When Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak sits down to review the 49ers game tape, he’s left with this thought.
“They’ve gotten back to what they’re really good at,” Munchak said Wednesday morning.
In his mind, that’s running the football behind a powerful offensive line. The numbers bear this belief out: San Francisco has rushed for an average of 182 yards its last three games – all wins – versus an average of 102 yards in its first three contests.
When the 49ers visit the Titans on Sunday for Week 7 of the season, there’s no doubt the war could be decided by the battle at the line of scrimmage. And Munchak, who played 12 seasons at left guard for the Houston Oilers, knows his defensive line is in for a challenge.
“I like their whole group,” Munchak said, singling out left tackle
“And they’re big – 300 (pounds), 320, 330, 325. There’s some big men out there. Anyone that’s played the position, especially myself as an offensive lineman, love to watch that type of football, and that’s what we’re trying to develop here."
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Jim Harbaugh, Munchak’s coaching counterpart, pointed to the play of the right side of his offensive line most recently, naming tackle
“Thought he had one of his best games, certainly this year,” Harbaugh said. “Did an outstanding job.”
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Bill Williamson of ESPN.com said Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner will challenge the 49ers.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about the team’s 2012 Draft class.
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