Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
Our run defense hasn't seemed as stout and I was thinking that it was because we don't have that true nose tackle that plugs s**t up. However, apparently Glenn Dorsey has been playing very well and holding his own, so I guess it looks like perhaps Justin Smith is regressing? I haven't really seen his dominance out there.
Dorsey and McDonald have been the best 49ers defensive lineman thus far. McDonald has basically played the same from last season. Dorsey is a BIG step up from Soap and Justin Smith has been playing basically average, regressing from last season which regressed from 2011.
Overall in the NFL, PFF has the 49ers ranked 6th against the run, 17th in pass coverage, 7th in pass rush and near the bottom of the league in penalties.
That's disappointing from Justin Smtih. I thought he would be a stud until he retired. Didn't think age would get to the Cowboy.