Good morning. We’ll have our Monday Morning QB live chat today at 1 p.m., so stop by this afternoon if you have time.
For now, we take a spin around the web to see what’s being said about Seattle’s 13-6 loss to San Francisco.
Here’s my game story from Thursday. Seattle allowed a season-high 175 rushing yards against San Francisco. The last time Seattle allowed that many yards was – you guessed it – the last time the Seahawks played the Niners, giving up 178 yards at CenturyLink Field in a 19-17 setback last December.
Golden Tate says his two drops were uncharacteristic, and he’ll get things turned around next week. “I had a few opportunities where I could have made some plays, and I didn’t come through,” Tate said. “It’s uncharacteristic of me. But I’m not discouraged at all. I’m going to continue to work hard, and I’ll be back next week.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune says that mistakes doomed Seattle against the Niners. McGrath: “The temptation is to wrap up the Thursday night fiasco in San Francisco as a “trap game” for the Seattle Seahawks, but the only trap was the one that enabled 49ers running back Frank Gore to pound a proud defense senseless.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks failed their test on the road against San Francisco. O’Neil: “The Seahawks weren’t blown out. Actually it was almost worse than that as they were run over. Frank Gore became the first player to rush for more than 100 yards against Seattle in nearly a year.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Niners were the more physical team against the Seahawks. Brewer: “These teams aren’t twins. They may look alike, but the 49ers are a better and more polished version with distinct winning traits that set them apart from the burgeoning Seahawks.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Niners, considered a championship-caliber team at the start of the season, were lucky to escape with a win on Thursday night. Sando: “Seattle has scored only 35 points in its three NFC West games — all defeats, all on the road. But the Seahawks’ divisional opponents have managed only 52 points against them, 17.3 per game. Seattle’s seven-point margin of defeat against San Francisco was the widest yet for the Seahawks in any of their losses.”
Clark Judge of CBS Sports says the NFC West is where quarterbacks go to die, and three yards and a cloud of dust is the norm. Judge: “It wasn’t the 49ers’ Alex Smith or Seattle’s Russell Wilson who determined the outcome; it was Frank Gore and the San Francisco defense, and welcome to the not-so-wild NFC West — a division where the best quarterback is Smith … or maybe Sam Bradford … but where quarterbacks don’t determine what happens as much as someone like Gore.”
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that San Francisco quarterback’s confidence might is waning once again. Trotter: “Smith was not fantastic, nor did he play extremely well. He played tentatively, like someone who was concerned with making a mistake. In finishing 14-of-23 for 140 yards and a touchdown and interception, he looked like someone who feared he was one mistake from possibly watching from the sideline, even if that wasn’t the case.”
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports heads down a similar path on Alex Smith. Silver: “While Harbaugh got away with playing it safe in this particular game, it’s hard to envision his team as a bona fide Super Bowl contender if the quarterback isn’t trusted to take a shot at the end zone when the opportunity presents itself.”
Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle says it’s not time to panic yet, with Seattle losing its third straight NFC West contest on the road. Salk: “They still have a gigantic secondary that allowed nothing deep on Thursday night. They still have a powerful force at running back that can run on even the best defenses. They still have a precocious young quarterback with a strong arm, quick feet and a flare for the dramatic.
“They are learning how to win.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post had this to say about Seattle’s missed opportunities. Bowern: “The lack of execution in the 4th quarter is on Russell Wilson and this entire Seahawks’ offense, but look at the drops from this unit. Early in the game we saw the Seahawks miss on the RB wheel route that should have resulted in points plus the 9 (fade) route up the sideline. I understand that Wilson’s numbers were suspect tonight (9-23-122-1INT) and he made some questionable decisions. But in a divisional game where you have to convert scoring opportunities and create field position you need to make plays for the QB on catchable balls.”
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com says the jury is still out on Russell Wilson. Lombardi: “As he plays more games, Wilson will start to see a more disciplined rush — like Thursday night — and his performance will suffer. Is Matt Flynn a better answer? He might be, but Seattle seems to believe Wilson can overcome his lack of vision down the field.”