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Morning links: Hawks will get physical with Boldin

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:30 am with 62 Comments »
September 12, 2013 9:30 am
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs from Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Well, if you haven’t already heard, I have taken a job with ESPN to cover the San Diego Chargers. My first day on the job is Sept. 19.

It’s a great opportunity, but was a very tough decision. I’m a Tacoma native, and one of my main goals when I got into the business was to work for my hometown paper. I’ve had seven wonderful years here, working with great people, and directing this blog, which has some of the smartest, most insightful readers I believe in the NFL.

My only request is for you to keep doing what you’re doing. Todd Dybas will take over for me, beginning next week. He’s a great writer and reporter, and he’ll do a wonderful job. Please welcome him with open arms.

And thanks for challenging me and pushing me to work hard these past seven years. It’s appreciated.

In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks secondary discusses how they deal with San Francisco’s new receive Anquan Boldin.

Boldin finished with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s season-opening win over Green Bay. Boldin saw a lot of zone against the Packers. But that will be different with the Seahawks, who play a man press cover scheme.

The last time Boldin faced Seattle, he was held to two catches for 22 yards in the Seahawks 22-17 win over the Ravens in 2011.

“We’re going to play our style of football,” Walter Thurmond said. “We’re going to man up. We’re going to get physical with him, and put Kaepernick in situations where he has to make precise throws. So we’ll see how he handles that.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll scoff at rivalry talk between the Seahawks and the Niners.

Clare Farnsworth of says that defensive end Cliff Avril is in a hurry to get back on the field.

More Farnsworth: Practice notes from Wednesday.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Golden Tate’s 18-yard completion that helped the Seahawks close out a win over Carolina.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle discusses the 12th Man’s attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for noisiest stadium in the world.

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are a winning pair.

Matt Maiocco of says Anquan Bolden and Frank Gore expect to see a different defense when they face Seattle.

More Maiocco: The 49ers are piping in crowd noise to prepare to play at CenturyLink Field.

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  1. Would love to see Browner and Boldin battle it out on Sunday. Hope he’s healthy.

  2. yankinta says:

    lol, so the Media is totally buying into Boldin,, Mr. All-Hands-No-Speed, I am predicting he has less than 70 yards total……

  3. Singularitarian says:

    Sad to see ya go Eric. Good luck with ESPN. Too bad you can’t report on a team with some hope anymore. But then again, you are a Raiders fan. Honestly though, you’ve done an amazing job and it sucks seeing you go

  4. We’re going to miss you, Eric! Is Todd a morning person? I’m going to miss your 4am posts! San Diego is my hometown, and they’re my second favorite team…You may want to hold off letting your audience know that you’re a Raiders fan…not your most endearing quality if you’re covering the Chargers…I hope you stop by and say hi…we haven’t heard from Sando since he left. Thanks again!

  5. Singularitarian says:

    Yank. I am buying into Boldin as well. Not this week, as I feel he will be kept in check, but in general I think he puts up big stats this year 80/1300/10 would be a number I could see

  6. JazBadAzz says:

    Congrats Eric on the new job! How will you feel leaving the year we are going to win the Superbowl? That sucks brother!

    Our defense is a lot different than the packers, and playing at home will matter, but we HAVE to block better and get after the QB better!

    Did anyone see the tweet Anthony Dixon sent out last night? Basically saying he been hitting the weights harder, not sleeping much and getting ready for the “she hawks”?
    Bahahahahaa I can’t wait til Sunday!!! #GoHawks

  7. yankinta says:

    Singularitarian, I hope you watched this vidoe/link…., It confirms my thinking that the Seahawks had a high grade (7th round pick) for BJ Daniels as well. Hope it helps you believe that I know what I’m talking about,, usually…. lol :)

  8. yankinta says:

    Singularitarian, as for Boldin, it depends on what kind of defenses he’ll face. This dude has no speed so the arm strength of CK is a huge plus for his game. CK does not have to go thru is progression (which he still can’t do),, and just zips a pass into zone, targeting this guy.

    However, I predict that he will face Man-Press Coverage from now on and will not have another big game like the first game this season again. I’d be surprised if he has more than a couple of 100+ yards games the rest of this season. Don’t forget that Green Bay Defense was missing it’s Top Cover CB Casey Heyward and it’s Starting Safety,,, too.

