Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Originally posted by InHarbsWeTrust:
The problem with that is our defense can't stop anybody. The Alex Smith treatment worked because back then our defense was actually good. The D has regressed a lot.
Our defense kept Lynch to 3.5 ypc... Wilson threw under 50% and a whopping total of 142 yds and our D sacked him 4 times, picked him off.. and still is 13th ranked after contending with the high-powered Packers that always rack up yds against us.
Now you are calling out our D, after our offense sputtered and gave the ball away 4 times last game?
So giving up ~180 yds rushing is a good thing? I'm not saying the defense had an awful night...they did put pressure on RW and except for a couple big plays held him pretty much in check. Plus they were constantly put in bad spots by a horrid 49ers offense. But if you're just going to go by Lynch's ypc as a barometer of how they did against the run then that's just being willfully misinformed.
The fact of the matter is the Seahawks gashed the 49ers up the middle on read-option plays ALL NIGHT. It was only stupidity or charity that made them try to repeatedly run wide on stretch/sweep plays because the 49ers crushed those almost every time. But the RO up the middle? Lynch and Turbin had a field day. And then later in the game, when the 49ers still had a whisper of prayer to get back in it, there was a 2nd & 13...they went RO again, and A. Smith was so keyed on chasing down the RB up the middle that he crashed hard, but this time RW kept the ball and burned him for 9 yds. Next play was the TD pass to Lynch. And if you were watching closely, even in the 2nd half of the GB game, Lacy started consistenly ripping off 5-6 yard chunks up the middle. Granted, it's Aaron Rodgers, but still, giving up 4 TDs to a team that had a TOP of 21 minutes is nothing to hang your hat on.
I'm not expecting this defense to be the 2011 defense again, but I still think there are areas for concern, and the "well the Smiths are hurt" excuse doesn't work now. On the bright side there are just too many good players along with a proven DC for this trend to continue...I am hopeful and guess you could even say confident they'll get it fixed soon.