Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/20/12

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts to a play while sitting on the bench during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
After the San Francisco 49ers beat the Detroit Lions last Sunday Night Football, offensive tackle Joe Staley stated the Lions defensive line was overrated stating, “They didn’t want any part of us up front. Look at the game. We killed them. Every single pressure they got was cheap. It was on a keep or something like that. They weren’t beating us one on. We ran for about 200 yards on the so-called best D-line in all of football.” and Staley may be right about the Lions, but Smith was still hit or sacked 26% of the time he dropped back to pass during the game.The 49ers do not throw the ball as much as every other team in the NFL and these cheap pressures as they are called by Staley will eventually wear down Alex Smith’s effectiveness in the pocket as the season goes on.… Read more
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