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Morning links: Run to win

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2013 at 6:47 am with 28 Comments »
September 14, 2013 6:47 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down the Sunday night’s must-see matchup between San Francisco and Seattle.

O’Neil says the contest pits strength vs. strength, with both teams relying on strong running games to impose their will on their opponent.

O’Neil: “The ground game could be considered Seattle’s biggest edge in this game if only it weren’t such a large question mark after the season opener.

Seattle was held to 70 yards rushing last weekend in Carolina, its lowest total in any game since December 2011, and if Seattle’s run game is held to a similarly pedestrian total against San Francisco, the Seahawks will be in big trouble.

But while the Seahawks may have struggled to run the ball a week ago in Carolina, that’s not going to do anything but strengthen their emphasis upon that approach. Running the football isn’t a strategy for Seattle so much as a belief system.

Here’s my notebook from Friday’s practice detailing all of Seattle’s injuries heading into Sunday’s game.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle’s receivers are gaining more attention with their play.

NFL Playbook breaks down the Seahawks-49ers matchup in this video link.

Only two of the NFL experts from CBS Sports are taking San Francisco to win this game.

One of the two experts taking the 49ers, Will Brinson of CBS Sports says to don’t sleep on San Francisco.

Bill Simmons of Grantland debates whether to watch Breaking Bad of the Seattle-San Francisco matchup on Sunday night. He’s taking Seattle and the points.

Peter King of THE MMQB writes that Seattle’s defense better keep its head on a swivel if the Seahawks want to keep up with Anquan Boldin.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 28
  1. raymaines says:

    Has the highly esteemed Mr. Williams dropped the “D” now that he’s gone big time?

  2. Carlsonkid says:

    Unleash the Beast .. get your Skittles ready !

  3. jawpeace says:

    Don’t know what you two are whining about. Everything looks the same, all the links work, William’s story has some repeat info and a tiny smidgen of new material. Everything seems the same to me.

  4. tealskin says:

    Must be the hardest time for any sport journalist, when you have to go over the same old stuff looking for a new angle to make it interesting. Thanks for the effort Eric D.

  5. sluggo42 says:

    Quite the game coming up. Do you think the actual games of this magnitude ever live up to all the hype?

    So much attention has been given to the defense, injuries, blah blah, that finally this article comes out. We need to run to win. Uh ya. There has been very little written or discussed this week about anything to do with the run game, other than we need to do it better. I’m guessing that an insane amount of time went into the run blocking schemes, the option play, passing weaknesses that Green Bay exposed, and the offense in general.

    I still think that they played Carolina in a semi vanilla scheme so as to not tip their hand at all. I think SF was forced to open up cuz the packers were in the game so long. But I don’t remember RW keeping the ball on any of the possible options, he gave it to beast every time.

    4th quarter the run game suddenly started clicking down there didn’t it? Carp made it through another week.

    Eric? Did you see any hints at who would be on the oline this game? Will mcQ and Sweezy still be starting?

    GO hawks

  6. montanamike2 says:

    I thought the same thing about us playing “vanilla” Sluggo.

  7. nmseafan says:

    Time to unleash C. Michael and S. Williams and J. Kearse on them. 3 players they haven’t played against before.

  8. The problem Seattle had with the run game last week was guys not making their blocks; even Unger played badly, and that’s rare. Whether it was due to trying new wrinkles cause Carrol said to or not, our line got their butts kicked.

    The Niners line isn’t quite as good as Carolina’s, but it’s better than ours. And SF’s LB’s are the best in the game. We have to run effectively, but I believe Seattle will have to pass to win. I also predict that SF will outrush Seattle.

    Course, I’d love to be wrong. I love running the ball right down their throats.

  9. Niners D line is better than ours I meant to say. Their O-line is the best in football, that goes without saying.

  10. nmseafan says:

    The Niners are going to have to be willing to go toe to toe for the entire 60 minutes because, after last week, the Hawks have already exhibited a resilience this season that shows they will never quit on a game no matter how bad it’s going. And SF better hold onto the ball for dear life cuz the LOB is coming for it.

