Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn met the media after practice today to talk about the matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.
And while the entire game is intriguing, the matchup of San Francisco’s offense and quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the Seattle defense and its touted Legion of Boom secondary looms as critical as any.
Here’s some of what Quinn had to say about the game:
On where to begin when preparing to play against San Francisco: “Well there’s a real volume of plays and of football that they have in their system. So you kind of have to go through their whole package of stuff, not just from this year but from last year, to get a real sense of what they can do. They can try to attack you in a number of different ways. Different packages, different personnel groups, and different schemes. So yeah, a well-coached outfit and certainly one where we are looking forward to the challenge.”
On the 49er offense in the second year under Kaepernick and what he saw in last week’s 49er game:“I guess the initial thing was the amount of yards that they threw for last week. I think just there’s nothing that’s held back. He’s got the whole package. All their different stuff — under center, in gun, empty, you know, load them all up. So they really have an extensive package and you can see that he’s kind of nailed it all. As far as the outsiders, there’s nothing that’s out of the realm in their scheme and what they do. That takes a bright guy to be able to handle all of that kind of volume and all of that kind of information and all of the movements and all the shifts and execute at that level. So you certainly respect that.”
On the 49ers’ running game being difficult to prepare for:“Yep and we certainly know them well and some of the coaches and the staff there. We’ll start with Mike Solari and Tom Rathman. But primarily, we call it a gap trapper or inside running team and that’s really where they are at their best. They have a variety of different ones, but not a lot of change to their years, in terms of their style.”
On how interchangeable that Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis are and how neither are typical at their respective positions: “Yeah not at all. You know, I’d say from Anquan outside at receiver, just his strength in terms of the way he uses his body and strong hands to catch and then Vernon, the way he can be in line or outside, not too many tight ends who have that type of speed who can get the vertical pass game going. They certainly present different challenges in terms of the size and strength standpoint.”
On the challenge of preparing for Kaepernick: “I think just the mobile quarterback thought. We certainly have one here. I thought that preparation where you are constantly going against a guy who can really move and challenge you to get inside the pocket and outside the pocket and extend plays. So that’s probably the biggest thing in terms of a quarterback who has that kind of mobility where the play may start one way, and it ends up finishing entirely another way. Just by if you are going to run for a first down or on the move and throw it back out there.”
On the injuries last week and how he felt the defensive line did against Carolina: “That’s really why we try to play the guys in a variety of roles. Seeing that they could do that in the preseason gives you confidence as a coach saying, ‘Okay we’ve seen him do the skill, but it wasn’t where he was doing something for the first time in that ball game.’ So I think that’s a tribute to the guys and the coaches and players themselves are learning how that, ‘Hey I can be this position and that,’ and in practice, we work those guys so they do that. It’s not just lip service where we are just playing a couple of different spots. It’s important for us and it certainly helped us going into last week.”
On how Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell have done filling in for injured Brandon Browner: “Yeah you know for us, next man up, and we were pleased in what we saw in those guys. We have all of the confidence in them so when they went in, really for us, there was no different calls or anything that we would make. So they kind of played in a style and in a fashion that we were really accustomed to them doing. It was expected with them really.”
Here’s a little bit of video of Quinn talking about the stress Davis puts on a defense: