While the 49ers' secondary continues to struggle in coverage often, the consensus is that the unit has been significantly bolstered by a healthy Dashon Goldson at free safety. "He definitely makes a difference, not only helping out on the back end but also offering run support, which he loves to do," one daily team observer said of Goldson, who sat out the first two games with a knee injury and came up with a key late fumble recovery in the stunning road upset of the Eagles in Week Four. "You know he's important when you realize they needed two guys to replace him when he was out — Reggie Smith against the pass and Madieu Williams against the run." The secondary has made up for its coverage deficiencies with a penchant for forcing turnovers and playing much smarter football. "A lot of that has to do with (starting LCB) Carlos Rogers," the observer said. "He's like a coach on the field."