First and foremost, I think the Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the league. However, after watching the game again, One thing really stuck out to me-- man the seattle D-Line is beating the 9ers O-line off the ball about 80% of the time. That should not happen. The O-line should always have the first step on the D-line unless they anticipate the snap count. And thats when I realized, the O-line can't hear the snap count. Thats why the Seattle D is 1000 times better at home than on the road. They are getting an easy pass rush and run support penetration. There were times when you could tell that Joe Staley was reacting to the D-Linemen as a means of knowing when the ball was hiked. THat can't happen at the pro level and if we have to go into seattle again we need a better plan to combat that.
If you look at how they have performed up to this point, you can see how their D isn't as dominant on the road. Losses to Miami Airizona and Detroit on the Road last year and gave up 20+ points. They played pretty poorly against the Redskins in Washington and would have lost that game if RGKnees ACL didn't explode and they gave up 14 points in the 1st QTR. Then they lose to ATL on the road while giving up 30 points. They rarely gave up 20+ points at home since last year even against Green Bay. The only team to put up more than 20 points on them at home was New England (23) If those games were played at opposite venues I bet they don't win those games. The 3 road games they won last year were against the Bills, Cardinals, and Panthers... Not impressive by any means. Their D just isn't as dominant without that front rush that is generated from the crowd drowning out the snap count. When the snap count gets drowned out, the O-Line doesn't get that initial push. When that happens, the problems that their secondary causes just amplify and thats when you start seeing turnovers and stuffed runs. Even Carolina gashed them on run plays and if it wasn't for D. Williams fumbling in the red zone in the 4th Qtr its a much different game. The good news is that Seattle has a much tougher road schedule this year. No games against Buffalo to blow them out of the water and most of their cupcake games are at home (JAX comes to mind). We will see if my theory holds up and its the NFL so I can totally be wrong but don't be surprised if Seattle has a humbling 9 wins at the end of the season as they play Texans, Colts, Falcons and Giants as their out of conference play and they still have to play Saints and Rams at home which they could very well lose. Bottom line is its week two, no need for overreactions, and Frank Gore put up 116 at the stick against basically the same seahawks last year. I think we will be just fine and as long as we win the games we should win, the road to the SB should be through the Stick and not Seattle. Let's hope i'm right!
Two side notes
- Don't give up on Kyle Williams, he has been playing much better than most people think. On the All-22 he was straight schooling Thurmond on many plays and was wide open a lot. Kap just never had time to go through his reads to find him. He also did well against Sam Shields in Green Bay and was overthrown and underthrown when he had him beat.
-Also if you have to argue with SeaHawks fans about their fans being the loudest and its not their stadium design, just take this into account. They just set the record for loudest outdoor stadium. That means they are louder than the Big House in Michigan. The Big House seats 107K while CLINK seats 67K. Thats a 40K person difference... I don't think its possible to have a louder stadium than one that seats 40K more people by cheering alone. Just saying.