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Yeah it is a crap shoot. The problem is that these scouthing reports are written about players being 4-3 DE's or 4-3 OLB's. They rarely actually break down the fact that the 3-4 isn't a college scheme and the only way to get a player in most cases is to get a "tweener" that lacks experience in all areas necessary to be a LB.
No. Tarell Brown was getting the most playing time of any CB not named Clements and Harris. He was practically a shutdown CB in the Jets and Redskins games.
And Dashon Goldson is Roman's replacement at FS. Smith has been playing SS.
Still mourning for Brandon Moore? I guess all 32 teams forgot to get the memo that he deserves to be an NFL LB.
I'm hoping Jimmy Williams plays backup SS (he does have weight problems, might as well bulk up and try to utilize his size), and Reggie Smith plays backup FS, as he is more suited to cover WRs than any other Safety on the team I think.
Tarell Brown wears no. 25, he's listed as a 4th stringer backing up Clements in last yr's preseason mag. Were you thinking of Reggie Smith, no. 31? That I would believe.
I hope neither of them falls through the cracks as sooooo many players have with this team, they need them both. Note that this defense gave up more points than anyone other than the Raiders last yr. & I think was 32nd in that category the previous yr. -- they're still awful despite Patrick Willis & bringing in Takeo & Justin Smith.
Reggie Smith has been mentioned by local Bay Area sports press as Roman's replacement at FS, Roman has degenerated into an embarrassment out there. All the coaching changes, the fatal death-blow ownership change within the DeBartolo Dynasty, Dr. John York's obsession with the new Santa Clara stadium that will not happen, lots of factors for inexplicable personnel decisions with this team. I'm still in mourning for LB Brandon Moore who was cut in camp last yr, what do I know....
But I do think they need to find a quality corner opposite Clements & spend the #10 on their many other great glaring needs.
as others said the D was better than you are claiming. terrell brown showed signs and regardless of what he was listed on last years preseasons guidebook or whatever, he got a fair amount of burn and showed signs. he only fell late in the draft because of character concerns, which havent come up again. the guy has talent.
as for guys falling through the cracks, most late rders dont make it. The niners actually have 21 out of 25 of the players drafted in the last three years on their roster. larry grant is somewhere else, so really thats 3 guys who havent worked out at all.