49ers’ Sherman: Chiefs’ speedsters, Mahomes not greatest challenge of season

San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman counts Patrick Mahomes among the many NFL’s elite, nevertheless, he says he’s up for the challenge of taking up the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and his speedy weapons in Super Bowl LIV Sunday in Miami.

“It’ll be a great challenge for sure, but to say it’s the greatest challenge would almost be a disrespect to some of the great passing games we’ve played because we’ve played some outstanding passing teams this year,” Sherman talked about Wednesday. “We’ve carried out the New Orleans Saints and each little factor that Drew Brees wanted to convey.

“We carried out Tampa Bay and early on inside the season with their two 1,000-yard receivers and each little factor that they launched. We carried out the Los Angeles Rams and Sean [McVay] and his system and the way in which they get points achieved and carried out them twice.

“We played some teams that can sling it around pretty good, some quarterbacks that can sling it, some receivers that are really talented. We also played Atlanta with Matt [Ryan] and Julio [Jones] and they’re outstanding. But [the Saints] are fast and they’re talented, so it’ll be a great challenge.”

Sherman on a regular basis has been acknowledged for trash focus on, nevertheless his effectivity inside 2019 supported his phrases. He was Pro Football Focus’ excessive safety defender and excessive cornerback whole in 2019. He moreover was the cornerstone of the best cross-protection inside the NFL. He earned second-team All-Pro honors for his stellar season.

Strategy counts

Sherman would not on a regular basis defend the best giant receivers from completely different teams all through San Francisco 49ers video games, as he performs just about solely on the left aspect of the sector, nevertheless, his workers’ formational method has yielded elite outcomes.

Sherman largely coated Minnesota Vikings giant receiver Adam Thielen in his first sport this postseason. He had an interception and gave up one catch for 9 yards, whereas being thrown at merely 3 instances. Sherman wasn’t pretty as productive inside the NFC Championship sport in opposition to the Green Bay Packers.

Packers star Davante Adams torched the veteran cornerback on a 65-yard catch in that sport, the one completion in opposition to Sherman this season to journey a minimal of 20 yards through the air. Adams accomplished the game with 138 yards on 9 receptions.

Jones had 134 yards and two scores in opposition to the 49ers. The Saints’ Michael Thomas erupted for 134 yards and scored in opposition to San Francisco.

But whereas the NFL’s best have had success in opposition to Sherman’s squad this season, the 49ers have moreover excelled in opposition to completely different stars, surrendering a blended 5 catches for 81 yards to the Buccaneers’ duo of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, and 6 catches for 101 yards to the Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

Hill arguably is the quickest participant inside the NFL, with speeds normally eclipsing 22 mph, consistent with NFL Next Gen Stats. The Chiefs even have rookie Mecole Hardman, who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash on the 2019 NFL scouting combine. Demarcus Robinson and Sammy Watkins are additionally very profitable in burning defensive backs for big performs.

“It almost looks like they got their roster from the Olympic relay team and threw them all on the football field,” 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh talked about Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night. “Not to say they can’t run routes and catch either because they can do that.”

The Chiefs have the profit of having All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce, who helped them rally from a 24-point deficit by scoring three touchdowns of their first sport this postseason. Kelce led all NFL tight ends with 97 catches and 1,229 receiving yards in 2019.

Quickness and tempo

“It’s not just the fact that [Hill] can go vertical, but with his quickness and speed he can get across the formation very quickly,” talked about Ron Rivera, new Washington Redskins coach and longtime NFL defensive guru.

“You have to always worry about the threat of the run.”

The Chiefs normally put Hill in motion sooner than snaps, having him run behind the highway of scrimmage sooner than he takes a handoff or tosses from Mahomes. The threat of Hill working with the ball out of the backfield makes opposing defenses play with additional consciousness, as they need to cowl the sector horizontally along with vertically.

“He [Hill] really does create a lot of problems, but not just him,” Rivera talked about. “They have a heck of a receiving core, then you add the tight end [Kelce] to the mix, another guy who can threaten through the vertical part of the defense, and you’ve got to be on your game.”

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The alternative for Hill to run can create mismatches in all places within the topic, as defensive coordinators might determine to position two defenders on Hill to stop him from having success on deep routes. If Hill would not run a deep route, these defenders are taken out of the play, opening up the sector for Hill’s teammates.

“We just gotta continue doing what we’ve been doing all year, with the mental and physical aspects of the approach of the game. They have a tremendous defense, but I feel like no defensive in the league can stop our offense with the weapons we have.”

The 49ers deal with the Chiefs inside the Super Bowl at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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