The Niner DB’s

Even with the season loss of savvy vet Walt Harris, I like the Niner DB’s. I think this group will have a much bigger impact on the team than we’ve seen  in many years. They have considerable depth and experience, plus some new guys that have not really had the chance to show what they can do…………….yet. Three starters are set it, so it seems. Nate Clements at one corner, and Michael Lewis and Dashon Goldson at the safeties. The battle rages at the other CB slot opposite Clements between Dre’ Bly (4th in the NFL in int’s for active players) and 3rd year man Tarell Brown.  The Niners probably will carry 8 DB’s on the current roster with Allen Rossum listed primarily as a return man (although he did get on the field as a DB in the exhibition season).  Shawntae Spencer is pretty much a lock to make the team, and I think third round 2008 draft pick Reggie Smith is, as well. That probably leaves Marcus Hudson, free agent Eric Green, rookie Curtis Taylor, and former starter Mark Roman to battle it out for the remaining two active roster spots. I can’t see the Niners keeping Roman, so it should be between the remaining three with Curtis Taylor currently in the pole position.

Clements is not the shut down corner he might have been in his days in Buffalo, but still can play at a pretty high level on most Sunday’s. He always gets the opponents toughest receiver, and is a great open field tackler.  Some thought Bly would slide right in opposite Clements, but that is surely not the case. Tarell Brown continues to make plays and is just quick on quick with big league recovery speed. This guy might have been a number one pick had he not had some off field problems and tough injuries at Texas. Even if Brown does not start, he’ll play a whole lot. Dashon Goldson brings some swagger and ‘tude the secondary and seems to have a real knack for being right where the ball is. Lewis is a solid veteran player. No Ed Reed’s here, but safeties who can play both the pass and the run.

I am hoping that the defensive scheme of the Niners in ’09 features more blitzing from the DB’s. I believe they have the personnel to do this, and that would provide more help to a front three that are not exactly QB chasers.



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