With all 11 starters back on defense, Carlos Rogers upbeat

Carlos Rogers has never been on a defense that returned all 11 starters.

He’s also never been on a defense that was as good as the San Francisco 49ers a year ago when they allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL and were tops against the run.

So, he’s excited about all 11 starters returning for 2012, including himself after he signed a $31.3 million, four-year contract at the outset of free agency.

I've never been on a team that has all 11 starters back," Rogers said, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “That's unbelievable. It's a credit to our front office and coaches."

Rogers was brought back along with linebacker Ahmad Brooks and safety Dashon Goldson, who received the franchise tag.

Rogers isn’t quite ready to call the Niners a favorite for the Super Bowl this year. But he likes the mix.
"Time will tell. 'Favorite' doesn't mean anything," Rogers said. "I promise you we weren't one of the favorites to get there (last year). The Saints were one of the favorites and we knocked them out. I just know we'll work each day to try and get better, and we'll see where we go."

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