Why 49ers’ defensive ‘nerves’ made Chad Johnson want to cry vs. Giants – NBC Sports Bay Area & California


Former NFL star Chad Johnson has seen a lot of things on the gridiron over the years, but the 49ers’ 30-12 loss to the New York Giants on Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium had him on the verge of tears.

The Giants, minus star running back Saquon Barkley, managed only 150 total net yards in the Week 3 matchup, compared to the 49ers’ mark of 441. Johnson was troubled by New York’s lack of creativity, he said, which allowed San Francisco’s defense to “insult” its opponent with man-to-man coverage.

,[The Giants] Daniel Jones’ job will be made easier, leaving the responsibility of being the quarterback in his hands and allowing him to sit there and do what he has to do. [49ers defensive end Nick] “With Bosa coming off the edge and the rest of the 49ers defense playing well, it’s not going to happen,” Johnson told Shannon Sharp during the “Nightcap with Anak & Ochoa” show on Friday.

“I wanted to cry, and I’m not trying to be funny. I know I play a lot, but I felt bad. The fact that the 49ers had scrums on third downs — almost every down — Until he came over in the fourth quarter, he played man-to-man with a safety in the middle of the field and said, ‘Let me see if you’re open.’ It hurt me.”

Johnson highlighted the Giants’ apparent lack of game plan and said that their quarterback Jones is not worth his $40 million per year contract. And as a six-time Pro Bowl receiver, Johnson was clearly upset after seeing New York’s wideouts upset on Thursday.

“I watched the 49ers’ defense play man-to-man on third down several times from quarter one to quarter three — and a few second downs — and nobody could get open,” Johnson told Sharp. “It’s a sign of disrespect for that receiver room.”

The 49ers’ vaunted defensive line – which sometimes featured a five-man front – gave Jones little time to get the ball to his pass-catchers, even though he was able to break free of San Francisco’s secondary. Goes viral for Giants quarterback I find myself close to tears Thursday, because New York’s offense wasn’t able to get the job done.

And if Johnson plans to revisit this stacked 49ers roster this season, he might want to have the tissues handy.

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