Curtis Allen’s week fifteen watchpoints (vs 49ers)

December 15th, 2022 | Written by Rob Staton

This is a guest article by Curtis Allen. After the game today tune into the instant reaction live stream which will be available on here and on our YouTube channel

Pete Carroll’s record at home against the San Francisco 49ers is a sparkling 10-2. Those two losses were extremely close as well, losing by a field goal late in the game in 2011 and by a couple inches as a fourth-down pass to Jacob Hollister with twelve seconds to play netted four yards when the Seahawks needed five to win it.

That is about as good a stretch against one opponent – particularly a division opponent – as you are likely to find in the NFL.

I point this out not in some vain attempt to guarantee a win or engender unreasonable expectations for the Thursday game but as a way to demonstrate that current-year records and trends can at times take a backseat when games against division opponents appear on the schedule. Particularly when you consider this game is a must-win for the Seahawks to punch their ticket to the playoffs by winning the division. Absent that, it is scraping for a wild-card spot and relying on other teams to lose.

As a straight up head-to-head matchup, this looks like an incredibly tough game for the Seahawks.

San Francisco has been on a roll, winning six consecutive games.

It is not just the wins though; it is the way they are winning that spells so much trouble for Seattle. They are actually doing what Pete Carroll wishes the Seahawks could do. They are running the ball at will and stopping the run on defense.

In the last six games the Niners have run for an average of 142 yards per game. Their defense? Allowing an average of 57 yards per game.

You read that right. They are out-gaining opponents on the ground by a whopping 85 yards per game.

The Seahawks’ last six? They are floundering at 3-3 and have been getting out-gained by 92 yards per game on the ground.

The math is just too convenient. It points to a big disparity and portends that the Niners should completely control this game.

So that is the only real watch point. The Seahawks have to at least get closer to keeping this game even on the ground if they are to have a chance.

Kenneth Walker appears ready to come back. It is entirely possible that the team felt he could have played against Carolina but decided to save him for this game. They will need everything he can muster. The recent streak he has been on of ‘dancing indecisiveness’ looking for daylight will have to be put behind him. The team will take any game-breaking runs they can get but at this point just a solid ground game that takes some pressure off Geno Smith and the defense would be a major step in the right direction.

On defense, the only thing I can suggest to improve their rushing defense is to bring Bob Newhart in as a sports consultant. The time for scheme questions and talk about run fits is over. The team has to execute. They must stop the run in order to have a fighting chance.

The rest is minor details. But here a couple factors that could really play out in this game…

Win the Turnover Battle

This has been a big key to the Niners’ resurgence. During their six-game winning streak, the team has been an astounding +9 in turnover ratio. They have absolutely dominated opponents in this area, with 12 turnovers against only three giveaways.

Eight of those turnovers have been interceptions, coming from seven different defenders.

Meanwhile, their offense has only thrown two interceptions in six games.

Geno Smith has really struggled with decision-making recently. With the absence of a solid running game and a defense on track to once again be on the field for the most plays in the NFL, he has taken some chances on offense that he should not and it has burned him.

He actually came out and said this in a recent press conference:

It is a nice moment of honesty from Geno about his recent play. There is a reason he has led the league in completion percentage this season while still pushing the ball downfield: he has made good decisions and been able to execute them. If the Seahawks are to have a chance on Thursday, Geno will need to once again find that slim margin between safe and aggressive.

Fumbles and ball security will also be critical for the offense. D.K. Metcalf has two fumbles this season. Now would be a time for him to keep control of the ball and dominate the game.

On defense, forcing turnovers would go a very, very long way towards winning.

Tariq Woolen is their star ballhawk. Another interception Thursday would be a tremendously impactful.

However, as the Niners are likely to run heavily, chances are those turnovers will have to come in the form of fumbles.

