49ers' Saleh defends porous defense: 'I still believe this is a top-10 defensive unit'

The 49ers have lost star pass-rusher Nick Bosa for the season, haven’t had star cornerback Richard Sherman suit up since week two and are so depleted in the secondary that the team thrust untested defensive back Brian Allen into the spotlight for his first-ever start in Sunday’s 43-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.The defense was abysmal, Allen was yanked in the first half and journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had his way with the 49ers en route to 342 passing yards and three touchdowns.The 49ers’ defense has given its fans no reason to be confident, yet defensive coordinator Robert Saleh s…

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