  11. Nmseafan–I like your attitude! I’m hoping to see Seattle use Thomas as a blitzer vs Kap, with Chancellor on VD, and an extra S deep–Maragos maybe.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- Thomas had a team high 10 tackles last week to go along with his forced fumble.
    Not bad for a supposedly poor tackler.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This game (imo) will come down to taking care of the ball (turnovers) and special teams.
    I like our chances in this one.

  14. Singularitarian says:

    I don’t buy that we have to run to win. I’m not saying we should abandon the run game, just that we lost 2 out of the last 3 and ran effectively in all of them. I think we win by sustaining drives and putting points on the board, playing solid d and getting off the field on 3rd downs, and not turning the ball over. None of this run, run, then pass on 3rd and long BS in the red zone. Play to score

  15. Singularitarian says:

    STTBM. It’s hard to have an “extra” safety deep when one is rushing the passer. I’d like to see some blitzes coming from Avril out of the OLB spot, or any of our fast LB’s for that matter

  16. nmseafan says:

    Maybe we’ll see Michael for the first time. Wasn’t Ware active for last week on ST? Maybe Ware will be inactive for this one. It might be smart considering Michael can bust thru the line faster than Marshawn.

  17. sluggo42 says:

    Ya sing,
    I definitely don’t want to get caught up in the old run on 1 and 2, then throw on 3rd and long philosophy we endured a few years ago. This was the gameplan I was calling for Bevells head. The second half of the year we got the option rolling, and it was all downhill from that point on.

    What I don’t know is if everyone thinks they have the answer to the read option, and if they’re afraid it will get RW killed to run it…

  18. nmseafan says:

    Maybe the beginning of the 3 Headed Monster RB posse.

  19. Seahawks22360 says:

    I’m with the “Vanilla” idea from last week as well. It just didn’t seem like the full playbook was open. Carrol even said Avril could’ve played last week as well. Without completely overlooking CAR, I believe the Hawks ultimately had their eye one the war this Sunday. Go Hawks!!!

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I have a feeling we will have a good running game come Sunday. Perhaps even a great one.
    However I agree with Singularitarian that we don’t have to run well to win.
    This team can win in so many ways. Especially at home.

  21. Sluggo42: Should be the same starting five up front. McQuistan has been getting most of the works with the 1s.

  22. Singulatarian–there are lots of ways; nickel D with Maragos as the FS, blitz Thomas, Kam on Davis, with a lb on Davis in the flat would be one way to do it. Also the Bandit.

    Nmseafan–there’s a reason Michael isn’t playing. He’s got a lot to learn and isn’t ready, and Turbin is a much better, more reliable option right now.Lynch wasn’t the problem last week, and Michael would have fared far worse: Lynch was getting hit behind the line, speed of the rb wasn’t a factor. Our line just got debacled

  23. HawkfaninMT says:

    Does anyone know why we have not seen the. Try McQ at RG? It seems to that a line of Okung-Carp-Unger-McQ-Giac would put the most talented linemen in play.

    Has this been tried and failed? Carps cardio not there yet?

    Any insight would be appreciated

  24. Carp did not look good last week. His footwork was terribly slow leaving him to grasp at defenders as they went around him. I don’t know if he’s carrying extra weight or just needs to get his legs back and relearn the speed of the game. But at this point I think McQ needs the major portion of the snaps. And frankly I think us letting Moffit go for a song was a huge mistake. Worse decision the FO has made during the PC/JS era. Just below the clipboard Jesus trade.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Of course Bill Simmons would have that debate. He becomes more and more a parody of himself by the day.

  26. After watching some really good Pac12 away games today on TV (e.g., UCLA-Nebraska and UW Huskies-Illini) it occurs to me that the really awaited-for Seahawks-49ers game tomorrow night–despite record media-hype and promos–may not all amount to all that much really when
    finally over and all the hoopla has come and gone. Just another empty place in the great night sky; but we all for so much more…somehow.

  27. averagejay says:

    The Carolina game reminded me so much of the first five games last year. While the O-Line did not play as expected, it seemed there was definitely a foot on the brake. I can remember a half dozen play calls that left me yelling WTF! Focus seemed off.

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