Originally posted by Puckdaddy:
There are two holes in this statement which skews your logic.
1. Using the Skuta example as proof that Dahl is not a replacement. You would have a good point if say we lost one of our MLB's and the FO signed Skuta before finding a formidable replacement. Because that is the situation as far as the safety position. But we lost a very important piece in our secondary and we sign a potential 3rd string safety after watching 5 or 6 days of decent DB's fall off of the board? Thats next to stupidity.
2. Hoping the Niners "find the next Goldson in April". This is a move that would be best if we either won the SB or are in a rebuilding stage. It is not astute to not reach the zenith, then put complete faith in coaching a rookie on the fly and expect him to perform as well as Goldson in hostile playoff conditions, and have the same impact. Its more unreasonable than anything.
If the 9ers have strong confidence in signing Darrelle Revis, Woodson or Reed, only then will the rookie or Dahl be understandable. Anything other than that, It would seem that we have a strictly gem searching for much of nothing FO like the Patriots. Using that formula will get you to 2nd of 3rd place, but not the promise land.
Some of you guys high a skewed view of what Goldson actually brought to the table. Goldson was far from a ball hawking FS. Goldson really wasn't that good in coverage. Goldson was great at covering ground or closing on somebody or supporting the run but when QB's threw to people he had to cover, he wasn't somebody who made plays. Who cares if Dahl beats out the other three FS's on this roster to include the practice squad. Would anybody have a problem if Dahl out plays the safety the 49ers will probably draft and the other safety's on the team?
Worse case scenario Dahl doesn't make this squad. Best case scenario is either dahl starts because he is better at this point than any other option the 49ers have or Dahl is third safety and special teams contributor.
The 49ers didn't spend a ton of money on this guy. This signing is the equivalent of a high priority undrafted free agent. If he makes the team, awesome. It doesn't matter what role he plays on this team. Vic F, Harbaugh and Baalke are much better at evaluating talent for their system than I am.