James Ihedigbo plays strong safety for the Baltimore Ravens, but it is the great Ed Reed who will keep the 49ers offense on their toes. He is one of the best in the league at intercepting the ball. San Francisco will have to be aware of where he is at all times. Reed is known to bait quarterbacks into the wrong reads and make bad throws that leads to interceptions. It will be interesting see if he can use his veteran guile to force the 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick to make bad throws. Ed Reed has been known to bring the pain with few hits so it is another reason the wide receiving corps may just miss few balls. The other question will be how will Reed and the rest of the secondary handle play-action off the read zone plays.
When you speak of safeties, you cannot forget both Dashon Goldson and Donte Whinter. They may not have the ball hawking prowess of future Hall of Famer Reed, they are quite physical. In the video below, you will hear Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh speaks of the physicality of what he will expect from both teams. Goldson had 3 interceptions on the season and Whinter had 1 interception during the NFL Regular Season. Whinter had more tackles during the season and it will come in handy when trying to stop Ravens’ running back Ray Rice.
There must be some great safety play from both teams especially against the run. With running threats like Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick, Ravens’ secondary must come up and help. It will not be a cakewalk for San Francisco as they too must be strong against the run. Super Bowl Sunday, we will all see if the safeties will be a factor.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh thinks that his team and the 49ers feature some of the best safeties in the NFL and they could play a major role in who wins Sunday’s Super Bowl.
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