San Francisco 49ers’ Cornerback Wars
The San Francisco 49ers have recently signed cornerback Eric Wright, who they traded a few weeks ago. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player is expected to fill the void of Chris Culliver, who was just suffered a torn ACL.
This adds more intrigue as to who will be the starting two cornerbacks for the 49ers this season. The fact that he is signed shows that he has passed a physical and is ready to get on the field. One thing is for sure: the 49ers will have one the deepest defensive secondaries in the NFL.
It will be interesting to see how San Francisco uses all this depth at cornerback. The team has youth with Tarell Brown, Lowell Rose and now Wright, then experience with veterans Nnamdi Asomugha and Carlos Rogers. There are gains and losses with either going young or with an experience cornerback tandem.
If the Niners go with an experienced tandem, they would be better suited to plan a man or press-man coverage, and that works well against pocket passers and big tall receivers. Having the more youthful and smaller cornerbacks start may work well against smaller wide receivers and mobile quarterbacks who like to run the spread-option offense.
Of course, the coaching staff could opt to use a combination of whoever they think are the two best overall cornerbacks on the team, regardless of scheme. They may even decide to switch starters based on who the team is playing from week to week. Regardless of who the team goes with, the two chosen starters will have to perform better at that position than what the 49ers got last season.