Originally posted by NCommand:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:Originally posted by NCommand:Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
QB: Smith, Kaepernick, FA (Dennis Dixon or Josh Johnson)
RB: Gore, Hunter, Dixon
FB: Corcoran, Miller
WR: Edwards, Crabtree, Morgan, Johnson, Ginn
OL: Staley, Boone, Iupati, Wragge, Goodwin, Kilgore, Snyder, Rachal, Davis
TE: Davis, Walker, Reuland
DL: McDonald, Jean-Francois, Sopoaga, I.Williams, J.Smith, Tukuafu
OLB: Aldon Smith, Applewhite, Brooks, Gibson
ILB: Willis, Bowman, McKillop, Grant, Castonzo
CB: Rogers, Spencer, Brown, Adams, Culliver, Brock
S: D. Whitner, M.Williams, R.Smith, C.J. Spillman, C. Taylor
Pre-season game prediction: With the emergence of younger/faster/more talented OLBs on the roster such as Aldon Smith, Antwan Applewhite and Thaddeus Gibson, the 49ers eventually part ways with the underperforming Parys Haralson.
Nice perspective. Who are your projected starters? Man, with Smith, Applewhite, Brooks, Gibson, Haralson and Rowe, this is going to be one EPIC battle for pass rushers! Wow! Not to mention a couple of those guys can play inside, next to Willis at the TED spot on a dime as well. I wonder how many LBers overall, that we will keep.
My starters are as bolded; doesn't necessarily mean opening day starters, but eventual regular 2011 starting lineup. Glad you mentioned Rowe because I've always liked this kid and thought he'd make a perfect Steeler development-type 3-4 LB. I think he makes the practice squad this season, bulks up and challenges for a backup role in 2012.
Gotcha! Applewhite, many don't know about him but look out! And yes, love Rowe's potential as well. This is going to be one of the funnest position battles to watch, no doubt. I also have serious doubts about Spencer as he continues to have chronic hamstring issues.
Man, coming from you two, this is exciting. I haven't felt this good about this team in a long, long time. If the Niners can actually generate a pass rush, they will finally begin to win some of those close games they having been losing the past decade.
Unlike many Zoners, I feel the WCO (Harbaugh's version) actually suits Alex Smith's skill set very well because there is more play action. Now that he has a lot of targets a better scheme, and hopefully, a better OL.
Curious what you guys think about his chances for improvement this year? I'm actually optimistic.
[ Edited by nw9erfan on Aug 5, 2011 at 2:39 PM ]