sanford i think has everything you want from a strong safety in our system. Would like him a little taller but pound for pound a good hitter, i mean the best Tampa2 SS was John Lynch and he was know for his hitting not his coverage.
i think that there should be a competion for both spots and have sanford VS Johnson for SS
and Johnson VS willams for FS. i think johnson's skills are better suited for the FS role instead of the SS.
My ideal starting tandem would Be Johnson at FS and Sanford at SS...
that is unless Willams some how remembers who he was that got him his contract in the first place.
Cutler thowing him down is still burned in my mind.
The game has changed since Lynch's hayday. Most notably, the tight end position. You have guys like Gates, Shiancoe, Vernon Davis, Kellen Winslow Jr, Shockey, Dustin Keller, Jermichael Finley, and others who can stretch the field vertically, wreaking total havoc on the Tampa 2. Safeties were able to intimidate guys running into the flat and over the middle before they had to worry about being beat deep by a TE.
He could hit the back coming out of the backfield, the tight end running more traditional TE Routes (short ins/outs basically,) or the wideout running the short/intermediate routes. You better believe guys would get alligator arms when they feel the footsteps of a safety with a 10-20 yard running start. Now he has to contend with a 6'4" TE running a 4.4 down the middle of the field.
Gone are the days of Todd Heap being the big receiving threat at tight end.
Think about what the 49ers have now. Ted Ginn Jr, an obvious deep threat, whether or not he can catch, he's gonna burn you. Crabtree cleaning up underneath, and Vernon Davis running a 4.38 against LBs and safeties. Put John Lynch and Dexter Jackson at safety for us against a team like that(or the Packers, Cowboys, Saints, Chargers, or Jets) and they'll fail.
I want our safeties to be blankets, not hammers.