Brentson Buckner: Niners Took Reins Off Kaep After Panthers Loss
Mac Attack January 9, 2014 1:09 PM
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Former Carolina Panthers, WFNZ living legend and current Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach, Brenston Buckner stops riding in his limo long enough to talk to the guys about the Panthers-49ers face-off.
On the return of Davis and Crabtree: They’re very different with Michael Crabtree back. He’s their big play wide receiver. Even though he’s coming off the achilles injury and you don’t see the explosiveness we’ve seen before, you still have to account for him. You can just load the box with extra defenders to stop (running back) Frank Gore. It also opens up one-on-one with Anquan Boldin. Even though he’s not a speed guy, if you’re covering him one-on-one with a smallish DB, he’s a bully with a ball in his hands.
On the Panthers pass rush: If you are dropping straight back throwing the ball, I’d take the Panthers defensive line over any offensive line. They’re just that explosive, especially Greg Hardy. The one thing the 49ers have done is get back to what made them special last year and that’s lining up and pounding the football. They’re going to try to dictate when you’re able to rush the passer.
On the 49ers offense: Early in the year they were trying to make Colin Kaepernick a pocket quarterback. Sort of like what was happening with Cam Newton. They wanted him to set in the pocket and read defenses. That’s not his specialty. What makes him special is being able to run. Now, they’ve taken the reins off of him after the Panthers went out there and punched them in the mouth.
Buck also discusses his coaching future, including a job he might consider flipping burgers instead of taking, Steve Smith’s injury and effectiveness, and the Ric Flair saga.