Today the San Francisco 49ers media had the opportunity to talk to DC Vic Fangio. A defensive coordinator that is highly regarded as one of the best the game has to offer, Coach Fangio touched on a number of topics. From his revamped secondary to the competition at the “Jack” linebacker position, Fangio will have his toughest task yet, as he tries to maintain his consecutive streak of having a top five defense.
To kick off the interview it was the secondary that was under the microscope and the hot topic was CB Chris Culliver. A player who suffered a torn Achilles almost a year ago, Culliver is playing in a contract year and will be looking to make a splash in 2014. Fangio was asked what he thought of Culliver in yesterday’s first practice and Fangio said, “I was really pleased with the way he looks physically.” Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows then touched on what Culliver needs to work on in order to be a “complete” cornerback and Fangio agreed saying, “You said it, he just needs to be a complete cornerback.” Fangio said although Culliver played the slot his first two seasons he will need to get his feet wet in the base, a package he wasn’t used to playing early in his career. To top it off Fangio was asked if Culliver and CB Tramaine Brock would be the starters and his answer was “there the guys working with the first team right now.”
So with Culliver working with the first team while looking the part as the full fledged starter, I think it’s set in stone that Culliver would start. In fact, I would be shocked if Culliver wasn’t starting in 2014.
With the 49ers set to begin their second day of practice today, we will keep you updated on the latest as it unfolds.