Originally posted by KeenaTurner:
1) Lock-down secondary. Seattle has the best secondary that the NFL has seen in a long, long time. They lock down receivers, even good receivers, with man to man, press coverage, which allows them to commit more players to the line of scrimmage. How do you see our receivers getting open? Which leads us to the biggest concern...
2) Kaepernick's inability to go through progressions. When your prime receiver(s) is locked up, the QB has to move through his progressions to other options. This has been an achilles heel of Kaepernick, who seems to panic when his first option is covered. I've been hoping they would establish some easy check-downs to backs, but that's not happening much. How do you think Kap will responds when he looks out and sees his first/second options covered?
3) The inability to audible. The crowd noise will likely prevent audibles from the line of scrimmage. Hand signals are tough to count on. The Seahawks seem to play off the noise by shifting though different defensive sets before the snap. How do you think the 49ers handle this?
4) Snap count. Related to the above. When you can't hear the QB's snap call, you have to be looking over at the center/QB. My lineman friends tell me that's a disadvantage because it shaves time off your release, when you are looking sideways. The only thing I've heard to counter it is timed snaps, but those are iffy.
5) Lack of fullback. Let's assume Tukuafu is out...I assume Dixon will have the starting fullback role. At 230, he's not the 293 pound load of Tuke…Do you think he will be enough?
Thanks for your insights, and GO NINERS.
1. The state of the team is much different now, if the secondary tries to go one on one, they will be burnt. To me, Seattle's secondary is over rated, especially with needing to worry about crabs, things will open up for our offense and our pass defense is actually rated better.
2. Again, with Seattle concentrating on Crabs, working through the progression becomes easier and faster, much like the second meeting.
3. The way to deal with this, simple #1 keep calm and don't let it get to them, #2 I would visit the local drug store and purchase some ear plugs and practice with no sound at all and get accustomed to it. #3, audible gets easier if we play with the no huddle throughout the entire game, which is something that I haven't seen this year, go no huddle, keeping seattle's defense guessing and keep making plays, 9ers cannot let up.
4. Snap count is actually easy, when I played football, as a WR and TE, my coach would always tell us to watch the ball, so that no matter what the count is-you are almost never off sides. Offensive linemen can practice the silent count and it's actually easier then with sound.
5. I think with Anthony Dixon being faster than Miller and having equal to or greater pass catching skills, I think this might be a dimension that can really help the offense. In this respect, to needing size, I think Dixon at 233 compared to Miller's 248, really is not a factor. From my impressions of the action that I have seen, Dixon appears to be a very good pass blocker too, in picking up the blitzes and he actually might be better than Miller, but overall I don't think there will be to much of an impact here.
This is just my 2 cents, any perspective could be the correct answer, but this is just how I am viewing some of the issues brought up. Absolutely, GO 49ERS!!!