That may provide an advantage for Seattle – the Seahawks are tied for third in the NFL with ten recovered fumbles. However, they have hit a bit of a dry spell. Their last recovered fumble was in Week Nine against the Cardinals. If there would be one game where they desperately need to pick that trend back up, it would be this one.

Turnovers are extremely hard to predict. Sometimes they come in the form of a little luck, sometimes it is all hard work and desire. One of those ways the Seahawks can control. The team has been miserable and beaten up on defense in recent games.

In a way, a Thursday game could actually prove beneficial. A way for the team to not stew on their troubles for a couple days but put their head down and get back to work. A return to Turnover Thursday would be just what the doctor ordered.

Involve the Tight Ends in the Offense More

This one is a tall order. San Francisco are one of the NFL’s best teams in defending tight ends. Their two safeties are allowing only a 58% completion percentage on 69 targets this year. Fred Warner is allowing only 62%.

Indeed, the Seahawks only gained 11 yards on four targets to the tight ends in that Week Two loss. What has been a big weapon all season for the Seahawks was effectively neutralized in that game.

The Niners players are experts at clogging the middle of the field and quickly closing windows to tight ends in the seam. The result has been only two touchdowns conceded and the third-lowest yards in the NFL conceded to tight ends all year.

Shane Waldron is going to have a real job ahead of him. We have seen some creativity in the offense this year. Ways to get guys open for pretty simple completions.

The boot play has been an extremely effective tool at getting the offense in gear with some easy yards. It works as an occasional substitute for an ineffective rushing game. No doubt the Niners have seen its effectiveness and are scheming up ways to counter it.

So, it is a chess match. The Seahawks will definitely want to use a play like this early in the game. Show the Niners what they can do here and establish a little rhythm. But also, they need to build off of it. Add a wrinkle or two and try to catch the defense over-pursuing a little.

How about flipping the script a little? Line up Metcalf in the slot and a Noah Fant or Colby Parkinson out wide and have Metcalf either move the defenders out to clear the field for a quick slant to let the tight end use his size advantage over the corner. Or, if the Niners put a smaller or slower defender on Metcalf, him use his size and skill advantages to win that battle.

Win the Miscellaneous

This is sort of a catch-all for the odd details that often happen to the Seahawks in games this year. They have to come out on the winning end on more of these than not.

That means winning challenges, or Pete Carroll having the wisdom to not challenge sure losses or inconsequential wins.

That means ‘winning’ the controversial calls by the referees more than ‘losing’ them.

That means a strong, mistake-free game from the Special Teams unit.

That means Pete Carroll making good decisions on the field. When to go for it on fourth down, when to blitz, when to call timeouts, and having the wisdom to know when a trick play will work and when to deploy it.

261 Responses to “Curtis Allen’s week fifteen watchpoints (vs 49ers)”

  1. Jordan says:

    Adding to the Jamal/Quandre/Draft discussion this offseason is that Ryan Neal is better, younger (slightly younger than Jamal) and as a 2023 RFA probably cheaper.

    I suppose if they don’t find it palatable to move on from Jamal or Quandre they could see if there are any trade opportunities for Neal after tendering him.

    PFF has him as the 8th best safety in the league this season, and that doesn’t feel out of place: https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-safety-rankings-top-25-week-15-minkah-fitzpatrick-derwin-james-2022

    • Rob4q says:

      What if our 2023 starting safeties are currently on the roster? Think about it for a minute – Ryan Neal is good, like really good and they will need to resign him to a new deal next year. The just picked up Jonathan Abrams who was a former 1st round pick. He wasn’t horrible in LV and he could be good in a more limited role as a true SS. Especially if we are able to upgrade the DL and add an impact LB.

      Then use a draft pick on one of the Safeties Rob has identified to come in and learn for a year.

      I do think that Jamal Adams will be on the roster next year as I don’t think Pete can give up on him yet. That said, maybe the best thing for both Adams and the Seahawks is that he fails his physical and they have to reach an injury settlement and release him. What would that do to the cap hit from his contract?

