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There's no need to panic about the San Francisco 49ers defense.
It's still an elite unit that can shut down an opposing team's running game on any given Sunday.
Having said that, it's time we had a reality check.
The front seven struggled to stop the run in the second half against the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings, and one might deduce that the San Francisco defense got tired in those games.
Furthermore, the 49ers have only mustered nine sacks this year, tied for 26th in the league.
As CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco points out, the starting defenders on the front seven played almost every defensive snap against the Giants.
Maybe the solution to some of the issues is to simply play backups Demarcus Dobbs, Ricky Jean-Francois, Will Tukuafu and Larry Grant more.
On the other hand, the 49ers could look to add some solid depth through trades.
To apply more pressure on quarterbacks, San Francisco could offer a mid-round pick for Kyle Vanden Bosch (assuming the Detroit Lions fall out of the race with two losses in their next two games).
Vanden Bosch has the talent to adjust to San Francisco's more complex 3-4 look. At the very least, he could be a third-down pass rush specialist, subbing in for Ahmad Brooks or Ray McDonald from time to time.
Even trading for a lower-profile pass-rusher, such as the Cleveland Browns' Juqua Parker, could help improve San Francisco's sack totals.
The 49ers are clearly missing the production Parys Haralson has provided over the last few years, and we all know that you can never have too many pass-rushers (just ask the Giants).
On the interior defensive line, the 49ers could probably get a space eater for a late-round pick; names like the New Orleans Saints' Brodrick Bunkley and the Philadelphia Eagles' Derek Landri come to mind.
Make no mistake, Patrick Willis and company have the talent lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl. However, it never hurt to add a little depth to help out a thin front seven.