The San Francisco 49ers, whether on offense or defense, is the most physical team in the entire NFL. For them to win this season, and more importantly win the Super Bowl, they have to play physical throughout the entire season. The big question for any team, is whether the nucleus can stay off the injury report, and more importantly, the stretchers. Injuries aside, look at the team on paper. The first aspect of the team to look at is the foundation of the team, the defense.
Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and Ian Williams are big physical linemen who will push any offensive line, and Aldon Smith is becoming a sack specialist. All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman is more known for stopping the run than grabbing interceptions. The other All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis is one of the most versatile linebackers in the league, but he is an exceptional tackler in the open field who will wrap up a ball carrier. The secondary has two big physical veteran cornerbacks in Carlos Rogers and Nnamdi Asomugha, who thrive on man-press coverage. The safeties are big and physical, with veteran Donte Whitner and rookie Eric Reid. Both are expected to deliver big hits on wide receivers.
The offense is no different in its approach to producing on the field. The cornerstone of the offense is, and has been for years, the running game, with veteran Frank Gore. He is a north-south runner who has missed very few games in his career. For a runningback who just got over 1,200 yards at 29 years old, and who is now 30, expect quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be handing off the ball a lot. Back up Kendall Hunter is not chopped liver either, as he is a north-south runner as well.
To the passing game, the number one passing option for Kaepernick will be veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who can overpower any defender. Aside from him, the only trustworthy option is veteran tight end Vernon Davis. Both are physical specimens with great hands and strength. San Francisco just traded for third-year wideout Jonathan Baldwin, who is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. The Niners are choosing physicality over finesse with their passing attack, so expect a lot of possession and deep throws. Kaepernick is not a touch passer, he is a power thrower, so he will not be making too many touch throws.