  9. Sorry to see Eric leave – he did a great job. Is TNT some type of farm system for ESPN?

  10. madpunter88 says:

    Congratulations Eric. Awesome news and well-deserved.

  11. Thanks for all your good, hard work, Eric. We’ll miss you. But we understand. Who could pass up an opportunity to cover Charlie Whitehurst?

  12. HawkyHann says:

    Congrats, Eric. Well deserved. I am a Puyallup native and moved down to San Diego 10 years ago and never looked back. When your wearing shorts and sandals in January, you’ll know what i mean. Its easy living and I hope San DIego can get this new stadium built downtown.

    Go Seahawks!!

  13. sherminator says:

    Congratulations Eric! You have done a fine job with the TNT, and hope you enjoy your new assignment. Too bad you’re going to miss covering the festivities come January, but maybe it’s more fun as a fan than as a reporter anyway :)

  14. Covering division rivals of your Raiders could be interesting!!! Congrats and good luck!

  15. Congrats Eric! At least you’ll get to see your Raiders twice a year.
    Gonna miss hearing you on the local sportsradio sataions.

  16. Congrats, Eric! San Diego is an awesome and classy city.

    Watched the Seahawks beat the Chargers 20-0 in a Monday Night game back in the 80s. (“Super Sam” Merriman hit a guy so hard he nearly killed himself on a special teams play … Go Vandals!)

    Anyway, point is, me and a buddy from Everett were trashed and obnoxious, yet no one shanked us leaving the stadium. Like I said, classy city.

    Enjoy. We’ll miss you.

  17. WiscCory says:

    Eric, tell Whitehurst we miss him. LOL.

    Congrats, and well done the past 7 years.

  18. KJ Wright had a response for Dixon via twitter…

    In a reply to Dixon, he wrote: “lol the she hawks!! I’ll be sure relay the message to the fellas.. Its gone be a long night for you and the forty whiners.”

    It has also been deleted from his twitter feed.

  19. HawkfaninMT says:

    I was at a banquet last night and the guest speaker was none other than NFL Referee Ed Hochuli. The question was posed “Which stadium has the best fans?” he became diplomatic and stated that “Every teams fans are great when they are winning, and the worst when they are losing. But I will say the Seahawks fans are the loudest. Hands down.”

    Always nice to hear it from an impartial professional.

  20. Hope you enjoy the SD climate – my grandpa loved it there while in the navy. SD had a heckova game vs HOU, and without a few bad calls the outcome might have been different. Enjoy seeing the Eagles early – ought to be another great game to cover – hope you have your tricky-nimble fingers ready for that one! We’ll all miss you around here Mr Williams, no foolin’…

    Who was it that that CAR DE swung on – the one who got booted from the game? Heard it cost the intended punch thrower $15,750. Wonder what it wouldda cost him if he’d landed it?

    Even though it was when we had Mora as HC, and there probably isn’t anybody left at the VMAC who remembers playing Boldin twice a year when paired with Fitz, I don’t worry so much about Anquan as much as V.Davis. Harbaugh experimented with Davis at WR (why not – he’s huge and ran a 4.38-40,) and he’s also pretty good at run-blockig. I’m picturing Harbaugh lining up or motioning VD into slot/H-back and using him both in run-blocking and receiving. If VD doesn’t catch for 200, Gore might run for it (again.) Sure hope SEA’s DL gets healthy.

  21. HawkyHann says:

    Eric, are you on Lebron James wedding guest list for this weekend? Big time celebs will be here. Can you get me in?

  22. Thanks for the hard work Eric

  23. Eric, I signed up for this website today just to let you know what an awesome job you have done here. I’m in Seattle and discovered this blog about 6 months ago, and it quickly became my #1 Go to site to read about the Seahawks. Beats the rest hands down. Congratulations on moving on to ESPN. The NFL Nation blog there is my #2 site, so they are lucky to get you.

  24. doubledink says:

    it was Breno

  25. patmcfar8 says:

    Thanks for everything, Eric. I’ve always appreciated your effort and insight. Good luck with the next phase of life! And yes, San Diego is an awesome place to live. Go Hawks!

  26. trout_hound says:

    Love seeing the 9er’s giving us bulletin board material to really get us fired up and hitting hard. I bet Vernon Davis is really shaking in his cleats this time around and may just wet himself if he sees Kam coming his way.
    Eric, you’ve been classy and informative, and you did a great job making us forget Sando. You will be missed. You’ll definitely enjoy the weather down there even if the team is still questionable.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    How many 49er fans does it take to change a light bulb? None. They just stand around talking about the old one.

