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Golden Nuggets: The defense that never happened

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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Friday September 30, 2016

Hi everyone! I will be handling the Golden Nuggets on Friday mornings. Hopefully I don’t bore anyone too much. The main thing is keeping those links going.

Can you imagine if we would have had a healthy Ian Williams in the middle of our defensive line picking up where he left off last season? Add in the same Armstead that was tearing it up in training camp before his shoulder injury and finish this line off with Buckner who is showing what he can do as a rookie.

Our outside linebackers would consist of the impressively in shape Brooks we are seeing this season along with Lynch who is suspended for the first four games and might as well be for five with the short week before a Thursday night game. I know there are people that think Lynch is going to regress based on what they saw during his uninspiring play in the practice games but I think this is a player that runs on emotions and it is hard to show your best when you know you are facing a suspension. I personally think it might take a couple of weeks but we will be seeing the same Lynch after the bye week.

Ray Ray Armstrong easily stood out in comparison to Wihoite and Hodges and was sorely missed against Seattle. Add to that the injury to Jimmie Ward and you have a very different defense than the one that I have just mentioned. Call me a homer and a dreamer but I think that would have been a pretty formidable defense. There is always next year but will Brooks be the same player next year and I highly doubt we will ever see the same Ian Williams that was playing at such a high level at the end of last season.

That is a lot of losses for a team that could not afford any after the previous year’s early exodus of Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, and Chris Borland and we haven’t even made it a quarter of the way through the season yet. Thanks Baalke!

Now onto the links:

Kelly met with just two QBs prior to 49ers draft. Matt Maiocco

Kelly considers options in facing familiar Cowboys Matt Maiocco

On 49ers: Offense can't 'catch and knife' with a dull receiving corps Matt Burrows

Chip Kelly says he didn't speak with Anthony Davis before re-retirement NinersWire

Technically, Anthony Davis didn't "retire" Mike Florio

Gabbert bizarrely checks in ahead of Luck, Winston, Wentz in ESPN's QB rankings Kevin Jones

Sakamoto: 49ers DE DeForest Buckner Must Show Up Against Cowboys RB Ezekial Elliott Ryan Sakamoto

Kelly: 49ers RT Davis retired because of 'injuries' Eric Branch

49ers notes: Lynch ending suspension with slimmer physique Matt Burrows

Carlos Hyde, Ezekiel Elliott Display Mutual Respect before First NFL Meeting Joe Fann

Gabbert, 49ers' third-down offense coming up short Matt Maiocco

Blaine Gabbert Sticks to Routine Going into Week 4 Taylor Price

Dez Bryant could be out three weeks Mike Florio

Predicting Cowboys vs. 49ers Jerry McDonald

49ers Eli Harold fined for horse-collar tackle on Russell Wilson Chris Biderman

Carlos Hyde: Ezekiel Elliot was 'like a little brother' at Ohio State Chris Biderman

3 Reasons Why 49ers Carlos Hyde Records 1st Career Back-To-Back 100+ Yard Games! Ryan Sakamoto

Behind Enemy Lines: Q & A with Cowboys Wire's K.D. Drummond Chris Biderman

Keshawn Martin is latest vagabond receiver to join 49ers Eric Branch