I have a lot of personal stuff to catch up on today, so we’ll try to give you a lot to chew on here. As usual, the players are off today.
Let’s take a look at the snap counts from Sunday. We see the left guard swapping in full effect after James Carpenter started the game. Pete Carroll wasn’t doing a happy dance when talking about the effectiveness of Carpenter and Paul McQuistan.
“They both did fine, they both competed well,” Carroll said. “James did a good job. There are always a couple of plays here and there, but he did a pretty nice job. We’ll let you know what we’ll be doing this week, later.”
Rookie tight end Luke Willson was very effective. He played nine snaps, and had three catches on four targets for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, nothing surprising. The Seahawks were in nickel almost a quarter of the snaps, as evidenced by Jeremy Lane’s snaps. One thing I don’t think I have mentioned was the excellent game Lane had. Three passes defensed and two tackles in 16 snaps. Effective.
> For today’s paper, I wrote about Carroll’s decision at the end of the game whether to let the 49ers score after Colin Kaepernick picked up a first down on that sweep to the left side. A word about the Kaepernick sweep: Following that conversion, opponents were 16-for-80 (20 percent) on the season against the Seahawks in third-and-7 or longer, when removing any penalties during the plays. No team has converted more than three third-and-7s or longer (Surprisingly, Atlanta had three), two teams had none and seven times the opposition had one. In Week 2, San Francisco was 1-for-7 in that situation. The one conversion? A Kaepernick scramble.
> SI’s Jim Trotter, who has been around the Seahawks a lot, says losing may have been just what the Seahawks needed.
> 710 ESPN also looked at Carroll’s end-game decision.
> ESPN wonders if the Seahawks still have problems stopping the run.
> This is from Sunday night, but it’s by Dan Wetzel, one of my favorite writers, writing about the Seahawks-49ers game.
> Seahawks.com says Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane have things covered.
> There will be no tailgating allowed at the Super Bowl (or taxis).
> A lot of funky things are going on in Washington, D.C. (insert your own joke), namely with Mike Shanahan.