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Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about the 49ers’ run defense which isn’t what it used to be:

SANTA CLARA

The San Francisco 49ers are Mike Tyson. Oh, that may be an overstatement. So, let me be more subtle. They show signs of being Mike Tyson, and that should make them worry.

For a time, Tyson was a very good heavyweight. He was the most famous boxer in the world and he knocked out a lot of guys — no one great — just guys. In a list of the all-time great heavyweights I do not include Tyson. In a list of all-time great football teams, I do not include the current 49ers — but they have time to achieve greatness.

How are they like Tyson?

Both are bullies.

To read the full column click here.

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