A New Dawn — A New Defense?

Super Bowl bound! 4-12? Shit, who am I kidding. I have no clue how this season turns out. Despite the naysayers and those that laugh and predict doom for jettisoning St. Jim the Wolverine, the team still has talent and the offense will hopefully move out of the 70s.

The defense? Well, shit should be fine, if not a little thin in the defensive backfield. Which leads me to believe we will be a little more aggressive with the pass rush. Ahmad Brooks still remains a 49er, albeit that depends on the charges brought forth by the woman who brought down RayMac. Cutting him at this point would only save $1.5 mill against the cap, so he’ll probably stick around if these charges go away.

If anything, both Ahmad Brooks, and his bookend OLB Aldon Smith have a lot to prove with their recent travails and issues. The defensive line should still be fairly stout as Justin Smith hasn’t been himself the last couple years, and the rest of the crew, plus Darnell Dockett should be good to go. These OLBs (Lunch included) can wreak some havoc if the D line takes care of business. Eli Harold has been seen as a high-value pick where we got him.  Arik Armstead? He’s got the ‘potential’ tag laid all over him. The positive being Jim Tomsula has done very well as a D line coach with a lot less than AA.

Inside LB? Well, there’s the rub. Bowman is by all intents coming along just fine, but his injury was horrific and he is a question. Wilhoite has shown decent game, but his  ceiling isn’t very high. Moody and the rest? Ehh. Have to wonder if someone will fall off a team after cut-down time.

The secondary is thin as well. Even with the signing of Jaquaski Tartt, heir apparent to Antoine Bethea. The only question is when.  The corners were left thin by the Cully and COX departures, but Brock should be healthy. Johnson came on very well last year, but he’s a question as a starter and Shareece Wright isn’t all that. They did sign UDFA Mylan Hicks (Mich St) to a 3 year deal so they see something there.

As far as the coaches go, they have a lot of guys with a lot of time in the game. What does it mean? Little to nothing in itself, but Mangini is on the right side of the line now at least.

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193 Responses to A New Dawn — A New Defense?

  1. 12th man says:

    Happy 4th of July!

  2. snarkk says:

    Harbaugh clowned through another radio interview with Colin Cowherd of ESPN the other day. Nothing new compared to the weekly KNBR craziness he used to do on Tuesday mornings. The ESPN guys seemed incredulous at it, and went Ah Hah! about why the NIners canned him. That’s Harbaugh. Weird that ESPN supposedly had no clue what Harbaugh does in interviews. BTW, I’m wondering how that type of idiotic interview performance can possibly impress a recruit or his parents. Wouldn’t impress me if I were a parent of a Michigan recruit. I’d think the guy is a nut…

    • Nipper says:

      Snarkk you wouldn’t be impressed if Fort Knox deposited a gold bar on your doorstep. You would be grousing about the taxes!

    • Winder says:

      It’s all about the bling. The only thing I do at espn is fantasy sports.

  3. Winder says:

    Happy 4th everyone

  4. 12th Man says:

    Ok it’s from LoCoJr but even a blind squirrel…..
    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/wont-miss-jim-harbaugh/

  5. 12th Man says:

    And in an attempt at being FoxNews fair and balanced…..
    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/well-miss-jim-harbaugh/

    I agree with 2 of the 5 anyway.

  6. rob says:

    Happy 9ers 4th everybody

  7. Nipper says:

    Meanwhile on the other blog, Skeebers is dissing Chuck again.

  8. I came home to find a message left by Rob wishing me a Happy 49th Birthday while doing his “best” Marilyn Monroe impersonation like she did whilst seducing President Kennedy many moons ago.

    I need another drink and a shower.

  9. NJ49er says:

    12th I’ll agree with the sentiment from Cohn on Harbaugh over McCarthy.
    Given the record in recent matchups, McCarthy has come up short.
    There was a noticeable improvement with Harbaughs’ era against GB for us.

    While I’ll tip my hat to Harbaugh there, I think Fangio did an excellent job of taking away their passing game to a larger extent as well.

    I think Kaep exposed a very weak LB Corps with his ability to run too.

    Loved the quote from Cohn regarding the ‘ill look/sour stomach’ displayed by McCarthy.
    Seattle did it to him too in the NFCCG.

    Classic.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Nip that’s the only way Skeebs wins an argument. Talk shit then ban the protagonist.

    Nice of him to joke about someone’s death. Stay classy, Skeebs.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the rub, 12th. Harbaugh always wanted to be the center of attention. It was all about him all the time every day That’s why he’d come up with the gobble gobble jive turkey shit. He certainly understood the sound bite aspect of interviews and pressers, but more often than not, his pressers were a testament to terse and meaningless answers.

    There are situations where pointing everything at himself comes in handy, but there are also times it is a major distraction to the team.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Shit, NoFear. You are still pining for Nolan.

    Schottenheimer was a good coach. Took a lot of teams far. But when you can’t win the big one, well you aimt one of the greats. Too bad so sad.

    Harbaugh’s right whee he belongs. College. He took a good TE am as far as his limited offense could go.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    If Harbaugh could beat Carroll like he beats McCarthy, he’d still be coaching here.

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