_Anarumo wants to cut back Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins’ snaps after he logged a career-high 816 plays last year while coming up with just 4.5 sacks, his fewest since had three in 2014 during the season he was coming off an ACL tear.
“I’ve been around guys getting older and by the end of the year they’re just worn down. We have to be smarter with Geno’s rotation,” said Anarumo, who saw Atkins play 76 percent of the snaps in the wake of season-ending injuries to Kerry Wynn, Ryan Glasgow and Renell Wren. “We were hamstrung a little bit with depth, but we’ll get him a few less reps. I think you’ll see a better Geno this next year.”
Anarumo can see the numbers. In the four years before last season, Atkins logged between nine and 11 sacks each year while never playing more than 72 percent of the snaps and averaging 779 plays.
“He shows up for work every day. You almost have to protect him from himself,” Anarumo said.
_Talk about snaps. Anarumo was raving about cornerback Darius Phillips’ four interceptions in 109 snaps. Compare that to veteran William Jackson’s one interception in 831 snaps or his career total of two in 45 games.
Anarumo says the best players are going to play, but he needs Phillips to stay healthy after he missed eight games last season. He’s looking for Jackson to be healthy after shoulder…