McCoy reveals key to 49ers stopping Chiefs’ offense in Super Bowl originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Discussions around stopping the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense typically starts with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but one former All-Pro believes the 49ers’ defense must focus elsewhere if they are to win Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday at Allegient Stadium.
11-year NFL veteran Gerald McCoy sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan on Radio Row in Las Vegas, where the former defensive tackle outlined the key to corralling the Chiefs’ offense.
“First off, take away what they’ve been doing really good that’s gotten them over the hump. This Chiefs’ offense has been up and down, but they’ve found a niche that’s helping them, that’s opening everything up on offense — they’re running the ball.
“Stop the run first, which the 49ers do really well. But, in the playoffs, Kansas City is running the ball really well. We’ve seen early on, they picked it up, they figured it out — the [Detroit] Lions were able to run the ball.
“So they have to stop that, because the key to the chiefs offense right now, not before because they had Tyreek [Hill] who opened everything up and in years past they could do a lot of different things. What they’re doing best right now is running the ball. Start there, and then work your way to everything else.”
McCoy then highlighted the importance of the 49ers’ defense setting the edge to allow their defensive tackles to get downhill rather than being forced to move laterally toward the sideline.
“You’ve got to set the edge … somebody has to set the edge, turn everything back,” McCoy explained.
“Set the edge, force them back into the defense. Then, those dynamic linebackers can start making plays. You got two dogs in the middle in [Javon] Hargrave and [Arik] Armstead that can really destroy offenses. Allow them to be themselves.
“If they got to run sideways — as defensive linemen we’re taught never go sideways, always get vertical. So if I’m…
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Publish date : 2024-02-10 01:06:25
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