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January 4, 2007
Who will run the defense?

Question: Now that we fired Billy Davis as defensive coordinator, who are the possibilities for replacing him? Also, Mike Nolan was talking about signing some big-name players. Do you know who they might be?

- Moe, Fremont

Answer: I would put Donnie Henderson at the top of the defensive coordinator list, followed by a few veterans in the business: Dom Capers, Jim Bates and Dave McGinnis. As for big-name players, Adalius Thomas seems to embody everything the 49ers are looking for in a free agent.

- 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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