ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Broncos face another tough NFC West opponent on Sunday. Coordinators Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio discussed what they are expecting from Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers.

ANOTHER TOP DEFENSE

Despite losing multiple key starters on defense, the 49ers have managed to maintain their status as one of the top defenses in the NFL. San Francisco currently ranks second in yards allowed per game, fifth in rushing yards and second in passing yards in the NFL.

Gase and the Broncos offense have had their fair share of tests this season as they have faced two of the best defenses in the NFL already in the Seahawks and Jets. And they’re only five games into the season.

“Yeah, another top 5 defense, we love seeing them,” Gase said, laughing. “Obviously this group is very physical up front. Starts with Justin Smith. Just him and Ray McDonald—I was with both those guys in ’08 and it hasn’t changed. Up front, stout, and then just that whole group they have in the linebacking corps, they’re physical as well. That front seven is a tough group to go against.”

Gase was an offensive assistant for the 49ers in 2008 where he got to know those dynamic playmakers. Despite the plethora of injuries that the 49ers have incurred, Gase isn’t surprised by the success they’ve maintained because of their excellent coaching staff.

The 49ers have only allowed an average of 20.5 points per game and just 287.2 yards.

Patrick Willis and Jimmie Ward both suffered injuries during the 49ers’ Monday night win and their status for Sunday’s game is unclear. The 49ers are already playing without NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Tramaine Brock.

When asked if the NFC West teams have been more physical than other divisions, he couldn’t say. But he did know that the Broncos’ schedule hasn’t been easy …read more