      I know they love Diggs and his leadership, but he just hasn’t been the same player this year. Cannot justify that contract in 2023…

      • Rob4 says:

        This was an interesting blurb in that PFF link:

        • Three Cowboys safeties place in the top 25: Dallas uses three safeties more than any other team, and those players are excelling in 2022.

        How many teams use a 3 safety alignment regularly?

        • cha says:

          Just saying: Cody Barton’s 4 lowest snap count games? Seahawks were 4-0.

          • Rob4q says:

            Is that because they were in Nickle more with an extra CB? Or did they employ a 3 Safety look?

            • cha says:

              3 safeties. Josh Jones got as many or more snaps than Barton with Neal and Diggs.

              • Rob4q says:

                Thanks, that makes sense then. So even though Jones isn’t very good, the defense was better with him on the field with Diggs & Neal and Barton not playing as much. Imagine what this defense could be with the right pieces to make it work?

                Maybe the scheme isn’t as much of the problem as it it’s not having the right players to run it? That makes Rob’s call to go back to the scheme that the current players can run hit home even more. And the fact that they thought these current players could actually run this new scheme more of an indictment of them!

  2. UkAlex6674 says:

    A lot of people media platform wide are focusing on whether CM and or Purdy plays and if they don’t then we will be fine. It’s amazing to see that these people forget about the 49er D, Kittle, Aiyuk, any RB in this system, the O line etc that still forms a very strong team.

    Winner will be by 3 points, this is one of those games we play up to the opponent, but I don’t know which way it will go!

  3. Henry Taylor says:

    I think we’re going to win tonight. Logical part of my brain says there’s no chance, but idk, I have good vibes.

    Pete Carroll vs the 9ers, Brock Purdy now with a full game of tape to try to exploit, home advantage amplified on a short week. It would be incredibly Seahawky to pull this out at the lowest moment of their season.

    • 206 says:

      I hope you’re right. I’m not so optimistic. A win tonight would surely change the trajectory of the season, a loss would just about be the nail in the coffin.

      • UkAlex6674 says:

        On the plus side, who on earth thought we’d be in this situation at this point of the season?!

        • Rob Staton says:

          I do think the ‘OMG never imagined this’ factor is fading somewhat

          We could be a .500 team by the end of tonight with a bunch of wins against bad teams, with a bunch of losses against bad teams too, with a horrifying defense and no running game

          If this carries on that fleeting four game winning streak might actually be detrimental

          • Matt says:

            People really don’t understand how weak our schedule has been. One of our “best wins” was against a team (Giants) that has gone like 1-5-1 since we played them. I was called crazy for suggesting the Giants might not even be a .500 team by year’s end.

            Continually amazed how much of this fanbase year a for purgatory. 7-9 wins is such a horrible place to be in when you are a bad team relying on a weak schedule to get to those win totals.

            IMO, you’re either building something or your dying. There’s not such thing has treading water.

            • Peter says:

              This whole comment hits.

              Very glad when the dominate narrative of this season ends and fans can maybe get back to viewing the team for what it is.

              A ton of energy spent talking about coach of the year, etc, blah, blah, blah.

              But very little talking about how long we go as fans happy to be 7 to 10 wins and not getting in to the playoffs or getting bounced on our asses as quickly as we can.

            • Big Mike says:

              Seems like the only quality win we have this year is the Chargers and they’re more up and down than a kid on a pogo stick.

  4. Simo says:

    Needless to say, if they Hawks want to have any chance at winning tonight, they absolutely need to avoid another slow start. They need to come out with intensity and emotion right from the start. A victory might be unattainable if they start the game like they did last week.

  5. AlaskaHawk says:

    I’m rooting for the Seahawks. But if I were a betting man I would take San Francisco and give the hawks the three points. This game is going to be ugly.

  6. cha says:

    And once again, with the defense in shambles, people are referring to the defense as “young” as a way to explain their poor performance.

