Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Honestly, as long as we can keep our front 7 dominant, it really doesn't matter who we throw out there. We'll collect 'cheap' FAs like Rogers / Asomugha every year to fill voids, but I think it's pretty evident that Baalke's strategy is to pay for front 7 and not secondary.
Agreed. The secondary will be average to good relaying the front 7 to make them look very good. But that doesn't mean we can downplay Brown's contributions to the team. He's a good cover corner. Don't mean to get into it with you NinerBuff, just saw some posters' responses that paraphrase as "his absence won't hurt".
If the 49ers' offense is as badass as I think it will be, opposing teams may be lining up in 4WR sets in the middle of the 3rd quarter playing catch up. This puts stress on the pass rushing depth (got that) and secondary depth. Not having Brown would definitely hurt the team. We don't know how good Nnamdi is. Will CRogers regress more? For the most part, a rookie FS will be behind the right CB. He is important to this year's secondary.