The moment everyone heard that free safety Morgan Burnett was a scratch for the Packers-49ers game, most people panicked.
The secondary did look awful. But that’s not the reason the Packers lost.
The reason they lost is because the defensive line only recorded two quarterback pressures, and that includes a late garbage sack by Johnny Jolly.
Colin Kaepernick was allowed to pick apart the Packers’ secondary and despite his awkward throwing motion, he was allowed to get comfortable and make just about any throw he wanted.
The defensive line did do a good job bottling up four-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore to just 2.1 yards per carry. But it was Kaepernick that would’ve carved up a healthy Packers defensive backfield.
This is the NFL. The passers and receivers had a big advantage before the rules were altered lessening the contact by the secondary. It’s why 12 quarterbacks threw for at least 300 yards in Week 1 — a week generally reserved for offenses to get in rhythm — and three...