Sorry Ike but I disagree.. Willis was out a few games and the 49ers D was pretty impressive without him. Ed Reed doesn't play on the LOS because he doesn't have to..
The real issue is Troy in 2009 I believe... missed 3/4 of the season with an injury and we didn't have an INT until he returned. Our D can't create TO's... and we are pretty horrible on 3rd and take your pick.
I feel better when it's 3rd and 3 then when it's 3rd and 9. Just feels like our D isn't doing what we are used to... it happens but it's Pittsburgh. Our D should always be dominant IMO.