Can the #49ers field a top-10 #defense this year? Let me know what you think‼️
The defense should be significantly improved as long as it can stay healthy. However, breaking the top 10 seems unlikely, although I can’t rule it out entirely. The second half of the schedule doesn’t feature many good offenses. That could allow the defense to improve its numbers as it gets more comfortable in the new scheme.
The 49ers last six games are against the Seahawks, Bears, Texans, Titans, Jaguars and Rams. None of those teams want to play in shootouts.
A lot would have to go right for the 49ers to break the top 10. They simply have too many questions at every level of the defense. Jimmie Ward and NaVorro Bowman would have to stay healthy. Reuben Foster would have to make his presence felt immediately. Rashard Robinson would have to turn into one of the game’s best young corners.
While it is possible, I think this is much more reasonable goal in 2018, after younger players have more experience in the system. ---
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