It was as if linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Bernard Pollard and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense set out to provide a quarter-by-quarter demonstration of how they do business.
About 11 minutes into the AFC Championship Game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Lewis drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit that pushed tight end Aaron Hernandez’s chin strap up near his nose. Read More
Carson Palmer knows he will have to have a big day to get the Raiders back on the winning track.
With a defense that has allowed 97 points the past two weeks, a running game decimated by injuries and the high-powered New Orleans Saints offense led by Drew Brees coming to town, the Raiders (3-6) will be counting on Palmer even more than usual.
“Being a quarterback you don’t want to think that,” Palmer said Wednesday. “You still want to go through your reads.”” Read More
Defense has been the backbone of the dramatic turnaround the 49ers have made this season, so it only seems fitting it played a huge role in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game.
The game will be remembered for Alex Smith’s fourth-quarter heroics, but none of that would have been possible without the ball-hawking defense. Read More
In all but three contests this season, the 49ers have bested opponents with a peculiar — yet familiar — combination.
The 2000 Super Bowl champ Baltimore Ravens continue to serve as evidence that a low-scoring team can still win via stout defensive play. And where San Francisco has struggled at times offensively, its defense, to put it bluntly, has been dominant. Read More
It almost doesn’t matter how well Lowell High School’s boys’ basketball team shoots in any given game.
Lowell’s defense is so stout this season, if the shots don’t fall, the Cardinals can still win comfortably, and they proved that in a 52-41 win over Bay in the first round of the Cardinal Classic on Thursday at Lowell. Read More
It’s a whole different ballgame.
From here, the 49ers must prove they can play with expectations tapping them on their shoulders.
The scene in Santa Clara has shifted 180 degrees. Seven weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns were supposed to be the up-and-coming franchise, and a big challenge for the 49ers. Now, the 49ers are considered shoo-ins to win this afternoon. Read More
Over the past three seasons, the South San Francisco football team has done very well in its nonleague schedule, and this year has been no different.
South City has rolled to two nonleague wins, the most recent coming in a 25-0 win against Capuchino on Friday.South City coach Frank Moro said his team has played outstanding defense, allowing seven points in two games, but that it’s “something we’re relying on a bit too much.” Read More
In a classic case of closing the barn door after the horses have bolted, newly appointed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and retiring Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen held a joint news conference Thursday in which they decried the impending cuts to the defense budget made likely by the debt ceiling deal. Read More
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will present President Barack Obama with a number of options for a new defense budget that will slash more programs leaving the U.S. more vulnerable to enemies, analysts say.
According to “This week in Defense News” Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and Gates will seek additional ways to cut costs beyond the $400 billion in reductions made over the past two years. Read More
Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Tuesday that officials are still in the process of putting together a plan for the military if the government shuts down on Friday. He would not elaborate as to whether U.S. troops will continue to receive paychecks if that happens.
“It is still something we are working through right now,” he said. Read More