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The 49ers got defensive with the Cowboys on Saturday night

August 13, 2019 - 9:36 am

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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NFL defenses are like the late, great comedian Rodney Dangerfield – “they get no respect!” Before you start yelling at your phone or computer, hear me out. Fans love to give the defense a little nod each game. Yes, the “D” played a nice game. They say that just before jumping up to praise the offense for the incredible job they did in the game.

Let the defense screw up and look out! It’s “what the hell was our defense looking at on the field?” It is time to get rid of that Defensive Coordinator and get someone else in there who can get the job done right. In the eyes on many fans, the defense never win games, but they are accused of losing games on a regular basis.

The Niners Pass Defense was stellar

  • The Cowboys used three quarterbacks against the 49ers on Saturday night – Dak Prescott (that was a bit of a surprise to see the number one QB start the game), Cooper Rush, and Mike White.
  • The SF defense gave up 252 total passing yards as the Dallas QB’s went 29-for-50 (58-percent) in the air. Prescott was a perfect 4-of-4 for 23 yards (16 yards long). Rush threw for 142 yards (16/20), and White went 9-for-20 for 87 yards and was sacked three times for a total loss of 13 yards.
  • The Red and Gold defense did not allow a TD through the air. They also did not make an interception; however, (please note and this is my opinion) that may have been the result of the referees who were not consistent on what was and was not pass interference and a what was and wasn’t a defenseless receiver.

The defense stood up against the rush

  • On the ground, the 49ers allowed the Cowboys to gain just 55 yards on 18 carries. The longest run from scrimmage was two carries for nine yards each. The Niners defense did not allow a rushing touchdown. Read that last line again.
  • Jerry Jones may feel a little more urgency about getting a deal done with Zeke Elliott after what he saw from his running backs on Saturday night.

One more time for emphasis

  • The 49ers Defensive did not give up a passing or rushing touchdown to the Dallas Cowboys in their first preseason game of 2019.
  • All the Cowboys points came via field goals. A team is not going to win many games scoring all its points on field goals.

Spotlight on some individual performances

  • Marcell Harris recorded 5 tackles, 1 deflected pass and 1 special teams tackle
  • Dre Greenlaw made 5 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 special teams tackle
  • LaRoy Reynolds was good for 4 tackles plus one sack that resulted in a 4-yard loss
  • Jeremiah Valoaga received credit for 2 tackles and 2 sacks that caused a total of 11-yards in losses

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Hats off to the punter

  • Mitch Wishnowsky is the 49ers new and highly touted punter who started out as a rugby kicker in Australia. He had himself quite a first night as pro punter.
  • Wishnowsky punted the ball six times for a total of 297 yards or an average of 49.5 yards per punt (42 yards net).
  • He longest-punt of the night went for 62 yards!
  • Three of the punts landed inside the Dallas 20-yard line.
  • Only of one the rookie’s punts became a touchback.
  • This guy good be worth a win by himself this year, and I am serious.

Robbie Gould we are mere mortals

  • Robbie Gould proved why the 49ers wanted him on the roster so badly in the 4th quarter when he kicked a 53-yard field goal from the Dallas 35-yard line to give Niners a 17-9 lead.
  • By the way, the holder for that field goal was Mitch Wishnowsky.
  • And yes, I think Gould being on the roster is good for one win this season (I am believer in strong special teams. I listened when John Madden spoke).

Monday transaction from 49ers headquarters

  • The team has signed tackle Sam Young to a one-year deal. He will take the roster spot that was left open when T Shon Coleman was placed on the Injured Reserve List following surgery on Sunday.
  • Young (6-8, 302) was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010 out of Notre Dame. During his nine-year NFL-career he has also played for the Bills, Jaguars, and the Dolphins.

It’s back to practice for the 49ers on Tuesday

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