The San Francisco 49ers defense has given up 947 yards and 83 points the last two games. Flash backs of last season?
The San Francisco 49ers fan base came into this season with low and realistic expectations; such as head coach Chip Kelly’s uptempo offense, more points scored, the trenches were addressed in the draft on both sides of the ball, and a young team with some fairly good promising talent, fans saw hope and glimpses of potential, especially on defense.
The 49ers will probably win five or six games this year was the overall consensus and at times be entertaining to watch; the potential ascending talent of young defensive players—Arik Armstead, Jimmie Ward, Deforest Buckner, Eli Harold, Jaquriski Tartt, Arron Lynch, and Ronald Blair just to highlight a few.
Also, combined with a mix of proven veterans— NaVorrow Bowman, Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, Trumaine Brock, Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey and Ahmad Brooks this unit would be very competitive at the very least, by displaying passion, fight, toughness, physicality and a dog mentality while being the better of the three units.
However, over the last two weeks that hasn’t been the case, the 49ers have given up 947 yards, 83 points and couldn’t stop the run or big plays downfield, especially big targeted tight ends and receivers. The 49ers came out flat and looked lethargic, “simply put, not ready to play.”
Important to note: 49ers defense currently ranks 24th in points allowed (83), 20th in yards against (1,132) and 24th against the run (368). Last season the 49ers finished, 29th overall, giving up 24.2 points per game, 387 total points and 387.4 yards per game while being on the field an average of 34:09. Via, NFL.com.
Recently, we’ve discussed, on Niners Live the issues and concerns with the 49ers defense as a whole; including some potential flaws in 49ers defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s scheme and playcalling.
Hopefully moving forward this unit can turn things around versus the Dallas Cowboys at home. Go Niners!