks....

Now The Niners also have some guy called Patrick are his Pre draft measurables:

Height: 6-1
Weight: 242
40 Yrd Dash: 4.51
20 Yrd Dash: 2.62
10 Yrd Dash: 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 09'11"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.46
3-Cone Drill: 7.23

Dates: 03/20/07 
Height: 6-1
Weight: 242
40 Yrd Dash: 4.37
20 Yrd Dash: 2.54
10 Yrd Dash: 1.52
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone Drill: 7.10


Now the thing that surprised me when I first saw this is that Wills in not that Agile for his size, posting a 4.37 (SS time) and a 7.10 3-cone time. Now he is very fast, and strong. However a good route runner could exploit him in Coverage...more on this later. Their other ILB, Navorro Bowman(who played with Sean Lee at Penn State BTW), isn't too bad either, posting this at the Penn State Proday:

Height: 6004
Weight: 242
40 Yrd Dash: 4.62
20 Yrd Dash: 2.66
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26 (combine)
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.20
3-Cone Drill: 6.70

Now while the Niner's front seven is really good their Secondary on the other hand isn't exactly Revis and Cromartie. Look Here:

Tarell Brown:

Height: 5105
Weight: 190
40 Yrd Dash: 4.45
20 Yrd Dash: 2.57
10 Yrd Dash: 1.46
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone Drill: 7.00

Carlos Rogers:

Height: 6003
Weight: 196
40 Yrd Dash: 4.44
20 Yrd Dash: 2.53
10 Yrd Dash: 1.55
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump: 40 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'06"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.82
3-Cone Drill: 6.48

Now I put up MIles and Dez's stats last week but as it appears that Dez may not play this week Here is Kevin Odletree;

Height: 6004
Weight: 196
40 Yrd Dash: 4.36
20 Yrd Dash: 2.51
10 Yrd Dash: 1.50
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 36
Broad Jump: 10'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.08
3-Cone Drill: 6.67

Now After all this here is what I think the "gameplan" is. Garrett will be more aggressive in targeting the CB's this Week especially Tarell Brown.  What Dallas will try and do isolate the WR on Brown. I would imagine that Rogers will draw Austin and KO will get Brown. Now I see Dallas using alot of 3 wide sets out of Two TE formations(the return OF Bennett Is HUGE here). Dallas will want to get KO against the ILB's  where he has a clear advantage in agility.

I would like something like this:

WR's- Austin, Ogletree

TE's- Witten, Bennett

RB's- Felix

Now this looks like a normal set up right? However I like Funky, remember? Just imagine the looks as Austin lines up in the Backfield with Witten In the FB role and Felix in the slot with KO and Bennett out wide. Can you see either Wills or Bowman covering Felix out of the slot? Or Rogers or Brown trying to cover Bennett out wide? The Idea is to keep the LB's out in coverage, thus forcing the 49er's to only rush three players, to Contain the Arial Assault. 

But that is Just  my opinion...

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