As to Clark , he IMO he just "flashed" last year. Looked good on some plays , held his own on a bunch more and always had a few where he was over powered or badly beaten. You just can't (again JMO) have 2-3 plays a game where you give a rusher a free run at your QB. It's one thing to get beat but he has those occasional plays where he is horribly beaten.
Yes & no. They actually look somewhat stout on defense in the 1st halves of games, then, like clockwork, they go into a soft zone coverage every single 2nd half, & all the sudden, the opposing offense is able to march up & down the field at will. It’s baffling.
To compound the issue, we completely abandon whatever’s working offensively in the 1st half. Just 1 example, Frank Gore was averaging 6ypc in the 1st half vs TEN, & had around 50yds rushing at halftime. I think he touched the ball twice in the 2nd half?
So no, choking isn’t nevessarily the right word, but I also think if they play to their strengths on both sides of the ball for 60 minutes, & stick with things that are working, this team is 4-2.