Scott Chandler – Inside the 49ers Updated news, opinions and discussion about the San Francisco 49ers and other pro football action from blogger Grant Cohn of The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, CA Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:23:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Whitner on the Bills: “I’m not saying they quit, but the body language said they weren’t really into it.” Mon, 08 Oct 2012 01:50:21 +0000 SAN FRANCISCO – The 49ers blew out the Bills by 41 points, but the game was close late into the second quarter. With a minute until halftime the Bills were losing by seven points and they had the ball. They had just put together an 80-yard field goal drive against the 49ers elite defense. They were fighting and they were having some success.

But then Patrick Willis stripped Scott Chandler, Alex Smith threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the very next play to make the score 17-3 at halftime and the Bills didn’t score another point for the rest of the game. In the fourth quarter, the 49ers second-string defense forced the Bills’ first-string offense to go three-and-out. That’s how bad the Bills played.

After the game, I asked Donte Whitner in the locker room what changed for the Bills after Scott Chandler’s fumble. Here’s what Whitner said:

WHITNER: You can see their body language. When you’re on the road and you’re playing a good football team and you turn the football over, it deflates you. And that’s what we wanted to do – we wanted to jump on them early, we wanted to be physical we wanted to run the football and we wanted to be physical on defense by not letting them run the football – and that’s what we did. That’s a good offense over there. Coming into today they had the most touchdowns in the league.

ME: How could you tell they were deflated? Could you describe their body language?

WHITNER: There’s only so long you can go through a week with a coaching staff talking about certain things and they don’t work. Eventually the players start to quit on you. I’m not saying they quit, but the body language said they weren’t really into it. I just feel for those players over there because I know how hard they work, I was there for five years. To continually see them go through the same things that I went through and we went through as a defense and as a team…it’s not getting better. There’s only one certain ways you can get better with that, and that’s bring in a new coach, bring in a new philosophy and try to change the culture. That’s what you need if you want to go from a losing team to a winning team – you need an entire culture change.

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Prediction: 49ers will dismantle Bills Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:41:37 +0000 The 49ers will dismantle the Bills on Sunday, just take them apart.

The Bills defense can’t stop the run – they give up an average of 4.8 yards per attempt. I expect the following sequence to happen more than once: Frank Gore up the middle for five yards on first and ten; Kendall Hunter up the middle for four yards on second and five; Brandon Jacobs up the middle for three yards on third and one.

The Bills defense will not be able to force the 49ers offense into obvious passing situations – third and four or more – and if you can’t force the 49ers offense in obvious passing situations, you can’t stop the 49ers offense.

Greg Roman could call 15 passing plays against the Bills and beat them easily.

The Bills offense will try to establish a running game, too. This will be a difficult task against the 49ers excellent front-seven, especially considering the Bills’ starting left tackle (Cordy Glenn) and right guard (Kraig Urbik) are out with injuries, and both the Bills’ running backs – C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson – are playing hurt.

The Bills will face too many third-and-longs and they will not drive the ball into the red zone more than once.

When they get there, I expect Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw a touchdown pass to 6-7 tight end Scott Chandler. The 49ers have given up TD passes to tight ends in four of their last six games. They do not have a player tall enough to match up in the red zone with a tall guy like Chandler.

I expect the 49ers to score four touchdowns, and the final score to be 28-7.

What do you expect?

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