The Sacramento Bee suggested early this week that Fangio finally has seen enough from Asomugha for the former All-Pro to emerge as the favorite for the No. 3 cornerback job.
According to Rapoport, 49ers coaches realize Asomugha no longer is the player he was at age 25. They love the "chip on his shoulder" as he's out to restore his reputation after two miserable seasons in Philadelphia, but they also plan to limit Asomugha's snaps and spell him from time to time.
The 49ers boast what arguably is the most confident and innovative coaching staff in the NFL. If they believe they can squeeze a quality season out of a properly managed Asomugha, who are we to doubt them?