Q&A with 49ers saftey Dashon Goldson

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Q&A with 49ers saftey Dashon Goldson

49ers safety Dashon Goldson was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Late Hits on Tuesday, and spent some time touching on his contract situation. The 49ers placed the franchise tag on Goldson, and Monday is the deadline for the two sides to agree on a multi-year deal. If a deal isn't done, he and the 49ers will not be able to negotiate a new contract until after the final game of the regular season. Here is a partial transcript of Goldson's interview on Late Hits:
On the offseason
Its been kinda lonely. You know Id love to be there with my teammates, without a doubt. Unfortunately Im on the business side of things (right now). Its just one of those things. But Im feeling good. Ive been working out with all these trainers just picking their brains and adding different stuff to my game. Im at a stage where Ive been in the league going on six years now and Ive been training for a while. So its good to go and bounce around and see what other trainers have. Theres a lot of guys in different leagues that have trainers. They always speak on their trainers so I like to go out there and test them out and see what they got. And they all been great so far. I love em all and they have been tremendous. This whole offseason for me. Ive been working out with Jay Glazer as well. Thats a guy just stepping up, stepping out of my box a little bit with the training and as a football player. Just developing different techniques I can use and add to my game. Im in a position where I want to accomplish a lot. Just be there and be that guy for my team. And I havent been there all offseason so Im sure they're working hard and I gotta do the same thing.

Is it like a second lockout offseason?

Yeah, it feels that way. Mine was a little extended last year due to contracts and all that like I said, its unfortunate i'm on that side of the business, but Ill be well prepared when I get back in to camp.

Optimism on having extension by July 16

Ill let that stay between my agent and the organization as far as those negotiations. Im hoping something long-term will happen, but like you said i'm not taking anything personal. I look at it as a business move on their part. Thats just the business. So i'm not taking anything personal. (something about the tag). Any guy would love a long-term, six years. I played on a one-year last year after a four-year deal. One-year, one-year is not what any football player wants because we all know what we put our bodies through and what we do for our football teams and stuff like that. But I mean its all good. Theres no love lost or anything like that. I just hope something will get done. And if not, ill still be a 49er

On Michael Griffin (Titans) as a helpful blueprint for contract
Im sure it helps. A lot of guys complaining about nobodys getting signed, nobodys getting signed. Mike griffins a great player. Hes a good friend of mine and i'm excited for him. He does a lot for that football team and hes well deserving of what he got. I wouldnt say it would hurt. And if it does i'm not an agent so I wouldnt know how. I'm sure those guys figure that out. I'm not an expert in that area.

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Uh-oh: Is Kyle Shanahan going to be Harbaugh-tastic in his timing?

Until now, Kyle Shanahan’s hiring by the San Fracisco 49ers looked great because of his two-and-a-half predecessors – the last days of Jim Harbaugh, the misplaced concept of Jim Tomsula and the couldn’t-make-chicken-marsala-out-of-old-Kleenex problems surrounding Chip Kelly.

But now, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has told us all that Shanahan has a gift we in the Bay Area know all too well. Specifically, that Shanahan took too long to call plays to the Super Bowl the Falcons vomited up to the New England Patriots.

Now who does that remind you of, over and over again?

Yes, some things are evergreen, and too many options in this overly technological age seems to be one of them. Data in is helpful, but command going out is what bells the cow. Ryan said Shanahan was, well, almost Harbaugh-tastic in his timing.

“Kyle’s play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in,” Ryan told Bleacher Report. “As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, ‘There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.’ You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

“With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.”

And the reason this matters is because the Atlanta Shanahan had multiple good options on every play. In San Francsco, at least in the short term, he’ll be dealing with minimal options. That could speed up his choices, as in “What the hell, we don’t have Julio Jones.” But it could also mean more delays, as in, “Okay, him . . . no, maybe not . . . no, he just screwed up that play last series . . . oh, damn it, time out!”

In short, it’s growing pains season here, children. On the field, on the sidelines, and maybe even in Kyle Shanahan’s head.

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

49ers defense: Top training camp competitions

Before starting six games as a rookie, Rashard Robinson had not played football since the 2014 season at LSU.

Yet, Robinson is the closest thing to a sure bet to win a starting job among 49ers cornerbacks.

Tramaine Brock was projected as the starting cornerback on the other side until his arrest on suspicion of a troubling domestic incident prompted the 49ers to release him more than three months ago.

The 49ers open training camp next week, and here are the top competitions for starting jobs on defense:

LEFT CORNERBACK
Keith Reaser has yet to make an NFL start while appearing in 28 games the past two seasons. The 49ers rotated cornerbacks with the first-team defense during the offseason program, and Reaser put himself in position to enter camp as the slight favorite to replace Brock.

Veterans Dontae Johnson and Will Davis will try to work their way into the picture. And the 49ers are hopeful talented rookie Ahkello Witherspoon will develop a willingness to play with more physicality. The 49ers selected Witherspoon in the third round. He has the size and all the tools to win the starting job, but there were times in college he showed an alarming lack of aggression as a tackler.

NICKELBACK
K'Waun Williams is healthy after missing last season due to an ankle injury and falling out of favor with the Cleveland Browns. Defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, one of the few holdovers from Chip Kelly’s staff, thinks highly of Williams after coaching him with the Browns. Hafley said he believes Williams can become one of the top covermen in the slot in the entire league.

Williams lined up with the first-team defense throughout the offseason program. His biggest competition could come from Will Redmond, whom the 49ers selected in the third round of the 2016 draft but did not play as a rookie due to a knee injury. Redmond has some rust to knock off, but he did not appear to show signs of the injury during the offseason program.

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END
Arik Armstead is not the prototypical player at the “Leo” position. At 6 foot 7, Armstead does not have the low center of gravity that is typically associated with that position. But Armstead is certainly not lacking for athleticism.

The 49ers need a more consistent pass rush to assist their unproven cornerbacks, and this spot will be counted upon to provide more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Veteran Elvis Dumervil, who believes he has regained his explosion off the edge after being hampered with Achilles injury, was added last month to do what he does best. Dumervil, 33, enters the season with 99 career sacks.

Aaron Lynch is on notice as he enters his fourth NFL season. He moves from outside linebacker to defensive end in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme. Multiple competitions will be ongoing at this position, as the 49ers will look to determine the best fits for base downs, as well as passing situations.

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER
The signing of free-agent Malcolm Smith raised a few eyebrows. It was just the offseason program, but Smith was as impressive as any player on the team during the non-padded practices. He is clearly comfortable in Robert Saleh’s scheme, which is based on the Seattle Seahawks’ defense.

The 49ers had Reuben Foster rated as their No. 3 prospect in the entire draft. They traded with the Seahawks to move up to select him at No. 31 overall. The 49ers seem thoroughly unconcerned with Foster’s shoulder. The club believes he will be medically cleared for the opening of training camp.

The 49ers might want to bring Foster along slowly, but it is clear they do not expect him to be a backup for very long.