Originally posted by maltz88:
First off this killed me for some reason.....
Another Hawks fan chiming in. It is funny to see after reading through this thread, you guys are reminding me of Hawk fans. We usually are ready to jump off a cliff after every loss. It's surprising to see, you guys are usually full of confidence. Unless I've missed something (and I've only gotten to watch highlights of the 9ers games this season) the 9ers are still one of the top 3 or 4 teams in the league.
Despite the hawks win on Sunday, I think NE showed the recipe for beating the hawks D. They are fantastic against the run, and have a tremendous secondary. The TE's, Slot WR's, and screen game are what will beat the hawks defense. Over the last couple of weeks they are also starting to over pursue a little bit against the run when they get fired up and are starting to pay for it on the cutbacks. Hopefully Gus Bradley can get them to tone it down and get back to the gap discipline that they had developed. I think Vernon Davis will be the key to a win for SF.
Wilson played much better against Carolina and NE, but he still has like a 6 page play book at this point. And I think Carrol will take away 3 of those pages against SF. He is as anti turn over as a coach can get, and will not let Wilson try to air it out against SF like he did against NE. I was surprised to see that SF rushing defense has slipped to #9 and is giving up a 3.6 avg., and gave up 116 to Bradshaw. I suspect the hawks are going to try to get Lynch 30+ carries, Turbin 10+ and try to win a very ugly slugfest like just about everyone else is predicting on here (which of course means it'll wind up being a barn burner).
I really wish this wasn't a Thursday game. Tough setup for the hawks. They seem a little too high after beating the Pats, and the 9ers are looking to rebound after an ugly loss. It will be a test of these coaching staffs to get their teams settled (for different reasons) and get the gameplan in on a short week.
Unfortunately I'm thinking it winds up in your favor 13-10 49ers.
On a side note, I cannot stand Harbaugh, nor can the majority of the hawk fans. I know most of you feel the same way about Carrol. Which I take as a good sign. It's nice to have a budding rivalry in the division with some disdain amongst the fan bases etc.
Here's to a good, physical, game that leaves lots to talk about afterward.
Nice analysis and insight.
Don't let the Bradshaw 100+ yard day sway the stats.....it took a blowout loss for him to just crack that #. He was held to a very low average before the game got out of hand.The 49ers run defense is still good, and will always be the fundamental strength of the unit.
Interesting blueprint for exposing the Seahawks D. I guess those are things we can trust the 49ers to attack and probably with success. If you said to attack your secondary deep because they were average (assuming they were), that would be less of an issue for you to worry about at this point in our passing game.
As far as Harbaugh/Carroll it makes for one of the more fascinating coaching rivalries, given the college history. I don't have any hatred for your coach but do think his reaction to the Packer game result was amusing. I do recall him coaching the Jets back in the day and was invisible for the most part.
Should make for a very interesting game.