Originally posted by NinerBuff:
I bet they'll have Bakhtiari and Alama-Francis on speed dial. Until Haggan's suspension is up, they're really flirting with disaster. I mean, they don't have a single backup OLB on the roster right now.
I think you're right, both Bakhtiari and Alama-Francis appear to still be available if they wanted to resign either of them.
I think you're right, they appear to need another OLB as a backup.
I'm not sure I agree with you about no backups on the roster right now, tho.
Haralson is 6'0" and 255, and there are a couple guys an the roster right now who could fill in for him.
Dobbs, at 6'3" and 275. We've already seen him in the preseason at OLB/DE in nickel situations.
What about Bowman, at 6'0" and 243? He played OLB at Penn State, and has shown some natural pass rush ability with the Niners. He's not much different in size than Von Miller, who plays OLB at Denver and seems to do pretty well. So if needed, how about Bowman at OLB?
Gooden, at 6'2" and 243 might also fill the bill.
Then there's the secret weapon, that guy named Miller, who plays FB now, but in college played . . . yes, OLB, and played it pretty well. Defensive guys are taking his snaps at FB/HB, could he play some OLB if necessary?
Are we seeing some more creative thinking from the coaching staff?