Happypuppy wrote:Players change positions all the time. mRob was a QB, Sweezy and the list goes on. look at guys like Tebow...maybe not the best example. Last winter Kam worked out at Linebacker.
Players as they get older tend to get bigger, and Kam is already linebacker size. He was out of position at times this year and is the slowest DB we start already. As the game changes so do roles and responsibilities
Don't discount PCs influences. He saw the great Ronnie Lott moved from corner to SS at year 3. he was all-pro at both. In reality Lott was playing a combination SS/LB based on the play. I think he would like to do a similar role with Kam.
My gut feeing is with the run game as discounted as it is we are seeing a lot of non classical defenses. 3-4 teams have already implied that they are looking at the pistol next year. When change occurs the defenses change accordingly.
I see Pete & Co. going to variations off the Bandit that are similar to the 46 , but not like that used by the Jets, to combat the pistol. Strong edge pressure and quick LB linebackers filling throwing lanes or running lanes
Look at some of the old bill Wash videos and see how he played the DBs. People I suspect when they think of the old Bill Walsh teams think of Offense first. When PC was there the D was ranked 1-3 he is a far better defensive coach than I think many realize and give the accolades his assistants. Make no mistake PC is a guru, especially with defensive backs.
Defenses change often every 2 or 3 plays the idea of a base defense is really just the basic package
Corner to safety is a very natural and common progression. It greatly extended the careers and productive years of Rod Woodson and Ronde Barber (and those are just two guys off the top of my head, I'm sure there's more) and they have been pro bowlers at both positions. Lol, Champ Bailey might play another 15 years if he moves to safety!
I could potentially see Kam moving to a full time LB as he gets older and loses a step speed wise (not that he's exactly blazing fast to start with), but I don't think it's necessary now. If a blue chip, all world, possible HOF candidate SS falls to us in the draft then it's absolutely an avenue we could explore, but I don't see SS as a need right now.
And you're right on the money, Pete is going to be at the head of the pack when it comes to combating the pistol and the spread option offenses. He's a total mad scientist.