EDITOR'S NOTE 12:25pm - The 49ers defense is clearly becoming a matter of urgent concern. I've wanted to open this area up for discussion and this FanPost seems like a perfect way to do it. My opinion is that I'm willing to give the team the MNF game after the bye before completely losing faith. I'm hoping that the big issue is scheming and the Seahawks game was simply the final breath of the Nolan regime.
I realize the pass rush is atrociously bad, but not every good defense has a great pass rush. I simply think adjustments can be made in terms of blitzes and whatnot to compensate for the pass rush. Of course, if they give up another 30+ points I'll go stand in the corner. Thanks to bayboy for posting this.
Through the Nolan administration we have seen the defense develop into young, hard hitting, athletic unit with a fast paced style of play... (Willis fits into all these catergories, but we've seen flashes from others on D).. but the rankings have not shown it. We can always come back to the same argument, inconsistency from the QB and OL positions as well as a dismal group of receivers.
This year the offense is "ok" or better yet average but the D seems to be sloping downward. Why? We can thank our FA acquisition Justin Smith and McDonald's promising pre-season prompting the D's scheme to be altered. With McDonald's injury and this scheme not working, will this promote a resurgence of the pure 3-4 scheme used for the most part last year, or will we continue to see the same hybrid 3-4/4-3 we have been seeing this year?
I hope Coach Singletary can make a couple of changes during the bye week by promoting and starting Goldson at FS and Haralson at OLB. Does anyone see these changes happening? Any thoughts on what has caused the defense to go from "promising" to what has now been referenced by Florida Danny as a "swiss cheese" defense?