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Friday, October 31, 2008
Cornerbacks stepping up for Rams

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

The 49ers commanded more attention than expected this week after Mike Singletary's eventful first week as interim head coach. The intent all week was to get a better feel for the Rams. I did that in breaking down the St. Louis offense last night.

And while my defensive analysis doesn't feature personnel breakdowns -- time is an issue, and it's tougher to see every defensive player watching on TV -- I did emerge with a few thoughts on the Rams' defense:

Coach Jim Haslett and defensive coordinator Rick Venturi can be effective in designing blitz packages. I'm interested in seeing if they find ways to pressure Kurt Warner. Scheme becomes more important if Little isn't available.