Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/24/14
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Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone and without Justin Smith the San Francisco 49ers defense immediately becomes average. Since Smith left the game in the second half against the New England Patriots, the 49ers defense has given up 76 points. Let me repeat that – 76 points! That is just pathetic. If Smith doesn’t return for the playoffs the defense has some major adjustments to make before they take on their first opponent. That opponent will likely be the same Seattle Seahawks that just dished out the biggest pounding the Niners have received since Harbaugh took over as head coach. They will be hungry for more and while the Niners will be ready for revenge and (hopefully) have home field advantage they will still need to step it up if they don’t want a repeat of what went down at Centurylink Field last Sunday.… Read more
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