49ers Christmas gift No. 2: The NFL’s best defense
Christian McCaffrey might have sparked the Niners offense, yes, but let’s not kid ourselves. The top strength for San Francisco this season has been its defense.
Seriously, the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense. And that’s in scoring, yards, against the run and a bunch of other categories.
Naturally, the star players like EDGE Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner have made huge plays and deserve credit, but coordinator DeMeco Ryans is possibly the best gift of all for what he’s been able to engineer this season.
With the 49ers having dealt with a number of injury setbacks on offense, it has been the defense ensuring victories on almost a weekly basis.
Too bad that’s going to be a gift passed along to another team next year, as Ryans is all but guaranteed a head-coaching job elsewhere in 2023.