"First off, I want to say he would be the best receiver on our team, not the third best. So we have a tremendous amount of respect for him," Fangio told The Sacramento Bee on Thursday.
Fangio labeled the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson a more powerful version of Randy Moss and basically dished out nothing but compliments: "He's just a rare guy. He's that big, but yet runs as fast as he does. He's a real challenge for you in the coverage area."
Fangio doesn't generate headlines like the mouthy Ryan, but his defense speaks for itself, giving up a mere 15.6 points per game, third best in the league. Whether they can shut down the Matthew-Stafford-to-Megatron connection is a different story -- especially in front of the Ford Field rowdies -- but San Francisco's 4-1 start appears to be the real deal.