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So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL linebackers in 2013

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman

49ers
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT

Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs

Bears
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

49ers
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT

Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing

Texans
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Chiefs
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Cowboys
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Packers
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT

Von Miller

Von Miller

Broncos
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Redskins
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Ravens
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Steelers
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT

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Jeremy Lin looking to bounce back

Jeremy Lin was supposed to help revitalize the Rockets last season, but things didn't quite work out as planned. Lin didn't fall off a cliff, exactly, but he had a disappointing year, even saying recently that he felt that Rockets coaches lost faith in his play. He'll have plenty of chances to prove himself again this season, especially considering a lot of the focus will be on new arrival Dwight Howard.

  • Do you believe that Rockets coaches lost faith in Jeremy Lin last season?

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  • What are you expecting out of Jeremy Lin this season?

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  • How will the addition of Dwight Howard affect Jeremy Lin this season?

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  • How far will the Rockets advance this season?

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Jonathan Bostic fined for hit

Jonathan Bostic put a devastating hit on Chargers receiver Mike Willie last week that had teammates and announcers alike crowing. The NFL thinks otherwise, evidently, as it fined Bostic $21,000 for the hit. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs expressed his dismay at the fine in a tweet, pointing out that D.J. Swearinger's low hit (which ended Dustin Keller's season) was considered perfectly legal by the league. It's just another instance of how making the NFL safer might be a doomed endeavor.

Should Bears LB Jon Bostic have been fined for his hit on Chargers WR Mike Willie?

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  • What is your take on the NFL's efforts to improve player safety?

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