Originally posted by NinerG94:
Originally posted by OKC49erFan:
This is the problem. It must be decided who is more valuable and worth the contract... Bowman or Goldson for example.
Tough decisions are going to have to be made. Losing some of our players is really going to suck, but we can't afford to pay everybody what they deserve.
In my opinion, it would be easier to find a safety with similar (although raw) skills as Goldson than a ILB like Bowman.
I totally disagree. Bowman is a luxury considering we have Patrick Willis Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith locked up. I know they are totally different positions but I'd much rather be looking for a second ILB than trying to find an elite safety. If one of your LB's gets burned you have the safety on the back end to make a play. If you get burned on the back end its play/game over. Do people not remember how long it took for Goldson to develop and how many piss poor safeties we went through before him? Last line of defense is much more important than the TED backer IMO. Bowman is better suited for MIKE backer position anyway. I know the 49ers are a bit different than the norm as far as how they use their backers but I still think it would be easier to find a veteran LB or draft a LB for that spot than it would be to try and wait on an elite safety. We'll never be picking hight enough in the draft to get one anyway.
You have a fair point. I believe we have the luxury of keeping the safeties back due to the abilities of our ILBs in covering the middle. The Front 7 being as they are allow the secondary more freedom. It is a balance within the scheme, we really are fortunate. The front 7 makes QBs uncomfortable and prone to errors, and the secondary can give the front 7 more time to get to the QB. Losing either player is going to hurt. I just see Bowman as the superior player in our scheme. Not meaning to discount Goldson, he really is growing into an excellent player.
I guess my point is, I value the front of the defense more than the secondary. Both are very important, but I think the front can keep the secondary from being exposed more often. Losing a good player form either will still suck. I do not envy Baalke being the decision maker.