Pete Carroll said that Percy Harvin will meet with doctors today this afternoon about his recovery from concussion and will not practice today. Linebacker KJ Wright will practice today.
“He looked good in walk throughs,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how he looks. But it looks promising. He’s got a chance.”
Carroll was very complimentary about the Niners’ linebackers group, specifically Ahmad Brooks, who some people feel gets overlooked because of Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman.
“He’s not underrated around here,” Carroll said. “He’s had a great seasons. He’s been an aggressive, tough playmaker for them all year long. It’s very a good group. It’s the highlight group of their defense and it just jumps out at you. That’s a focal point for us for sure.”
Carroll was also highly complimentary of Marshawn Lynch.
“We’ve had running backs that are similar”you knew they were on your team and you knew they were special. Marshawn has brought a tremendous attitude to us. We really had hoped that’s what he would do. I thought he could be a real focal point for us. And he’s done everything. He’s been tremendously consistent and he just continues to be a big factor.”
Carroll won’t discuss who is starting on the offensive line, but it seems likely Michael Bowie will be starting on Sunday. The contributions of the rookie have been immense considering the issues with the offensive line this season. He’s started games at right tackle, right guard and left guard.
“Immediately, you could see he was athletic,” Carroll said. “He was light on his feet for 335 pounds. He was quick with his knee bend. We had no idea that he would come this far this fast. We are thrilled about it. He’s a smart kid. He’s been able to pick up things. He’s played three spots for us, which is amazing for a young guy. We didn’t know the whole package was going to be there this soon.”
Carroll was having none of the talk about whether or not the Seahawks have an advantage because referees don’t throw as many penalty flags in the postseason.
“I keep hearing that,” he said. “I hearing that’s what is going to happen. That has no factor on us. First off, we have a style and it’s the same style I’ve had, all the way back to North Carolina State. It hasn’t changed or adapted to the refereeing or the time of year and it’s not going to do that now. Stats don’t always show that the officials numbers are different when you look back historically. We wouldn’t play that anyway. We’re so far into it right now.”
Carroll talked about the differences in the 49ers’ offense with Colin Kaepernick.
“They certainly opened up the running game some,” Carroll said. “When he first got in there, they engaged in a lot of the stuff he did in college, the pistol stuff,” Carroll said. “They used him more as a factor in the overall running game. You noticed that they changed a little bit, early in the season. They went back to their old style of run game emphasis and it really benefited them. They’ve won all these game in row. They’ve had a great finish to the season. You could see them change their emphasis a little bit. He has become a tremendous factor. He throws the ball accurately. He’s decisive with the ball. They vary up the styles of his throws to the deep ball down the field to the quick rhythm stuff.”
But that’s not the biggest concern for Carroll.
“Really the factor that truly separates him, is like Russell, they have the ability to get out and run and make yards,” Carroll said. “He’s very adept at taking off. That’s the most difficult factor in football to deal with is a running quarterback. There’s something that is really special about that. Colin is great at it. They’ve played to his strengths as he grown with him and they’ve adjusted and minimized some other things.”
Asked about Harbaugh “He’s a really good football coach. He’s got a way about him that starts with a good fundamental approach to the game. He runs the football. He plays good defense. He plays good special teams. He gets it. That’s been the way to championship football for a long time.”
Carroll was asked about the role of the fans in Sunday’s game.
“The message for them is, ‘come on, let’s do it again,’” he said. “Our following has been extraordinary. We are very blessed to have so much love and care for this team. Our area just gets riled up. There’s something about it. Every interview of player that’s visited here continues to echo the impact that it has. It’s so constant because they’re so constant. I’ll I’d ever ask is ‘let’s go have some fun. This is the last game of the year here. So let’s go out in a big way at CenturyLink . They’ll rise to the occasion.”