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Hard question to answer, but here are some points that have led me to question that:
1. Wasn't a probowl caliber player before Harbaugh came in
2. Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers weren't pro bowl players before Harbaugh came in
3. All those guys become pro bowl/all pro players during the Harbaugh era
3. Justin Smith gets hurt and pretty much all members of the SF secondary was exposed in the playoffs.
Is Goldson better than our safeties? Yeah. I'm not sure he's 38 million or however much he wants better than our safeties. He's a good hitter, but his coverage skills were a bit exposed when the 49ers stopped getting a pass rush. The pass rush the 49ers showcased in the playoffs is what the Pats have showcased throughout the entire season.
Point is, if the Pats plan on keeping their big 3 FA's, they will probably only have enough money for 1 big FA, if they choose to go after a marquee name. I think Goldson would be a mistake. You won't be getting what you pay for unless you have a decent pass rush, and you won't be able to get a decent pass rush if you prioritize Goldson.
Thoughts? I could be wrong. But I don't think he's as sure a thing as others think he is.
I think it has more to do with their depth and talent they added. Like, Carlos Rogers was pretty good on a bad skins team, but if you use him as a slot CB on a better D in SF, he looks better.
If you look at their adds with Rogers, Smith and Whitner, each was a good, above average add being put onto a better D. Also, Ahmad Brooks was another.
I think Goldson is part of that. Throw in Aldon Smith into that base and it's more about all the parts working together.
If Goldson wants 6-8 per year, etc, I'd stay away, but 4-5, he'd be a fine fit here for the long term next to McCourty, IMO.
It's more talent and depth than system, IMO. Take a look at their D and then look at our base. BB is simply not that far off with what he has here already. Some like to mock BB, but the base of talent on this D is right there.
Well, that's kind of what I was saying. In other words, he needs good players around him to look good.
Also, Carlos Rogers was actually pretty bad in the slot this season...great last year, not so much this year.
I wouldn't say our base is close to SF's. Hightower hasn't proven anything yet, same with Jones. Pats have high picks invested into the front 7, but that doesn't make them good. BB has drafted a lot of good run stuffers, but those same guys are a liability in coverage
Here's the biggest difference, Willis and Bowman are above average coverage linebackers...which I think has played a huge part in Whitner and Goldson's level of play in the last couple of seasons. Spikes is a liability in coverage and Mayo is meh.
Goldson is a piece to the puzzle, he isn't the answer. At 38 million, they'd be paying him like he's the answer.
Oh, I thought you meant how Harbaugh runs his D (how he wants it run) and their one dimensional, but highly efficient 4-3 style.
Yeah, I wouldn't overpay Goldson. This came up in another thread. There is some weight to that logic, no doubt.
My issue with that is, NE's talent here on D is right there with SF. Patrick Willis is a bit better than Mayo, but generally speaking that's the same kind of player. I don't think Mayo is "meh" at all. A perennial Pro Bowler, leader of the LBs, go tell BB mayo is "meh". DROY int he 2008, 1 year after Willis was drafted. I agree Willis is a bit better, maybe you think far better, but I disagree. It's the same player.
Spikes is Navarro Bowman (Bowman isn't any better in coverage than Spikes/Spikes is fine in zone and in fact, he's been better with that every year). Nink is say, Amhmad Brooks.
Chandler Jones is Aldon Smith. Yes, Smith has more sacks is probably better, but you get the idea.
Some are acting like SF's talent on D is leaps and bounds better than NE's, and it's not. It's a little further along in terms of continuity, yes.
Bowman is one of the better linebackers in coverage. Spikes would come out on more third downs if Fletcher was healthy.