San Francisco 49ers' Week 1 Defensive Scheme Should Be Aggressive

By John Ware
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The San Francisco 49ers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but the Green Bay Packers have one the best quarterbacks in the league in All-Pro and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.  Obviously, San Francisco will do its best to shut him down, well, actually limit his productivity.  The Packers’ offensive line will be starting a rookie at one of the tackle spots against a 49ers front four who loves to get sack the quarterback.

Up front, the Niners will naturally apply pressure given the talent of Justin Smith, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks alone.  Schematically it would be wise for the defensive coordinator to blitz in most of the snaps on defense.  Rodgers is mobile, but he is not as athletic as quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Smith [Aldon] is very fast, agile and long, which makes him one of the biggest threats on the edge.

All-Pro linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis will have to sit and play disciplined when defending the pass because of the quick and speedy Green Bay wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.  There should not be a third linebacker because the Packers are not known to have much of a running game.

Green Bay likes to spread the field, so they will need to be in the nickel and/or dime package.  San Francisco is the most physical team in the league, so they need to use that to their advantage.  If the defensive backs can slow down the timing of the passing game by jamming Cobb and Nelson at the scrimmage, it may very well be a painful day for Rodgers.

John Ware is a San Francisco 49ers writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @OutermindMedia, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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