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DB Coaches, Second-ary to None

Posted by Taylor Price on May 19, 2010 – 3:39 PM

In the short amount of time Karl Paymah has been a part of the 49ers this offseason, several things have impressed the free agent cornerback.

But in particular, the 49ers secondary coaches, Johnnie Lynn and Vance Joseph have really had a positive influence on Paymah already.

“To tell you the truth I think they are the best DB coaches I’ve had since I’ve been in the NFL,” said the five-year veteran, who is with his third team. “I’ve never pounded technique as much as I do here. They’ve instilled confidence in all of us. They believe in you, they trust you and they’re going to let you play the game. It’s a good situation.”

Lynn is entering his 17th NFL season, and sixth season with the 49ers. For his entire tenure in the Bay Area, Lynn has shared the position group with Joseph, who has coached all six of his NFL seasons with the 49ers.

As a former defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, Lynn is one of the team’s most respected coaches, that’s why he’s also the team’s special assistant to the head coach. Although he’s mostly known by outsiders for his raspy voice which tends to give-way the first week of training camp, inside the building Lynn is one of the most respected coaches. The same goes for Joseph, who is not afraid to motivate players if he’s not satisfied with their effort.

Paymah showed early return on the wisdom he’s attained so far from both coaches, intercepting a pass from Alex Smith at Wednesday’s voluntary organized team activity.

“I was just out there playing,” Paymah said downplaying the turnover. “I knew the situation and I just reacted. I tried to get a good jam on (Ted Ginn Jr.) and I noticed him trying to cut back, I was surprised (Smith) threw the ball. I just tried to beat him to the ball and make a play.”

Paymah’s pretty interception on such a nice day weather-wise was fitting for the defensive back, considering how much he was looking forward to Bay Area weather when signing with the 49ers in March.

“It’s beautiful out there, sometimes I refer to it as Club Med,” Paymah said while cracking a grin. “I don’t really feel like I’m at work, except for when practice starts hurting. But really I’m just trying to have fun, play ball and not think too much. I’m just trying to make it happen.”

Likewise, rookie defensive backs are adjusting to their new surroundings. Fortunately, Lynn and Joseph have made the experience a challenging one.

Second-round pick Taylor Mays is just like Paymah, loving his new position coaches.

“They’re good coaches because they coach you, the individual player. I think that’s important. They’re coaching me up on everything I do,” the rookie safety said.

Mays knows he won’t be perfect this week, but as long as he’s giving maximum effort, the former USC standout can live with that at the end of the day.

“It’s about giving full effort. That’s all I can really do right now. I’m trying to learn as much as I can, retain as much as I can and just go from there. I’m trying to get as much work in as I can. I’m not really worried about messing up or anything. I’m trying to get as many mistakes out the way and go forward,” Mays said.

Mays said he already understands what type of effort is needed just from watching two solid safeties like Michael Lewis and Dashon Goldson.

“I know what to expect and know what the tempo should be,” Mays said. “It’s good to see guys at the highest level prepare and see what it takes to be great and successful. We have two successful safeties to watch and I couldn’t think of a better situation to be in.”

Notes and Quotes

Greg Manuksy wore a microphone for 49ers.com on Tuesday. On Wednesday, head coach Mike Singletary wore the wire and the defensive coordinator stepped up to a podium with a microphone to answer questions from the media. Many wondered about his initial impressions on the three defensive players selected by the 49ers in the 2010 Draft, but Manusky wasn’t quick to judge his new talent. “There are a lot of things thrown at them the first couple of weeks. They just got out of a scenario of a worldwide tour going to teams and stuff like that. It’s good to get them here, start sitting them down, understand the system and understand where their role is. They’ll eventually and hopefully move on and upward.”

Manusky was also questioned about his defensive philosophy of using defenders who mirror each other and Navorro Bowman’s name came up. The third-round pick out of Penn State, who played outside linebacker in a 4-3 college scheme, is now making the change to inside linebacker in a 3-4. But the change is not a problem according to Bowman who is relishing the opportunity. “I’m glad to be back inside, you get to each side faster,” Bowman noted. “Being an outside ‘backer you’re stuck to one side and you can’t really make plays on the other side of the field. I’m glad to be inside, but whatever the coaches need me to learn – I’ll do that.”

