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49ers vs. Seahawks film analysis: San Francisco’s 3 sacks of Russell Wilson

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The 49ers brought Russell Wilson down three times, and we’re here to take a look at the film.

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The San Francisco 49ers looked a lot better defensively against the Seattle Seahawks than they did against the Carolina Panthers. With a very young defense overall, some inconsistency is expected, but there are a lot of positives to take from Week 2.

First of all, the 49ers finally got on the board in regards to sacks. Aaron Lynch, who was inactive in Week 1, managed to bring down Russell Wilson once, while Arik Armstead got things done on the interior in his sack.

Solomon Thomas remains without a sack, but he played a lot better than he did in Week 1, where I felt he failed to get any kind of pressure the entire game. I’m happy to see that Tank Carradine managed a sack on Wilson on Sunday, given Carradine’s spot on the 49ers has been in flux for a few seasons now. It seems he’s finally found his role, and he looked good on Sunday.

We won’t talk a lot about DeForest Buckner, who didn’t get a sack, but it should be noted that he looked better than anyone else on the 49ers defense on Sunday. He got several hurries and two big tackles for loss, so he deserves props even if he never did bring Wilson down in a sack.

Onto the film!

6:32 of 1st Quarter, 2nd and 8 from SEA 19: Wilson sacked at SEA 18 for -1 yard (Aaron Lynch)

By popular demand, I’ve went ahead and included the coaches film with these plays. I’ll do that as often as I can going forward, but it’s not always possible. Either way, this is a pretty good play for the 49ers. Aaron Lynch has an eye for the ball, always, and he disengaged with his blocker really well. Earl Mitchell gets the intial pressure on the other side, effectively beating his man.

And as you can see from the All-22 view, the 49ers play the coverage very well. Much later in the play, I don’t like the angle taken by the safety, but ultimately, Wilson has no time to try and salvage anything on the play. Good stuff all around from the defense.

5:31 of 1st Quarter, 1st and 10 from SF 36: Wilson sacked at SF 44 for -8 yards (Tank Carradine)

Wilson has some of the best awareness under pressure of any quarterback in the NFL. That awareness ... is not on display here. Wilson does a little bit of panicking while trying to change direction and get back around his left tackle. That’s not happening. Of course, front and center, you can see a blatant hold on Mitchell that wasn’t called, too.

Carradine’s guy blocks him well, but Carradine follows it through and stays on Wilsson, who might actually have had a running lane if he continued to step forward when he first started coming up.

On the right side of the field, the Seahawks are trying to split the 49ers’ defenders and it might have worked, at least initially. When the 49ers pass off each guy, Wilson definitely has a window to hit his guy, though if it’s not perfectly thrown, the defender could undercut him for a big interception. Wilson’s guy on the far left runs a nice deep curl, but Wilson is under pressure already.

8:56 of 3rd Quarter, 1st and 10 from SEA 39: Wilson sacked at SEA 31 for -8 yards (Arik Armstead)

Once again, you’ll note blatant holding, this one on the right tackle on 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt. Between Tartt and Armtead though, the 49ers have two guys running free at Wilson and his play action. Solomon Thomas bites on the play action a little bit and changes his direction, but given the way the Seahawks swarm to block him I almost feel like they weren’t aware it was a play action.

Either way, the 49ers really get after Wilson and good lord, Armstead is a huge mountain of a person. You don’t really see it until he’s crushing Wilson like a tiny little ant.

There isn’t a lot to glean from the coaches film here. All of the Seahawks’ routes are long-developing ones, so Wilson never had a chance. The coverage was good, but the defensive line was even better.