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