Originally posted by Pillbusta:
GB and CAR gave us the template for how to play SEA defensively. Knowing Lynch is the fulcrum you take him away. Knowing Wilson thrives on play action he then suffers. Next you keep a discipline contained rush keeping Wilson in the pocket where his visibility is extremely limited. Russell will then dance to buy time frantically. Then the delayed blitz where he can't excape containment. Every team will play him this way.
To attack the defense you must run effectively. You must commit to it early and often. And since we have Kap and large physical targets in Q VD Vance and the separation speed of KW Kap will make plays with his cannon.
It will be tough but I think we can win. I'm glad that this is there in Sept because we always take injury up there. Rather it be now and get the players back come playoffs than to gave our receiving core decimated come playoffs. KW Delanie Manning Ham for example the last 2 years
I don't think we must run against them. Sometimes we play against teams that can simply stuff our run like in the Packers game. Is tough to run against Seahawks' D-line, we couldn't do it last year neither. Unlike in the Packers game, we mustn't waste too many downs to run if it isn't working and end up shooting ourselves in the foot with a bunch of 3 and longs and putting too much pressure on Kap to convert. We need to keep the drives alive and keep moving the chains.
Instead, my personal game plan would be to use our new big physical targets such as Anquan, Vernon and Vance to test their secondary and even linebackers right from the word go. I think we might be able to wear them down that way. Start with the short and intermediate passes first and get a momentum and rhythm going. Once we have success with that, it should help our run game and read-option plays. Also, once their DBs try to key in on Anquan and Vernon, it could open up opportunities for our other wideouts, the speedy guys such as Marlon and Quinton who can allow us to take some deep shots downfield.
On the defensive side of the ball, you are right, we MUST stop Marshawn Lynch, we couldn't last year. I don't care how we do it, all I know is we just have to. Last year, Justin Smith was out, in this game we will have to bring it like we had never brought before. If Lynch gets to run on the outside, somone will have to lay some wood on him. The guy even tried to intimidate Dashon last year, it will be a huge test for Eric Reid.
But, most important of all is the mental part of our game. Green Bay came in all guns blazing, tried to out-physical us, tried to intimidate us and admittedly did a pretty OK job. You see, if you ask anyone who has beaten the 9ers before, they will always say the same thing, the 9ers are smash mouth and you need to play hard-nosed physical football to knock us off our feet and that was what the Seahawks did last year. This time around, we have to bring with us with everything we got to Clink and re-define the true meaning of "physical football" !! I had already mentioned it before in my earlier posts. We have to play with off-the-charts intensity and a killer instinct that you have never seen before. Last time we played each other, they didn't just want to beat us, they wanted to take our guys out. This is the sort of football we need to play, we got to go out onto the field with the mentality of "killing" them, is prison football !! Anything less will not suffice.