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Fred Warner responds to criticism of defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans

© Darren Yamashita | 2021 Sep 26

Things are not going well for the San Francisco 49ers. Especially for the defense.

The 49ers D gave up 31 points last Sunday to a Cardinals team that started Colt McCoy at quarterback, was without DeAndre Hopkins and lost starting running back Chase Edmonds to injury early in the first quarter.

It was a tough scene, one that included numerous breakdowns and missed tackles. It was enough for some 49ers fans to question the ability of defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who is in his first year at the helm after serving as an assistant since 2017.

The 49ers defense overall has been at least above average by most metrics this season, and captain Fred Warner defended Ryans’ ability during his hit with KNBR on Tuesday.

“DeMeco is doing an amazing job,” Warner said on Murph & Mac. “He’s doing outstanding. He makes sure we’re as prepared as possible every week. I know since he’s the head of the defense, he’s going to take a lot of the (blame) outside of the building.

“On defense as players, we know that it’s on us. It’s upon us to go out and execute the game plan that he’s set forth for us. He’s done, like I said an incredible job, especially in his first year. The type of style and the flair he’s brought to the defense. Obviously I’ve got a really close relationship with him, with him being my linebacker coach my first three years. He’s been the exact same person ever since becoming the defensive coordinator.

“I’m going to take responsibility for getting guys right to right this ship.”

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