With the San Francisco 49ers beginning to report to training camp, it’s time to start settling some of the positional battles that have cropped up since the end of the 2013 season. Finally, after months of free agency, the draft, contract negotiations and good old-fashioned rumors, we’ll start getting some hard data on who will be taking the field in the 2014 season.
Yesterday, we took a look at the offensive side of the ball, but the bread and butter of this team over the past few seasons has been the defense. Thanks to injuries, suspensions and turnover, there are more question marks there than on offense, as well. The offense is trending upward, while the defense fights to remain elite.
Like yesterday, this is a very speculative list. If there was enough hard data to make a definite decision on which player would win which role, there’d be no reason to hold training camp. These are the best educated guesses possible with the information that we have at present.
Let’s go down the list right now, predicting who will come out on top of every significant defensive positional battle.