This is post number 1,200 for HearstFan.
I saw this team do something in the past couple of years that I haven't seen this year - they would go after the other team's best player aggressively to take them out of their game. For example, to defeat Suh, the 9ers kept running the wham block to take advantage of Suh's penetration - and it blew him up a few times. It also slowed Suh down because he started looking for blocks coming from unexpected directions.
Or for example, if you know another team has a top cornerback, you might run at him a few times to put some heavy blows on him and get him out of his game. Seems like a good strategy for Sherman :)
But this year, it seems like 9ers are not attacking opposing defenses - for example, Watt kept blasting through into the backfield - yet we never ran right at him with heavy power to blow him up a few times. Maybe it wouldn't have worked - he is pretty darn tough.
My point is, it doesn't seem like the 49ers are as aggressive this year attacking and pounding the opponents strengths. Instead, the offence seems very, very generic?