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Morning Tailgate: Tackling Russell Wilson

Posted Sep 13, 2013

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive tackle Justin Smith are focused on bringing down Seattle's smallish quarterback.

Russell Wilson is 5-foot-11. The average height of the 49ers four edge rushers is 6-foot-4.

They’re also a bit heavier, so you might see the problem here.

“His lack of height actually helps him, I think, in that because he’s less of a target to get to,” San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said of Wilson on Thursday. “He’s a tough assignment.

“(Our players) have to be aware that they’re tackling not a guy that’s 6-4 or 6-3 and know that the target area has moved down a little bit. But other than that, you’ve just got to be able to play. There’s running backs his height throughout the league, so that’s not an issue. But, he is shorter than your normal quarterback so your target area is lower.”

Missing the occasional tackle was something Jim Harbaugh mentioned in the wake of the team’s Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers nationally-televised matchup in Week 2 versus Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks presents an opportunity to show improvement.

Wilson at quarterback and the more powerful Marshawn Lynch are not the easy ball carriers to bring down by any stretch of the imagination. And tackling Seattle’s signal-caller may be the greater challenge of the two for San Francisco’s defensive unit.

"He's just a fast, quick, elusive guy," said Justin Smith, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds. "You've just got to mind your rush lanes, because he'll squeeze out and get rolling on you.

"We don't have a pocket-passer statue that we practiced against, so we've been prepared for that. (Colin) Kaepernick, when you practice against him, he gives you a good look at that."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com argued that the 49ers and Seahawks benefit from the current CBA.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee said Jim Harbaugh has been around heated rivalries his whole life.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Harbaugh and Pete Carroll view the NFL’s new read-option rule.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previewed the Ian Williams-Max Unger matchup up front.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News outlined San Francisco’s chances for redemption.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com ranked the top 10 storylines of the Week 2 game versus the Seahawks.

ASan Francisco's ABC affiliate produced a video of the 49ers newest team store.







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