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This page is dedicated to THE DEFENSE that does not get its due. In honor of them, I give this page. Hopefully it will give credit, where credit is due.
|The '97-'98 49ers defense is possibly
the greatest of all time, but it is DEFFINATELY the greatest a 49ers team has put into
action. Over the past years, the 49ers offense has been dazzling therefore the defense has
gone unnoticed. However this year after the loss of to Tampa Bay in the first game of the
season, several defenders approached Coach Mariucci and stated that the DEFENSE will pick
up the slack and carry the team. To date they have done just that. The 49ers went 10 games
without allowing a rushing touchdown. They have not allowed a 300 yard player through 11
games and counting. They are holding teams to an average of around 13 points a game, (the
record is 12 by the’86 Chicago Bears something not to far out of sight) and already
have one shutout to their credit. Dana Stubblefield and Bryant Young have reasserted
themselves as best pair of defensives lineman the league has to offer.
With injuries to players like Marqueze Pope, Bryant Young and Tim McDonald, others have stepped it up. Darnell Walker, Kevin Greene and Zach Bronson are really shining Tyronne Drakeforde is making few mistakes this year, though his role has been reduced. With continued emphasis on hurrying the quarterback, the 9ers are leading the league in sacs and turnover ratio. One must credit John Marshall on improving a defense that Pete Caroll past on to him. His moderately aggressive game plans, have proved positively in massacring an offense. Lets hope with continued success on defense the 49ers can be champions in all aspects! Keep it up!