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Ranking the San Francisco 49ers' Top 11 Players on Defense (2 of 2)

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Ranking the San Francisco 49ers' Top 11 Players on Defense (2 of 2)
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Yesterday, I wrote an article on the Top 11 players on offense (preseason edition).

If you missed it, it can be seen here:


Today, we will turn the attention on over to the defensive side of the ball.

Vic Fangio has sounded like a guy that will never be satisfied. It sounds as though he believes that every player always has room to improve; even if that guy is Patrick Willis. Yes, he said it. I was shocked too.

Anyhow, this is walking a fine line. Players are going to either embrace it or rebel. We already saw it last year as Mike Singletary lost the team by yelling and screaming at them for every tiny detail. 

It all depends on how it is done.

A good balance of yelling and rewarding typically will work much, much better. Hopefully, Fangio will find the right combination.

With that, let's move on to the rankings. With so much turnover on defense in the offense, please take these selections with a grain of salt as it is a bit more difficult to do than the offense without seeing a lot of them play.

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