Charley Casserly, a former NFL executive with 20-plus years of experience and current analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network is certainly well versed in discussing the 2011 Wild Card Playoff Round.
In talking about the chances of the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers in the upcoming playoffs, Casserly said he likes the 49ers chances to make a run at a sixth World Championship.
“I think they have that opportunity,” Casserly said. “The bye week can be tremendous. It can allow you to really focus on your game plan, get yourself healthy, rested and ready to play.”
Casserly also raved about San Francisco’s defensive front seven in addition to the play-making ability of quarterback Alex Smith.
“I think defensively their front seven is as good as any in pro football, if not the best, in terms of playing the run and the rushing the passer,” Casserly said. “It’s diversified and I think that can be a big advantage.”
“Offensively, they have their niche which is running the ball. I think Alex Smith has a rhythm to him. The best thing he does is get out of the pocket and makes plays which are important.”
In short, Casserly thinks the 49ers can compete with anybody in the playoffs.
“I think San Francisco is a formidable team,” he said.
Here are some of the other highlights from Casserly’s conversation with 49ers.com:
On playoff experience:
“People talk about playoff experience, I was in the Redskins in 1982 when there was virtually no playoff experience and we won the Super Bowl. I think a lot of it is how the coach approaches it. And Jim Harbaugh has a lot of experience preparing teams. He’s been in the pros. He’s been in the playoffs as a player in the pros. He knows the different tempo and pressure. He’s handled the team magnificently throughout the year. I think players look at it as an exciting opportunity. I would think guys like (Frank) Gore and (Vernon) Davis will rise to the occasion.”
On the New Orleans Saints-Detroit Lions matchup:
“I think the Saints having home field is a big advantage. The Saints rely on more receivers than the Lions do. That’s an advantage for them. The Lions do a great job of rushing the passer with four people but I think their secondary is going to give up a lot of yards and they won’t have the crowd advantage. I think Detroit’s going to have a hard time stopping the Saints. On the other hand, the Lions offensive line will be fighting off the crowd noise all night. At the end of the day it’s a shootout and I think New Orleans wins.”
On the New York Giants-Atlanta Falcons matchup:
“ I like the Giants. I think the Giants passing game is going to give the Falcons trouble. I’m not sure they can stop the Giants passing game. I think the Giants pass rush is going to give Atlanta problems and those are the two things I’m going to be following going into the game.”
Posted in Announcements | 2 Comments »