    There are only 3 players on defense in their top 20 in snaps this season that are under the age of 25: Bryant, Woolen and Mafe. And they are not the problem.

    Stop with this. Would you please.

    • Matt says:

      The excuses that Pete Carroll gets from this fanbase will never not amaze me. It’s as if he’s just this unlucky bystander with no control. Just a victim of his circumstances.

      • Rob4q says:

        This defense needs a big, bad disruptor at NT to make it work. Someone who commands double teams and still gets into the backfield! I love Al Woods, but that just isn’t him…at any point in his career and especially now.

        The two in the draft that jump out are Mazi Smith and Siaki Ika. Any others that have that profile of a big dude, like 330+ lbs, that can move?

        • Rob4q says:

          Dang that’s a big boy! From PFN on Siaki Ika:

          “Did we mention size at any point in the introduction to Ika’s scouting report? It seems almost blasé, but the Baylor DT’s sheer size is truly a strength. At 6’4″ and 358 pounds, there truly are few prospects that command space in the same way that Ika does. He’s the football equivalent of a dam blocking a river to prevent the village beneath it from being flooded. Trying to run your offense through the gap that he inhabits is simply futile. Remove Ika, and the Baylor defense would be substantially more susceptible to attack.”

      • Big Mike says:

        Well said Matt.

  7. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Is Godwin Igwebuike on the active tonight?

    Now that Walker is back I don’t know. I say I hope he is because he sure added a major spark on special teams.

    Which leads me to say I think ST could be the difference tonight.

    Thanks for the recent articles cha

  8. Ashish says:

    Rob i see lot of mock draft have hawks picking Jared Verse. I have not heard about him in your article. Your thoughts?

  9. 509 Chris says:

    Kind of along what cha was saying that the young defense is a red hearing, I’m frustrated that we’re seeing the old vets get all the playing time. Mafe has seen his snaps dip the last few weeks and Nowusu is playing like 90%. If they win tonight and by some chance still have a chance at division/ wildcard, I’m not sure what he’ll have left in the tank. Bryant has seen a dip in snaps too but that could be opposing teams coming out in run heavy formation because they know we can’t stop it.

    If the defense sucks anyway and can’t stop the run, let the young guys in. See what they can do. Barton needs to be cut. They can play Abrams in his spot as a 3rd safety or something. Put the waterboy in.

  10. cha says:

    Inactives

    Tre Brown
    Tony Jones Jr
    Al Woods
    Jake Curhan
    Al Woods
    Artie Burns

  11. Palatypus says:

    My prediction for the game: Sham-bullocks!

  12. 206 says:

    This is a matchup made in hell for this Seahawks team. Let’s see what happens

  13. Jabroni-DC says:

    It’s put up or shutup time tonight.
    Let’s punch the 9ers in the face!

  14. Big Mike says:

    Thanks very much as always for your work here cha.

  15. 12th chuck says:

    I just want a close game, and the seahawks look like they are somewhat prepared, unlike some of the other losses, when it was embarrassing

  16. 206 says:

    Lot of red in the stands, hope it fills out with blue and green soon

  17. cha says:

    Kirk H just told Al Michaels the Niners are coming to play in “the most difficult environment in the NFL.”

  18. Roy Batty says:

    This is the first time I’ve watched a game on Amazon, and I have to say, that pregame panel was painful to watch. No flow. No insightful banter. Just a very, very meh watch.

  19. Roy Batty says:

    Yeah, another bad screen pass.

  20. ShowMeYourHawk says:

    Not watching this tripe tonight but hoping we’re still in line for pick #2 after McCaffrey gets 250+ all purpose yards.

  21. Chris says:

    Blythe getting blown up

  22. KennyBadger says:

    Ryan Neal crystallizes my thoughts on this team – how can you find such a nice player on the cheap yet significantly overpay for players at the same position? I digress. Cheers to beating the niners and having him in Seattle for a while…

  23. Troy says:

    Any question who the tougher team in the trenches is?? LOL

  24. cha says:

    We need more, Geno.

