Around the lockerroom Wednesday, there was some excitement about going to San Francisco with a chance to seal the division title. When asked if there would be a better road place to do it, wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a simple answer.
“No,” Baldwin said.
The flipside of that is linebacker K.J. Wright. He could tell you all about how he covered Jimmy Graham on Monday and how Vernon Davis is different than Graham, but he didn’t know the Seahawks could clinch the division on the 49ers’ field.
“We can clinch if we win?” Wright said. “Well, yeah. That’s one of our goals. Coach Carroll talks about it all the time. Against San Francisco? Let’s do it.”
One of the main words used Wednesday from both sides was “physical.” That’s what our Dave Boling wrote about today. From Boling:
(Jim) Harbaugh and Seattle coach Pete Carroll, with diverse approaches and dispositions, worship the same football commandments: Run the ball, take away the ball and smack the snot out of anybody carrying the ball.
And that tends to give this rivalry the feeling of a blood feud.
Niners such as Frank Gore, Justin Smith and NaVorro Bowman are prideful and powerful, and they guarantee a meeting with Seattle is going to be combative.
Harbaugh is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. It’s an excellent story on him by Austin Murphy, who has known Harbaugh for some time. It should hit the Internet later this week. It was out on SI’s app Tuesday.
In today’s paper, I wrote about the Brandon Browner situation. Most of this ground we covered here on the blog yesterday.
> At 710 ESPN, Michael Bennett tells a story where he claimed to be Russell Wilsonon Tuesday in order to get a table at a local restaurant.
> ESPN says Russell Wilson is improving his MVP chances. Wilson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
> The Everett Herald writes about K.J. Wright’s success and says it’s surprised even Pete Carroll.
> Las Vegas now has the Seahawks as co-favorites (with Denver) to win the Super Bowl.
> Here’s DC Dan Quinn on 950 KJR yesterday:
> I should know better than to link to this around these parts, but here goes.
> USA Today writes that “enviable depth” sets the Seahawks apart.
> The San Jose Mercury News says San Francisco vs. Seattle is more than a game.
> SI.com writes about Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.
> The San Francisco Chronicle writes that the 49ers have the Seahawks right where they want them: in Candlestick.
> And, here’s The Chronicle on the “homefield advantage plan” the 49ers sent fans.
> Peter King has an excellent behind-the-scenes look at NFL referees. It’s stunning that, even though it’s him, he received access like this to officials. Across all sports, no one talks less and is involved in games more. I’ve always thought more transparency for officials would help reduce the demonizing of them and tendencies of fans to latch on to conspiracy theories about officials as it relates to their favorite teams.