Question: Who has best chance to start at QB for the 49ers? Hill looked really good. Maybe two-qb team? Hopefully not! Got any info on the new qb?
Answer: You raise a good point. While itís true that the 49ers are setting up a stiff quarterback competition this offseason, they also are setting themselves up for some controversy. Unless one guy clearly establishes himself as the superior quarterback, there inevitably will be second-guessing as the soon as the starter falters. If the 49ers get off to a slow start, the 49ers are opening themselves up for a QB carousel.
Question: What do you think of Trevor Laws as a 3-4 NT? The obvious comparison is Kelly Gregg...do you think this is valid?
Answer: Itís certainly a possibility. The two guys are roughly the same dimensions.
Question: Hey Matt, great blog! Iíd like to know why no one would consider drafting a corner in this years Draft to help Nate Clements even with the possibility of a top 5 Corner falling to the late 1st round in this yearís draft?
Answer: The draft is particularly deep at two position groups Ė offensive tackle and cornerback. I expect the 49ers to come away with one of each. Offensive tackle is more of a need Ė thatís why youíve been hearing more about that position than QB.
Question: Matt do you foresee Goldson taking over Mark Roman's safety spot this season?
Matt, San Diego
Answer: Eventually, but not this season. Goldsonís skills seem like a perfect compliment to Michael Lewisí, but Roman is no slouch. He has the confidence of the coaching staff.
Question: What happened with Takeo Spikes?
Answer: Weighing his options.
Question: So much trade talk! There has been so much talk about Chad Johnson not being happy in Cinci. What are the chances the 49ers trade for him, and if they decide to do so, what would it take?
Jonathan, Norcross, Ga.
Answer: Donít see it happening for a number of reasons. Johnson is under contract, and the Bengals would ask for all the tea in China in exchange for him. Heíd also want to play for a Super Bowl contender. (The 49ers, owners of the leagueís worst offense, arenít in that category). And I donít think Nolan would want to deal with Johnsonís colorful personality.
Question: Couldn't be much happier with the off-season acquisitions. Each player provides an upgrade over the man being replaced. Bruce for Gilmore, Johnson for "stonehands" Jackson (at half the cost) Smith for Douglas, Foster for Hicks..etc. I think we have done a great job in free agency. Would you agree? (personally I would have went after A.Samuel and drafted a D-end instead of paying Smith all that money) Now we are truly in a position to draft "the best player available". Do you still see O-line & D-line at picks 1 2,or could we get a surprise, as in CB, S, QB,LB?
Answer: I agree with your assessment Ė it looks as if, at the very least, the 49ers upgraded the depth chart at several positions. But by how much? That remains to be seen. Remember that everyone was gaga when Jackson was acquired last season. Unless the offense improves overall, Johnson, Foster, etc. might seem like duds, too. (By the way, as someone who grew up a few miles from Manassas, Va., I love the ďStonehandsĒ Jackson moniker.) As for the draft, Iím sticking to my guns with O-line and D-line early. However, the wild card could be a cornerback.
Question: Given the horrific performance of the WR corps since the arrival of McNolan, why is it that Jerry Sullivan doesn't get more criticism? All I ever hear is what a tremendous teacher Sullivan is yet we can't get ANY production from this group. Draft picks, free agents, veterans, not a single person has been productive. Maybe there is an issue with the coach rather than the players? Interested in your thoughts.
JJ, Plano, Texas
Answer: Are you trying to get me blacklisted by the coaching staff?!?! First, Iíll offer this defense: The offense as a whole has stunk for a while. In order for the wide receivers to be productive, the quarterback has to be on target, the line has to block, etc., etc. The wideouts are the last link in that chain. Ö But I certainly see your point. If Sullivan is indeed the greatest position coach in the league, why canít he turn water into wine? One issue that hasnít helped the situation is Sullivanís iron-clad allegiance to ďhis guys.Ē Was Bryan Gilmore really going to make a difference last season? Sullivan should have set aside his requirement for centimeter-perfect route running and played Ashley Lelie and Jason Hill sooner than he did.
Question: By the start of next season, do you see a change at the right cornerback? With Walt Harris aging, do you think bigger, faster, younger, Spencer can take away the starting job?
Matt, San Diego
Answer: Harris seems to have found the fountain of youth and thereís still a healthy gap between him and Spencer. I think Tarell Brown is the guy you should keep an eye on in the future.