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Author: Jon Kuzma
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When we talk about the most improved teams in football the San Francisco 49ers have to be near the top of the list. Their defense was already heading in the right direction with Deforest Buckner, Fred Warner, and Richard Sherman.
Then they went and added Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander. Suddenly this group of defenders has enough firepower to completely overwhelm their opponents. There’s not gonna be any time for quarterbacks to drop back and stand tall in the pocket. Eventually Buckner, Ford or Bosa is going to break through and disrupt the play. It’s so hard to win when you can’t execute your game plan and coaches will be scrambling to make adjustments against this front four. It’s not just the passing game which will be effected by this group either. Teams are going to face an uphill battle trying to establish the run against San Francisco. Their front seven can maul running backs before they get back to the line of scrimmage. You better believe this is going to make the 49ers so much tougher to beat on Sundays and now Los Angeles, Seattle, and Arizona will have their hands full. Sean McVay and the Rams are known for having a high flying offense but talent usually trumps a good scheme. Jared Goff lost a couple of offensive linemen up front too so this could end up being a rough match-up for LA. Seattle is also very solid and Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However the 49ers do have the speed to run Wilson down and throw him off his game and the same goes for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. We don’t know if Jimmy Garoppolo will live up to his end of the bargain but there’s too many athletes on this defense not to be great. That’s this team’s identity from here on out.
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Gold rush. The San Francisco 49ers are loaded with defensive talent and quarterbacks won’t have any time to throw.