Donte Whitner on 49ers defense: Nobody out there should panic

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Former San Francisco 49ers safety, and current football analyst, Donte Whitner, joined Greg Papa and John Lund on KNBR Radio on Monday to discuss the 49ers recent win over the Detroit Lions.

In light of the season-ending injury sustained by Jason Verrett, there was plenty to discuss, especially surrounding the 49ers defense. But fear not, Whitner doesn’t seem overly concerned with the 49ers defense, even though they had their share of problems, even before Verrett’s injury.

Whitner views newcomer, cornerback Josh Norman, as a good signing who will play better in zone coverage than how he played in man coverage in recent years. But Whitner said it takes new players time to adjust and to build chemistry with his new teammates, due to communication issues that may arise in certain situations, like bunch formations, motion, shifts, etc. Whitner suggested Norman will probably be used more in “spot duty,” like in nickel packages. He did not sound optimistic about Norman coming in and starting, especially early on.

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