  25. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Blythe is a serious liability

  26. Tallyhawk says:

    Waldron has got to get it together. We need some quick hitters and some creativity. Play action isn’t going to work until we show we can actually run the ball.

  27. cha says:

    Jordyn Brooks doing his best Cody Barton impression on that McCaffrey run.

  28. Hawkster says:

    Leg crossed and tossed. That IOL is a mess.

  29. Blitzy the Clown says:

    We’re down Woods and now no Mone. This could get ugly

  30. Chris says:

    Way to easy of a 3rd down completion

  31. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice play by Nwosu

  32. Chris says:

    Our defense is playing so soft in the pass game

  33. Big Mike says:

    Incredible play design sadly by the wrong team

  34. Chris says:

    Game over

  35. 12th chuck says:

    just bench diggs ffs

  36. Pran says:

    They play better defense in high school..just unwatchable

  37. Peter says:

    Another year another backup looking sharp

  38. Peter says:

    Nobody wants to ay us pete?….or everyone wants to play us.

  39. Troy says:

    Complete domination. Embarrassing.

  40. 12th chuck says:

    geno cant read a blitz to save his life, not worth no 30 mil a year

  41. schwefelfell says:

    They’re just so much better than the hawks in every aspect

  42. Pran says:

    It looks like 9ths have the winning points on board.

  43. Chris says:

    Now the rout begins

  44. 12th chuck says:

    let the implosion begin

  45. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Dammit Taylor!

  46. Chris says:

    Poona is playing good

  47. Big Mike says:

    God how pathetic
    High school teams have more discipline than that

  48. KennyBadger says:

    Cut Taylor at halftime.

  49. Troy says:

    Yep. Just plain stupid.

  50. cha says:

    First Q: Niners have 108 yards to the Seahawks’ 2.

  51. Chris says:

    Time for some accountability! Bench Taylor and let mafe get his snaps

  52. Pran says:

    Hope they lose out rest of the way, Pete and co is fired.

    All-Pro Purdy is 9/9. Don’t tell anyone Pete is a defensive coach ever again

    • Big Mike says:

      She will not fire him. He will be here for 2 more years. I watched how she dealt with a horrible general manager for the trail blazers and the only way they finally got rid of him was to find dirt on him and they’ll never find dirt on Pete because hes a decent human being

  53. Romeo A57 says:

    We are now at 5 quarters this season with 0 offensive points scored against the 49ers. We need to remember that the offense needs to be addressed in the offseason also.

  54. Troy says:

    DK is so immature. Every week it’s the same shit.

  55. 206 says:

    Happy to see mafe and Taylor in the field more often

  56. Big Mike says:

    Is there any chance we ever see a prime time game from Seattle without the fish throw?

  57. 805Hawk says:

    After a while, you just run out of things to say. Defense sucks. Coaching sucks. Metcalf gets hot and does something stupid. I’m just waiting for Pete to challenge a play without any hope of winning and then call a timeout that wasn’t needed.

  58. Hebegbs says:

    The difference between the 49r defense and the Hawk defense is night and day. The hosts did an overview of the draft picks 49r have done since 2015 fixating on the D line with their top picks. We’ve just fallen way behind in D line talent.

    DK being a bonehead. DT drawn offsides on a clearly design play to have someone jump. Wow. Surprise 49r didn’t go for it on 4th after that.

    Pete really hammering that gum.

    Hawk interior O line looks like HS kids playing against Bama D linemen.

  59. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Offense getting a little rhythm

  60. Big Mike says:

    These same people have been playing offensive line for us all year long why can they not adjust to these types of twists when they’re getting rushed?

