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Corners, Safeties and other defensive questions!

So, about 100 days out from the season start and there are a few things that bare talking about. With Bowman out for the first half of the season (give or take) who gets the job next to Willis as starting ILB?
I think Wilhoite has done enough to deserve the first chance at it, he has previously shown that he is capable, at least in the short term.
I think that they may rotate Wilhoite with Moody, I believe the coaching staff have high hopes for Moody but if he doesn’t prove himself soon he will find himself on special teams or traded.
I will be interested to see how they use Boreland, he may be a better natural talent at ILB, maybe not across the board talent, but I think he has better ball hunting instincts.
I suppose that begs the question, in Bowmans absence do we want a ball hunter/play maker? Or do we want a lock down ILB who can support Willis and make the occasional big play?
For team stability I would probably go with Wilhoite as a lock down ILB, he has proven himself enough in my eyes.
I would like to see Boreland given some snaps on early downs because I think we have to see what he is capable of, but I think the bulk of the responsibility will fall to one of either Wilhoite or Moody.

Thoughts and comments?
Safeties and Corners, Who starts?
We seem to have a few to choose from now but the problem of a serious shutdown CB still remains. Culliver, while he is a serviceable CB is not a shutdown CB. He has good days on one on one coverage but is too inconsistant to rely on for a shutdown role.
Kieth Reaser sounds like he may grow into a shutdown role at some stage but not yet.
It would seem that a lot of this responsibility will fall to Reid again who may be able to share the load with Jimmie Ward.
I really hope that Bethea can live up to his contract, but his pass coverage could be suspect. I think that Ward will play more snaps and learn from Reid.
It’s possible that Brock or Wright step ut to the plate but I don’t think that either of them has to skill set to be a shutdown CB.

These are just a few thoughts, I’d love to hear what others have to say.

G’day Niner Empire!

Welcome to the Australian chapter of The Niner Empire Sites. It is a privilege and an honor to be the founder of the Australian Niner Empire, and a member of the greatest fan base in the world, the Niner Empire!

A little bit of history, I was born and raised in Melbourne Australia and have never been to the US but I have been a 49ers fan for as long as I can remember.

When I was about four years old my parents went to the US and stayed with family friends who are SF locals. My dad went to a few Giants games at Candlestick park, this was about 1977, and he fell in love with the place! When they got home he told me all about the Stick and what a fantastic place it was. From that time on I started to watch Baseball and Football whenever I had the chance. Needless to say I was a 49ers fan from the day my dad told me about them, I'm very happy he told me about the Niners and not Chokeland! My love for the Forty Niners never wavered from that time on. We were lucky growing up that they showed a bit of football on late night tv and always showed the Super bowl live so I got to see enough football to keep me hooked! After a few years they started replaying a game a week and high lights of the other games from that week.

When I was fifteen I found out that there was a reasonably well established league in Melbourne at which point I decided that I was going to play football! I found a team near me, went to the first day of preseason training where I had to get my dad to sign a waiver as there was no junior league. Its fair to say that I got pretty beat up in that first season, but it only made my obsession with the game stronger!

So that's a brief history of an Australians love of American football and the Forty Niners.

I hope to grow this Australian chapter and look forward to connecting with all of you Niner Faithful.

Nick.