You have to remember the pre-season games are a chance for the coaching staff to evaluate new personal to see who actually makes the roster so you can't put to much into what you see.
I do think that last year the defense had a stellar year so let's hope they can play at that level again this year.
My bigger worry is the offense, The offensive line has got to provide better protection for Alex Smith in the pocket because he needs extra time to get the ball out and I know Harbaugh was working on that with him last year and he did improve somewhat but he has to get better at getting that ball out quicker to avoid the pass rush.
If you watch the backup QB's play you will notice they get the ball out faster and Smith's cautiousness on throwing the ball is why his interception rating was so good so that's a dual edge sword for him.
I actually like the way Tolzein seems to take command of the offensive when he is on the field and I would like to see what he could do if he started a game with all the first stringers.
Another factor for the offense is Frank Gore I'm sorry but the guy is a has been and you can see it on his face, he even knows it, he either drops the ball when they go to him or his runs go nowhere and he looses yards but in contrast when you watch Hunter with the ball the guy explodes, I have watched the Niners go to Gore in key downs of the game only to have him blow it.
They have to improve in the Redzone and get touchdowns if they want to win big games thank god for David Akers the defense that's what got us 13 wins
[ Edited by Niner_Fan on Aug 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM ]