San Francisco’s secondary has been good, yes. But a lot of the defensive backs’ success wouldn’t be if it weren’t for the efforts from the guys up front.
Particularly the pass-rushers, who have accumulated a whopping 30 sacks over the first half of the season. In case you were wondering, that number is tied for second in the NFL, just one behind the league-leading New England Patriots (31).
Simply put, Ford has made a massive difference for the 49ers’ outstanding pass defense in 2019. Sending off a second-round NFL Draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason is paying off handsomely through the first half of the year.
Ford could be ranked higher on this list. But he has been hobbled by a knee and quad injury, dating back to training camp. As a result, the Niners have almost exclusively used him in passing situations only. Out of the net total of 179 snaps he’s seen, Ford has been on the field for a mere 35 run-defense plays.
This knocks Ford down a bit, but let’s not discount his presence when he’s been on the field.