Speaking of linebackers, Takeo Spikes is a veteran in the truest sense of the word. Asked if he’s excited about the upcoming season, the 13-year veteran said he’ll curb his enthusiasm until late July. “When training camp comes around and we start playing games, I think that’s when it really gets all the way turned up.”

Mike Iupati has been off to a good start so far this week. During the team period, the rookie left guard did a nice job of pulling and kicking out the blitzing Bowman, to give running back Glen Coffee a huge running lane. “Nice job Mike!” offensive line coach Mike Solari belted out upon seeing the play develop.

Smith rebounded from the early interception and completed several passes in the 10 to 20-yard range, but none more impressive than the touch pass 25 yards or so down the middle of the field to wide receiver Dominique Zeigler, who got past the coverage of cornerback Tarell Brown and ran right under the perfectly thrown pass.

Although Patrick Willis is recovering a minor offseason knee surgery, he’s still very active at practice. Besides leading stretches with the rest of team captains, he’s been 50 yards behind the defense during team periods, mirroring the movements of both inside ‘backers. Willis might not be on the field with his teammates full-go, but he’s getting plenty of mental reps.


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12 Responses to “DB Coaches, Second-ary to None”

  1. By Gibbster49 on May 19, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t remember the last time I was so excited for the team, and the season to start.

  2. By Tim on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    Great article. I’ve been looking for ota updates and this peice from 49ers.com paints a nice picture of camp starting up.
    Keep up the good work.
    Texas #1 49er fan

  3. By Ben on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    It is wonderful to hear that Iupati is excelling at practice. I believe that in a couple of years the 49ers may have the best offensive line in the NFL. Even this year, I believe we will be solid up front.

    The offensive line, is, to me, the final piece in the proverbial puzzle, allowing Alex Smith time to examine the field and find the best option, as well as opening up holes for pro-bowl running back Frank Gore.

    This team is coming together beautifully, a tough defense lead by Patrick Willis, the best linebacker in the league and an offense that show great promise.

    I am very excited for the season, and the wins that will inevitably come under the great tutelage of Mike Singletary.

  4. By Kittles on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    Myself as well! Just ordered my Patrick Willis jersey!

  5. By mike on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    get T.O we need a threat for gore to have a good season

  6. By mike on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    We have to go to the superbowl this year, no excuses.

  7. By Bigt on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    lets smash the saints in the season opener and set the tone for the rest of the season! My inlaws in New Orleans would be crushed.

  8. By Willie on May 20, 2010 | Reply

    Im sooo anxious for this 2010 season to start. The good old glory days of the 49ers will finally return to the bay area! For all the true niner fans that had patience during the dark years, win, lose or draw and never ever fell off or jumped on another bandwagon. The time will come for us soon enough. We are on our way back to the top where we belong. GO NINERS!

  9. By London_9er on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait for the game against Denver Broncos At The Parking Lot in London!!!!Go hit ‘em up 49ers!!!!

  10. By Terrell on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Has anyone else noticed the kind of team Singletary is building? MOBILE! AGILE! HOSTILE! Go Niners!

  11. By 49erfaithfulSince'88 on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    I watched every game of that 2-14 season in 2004. The broadcasters would make fun of the 49ers about playing Arizona more than 2 times because they were the only team that we can beat. That was a terrible year but we got through it.

    Now, I can just think about how much the 49ers have improved every year since and its that much more special to witness the change and talent developing with this team. It makes me proud to be a 49er fan and to know that we have a chance to play with the defending Champs on national television at Candlestick!!! I cant wait to see what we’ll do to those Saints. I WILL BE THERE SCREAMING MY LUNGS OUT CAN’T WAIT! LETS GO!! BEAST MODE!!

    ALL US FAITHFUL HAVE TO COME UP WITH A CHANT AT HOME GAMES. ANY SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT WE CAN DO?????

  12. By ronaldo sanders on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a fan since the one hand catch to Jerry Rice from Joe Montana we 49er fans have fought disappointing years,but we got better every season.This is our season to turn things around and get back to that aggressive and explosive team that we fans are use to seeing.LET’S GO NINERS

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