Originally posted by DaNiners:
Really, disappointed in our defense? I was at the game yesterday and the defense was strong enough to win. Really, they only gave up 17 points (don't count the muffed punt). You ought to be able to win every week, if your team only gives up 17 point.
Our offense is the problem.
You're not facing reality. Maybe it's too frightening.
But our defense has failed. We all thought we had a top 10 D. And posters were boasting of that a few weeks ago. You probably just don't recall.
I do. I recall. And I pointed out that in the Atlanta game, we saw the D for what it is. A secondary that can be beaten. A questionable front three. And an inability to consistently put pressure on the QB. Every other team in the league sees this.
Indy sees this. We just don't yet have the talent at certain key position OR - - we don't have good coaching. Maybe some of both?
The D was ranked well above 10 early on. It's now at 14.
The O, obviously, won't be ranked high. It's right down at the bottom.
They don't do this for ST, but the same would be said, there.
The D isn't 'fixed'. The D isn't 'okay'. It's giving up too many points, too early. It forces the offense to go long, to restrict their options. Maybe Smith could drive on a HOU team that didn't prepare for him and does not have a great defense, themselves. But now that teams know it's Smith, it might well be different. Personally . . I hope not.
The problem is, the 49ers are weak on O, D, and ST. All three. The D isn't 'okay'. It's not 'fixed'. It's not playing well. Neither is the O or ST.
But, again - personally - we'll see if Smith is up to it against Indy, who know he'll be the starter. Crabtree can't be in game shape. And they may well anticipate his routes. Bruce might adjust to the QB. Crabtree at this point may not. I hope to see what we just saw against HOU from the O. What we saw was a team able to move the ball, confidently, and consistently. Give them some more time on that last drive - I think we win that game.
What does that leave?
Your - defense, and special teams.
Both need to be 'fixed'. They aren't now.
I think the coaches see that but don't want to say. I think some fans don't see it at all.