SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have missed 55 tackles through four games, a league high. But tackling isn’t the defense’s biggest issue. Communication is the bigger problem, according to 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
“We did a much better job (tackling) in the first half,” Saleh said Thursday, referring to last Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. “It needs to get better, still, but I do like where it’s going.”
The defense missed just two tackles during the first half, then missed five during the second half. None of those seven mistakes led to touchdowns for the Chargers. The 49ers tackled well enough to win.
But poor communication was a serious issue. The 49ers lost partly because the defense miscommunicated once in the red zone and handed the Chargers seven free points.
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