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September 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Morning links: Avril, Bennett making an impact


Among the many positives for the Seahawks Sunday was the play of free agent signee defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, a topic I wrote about for today’s paper (that’s Bennett above getting a sack in a John Lok photo).

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had a bit more to say on the topic at his press conference Monday.

On the threat Michael Bennett poses as a pass rusher:“He has a great motor, he’s a very creative rusher, he’s very active. He’s big enough to match up yet still quick enough to get away from guys and make them miss him. I think he’s just what we’ve been looking for and as we figure it out—it’s really going to take us another, I think, three or four weeks before we have it settled and we know how we’re going to set it up. We have a lot of ideas and things that we had planned to work on but we have to make those come back together when everybody’s in the same room at the same time.  So we’ll keep looking forward to that.”

On Michael Bennett against the run:“Mike’s doing okay. He’s an active run player. He’s not going to load up and play the heavy duty stuff like we get from Red [Bryant] or from [Brandon] Mebane, but we can take advantage of his style by doing the things that he does well.  We’ll move him around and make sure that he’s not a sitting target for them. He’s going to make plays, just because he’s so active and his motor’s so good.”

On the importance of a quick get-off for interior linemen:“That’s a tremendous asset – your get off. That’s why the speed rush guys – your outside guys – get that tremendous advantage at home and they get that same advantage that the offensive linemen gets, you know, when the ball moves, he moves, as opposed to being behind the cadence a little bit. It’s all about get off. Cliff [Avril] got off the football real well last night as well. Michael [Bennett] was our best guy though. That’s an instinct but also obviously a natural twitch that he’s got and it helps him. I think he’s going to be a big factor for us.”

The story also includes the TV numbers for Sunday’s game, which got a 44.8 rating and 66 share in Seattle, the city’s best numbers ever for an NBC Sunday Night game. The 13.6 rating and 24 share nationally were the highest for any West Coast night game on NBC since 1991.

In other news this morning. …

— Here’s the recap of Monday’s events from;

— Here’s the video and a recap of Richard Sherman’s NFL Network interview after the 49er game;

— Some good observations on the game from Greg Cosell of;

Danny O’Neil looks at what was learned;

Michael Silver of has moved the Seahawks to No. 1 in his weekly power ratings;

Pete Prisco of has the Seahawks at No. 2 as does Pat Kirwan;

— The Seahawks are back on top of ESPN’s power ratings;

— Some highlights of Carroll’s ESPN 710 radio appearance Monday;

— Fox Sports calls the Seahawk D the impact player of week 2;

— The Rams signed former Seahawk Mike Person on Monday;

— Here’s ESPN’s Further Review of the game;

— San Francisco’s Patrick Willis isn’t happy with the NFL’s cut block rules in the wake of the season-ending injury to Ian Williams Sunday night;

— A Bay Area columnist wonders if the 49ers are really all that macho;

Jim Harbaugh said he is trying to put his finger on some things to help the 49er offense in the wake of the beatdown Sunday night;

Monte Poole says this is the first crisis of Harbaugh’s 49ers career;

— Harbaugh defended the play of Colin Kaepernick;

— Here’s more of Harbaugh’s Monday post-mortem;

— Finally, ESPN’s review of the 49ers.



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