  28. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Eric, it sucks that you are leaving. You made this blog what it is. I appreciate all the effort you put into it. Dybas has some huge shoes to fill.

    Does anyone else wonder if our struggles running the ball in week 1 are due Mike Robinson’s departure, and a a lack of chemistry between Lynch and the new FB?

    Also, as much as I despise Jim Harbough I do acknowledge that he’s pretty good at using complex offense schemes. Last year, the first time we played the forty-whiners, he used a lot of pulling and trapping guards, and other stuff, to get an edge running the ball. In week 1 against the Packers, they used a lot of pistol formations. How well can we really scout him? Moreover, undoubtedly, he held a few things back to catch us off guard. Is anyone else worried that Quinn might not be up to the task of adjusting to the new offensive wrinkles Harbough will use to beat us?

  29. djbargelt says:


    Best wishes and enjoy that lovely San Diego weather. Will miss your writing here – ask Todd to continue the “Morning Links” feature. It makes getting up in the morning worth it!

  30. ChrisHolmes says:

    Congrats Eric!

    Enjoy the San Diego weather. I really appreciated your work on this blog. You did good.

    Maybe the Chargers will turn it around now that you’re covering them :-)

  31. FleaFlicker says:

    Three cheers for Eric D. Williams. Did a hell of a job these last couple years.

    John Clayton: TNT to ESPN
    Mike Sando: TNT to ESPN
    Eric Williams: TNT to ESPN

    I knew it was just a matter of time. Thanks for spoiling us. Todd has some big shoes to fill. Can’t wait to see you giving video commentary on SportsCenter one of these day.

  32. Palerydr says:

    The man press scheme we use will open up running lanes for Kaep especially on 3rd down. Stopping him with a spy is gonna be key to getting the win Sunday night.

  33. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Congratulations Eric! Terrific news. Good luck with the new gig – I am sure you’ll be very successful, even with a more tan, albeit less insightful readership.

  34. SandpointHawk says:

    Just spent some time on Todd’s TNT Dawg blog and it looks like the boy is being tossed into the fire. Nice writing but few comments. My guess is we are going back into training camp mode for a while to get him up to speed. Oh well…Next Man Up.

  35. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll take good content. The rest is up to us.

  36. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Who is this Todd guy that everybody keeps mentioning?

  37. yankinta says:

    Agreed with Dukeshire,, Eric should be thanking us too. :) maybe spread the news about how educated Seahawks Fans are, especially here on this blog,, :)

  38. SandpointHawk says:

    @Duke Right you are, I agree..

    @Mike, Todd Dydas is our new TNT fearless leader…

  39. SandpointHawk says:

    From Eric’s intro this morning…

    “…..and directing this blog, which has some of the smartest, most insightful readers I believe in the NFL”

    What else do you want in the way of thanks?

  40. PugetHawk says:

    Well congratulations Eric. Stay classy in San Diego.

  41. Todd will do a good job. A big part of this blog is catering to your demands. Like Eric said, you guys read and analyze at advanced levels. Todd will be receptive to your wishes and needs. Depends on things going forward for me, but I will try to help him out once this interminable baseball season comes to an end. And I will help to make sure we get lots of Rang stuff too.

  42. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Ryan Divish-
    I only have one demand right now and that is for ya’ll to send Eric out with a bang!
    Take Eric out to the best BBQ place in town, then you can all get drunk before the 49er beat down.
    Don’t worry about covering the blog the next day, we will understand.

  43. wazzulander says:

    Thanks for all the great work here Eric, and I’m sure you were instrumental in keeping this blog free, so extra thanks for that too! It sucks to lose you to the hated Eastcoast Sports Pandering Network but they are certainly the premier game in town for national sports journalism, so best wishes and good luck!

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wonder if any other team had a chance to pick up Boldin for higher then a 6 before brother John gave brother Jim a huge gift?

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good news-The Seahawks have won nine of their last 10 home openers.

    Bad news-The lone loss in that span coming versus the 49es in 2008.

  46. Dukeshire says:

    Ryan – Where the hell have you been? Nice to see you lurking and don’t be a stranger.

  47. Eric,

    I would like to thank you for all the Seahawks work you did for us in these years. If I have ever have had a big question that I wanted answered – you actually asked the person (whether it was Hasselbeck, Mr. Happy, or whoever). You essentially gave us a direct pipeline to the guys we follow each Sunday. For that, I have appreciated you to no end and will definitely miss you.

