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October 17, 2006

Question: It is well known that next year's draft is going to be defense oriented, but what does Nolan plan to do about his defense for the rest of this season? I know he's not going to be content with allowing 30-plus points per game for the rest of the year.
-- Jhuri, Folsom

Answer: At this point, there's nothing dramatic the team can do. They've been dealt a hand (a three of hearts and a seven of spades) and they have to play it. A couple of the young players, Parys Haralson and Ronnie Fields, will get more playing time. And Nolan seems resigned to playing a 4-3 defense the rest of the season, which ought to cut back on some of the defensive confusion. The best reassurance for 49ers fans should come from last season. The D was horrible early on but settled down by midseason despite the fact that it was composed of back-ups and castoffs. Best hope? That will happen again this season.
-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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