The improved aggressiveness of the 49ers' defense will help take QB Jeff Garcia to the next level in big games.
John Clayton's mailbag: The officials' emphasis on pass-defense penalties was clear during the first wave of preseason games.
The Jets continued their aggressive offseason to upgrade the defense Wednesday by reaching a three-year deal with 49ers cornerback Donald Strickland, a source said.
With All-Pro nose tackle Casey Hampton helping shut down the 49ers' running game, San Francisco was no match for Pittsburgh, John Clayton writes.
Even after beating the Chiefs, Steve Mariucci dwelled on his team's inability to finish off drives.