. . . .meaning, WE NEED BETTER DEFENSE before we have any chance of beating someone in the playoffs.
(I posted this way down on another fan post as a reply to someone who is 99% certain we're picking an OL with our first pick.
I want YOUR OPINIONS. Because I TOTALLY DON'T GET IT. Am I alone????
13th best D in the league last year?????FACT . . . . .
The 49er defense ranked just 21st in sacks per pass play in 2008!!!!!!!!!
We can't play good teams and let their QB pick us apart.
Our offense doesn’t stand a chance if we keep giving up big plays on 3rd and 10, and if we continue to look like clowns against the better offenses in the league. . . NE, Dallas, last year. . . .etc.
So there is no doubt in my mind, we have to draft a great PR first and foremost.
Maybin? Brown? Orakpo? One of them will be there at 10, or maybe even if we trade down a few spots and pick up a 2 as well?
Who would be there late 1st round if we could trade down?
Then we probably need a safety too. My favs:
1. Louis Delmas: Western Michigan (6-0, 196) 2nd round
2. William Moore: Missouri (6-1, 226) 2nd round
3. Rashad Johnson: Alabama (6-0, 190) 3rd round
4. Derek Pegues: Mississippi State (5-10, 195) 3rd round
5. Sherrod Martin: Troy (6-1, 193) maybe 4th round?
6. Darcel McBath: Texas Tech (6-1, 198) maybe 4th round?
We will have to find RBs and OLs and a WR like Deon Butler later, as we have in past years. We can't upgrade everything all in one draft.
But until the D is for real and has a natural pass rush from all angles we will have to keep playing from behind against the better teams, which creates a desperate offense trying to do desperate things, which adds to the sack total regardless of one rookie’s attempt to hold down RT when we have to pass 75% of the time just to catch up.
No one’s going to win a playoff game unless their D has pressure coming from everywhere. This isn't just true for last year. . . . .When the Giants had a great PR they were Super Bowl Champs, beating NE and Tom Brady and Randy Moss, despite NE's "great" OL.
Last year -- James Harrison. Need I say more?
If we stink on 3rd down against a good QB, how are we going to establish a running game down 21-7? What OL can hold up against a D that knows a pass is coming?
One other thing: Our CBs and safeties will look a LOT better if the opposing QB is running for his life on every pass play. How many times were opposing QBs standing in the pocket looking around 3 seconds into a pass play last year?
If Singletary wants a team that's feared, and physical, than first and foremost we have to get their QB rattled on every play.
GET US A CHARLES HALEY-TYPE MONSTER IN THE DRAFT AND WE WILL NOT ONLY MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN IN THE PLAYOFFS.
Who can be that stud?
Maybin, who despite my initial impressions is growing on me?
Maybe even a Jarron Gilbert?
Who do you think will be available to us in the draft , and in what round, that can make watching 3rd down fun again?