Rogers: Similar coordinators get it done differently

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Rogers: Similar coordinators get it done differently

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Carlos Rogers spent four seasons with Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator while playing for the Washington Redskins.When asked to compare Williams, currently the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Rogers said they're "similar."Well, the results might be similar. But their styles are completely different.

"(Williams) will blitz you like I-don't-know-what," said Rogers, the 49ers' Pro Bowl cornerback. "He probably does that a lot more than Vic -- blitz a lot. But they're similar coordinators who understand players and know what positions to put them in."The Saints recorded 33 sacks this season with 15 different players getting involved. Safety Roman Harper led New Orleans with 7.5 sacks. That means the 49ers' offense must be prepared to handle the wide variety of blitzes that Williams will employ Saturday, Rogers said."No. 1, they're going to have to stop their blitzing attack," Rogers said. "That's what Gregg does. I know him. Alex (Smith) is not throwing for 300-400 yards, so Gregg is going to try to stop that running game and blitz them, and make Alex win."Fangio's philosophy with the 49ers is different. All but six of the 49ers' 42 sacks this season came from the team's primary pass-rushers. The 49ers generally rush four players and have seven in pass coverage. That approach has led to the 49ers' total of 23 interceptions this season.
"We can rush with our front four and get pressure on the guy, so we don't have to blitz a lot," Rogers said. "Their front four is -- they're good -- but that's his (Williams') mentality. Your quarterback is going to get that ball out of your hands and they're going to make him throw it quick. If not, they're going to try to hurt him, take him out of the game."

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."