Last season the St. Louis Rams proved to a formidable matchup for the San Francisco 49ers by tying the first game and beating their archrivals in overtime in the second game. Since signing with the Niners this past off-season, former Rams safety Craig Dahl has helped Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff correct the mistakes the team made. Apparently, one of those mistakes was the 49ers offense tipping their plays.
Dahl said on Wednesday,
We had a few tips off film we were able to differentiate between run and pass early. So that kind of gave us an added benefit on defense.
Different personnel and different alignment stuff really were the big keys as far as giveaways. It’s been addressed and corrected. They knew most of it before I even got here. We just reconfirmed it. It’s ongoing self-study and self-scouting that got it cleared up, too.
In the off-season, Dahl signed a three-year contract with the 49ers. He had spent the previous four seasons as a member of the Rams. At the time of his signing the 49ers were looking for a replacement at starting free safety. The announcement was met with little enthusiasm as Dahl was not the player many Niner fans expected the team to sign. In April’s draft the 49ers selected safety Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick. Dahl is expected to compete at training camp with Reid and C.J. Spillman for the starting spot at free safety.
After Dahl signed with the team, he met with both the 49ers offensive and defensive coaches to see if they could get an inside edge on the Rams’ tendencies. While I don’t think Dahl will win the starting job at free safety, which will go to Reid, at the very least, he has and will continue to provide knowledge of what the Rams like to do.