Thursday, July 18, 2013
Whitner: 'Don't forget about Sam Bradford'
By Mike Sando
San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner gave a revealing answer recently when asked how he's preparing to face NFC West quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer this season.
"Well, don't forget about Sam Bradford," Whitner said. "Sam Bradford had two excellent games against us, actually beat us once and tied us another time. That is a blemish that was on our record and he is going to be feeling good coming in against us this year."
Those were among the comments Whitner made to the UK-based Tuesday Morning Football podcast. Whitner and I participated in the podcast separately as the co-hosts, Will and James, demonstrated a strong grasp of the division. You can check out the full podcast .
As the chart shows, Bradford gave the 49ers more problems than Wilson gave them, at least overall. Wilson posted a 97.6 Total QBR score with four touchdown passes and a 115.3 NFL passer rating during a 42-13 victory over the 49ers in Week 16. That was a significant improvement from Week 7, when Wilson posted a 26.0 QBR score and 38.7 passer rating during a drop-filled game in which Seattle scored six points.
Bradford was very good during a 24-24 tie at San Francisco, passing for 275 yards with two touchdowns on his way to an 82.0 QBR score. He passed for 102 of those yards on third down. Bradford also played pretty well against the 49ers during a 16-13 victory in Week 13, albeit with less success on third down and without a touchdown pass.
Whitner continued with additional thoughts on Wilson.
"The majority of his damage that he did against us was broken-down plays where he dropped back, no guys were open and he used his legs and used his feet and guys are scrambling downfield, he's throwing the football," Whitner said. "We can't allow him to break contain, we can't allow him to run around and make time for guys to get open. Then we have to stop their running game."
Also from Whitner: Coach Jim Harbaugh, in an effort to encourage players to remain on their best behavior before training camp, held up a sign with a list of names before his 49ers broke from their final minicamp practice of the 2013 offseason.
"Coach Harbaugh put a list up of guys and offenses they had during that seven-week period when you're off, and you don't want to be on that list -- especially for a team that has high goals and aspirations like the San Francisco 49ers," Whitner said.
Not to worry, Cardinals fans. Your team's covered in this podcast, too.