That being said, Glenn Dorsey doesn't think the once-proud San Francisco defense will see that much of a regression.
"We've got a lot of guys that can play," Dorsey told The San Francisco Chronicle. "There are a lot of young guys that are hungry, so there's a lot of good competition and guys are working hard. There shouldn't be too much of a letdown."
New head coach Jim Tomsula has been able to elevate talent in the past. Dorsey is counting on his ability to do that again.