The main thing that is sticking out for me at the moment from pre-season games and practice camp reports is how good our defense is looking. We had a great defense last season that kind of eroded in post-season due to injuries and lack of rotation and it looks as if we have drafted to address this.
However I think what has taken me by surprise is quite how good the defense is looking. Ian Williams has stepped up into straight up beast mode at NT and is looking like a lock. We signed Dorsey who has been good in the pre-season games, though perhaps not spectacular, and looks more than capable of contributing and spelling RayMAc and Justin. Dobbs is looking like a solid backup as well, so the D Line looks very good so far with potential to rotate as needed to keep people strength.
Then I look at the Linebackers... it's embarrassing and I imagine there's a letter getting sent to the UN requesting that they are dispersed to the rest of the league as they are too dangerous to be allowed to remain on one squad. I mean we have one of the best rushers in the league in Aldon (arguably the best), Brooks who makes critical plays and then we go out and draft Lemonier who is looking like an absolute beast, I think he will be a starter for pass rushing downs - he has 2 (or is it 3) sacks in 2 games and added so much pressure that he facilitated 2 others. We have Haralson who is looking very solid with something to prove and Johnson who has developed leaps and bounds and Skuta who has a couple of sacks. This group as a whole is looking exceptional and would be the strongest on the team until you look at the ILBs...
We have the 2 best ILBs in the game right now, and their backups are looking almost as good. Wilhoite and Moody have been making plays to the extent that there seems to be no drop-off when they are on the field.
In the secondary, Reid is looking like a pro already. Solid, makes plays, directs the defense well, very clever and makes big hits and tackles. I know he was a Harbaugh choice and I can see why. Whitner is solid though I do worry about him, but Spillman and Robinson are looking like they can contribute as well. In the CBs, Cox has really stepped up, Rogers and Brown are playing well and Nnamdi is looking excellent. I've gone from really worrying about our secondary to thinking they will actually be a strength.
We look like we're going to get excellent pressure with a 4 man rush, I notice we're doing very well with cross dog blitzes, and I am strongly expecting that our front 7 is going to be incredibly disruptive. What that will mean is that our improved secondary is likely going to see more interceptions with hastily thrown balls. We look like we're going to have very good coverage, incredible pass rush and the ability to collapse the pocket along with an incredibly strong run defense.
In short, it's looking awesome