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December 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Talking defense with Dan Quinn

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn met the media today to talk about Sunday’s game with the 49ers, and some other stuff:

On if there is such a thing as ‘the spot’ with Colin Kaepernick: “Yeah there is. Just like with all quarterbacks, like the normal pass starts as a drop back pass and then we can get him to run. But really with him, he can create first downs on the run. So that’s really the different challenge to where the play may have been designed one way, much like we see with Russ [Russell Wilson] sometimes, and then the outcome is completely different just based on his ability to move his legs and run for the first down as much as anything.”

On Michael Crabtree’s impact on the 49ers’ offense: “I think just they have all the fire power there where they can play different groups of people, where maybe earlier on third downs, they could have used a different package of guys. Well now with [Michael] Crabtree and [Mario] Manningham and of course Vernon [Davis], they got kind of the whole fire power of stuff. I think it opens them up, maybe in terms of the number of personnel’s that they can use.”

On if defending Vernon Davis presents a different challenge than defending Jimmy Graham: “I think so. With Jimmy Graham, we were kind of using the comparison of like a bigger tight end. More like a Tony Gonzalez, where he had body control and could push and go up and get it. Where Vernon we’ve got all the respect for him, but it’s really the long speed that changes how he plays, compared to some of the other tight ends in the league. He’s not as tall and long as some of the guys, but the speed is certainly different than most of the tight ends. More like a wide receiver at speed, when he’s playing at different spots.”

On Vernon Davis having the athleticism to jump over defenders: “I saw that. Somebody told me about that. That came up on tape. Yeah we’re certainly looking forward to that challenge.”

On what more does he know about Colin Kaepernick now: “I think just that there is nothing that their offense doesn’t do. You think with this type of style of player you wouldn’t do this, or you wouldn’t do that. There’s drop back, there’s movement, there’s quarterback, there’s all of the run game that involves him. So I think just knowing that the whole package of offense has been in, you can see that from the start of the season all the way up to now. That’s one of the things that you could tell they really trust this guy because they do their whole stuff with him.”

On if rotating defensive linemen has paid off for him: “I don’t know if we could make a final judgment on it yet, but I just always felt that it was important to have rushers available for the end of the game so that when it gets time for two minute and finishing in the fourth quarter, you have guys that are able to go. I think a byproduct of that is having maybe a little fresher legs at the end if you haven’t done quite as much. You’re not always in that position to be able to do that so it’s one of the things that we’re most fortunate about here that we do have a number of guys that can rush so we try to take advantage of that where we give them some opportunities. Sometimes it might just be one or two guys being out there the whole time, but with this unit it’s a little different that there are a number of capable guys who can go and rush. We’re fortunate in that way that we’re able to have that kind of depth, so let’s use it.”


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