Number one reason for writing this post: Billy Davis has been getting a lot of hate, and when no one takes the opposite perspective we all lose. So no I am not saying he's my first choice or shouldn't be replaced in the offseason (please god no more midseason firings after last year). But Billy Davis got some deserved criticism for the San Diego game, and a puzzling amount for last night's loss to KC. No one seems to be willing to give this guy a season to adjust to the job, so I'm stuck trying to see the good in his bad.
The San Diego game was painful on the defensive side of the ball, and I don't need to list Rivers's stats or remind anyone that Fletcher was hurt. We all saw it. But why did we sit back so much and let Rivers pick us apart? Think like Davis. Your pass rush isn't proving to be effective but turnovers are the only thing keeping you in the game. So why not try to exploit Rivers's supposed glaring weakness (props for a fan writing that he throws like a girl, not like he was in the top-5 QB discussion five years ago or anything) and let him try to make deep throws that could turn into INTs? It didn't work, but it did make some sense with the guy picking you apart with the quick throws when you rush him.
The KC game was a much more effective gameplan. We sent rushers at Alex Smith constantly, in what I think was as much an effort to force turnovers as it was to get sacks, stops, and holding calls to force long 3rd downs. You can rarely get Alex Smith to throw a pick, so how else can you get him to turn it over but try to strip sack him? Also often forgotten was the pick-six and muffed punt that led to an immediate ten points for KC. Letting up 16 the rest of the way was an admirable effort by Billy and this ragtag defense that desperately needs another draft.
So give Davis some time, he hasn't been here very long and he's not working with the Niners's defense. Try to understand that he's gunning for turnovers, and that's exactly why Kelly hired him. And hope he tries the KC approach with Peyton next week because the Rivers strategy would be an utter disaster. I trust him to.