It's funny to look at a stat like this and extrapolate so much about the defense to the point of saying it's regressed.
For one thing...it's a small sample size along with the fact that there isn't a ton of points of interest over the course of the year to look at anyway. It's a stat that will fluctuate from year to year no matter who the team or coaching staff is because it just simple doesn't happen that often. Think of it like a defensive stat for outfielders in baseball compared to at bats for that same OF. Not the best comparison, but I think it makes my point.
Let's be honest, the 49ers were going to have a hard time mantaining their success in the redzone that they had last season, but at the same time, does anyone in their right mind think they will continue the same trend this season of giving up a TD on every single redzone trip.
I find it more interesting that the 49ers have only 5 redzone trips against them and 3 of those came against the Vikings. This is after playing the Lions and Packers who have pretty damn good offensive units. The Niners defense has not be as dominate last year, but some good things to look is also that they have not given up too many big plays either. I'm sure their has to be a stat for that. Teams are still having to work pretty hard to get yardage and into the redzone vs them.
I chalk it up to an anomaly this past week and move on.
And yes, not paying attention to the flaws on defense (and special teams btw) and looking straight at Alex Smith is just plain dumb.
[ Edited by elhebrewhammer on Sep 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM ]