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Morning Tailgate: Fangio on Luck

Posted Sep 17, 2013

From Aaron Rodgers to Russell Wilson and now Andrew Luck, Vic Fangio's unit has and will continue to be challenged by top-flight quarterbacks.

For 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, his unit’s performance over the weekend in Seattle came down to one fact.

“We were the second-best defense on the field Sunday night,” Fangio said on KNBR Tuesday morning, “and we needed to be the best.

“(The Seahawks defense) did a good job against our running game and we had trouble getting anything going in the passing game. Kudos to those guys. They played great.”

Following San Francisco’s 29-3 loss to its NFC West rival, Fangio and Co. are readying for another challenge: Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

The 49ers effectiveness in rushing Luck will help determine the outcome this Sunday. Between outside linebackers Aldon Smith (two) and Ahmad Brooks (one), the team recorded three sacks of Russell Wilson on Sunday. Luck may not be as fast as Wilson, but he is as mobile, according to Fangio, who was Luck’s defensive coordinator at Stanford.

“Each and every week (the pass rush) has got to be effective but especially when you’re playing another great quarterback in Andrew,” Fangio said on the radio. “He’s very mobile quarterback… He’s a guy that we have to keep in and get some rush and pressure on him as we go.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee has the details on Ian Williams’ season-ending ankle injury.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle recapped the 49ers offensive struggles in Seattle.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on the offensive line’s play on the road.

Steve Corkan of the San Jose Mercury News quoted Jim Harbaugh in support of Colin Kaepernick.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com wrote an in-depth feature on the Vernon Davis-Vontae Davis matchup to come Sunday.







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