  61. Romeo A57 says:

    3 Points by the offense. At least the Seahawks won’t get shut out tonight

  62. Troy says:

    I’m jealous of the 9ers D. Gang tackling, toughness, swagger, creativity

  63. 206 says:

    Geno playing alright but there are still more sketchy throws than I would like!

  64. Hawkster says:

    Say what you will, it was a gritty effort by the skill players to even get that 3 pts.

  65. Seahawkwalt says:

    Announcers.. “ niners this, niners that”. Shut up already

  66. downtownjewelrybryan says:

    wow collier is garbage

  67. Blitzy the Clown says:

    How does Diggs miss that?

  68. Mick says:

    OK I’m happy not to wake up to a disaster already.

  69. Big Mike says:

    Yeah I don’t forget they get the ball to start the 2nd half as Al just mentioned

  70. KD says:

    Excellent job Homer. A+ job there buddy. High five

  71. Hawks4life says:

    Idc if we draft Bijan with our first pick, I can’t bare to watch another year with Penny, Dallas and Homer running the football. I doubt Dallas or Homer would be in the league if it wasn’t for Pete keeping them.

    • Big Mike says:

      Better interior run blocking would make a huge difference. Don’t forget we could have had creed Humphrey instead we drafted Eskridge who has barely played all season for the last 2 seasons

      • Hawks4life says:

        100% agree but we’ve now watched multiple years of Dallas and Homer being useless runners and even more from Penny. This needs to be addressed

      • Hebegbs says:

        Why would we need a great center? Blythe has been amazing tonight against Armsted…Uggg!! Interior guys are just not good. Both sides of the ball.

      • Ok says:

        Drafting dee instead of creed, trading picks for Adams, desperate moves that feel like trying to cheat/hack towards wins. Gadgets instead of strength. Instead of investing in the line of scrimmage, spending money further and further away, just grasping for results. Finesse team.

  72. Big Mike says:

    Those last 2 plays is what it looks like when you’re interior offensive line is good at run blocking

  73. HOUSE says:

    Damn… just like that we’re down 11

  74. Mick says:

    Why do we keep trying with Homer? he should be a special teams guy and not more.

  75. Romeo A57 says:

    The Seahawks defense is playing ok so far. Thatvlast 7 points goes to the offense. The Seahawks offense is impotent again.

  76. Trevor says:

    Diggs drops an easy TD in SF territory. Two plays later Homer fumbles and it’s game over.

  77. Romeo A57 says:

    Yeah just keep showing that Diggs highlight reel play, Thanks Amazon!

  78. 206 says:

    In order to win the margin of error was small, and we seem to have passed it.

    One thing, please get Mafe out there, these are valuable reps for a young player, Bruce’s time is over. Thanks for everything Bruce. lol

  79. 12th chuck says:

    DK is good, not great, always wanting more, but not in a good way. At least its a “close” game, and not an embarrassment.

  80. 206 says:

    Kirk and Al are not it.

  81. Big Mike says:

    Great tack wing at the end of this by both Diggs and Barton

  82. Troy says:

    CUT QUANDRE DIGGS¡!!!!

  83. Dave Stacey says:

    How much are we paying Diggs again?
    I’ve had enough of seeing that guy (on that contract) and Barton on this team full stop

  84. Mick says:

    What a mess! It’s incredible how we managed to mess this game up.

  85. AlaskaHawk says:

    This is getting tough to watch!

  86. 805Hawk says:

    Bro oks chooses not to cover. Diggs and Barton choose not to tackle. Pathetic.

  87. Leo says:

    I remember when everyone was debating Daboll or Pete for Coach of the Year, a nice reminder that no one knows anything lol

  88. Big Mike says:

    Game 14 and we’re having coverage breakdowns. That is unacceptable and that is no doubt shit coaching

  89. Hawkster says:

    I get it, if I was the 49ers I’d be high fiving too. But the “accomplishment” is less than staggering given the circumstances.

