Originally posted by Menardo75
Snyder has done a good job at RT when he's started and like I said in my last post, I think the backups are more of a concern as is the playcalling and if there's anyone in the backfield providing help.
Looking at the 49ers roster, here's our secondary -
CB Tarell Brown
CB Nate Clements
FS Dashon Goldson
CB Walt Harris
CB Marcus Hudson
SS Keith Lewis
SS Michael Lewis
FS Mark Roman
CB Allen Rossum
CB Reggie Smith
CB Shawntae Spencer
CB Donald Strickland
That's twelve defensive backs. Harris is pretty much done and I would let him walk if he's a UFA or release him if he's not. After last night, I would definitely try to sign Chargers RB Darren Sproles if he becomes a UFA which he will unless he resigns with SD. You can then eliminate Rossum. You've upgraded your kick/punt returner while at the same time, giving Gore a damn good backup who's probably starting quality on several teams.
That leaves six cornerbacks with Clements the top corner who's 29. He'll be around for a few more years before the big money hits in the last year or two. Spencer has shown that he's good and bad at times and like I said a year ago in regards to Asante Samuel, Spencer would be a damn good nickelback because his play his limited which allows him to stay rested and hopefully, injury free. Strickland would be kept for depth and special teams purposes while Brown and Hudson could compete for a starting spot but I think that they're better suited as backups but that's just me.
Safety wise, Michael Lewis is set at SS with Keith Lewis as his backup. Goldson is better suited as a backup and for special teams play. Roman sucks and has done so after his solid 2006 season. I personally would move Smith back to FS where he should b and let him play there the entire off-season because if I can draft Jenkins, no way in hell am I going to pass on him just because it isnt considered a "need".
Last year, we drafted Balmer who barely played and quite honestly, we should should have drafted FS Kenny Phillips (who I wanted a year ago) because we wouldnt be having this discussion right now but whatever. Bottom line is that if Jenkins is there at ten, you draft his ass if no safety is with that pick because you can always move Smith back to FS where he should be.
I hate it when we draft a player at one position and move him to another. That's so damn stupid because you're expecting a player to learn a new position that he's never played before on a professional level and be good at it. Sorry but that rarely if ever happens. If Smith has cover skills which he must or he wouldnt have been moved to CB, then he'll have the cover skills to play FS. All he needs is to be put there and let him stay there for 2009 so he'll be good.
Makes no sense to pass on Jenkins who'll help your secondary by the mere fact that the CB opposite Clements wont need safety help which would then allow Lewis to play closer in the box which is his strong suit and allow the FS to roam free in coverage. If the 49ers pass on a cover corner in Jenkins for a safety who's no worth a top twenty, let alone a top ten draft pick, then, im sorry but that will be one stupid ass move in my opinion.
But we'll see what happens. Hell, im still trying to figure out Jed York saying that this is the last time our season ends in December. I'll believe it when I see it and signing Singletary to a 4 year $10m deal based on just several games is beyond stupid. I would have given him a one year deal and see what he does with a full off-season running the team and to prepare for the season. To me, it seems like the York's just wanted to spend as little money as possible on their HC.
Dont get me wrong though, I like that Singletary doesnt take any crap and will make the team just that - a team but I would have waited until after 2009 before giving him a multi year deal to make sure that it stays that way after the novelty wares off.