We’re on the fast track now to Sunday night’s Seahawks-49ers game, where one of the key questions will be whether Seattle can get its running game back on track after the struggles at Carolina.
I wrote about that for today’s paper.
As is often the case, though, you can’t get everything in the story that you might like.
So here are some leftovers from my interview with offensive line coach Tom Cable on Thursday:
— Seattle played six OLs against Carolina, with Paul McQuistan and James Carpenter rotating at left guard. Cable said the plan was for them to rotate every two series against the Panthers. Cable said that rotation will remain for now. “It will be for a while until we kind of get it worked out and see who is where,” he said.
— Carpenter’s play was the topic of a lot of talk show/internet conversation this week. Here’s what Cable thought of it: “Nice. I thought he did some really cool things. There were about three plays I would like to have over, but it didn’t really affect us in a negative way. Just three things that looked kind of awkward, if you will. But he is real physical, real dominant.”
— As for an overall assessment of the OL against Carolina, Cable said: “Some really cool things in terms of protection — once we got settled down in the middle of the second quarter, the rest of it was pretty good. Run game, we really never got started the right way. It is what it is, but the fourth quarter was cool, hit some runs and finished the game the right way. But not really very consistent early in getting too it and hitting the spots the right way.”
— On the 49ers: “Two physical teams that go at it, a good pass rush and very athletic, very athletic football team. But two teams that are very mindful of what each other brings to the game. It’s a real fight.”
— On why Seattle has had success of late running on the 49ers: “Running the football is difficult to do in the first place. But once you kind of find your rhythm in it, it’s important that you stay in it and stay with it and I think that’s what we ahave been able to do, whether it’s been against them or anybody else. It’s staying committed to it and then kind of seeing it through and letting the momentum build with it and letting your runner get comfortable. And our guy can kind of take over when that happens. That’s what you are trying to do in this league — when you run the football it takes patience and you’ve got to stay with it.”
— On how much 0f the running struggles against Carolina or what the Seahawks didn’t do: “It’s a little bit of both, I did not think we were in rhythm doing it but give them credit, that’s a nice front seven they have there, too.”
— On preparing to play a 3-4 team this week after playing a 4-3 team last week: “This league is like that. This year we are only going to play about 6-7 3-4 games, where last year we played 11. More four-down, more like Carolina, so it’s that way from year to year, season to season, you just kind of adapt with it. You have your things that you do all the time and you just try to find out where the weakness is if there is one and go after it.”
In other news this morning. …
— Seahawks.com highlights the Seattle receivers;
— Peter King writes that the Seahawks will need to keep their head on a swivel to find Anquan Boldin Sunday;
— The San Jose Mercury News writes that Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are poised to build an enduring quarterback rivalry;
— The San Francisco Chronicle breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s success against the 49ers;
— The Mercury News with a timeline of the Jim Harbaugh-Pete Carroll rivalry;
— 49ers.com with 10 storylines to watch;
— SI.com breaks down the game;
— A 49ers beat writer picks the Seahawks to win;
— More on the battle of Boldin and Seattle’s secondary;
— CSNBayArea breaks down the game;
— B.J. Daniels, who spent the week impersonating Wilson, says the 49ers are ready for the game;
— Most of the CBSSports.com experts are picking the Seahawks;
— Finally, here’s a video breakdown of the game from NFL.com.