It’s hard to argue after the Lions corralled Rams running back Steven Jackson to just 53 yards last week, with his longest run being nine yards.
49ers running back Frank Gore had a little more success on the ground Sunday night, but it wasn’t because of missed tackles, according to Schwartz.
“They were bad angles,” he said. “ Bad angles on those plays. (Vernon Davis), he’s a good player. He can make you miss, he can run after the catch. We have a lot of guys that can do that, but, like I said, that’s not typical for us.
“We’ve got to do a better job of playing team defense. When the first guys misses, get him on the ground. Last week we did that, this week we didn’t.”
Against a team like the 49ers, allowing second chances with missed tackles and cutback lanes because of bad angles is a recipe for disaster, and it was Sunday.
That makes 2.5 sacks on the season in two games for Suh, who seems to be back to his disruptive ways this season after a substantially down year statistically last season.
The half sack on Smith came while Suh was playing defensive end in the Lions “grey” package. The package, which features four defensive linemen in the game at one time, has Suh and
“They use a lot of extra offensive linemen; big Leonard Davis and (a) defensive tackle at fullback and an extra offensive tackle and different things like that and we were just sort of fighting fire with fire there. We obviously didn’t do a good enough job,” Schwartz said.
There were two matchups the Lions distinctly loss upfront in last year’s game against the 49ers: Lions guard
Sims said after the game that it was one of the better games he’s played in given the competition. Sims said Justin Smith is one of those players he’ll brag to his kids about having played. Sims held him to zero sacks in the game.
Aldon Smith, who led all rookies with 14 sacks last year, had some success against Backus for a second consecutive season. Last year, Aldon Smith had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
This time around he baited Backus into a holding penalty and also had a sack. There were a couple times he was able to shed a Backus block and make a play in the run game, too.
As expected, cornerback
Along with Houston and Bentley, safety
Defensive tackle Corey Williams, who missed practice all week with a knee injury, started and played the full game.