Fooch's Note: Preseason stats can be meaningless to some degree, but there can be interesting ways to assess them. This was a solid FanPost looking at preseason defensive performance.
49er fans have a lot to be proud of. If you check the statistics over at NFL.com, you'll be delighted to see that at least statistically, the 49ers had the best defense of the 2013 preseason. In 4 games, teams averaged 205.8 yards against us, 108.5 from passing and 97.3 were from rushing. We ranked 1st against the pass and 9th against the rush. To put this in a bit more perspective, the league average was 308 yards for this preseason. During the regular 2012 season teams scored an average of 347 yards and the 49ers came in 3rd place with 294. Here's how the top 5 teams looked:
To say that we blew the rest of the league out of the water would be an understatement. This is more telling considering how little our front 7 actually played. For the first 3 games Justin Smith had a total of 24 snaps while Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and Navarro Bowman were all tied with 36 snaps. Ian Williams, who we're all very high on, had only 40 snaps himself.
Our backups were also the primary players in our secondary as well, with only Eric Reid getting any real snaps.
Perrish Cox, 3rd string: 121
Tramaine Brock, 3rd string: 101
Nnamdi Asomugha, 2nd string: 64
Tarell Brown, 1st string: 37
Marcus Cooper, 4th string, likely cut: 61
Carlos Rogers, 1st string: 36
Darryl Morris, 4th string, likely cut: 11
Eric Reid, 1st string: 115
Trenton Robinson, 3rd string: 95
C.J. Spillman, 3rd string: 71
Donte Whitner, 1st string: 36
Craig Dahl, 2nd string: 32
So what it boils down to is that preseason or no, our backups absolutely decimated the rest of the league in defensive production. We all know that the 49ers upgraded defensively this season, but this truly puts it in perspective.