  90. Big Mike says:

    That’s a shit call and if it was on our guy you’d say the same

    • 805Hawk says:

      Agreed. They need to loosen that call. That should not be a flag. I’m not sure what a defender is supposed to do. The only reason he lands on him is that they hit the Olineman.

  91. 206 says:

    Geno lucky with that pick 6 call back. You cant blame him that much though, hes trying to make something happen.

  92. AlaskaHawk says:

    And all this from Mr. Irrelevant as QB. Let this be a reminder that you if you have a great TEAM and a great coach, you don’t need an elite quarterback.

    • Trevor says:

      100% people seem to forget the Hawks went to two Super Bowls and won one with that exact same scenario.

    • 805Hawk says:

      That’s why I’m don’t want to pay Geno $25-30m. Use the money to build the rest of the team. We aren’t a quarterback away….especially a Geno Smith away.

  93. Matt says:

    Geno could easily have 20 interceptions on the year. Have never seen a luckier player in my entire life. It’s actually crazy.

    • Matt says:

      His regression next year is going to be wild.

      • Troy says:

        Only a modest contract, otherwise move on..

        • Matt says:

          I am horrified they are gonna pay him real money. He’s a nice story, has played well, and has been luckier than any QB I can ever remember.

          • Trevor says:

            No one is paying Geno a big $ deal. Not the Hawks or anyone else. Not sure who started the $30 mil / yr talk. Had to be Geno’s agent. As you said it’s been a great story but he is not a franchise QB or the long term answer IMO.

      • 206 says:

        He sure has been lucky at times, but as far as tonight goes, he is going against the best defense in the league with no running game to back him up.

        • Matt says:

          4 easy picks and has ZERO interceptions to show for it. He’s done this for almost two
          Months now. Tons of turnover worthy plays that don’t come to fruition. People need to start paying attention to this. He’s like a hitter who strikes out 33% of the time and is hitting .300. It’s wholly unsustainable.

  94. KennyBadger says:

    Defensive coach. Defensive scheme. Defensive errors. Defensive joke.

  95. AlaskaHawk says:

    I don’t see a Bosa or Donald in this draft. Maybe some player will surprise me.

  96. Mick says:

    OK now everything that could go wrong starts going wrong: penalties, sacks… But it’s tough not being able to score a TD in 3 quarters.

  97. David Staceg says:

    I’d chill on Geno. No run game and no defense it’s not on him
    He’s playing above the league average

  98. Trevor says:

    It is uncanny how much that SF defense looks like the LOB at least in the front 7. They are just bigger, stronger and more physical. Then they just keep everything in front of them and fly to the ball.

  99. Big Mike says:

    Nice to aquin Brooks

  100. 206 says:

    Brooks is trash.

  101. Hawks4life says:

    Not wasting anymore Sundays with this team

  102. Tony says:

    God this defense looks like such pansies.

  103. Chris says:

    I like how we play to protect the big play and give up everything underneath and still manage to give up a couple back breaking plays per game

  104. Pack of K9s says:

    How does a coach go from the best defense of al time, with some of the most disciplined and feared players to whatever this is?
    Carroll has been an awesome coach and I will always appreciate him, but i do think its time to move on. Doesn’t mean he can’t go somewhere else and coach a great D or even win a ton again, but he has lost the plot and i dont think its getting back on track

  105. Hebegbs says:

    Diggs and Barton. Wow. Great effort on Kittle TD. Brookes-is he always this bad? I don’t get to watch many Hawk games in Denver. I do get to see Denver lose a lot which is great.

  106. KennyBadger says:

    If Rob was the literal draft manager for the organization do you think the talent acquired could overcome the coaching? We should select Sean Payton at #2.

  107. Hawkster says:

    Every ref gets flag and they all fly, woo-hooo

  108. Matt says:

    Should hear no complaints about officiating today…holy moly.

