San Francisco 49ers: Defenders Can Run, But Can’t Hyde

Niners Live takes a look at San Fransico 49ers featured running back Carlos Hyde’s running style of physicality, Instincts, and his hard-nosed mentality, to make defenders pay for trying to tackle him.

Carlos Hyde has set his benchmark and goal of 1,500 yards rushing this season; that sounds perfect for the team and 49er fans across the world. However, rest assured defenders across the NFL; aren’t too happy about Hyde setting his sights on 1,500 yards. Via the team’s website.

Why is that?

Well, for starters, Hyde wants to punish you and inflict his will of physicality, while at the same time testing yours in the process. Hyde seeks out physical contact and conflict while taking on this “mano a mano” mentality and approach, if you will.

Hyde likes to challenge your mental make-up and see if you lack the courage to stand “toe to toe” with him for 60 plus minutes. He feels running out of bounds and not fighting for more yards is showcasing fear to his opponent, and that simply isn’t in his DNA makeup as a man and as a football player.

Vision, Instincts, and Creativity:

Beyond Carlos Hyde’s natural physical traits of being 6′ 0” feet and 225 plus pounds, he’s also very powerful, fast with quick feet, and very nimble for a big power back.

Sometimes you can take it for granted, or it can even go unnoticed, how much of a great running back Carlos Hyde is. Hyde displays the ability to have the vision to see cutback lanes, while being a patient runner and allowing the hole to develop.

And he has the natural instincts to decipher at the line of scrimmage quickly and create on his own. Hyde never falls backward, he’s always moving forward and manufacturing yards when it seems like nothing is there.

Hyde is a hard-nosed runner who hits the hole with authority and conviction, while leaving defenders second-guessing themselves if they want to go another round or two with the young stallion.
Carlos Hyde is a Complete Back:

Hyde can pretty much do it all: run, catch, and block. He rarely, if at anytime, likes to come out the game and is a three-down running back. Also, new head coach Chip Kelly won’t be limited in his play calling while Hyde is on the field.

Final Thoughts:

If Carlos Hyde can stay healthy for a full season, there’s no reason to have any doubt he can’t accomplish his goal of 1,500 yards. Hyde with his soft hands will act as a safety valve coming out the backfield for whoever’s playing quarterback, either Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick.

Statistics recap: In 2015, Carlos Hyde forced 57 missed tackles on just 198 carries while averaging 2.8 yards per attempt after contact, matching Bay Area’s own Marshawn Lynch’s career average, per

Defenders on defense, you have been put on notice: “You can run, but you can’t Hyde.”

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