49ers’ Wilks takes responsibility for zero-blitz call vs. Vikings

49ers’ Wilks takes responsibility for zero-blitz call vs. Vikings originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

SANTA CLARA — After calling a zero-blitz at the end of the first half that led to a touchdown by the Minnesota Vikings in the 49ers’ Week 7 loss, San Francisco’s defensive coordinator Steve Wilks had a little explaining to do.

“I take full responsibility for that call,” Wilks said on Thursday. “I have to do a better job in putting the guys in a better position. We have good players. I know that, and I can’t really press the issue. Moving forward, it’s my responsibility. I wish I could take it back, but again, I got to do better.”

“I have to do a better job.”

Steve Wilks takes full responsibility for the zero-blitz call at the end of the first half against the Vikings pic.twitter.com/UIKRoNnI10

— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) October 26, 2023

Wilks is known for his experience as a defensive backs coach and is often seen working closely with members of the secondary during the early portion of practice. On Thursday, however, the coach was studiously looking at notes while standing near the defensive line, before working with the defensive backs and safeties.

The 49ers defensive line, that has been the foundation of the team, has been markedly less productive than it has in the past. The group was unable to get pressure on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, allowing a season-high 452 yards yards of offense.

The biggest influence on the outcome of the club’s second consecutive loss was a season-high three turnovers by the offense. Still, allowing 378 yards in the air is not a statistic anyone can ignore.

“Our players have shown the ability to do certain things I got to be able to trust that,” Wilks said. “I know exactly what we have and the caliber of guys there. Once again I take full responsibility for putting those guys in that position.”

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