    I would like to thank you for the player chats and things of that nature. It has been great for losers like me to have had a chance to ask questions directly to some of the players.

    I would like to thank you for taking the time to meet me several times when the Hawks have traveled to Minnesota. It was great to meet you and to see/know for myself what a great, humble person you are.

    I would also like to thank you for some of the “insider” stuff that you shared through the years that never made its way into the papers and thank you for trusting me enough to the point of where I’d never share any of it with respect to “knowing” this or that (mostly from when we met).

    A huge thank you for staying classy when some of us others always weren’t acting that way on the blog. You were our leader and really led by example. With a person of your character, it’s pretty easy to tell that you must be a great husband to your wife and father to your kids.

    Good luck to you and your family with this move! You will most definitely be missed! Just because I don’t post as much anymore, doesn’t mean I still don’t follow your stuff as much!

    Again, thanks for everything!

  48. Duke, I’ve been mired in the mediocrity that is the Mariners. I might be around in the future to help.

  49. SandpointHawk says:

    Ryan Divish, for you who don’t know recently won the best beat reporter for Mariners coverage. We need to buy him a beer, well you guys need to buy him a beer…he still owes me a couple…

  50. Eric,

    I’m really sorry to see you move on, but even more sorry to see you moving to a team with fans that just don’t have the same “edge” as the 12 man does.

    That said, I wish you all the best. The SD area is wonderful and if for some reason they move north to LA, well market-wise that wouldn’t be so bad for you.

    Hopefully one day you will get to come back and cover the Hawks again in a greater capacity. In the meantime don’t start making any bets with Sando. We’d hate to see you lose an eyebrow. :)

  51. Sincere congratulations Eric! You were seriously the best. And a warm welcome to Todd.

  52. Sarcasticus says:

    Congratulations, Eric!

  53. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I can’t think of a better place to live then in San Diego. I lived south of there for about a year in Chula vista Ca.
    Some places you don’t have AC or heating. Brings back good memories.

  54. doubledink says:

    Will you be working with Jason Whitlock some with what they are doing with him? As I understand it, ESPN is making moves to hire up and coming quality sports journalists from among the minority ranks because the field is behind the demographic curve in spite of the predominance of minority athletes in sports. I’m not surprised they recognized quality when they looked your direction.
    Best wishes.

  55. Thanks for all the hard work and general coolness Eric! Congrats to you. Hope you enjoy life in the “whale’s vagina” as Anchorman would say.

  56. freedom_X says:

    Thanks Eric and good luck in San Diego. You built this blog into what it is today, so I’d say it’s upwards and onwards @ ESPN!

    And I’m looking forward to Todd building on the shoulders of giants here. As others have pointed out, it looks like a great career springboard!

  57. DJammmer says:

    We lose sando to ESPN, then even lose Sando from there (from the NFCWest blog). And now we lose eric to ESPN?

    Man, the Free Agency and Salary cap era SUCKS.

    At least we still have Clayton on Saturday mornings (does that guy ever sleep?)

    Good luck Eric! God bless.

  58. Eric, sorry to see you and your sweater vest moving on. Good luck and congrats!

  59. Bobbyk–I salute you! Very well written goodbye to a good man. I’m not the type to try to meet athletes or other famous folks, but I am thoroughly jealous that you had the good fortune to meet and Eric.

    Secretly I’ve always hoped to have a Seahawks insider get together, and put faces to names and cooments. Eric was someone I always hoped to meet. Not gonna happen…

    Keep up the good work Bobbyk, you’re a good writer.

  60. Much thanks, Eric, we much appreciated your reporting and efforts to keep us up on what’s going on with the Seahawks. Sorry you’re going to miss their best years ever probably. And hope you enjoy the better climate down there, but can back when you can.

  61. mindnbrad says:

    Congrats on the promotion, Eric. Job well done. Thought I couldn’t do without Sando….you did well. Take care of yourself and your family.

  62. Big shout out to E-Dub, the man most responsible for making this amazing blog what it is now, with the possible exception of all the bloggers.

    We appreciate all of your insight and sense of humor throughout the live chats and blog responses. Good luck on your move and I am sure you will do great in San Diego. Enjoy that awesome SoCal weather mate!
    And bust out that sweater vest for the Niner game this Sunday night:)

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