  109. Chris says:

    You can definitely see the difference in coaching tonight

  110. Trevor says:

    I don’t think Diggs should get another snap this season. Have never seen a professional athlete, much less a pro football player make so many business decisions. It is embarrassing and so frustrating to watch.

  111. Chris says:

    Totally agree

  112. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice run Walker

  113. Big Mike says:

    Serious question, why are we not at least chipping bosa like with a tight end?

  114. Seahawkwalt says:

    Please chip Bosa.. good golly

  115. Hawkster says:

    was that 10 in the box?

  116. Robert says:

    And the best play of the game goes to Dickson and the hands team for that punt.

  117. Big Mike says:

    Why would you take a time out there when a delay of game cost you a quarter of a yard?

  118. Old but Slow says:

    With 3 good TEs, why can’t one of them help out Cross with Bosa?

  119. Big Mike says:

    Oh look Pete is going to win a pretty much irrelevant challenge.

  120. 805Hawk says:

    Rob, I really hope you didn’t stay up to watch this.

  121. dand393 says:

    Interesting note from Al there saying there is no timeline to sell the team maybe there’s hope Pete could get fired after going winless the rest of the year

  122. Matt says:

    This game could easily be 42-0

  123. Trevor says:

    Geno has happy feet now and it is hard to blame him.

  124. Glor says:

    Step up in the damn pocket already!

  125. HOUSE says:

    This DeMeco Ryans led defense… I want KILLERS like these guys! I know our defense isn’t going to just turn into that, but damn… They are fierce and impressive

  126. Tony says:

    So far, this isn’t as embarrassing as I saw coming. I still see it getting worse the next 10 mins. But this less embarrassing than what the 9ers did to tb last week. So silver lining?

  127. 6x2 stackmonster says:

    Mike Holngren always talks about affect. Gino’s affect is pretty piss poor!

  128. Glor says:

    Defense is making mr irrelevant look like a first round pick

    • Tony says:

      It’s also easy to know there’s a solid 7yds/carry in any audible

    • Glor says:

      But I would say this is also a very good affirmation to Rob’s point of maybe we take a late round QB and not pay Geno stupid money to work on adding proper talent to this team

  129. Chris says:

    We are definitely in a rebuild. Draft a qb let geno walk and drew man the ship while the rook develops. Just add talent for the next 2 yrs and hopefully after that we can compete

  130. Tony says:

    Can the defense get a stop?????

    No. It won’t happen.

  131. Mick says:

    Glad we got one, great play by Walker.

  132. Big Mike says:

    We’re in it in the 4th quarter Pete’s gotta be really stoked Carroll football

  133. Old but Slow says:

    Hey, wait. Did Pete actually win a replay challenge?

  134. Tony says:

    And, it’s over.

  135. KennyBadger says:

    Farm out goal line and challenge decisions Peter.

  136. ImUrHuckleBerri says:

    Need more Tanner Muse at LB. Dude likes to run and hit.

  137. Mick says:

    Best players of the game for the 49ers: Bosa, McCaffrey, Homer, Diggs.

  138. Big Mike says:

    So now the question is does San Francisco rub it in with a touchdown or do they just kneel down a couple of times?

  139. Tony says:

    Who didn’t see that coming lol.
    Pete, that is your defense. Watch it on repeat all offseason.

  140. Romeo A57 says:

    The Seahawks Offense did score one TD against SF this year. What more do you people want 😕

  141. drrew76 says:

    Can someone explain what happened on that Purdy slide?

    The league has clearly had a rule where the ball is ruled dead when a quarterback begins their slide, Russ missed out on multiple first downs his last few years here because of that interpretation.

    Tonight they said the ball isn’t ruled dead until the knee hits.

    Hawks were losing this game anyways, I’m just not sure I understand the call there, or if they were ruling that was a fundamentally different type of play.

    • Matt says:

      I believe the rule used to be ball spotted at point of player giving themselves up. Now I believe it’s when the body part hits the ground.