So I've been watching extensive highlights from each game over here the past few days :http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL74808943161E92E6&feature=viewall
And what I noticed is just how f**king brutal our pass rush is to opponent QBs. The way our guys, mainly the two Smiths, brought Quarterbacks to the ground, would me cringe and smile with satisfaction. If anyone remembers from last season, there was a stretch of games where the pass rush was very weak, almost similar to years past. We weren't piling up sacks and the quarterbacks were also getting adequate time to throw the ball. However, as an overall season, the pass rush was exceptional, considering how much time Fangio had to establish the defense and how little we blitzed.
But if you look at highlights from the Saints and Giants playoffs games, you will see how the elaborate stunts and blitz schemes designed by Fangio were SO effective. Aldon Smith coming through the middle on a stunt is a TERROR for any offense. Aldon has to improve this season; he's still so young and his expanded role in the defense as a starter will surely increase his already huge impact.
This pass rush will be the absolute BEST in the NFL in 2012. I can already feel it; some thought this defense is bound for a off or down year next year, but I believe that with the growth of this pass rush...Brooks, Aldon, Justin Smith, McDonald, Bowman, Willis....the teams on our schedule and the ones we play in January will be terrified.
And with an improved pass rush, our secondary will have even more opportunities for interceptions and big plays.