Pass Rush Essential
November 1 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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This week against the Raiders as the 49ers attempt to stop an explosive air assault by the Raiders, it will likely be the pass rush that makes a difference, not the play of cornerbacks Ahmed Plummer, Jason Webster and Mike Rumph. As enticing as it is to talk about the match up of Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Jerry Porter against these three, itís highly unlikely that the 49ers cornerbacks will be able to stop all three of these receivers.
Thatís not to say that the 49ers cornerbacks are going to role over and give up, but rather that when facing some of the leagues best receivers in history, they are going to make plays against you, and containing them is nearly impossible, as countless cornerbacks have found out in the past.
Rather than putting the onus on the 49ers cornerbacks, it should lie on the defensive line, who have been able to generate more quarterback pressure than in previous seasons. The 49ers will need a large amount of pressure on Pro Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon to disrupt the offense. How well they can do that, will ultimately decide how well the 49ers defensive backs do.