This top-rated, 49er defense is being highly touted for its physicality. It harkens back to the 'Oklahoma' drills instituted into practices when Coach Singletary was at the helm. The 'Oklahoma' drill is a staple in high-school and college football practices, designed to best your opponent through brute strength (and proper technique). This drill is not as popular in the typical NFL practice, however, because 1) players in the pros should already know how to physically dominate their opponent and 2) the liability of having a star player being injured or even role players sustaining an injury that may prove detrimental to the depth chart come game day.
When I watch this 49er defense, it's reminiscent of the 2000 Ravens in the way they fly towards the ball and meet the ball carrier with the velocity that creates the type of bone-jarring collisions which ultimately leaves offenses in a physical and psychological state of defeat. The 49ers hit the opponent so hard and so often that opponents lose the will to win.
Could this be a remnant of Coach Singletary? We're all familiar with his gaffes in his tenure as 49er head coach, but did his NFL experience with the '85 Bears leave a legacy with our defense that is translating into their dominating play under Vic Fangio? I'm leaning towards 'probably.' Thoughts?
[ Edited by 21SandersMoss84 on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM ]