The 49ers Secondary vs. Megatron


When looking up Megaton online you can find that it is the name of a ridiculously overpowered Saturday morning villain, or a brilliant and fast BMW turbocharged Formula 1 motor. The combination of the two describes Calvin Johnson Jr. precisely. The lions drafted the 6’5, 243lb, Johnson in 2007. His combination speed and size help him to be labeled a serious threat by any team who faced the Detroit Lions. This year with addition of an accurate Matthew Stafford at the quarterback, Johnson has been outstanding. So far he has 29 receptions, for 451 yards, and 9 touchdowns.

Coming into the 2011 season, few would believe the 49ers would make much of an impact. However, Jim Harbaugh and crew had set out early to make key changes that would seem to baffle many, for instance, the release of Nate Clements, and the trade of Taylor Mays. However the move has proven to be brilliant, as the 49ers secondary is one strong reason they are 4-1. Right now the combination of Donte Whitner, Dashon Goldson, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, form the heart of the secondary. Under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and head coach Jim Harbaugh, the defense as a whole are plus ten turnovers, most of which are interceptions. Against Tampa Bay, the coaches introduced a more complicated set of plays. Depending on situation players would transition from Zone to Man, and vice versa, in the middle of the play. Teams would be wise to pay close attention to the these guys when drawing up a game plan.

At the beginning of the year no one had the San Francisco at Detroit circled on their calendars. Both teams had proven over the course of the last several years to be reliable losing records. With the Lions at 5-0 and the 49ers at 4-1, everyone will be watching to see what comes out of it. Perhaps the most important matchup will be the 49ers secondary Vs. Megatron. They have both been on target, and are showing no signs of stopping. I give the advantage to the 49ers secondary, not only for the plays they have proven they can make, but the depth the 49ers have at the corners and safety position. There is no way the 49ers can shut down Calvin Johnson the whole game, however they will look to pick of Stafford, I would be surprised if they don’t get at least two.

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