It was not too long ago when the San Francisco 49ers clamped down on opponents defensively and made it difficult to reach their end zone. In truth, the team from “the city by the bay” fielded a dynamic defense as recently as the 2013-2014 Season.
But the loss of several key performers to free agency and less-than-stellar drafts have robbed San Francisco of the dominance it was able to display in the years when it made deep runs into the playoffs, including one season when this squad played in the Super Bowl.
San Francisco’s defense in the current 2015-2016 Season has been inept, ineffective and not very good. Statistics reveal just how porous and beatable this squad’s defense has been. The 49ers, a team that plays in the West Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) finds itself in last place and has won just three games of the eleven games it has played.
Poor defense coupled with inconsistent play by the offense are the reasons for this team’s weak record. Consider the following …
San Francisco is ranked twenty-ninth in the National Football League (NFL) in yards allowed per game. Opponents have been able to rack up three hundred ninety-seven yards on the ground and through the air in every game San Francisco has played. Perhaps even worse is the fact that foes of this team are gaining an average of six yards on every single play run … six full yards.
It takes ten yards, of course, to be awarded with a new set of downs and continue a drive on offense. So it is no surprise that the team from northern California has been finding it much easier to lose than to win. Its offense spends more time on the sidelines than on the field. And its defense plays as if it is “defenseless.”
Call it a losing formula. And it is even worse when one realizes that opposing quarterbacks has been gaining an average of two hundred seventy-six passing yards per game while running backs have been eluding defensive tackles and gaining more than one hundred twenty rushing yards per game.
San Francisco is in desperate need of assistance. A solid draft in the upcoming offseason will help as will the acquisition of capable free agents. But, because there are so many holes to fill, it seems unlikely that the 49ers can “right their ship” in time for the 2016-2017 Season. The 49ers defense features solid defensive players already like NaVorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, and Antoine Bethea who are just missing those few little pieces to make their defense dominant once again. And San Francisco will need all the help it can get with it’s tough NFC West division that features the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams.
Their poor record this season will put the 49ers in line to receive a Top Ten Draft Pick a few months from now. There is little doubt that this squad’s General Manager will “spend” that pick on a defensive player who will be able to begin contributing immediately.
Courtesy of Yahoo