The 49ers are 7-1 thanks in large part to a stifling defensive effort led by Patrick Willis. Insider Matt Maiocco breaks down Vic Fangio's unit, including the best and worst plays of the season so far.
Skepticism reigned when the 49ers failed to land a big name free agent quarterback prior to the season, but at the midseason mark, Alex Smith and Frank Gore have provided San Francisco with a winning formula.
Before the season, it was viewed as a coup within the NFL when the 49ers added special teams coach Brad Seely. At the midway point, the move looks even better.
Redskins DL Barry Cofield: "I don't think they the 49ers played that great. I don't think they have that dynamic of an offense."