Originally posted by matt49er:
This thread is a perfect example of the irrational thinking on this board. 49ers have the best defense in the NFL period
He said they've regressed. That's a relative phrase. To this point, they haven't been as good as last year. They're the best defense in the NFL... last year they were among the best of the last ten years. A bit better against the pass, and they'd have been in the '85 Bears/'02 Ravens discussion.
So, yeah, they've regressed... but that doesn't mean they're bad. Aldon Smith and Justin Smith haven't been quite as dominant. That's the main difference. They looked good against the Jets, though, so maybe that gets them back on track.
[ Edited by adembroski on Oct 1, 2012 at 3:49 AM ]