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May 30, 2007
Defense should be much improved

Question: Last year we saw the offense make huge strides from 2005. It went from a punchless weakling to a unit that would hit you in the mouth on its way down the field for a score. Can we expect similar strides this year with the defense? Counting Brandon Moore, this team is poised to have six new starters from last year's unit, plus a new coordinator and the new 3-4 scheme. Remember, Nolan is a defensive-minded coach and I think he's ready to put his stamp on this unit. What do you think?

Jason, Sacramento

Answer: Defenses usually don't take as long as offenses to jell. So to answer your question, yes, I think the 49ers' defense will be far better than last year's version, especially in the secondary. A competent secondary also will mean more blitzing.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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