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49ers' D Doesn't Need the Blitz

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Vic Fangio is regarded as one of the league's best defensive coordinators. One of his best assets in his ability to create a scheme that fits his personnel. For the 49ers, their talent up front allows them to play teams more straight up which has led to great success. Inside we break down why the 49ers do not blitz as much as others.

When the San Francisco 49ers dial up a blitz, it's usually on an important play. In fact, the 49ers defense that's third in the NFL in opponents' scoring (16.4 ppg) and fifth in total defense sends extra pressure just over 20 percent of the time. The league average is nearly 32 percent. Why? It doesn't need to. The front four held down by Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks... Recommended Stories