No. 1: 49ers Pass Rush Flexed Its Muscle
One of the bigger questions facing the 49ers this offseason was how to address the pass rush. But the good news is it doesn’t seem to be as pressing an issue.
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This was the case Sunday against Minnesota, as edge rushers Elvis Dumervil, Arik Armstead and Aaron Lynch each made an impact during the game. Dumervil and Armstead each recorded a sack against the Vikings first-team offense.
And here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about Dumervil’s efforts:
"Dumervil played just 14 snaps, with 13 of them coming on the rush. However, he was nearly unstoppable off the edge, as he racked up a sack and four pressures. His pass-rush productivity score of 33.3 was third-best among 4-3 defensive ends this week."
Additionally, Lynch had eight quarterback pressures on 19 rushes, per PFF.
Granted, the Vikings offensive line is still a work in progress. So take San Francisco’s efforts here with a grain of salt.
But still, it’s good to know the 49ers are capable of generating a pass rush, which should help their questionable secondary in coverage.
Remember, secondaries are only as good as their pass rush allows.