Originally Posted by bbailey423
This play typifies that missing "something" that sums up this defense...it is not nasty. Certain unamed teams would have tried to knock Phillp Rivers out for the year...you can criticize those teams if you want to, but they intimidate....yes I said intimidate other NFL teams. You would think entire teams should not be intimidiated at THIS level...but even in the NFL, there are bullies and people who get bullied. Not calling names...but if you think back to a game in Pittsburgh 2 years ago...when Pac Man returned a punt and what the Steelers were doing to him...it was mic'd up. You can call it dirty, but none of it was illegal and that is what they do. You can argue whether it was borderline...but I tell you what...you better deliver the first blow at this level, because you do not want someone else to dictate how far the rules are going to be pushed. We have a team full of talented nice guys...and that is one of the biggest regrets I have when we bypassed Mike [View Full Quote]Singletary for Wade Phillips. This team needs more of an edge that Mike S could provide. This teams needs to line up on 3rd and 1 and DARE the opposition to try to stop us from running them over. I am not blaming Wade...because if we had nasty players, Wade could not do anything to coach it OUT of them. But we have nice guys, coupled with a nice coach...and at times that leades to uninspiring football that is just HAPPY to finally win a playoff game, as opposed to DESPERATE to win a Super Bowl.
Let me tell you the two least "dirtiest" teams in the league made the Super Bowl last season. And the 9ers are soft on defensive as well. I like Singletary but he's proved NOTHING as of yet. That may change this season by default since their division is so wide open.