Beastless in Seattle

Wow. The Seahawks, 40″ away from repeating as Super Bowl champs, mysteriously did not use the guy who had his way with the New Emgland defense through the game. 2nd and one with 26 seconds left, plus a timeout, you have to wonder why they went away from Marshaen Lynch.

Pete Carroll said it was because of the goal line personnel that NE was in dictated a pass. That’s all well and good, but Marshawn Lynch doesn’t get tackled for losses often.

Curiouser was the pass Seattle chose. A risky slant into traffic. To erstwhile 40er special teamer Ricardo Lockette. Not Kearse or newfound star Chris Hardball Matthews. Lockette, who bounced off Bulter like he hit a wall.

Carroll has to wear this one for the rest of his days. As the 49ers discovered, the Super Nowl window can slam shut at any time, and with Lynch and RW to sign, you have to wonder if this is Lynch’s ticket out of Seattle. He has already pissed off the front office with last preseason’s holdout.

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42 Responses to Beastless in Seattle

  1. 12th Man says:

    After being disappointed with a shitty end to the Niner season somehow it feels a bit better today

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Throw in AZs loss to Pittsburgh in the last minute and tbat 3 of 4 teams in the west tbat were denied Super Bowls inches away from victory.

    • Nipper says:

      The losers are quickly forgotten except by the suffering participates and their fans. Second place counts for nothing in a winner take all football environment. This game may be the exception to the rule. The weird ending will never be forgotten.

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    On KNBR this morning they threw out the stat for the 2014 season there were 106 passes thrown from 1 yard line, not one was intercepted. I am not defending the call. But that was an incredible play made. I would have liked it if they had said the number of TD’s vs the number of incompletes.
    The other thing is if the Pats had lost everyone would be talking about the two picks Bradey threw. Brent Jones brought this up on the radio he asked how many fans remember Montana threw two picks in the Dallas game before “The Catch”. I will confess I didnot remember those picks!

    • rtfirefly says:

      Joe threw three picks that day. Two were underthrown thrown long balls that had the effect of punts. They had Everson Walls in man coverage, but Joe had trouble throwing the deep ball early in his career, Walls led the league with 11 regular season Ints. The third was just a crappy pass. I didn’t remember who picked that one, so I had to look it up. Randy White. Randy White?!?!?! Gives you an idea how bad the pass was.

      The Niners also fumbled and lost thrice, none by Joe. Joe also threw 3 TD passes.

      (Of course I saw the game live. I have it on VHS. Also, youtube used to list it. I’ve seen it about 500 times.)

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, seen that game a few times myself. Crazy how we kicked Dallas ass that game but got killed by turnovers.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Seahawks DC Dan Quinn officially Ned Atl’s head coach. Let’s hope he takes some coaches with him.

  6. Winder says:

    I think in “81” players could still use stickem. We turn the ball over 6 times to fucking Dallas and still win. Incredible.

  7. Winder says:

    I haven’t even gotten on the Seattle blogs yet. I don ‘t have to say anything, I can feel their pain. At the moment that is enough.

  8. NJ49er says:

    Seattle’s roster is felling the pain of injuries now, as we did last year.
    Sherman looking at Tommy John surgery, no easy recovery there.
    Sucks that the Pats got handed a victory they didn’t control but, a Seattle loss is just as enjoyable.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah I ended up pulling for NE in the end. Mainly for Sherman’s sideline antics and Carroll being Carroll.

    Classy of them to come apart completely in the last 14 seconds.

  10. Berger says:

    I’m still mad at RoBaugh for not running the ball inside the 5 yd line in our SB loss. The Seattle fans must really be questioning their coaches call in an even more obvious situation to run instead of passing.

    • Alleykat says:

      Looking at the same way Berger!
      You have ” Money Vets” in both Gore& Lynch, and you don’t feed em in crunch time?Bad Coaching for both organizations in those situations.
      You can bet that OC in Seattle (Bevill?) will probably get shit-canned for this fuck- up, Carrol,and Wilson might try to play the ” good solider ” and take some heat, but Bevill will be the one on the guillotine..

    • NJ49er says:

      Did you see the Tweet Kawakami put out regarding the play calls?
      Seems 3-4 Coaches made specific calls dependent on the situations.

      NoFear49er made a good point that perhaps they put the plays into the gameplan for a specific opponent.
      But, if they had any confusion on who’s play was to be used, it might explain all of our challenges surrounding play clock meltdowns.

      • Alleykat says:

        NJ49er,
        I was watching the replay game on total access, just happened to ketch it at the end, anyway it was like a chess match on that 2nd down play cause at 1st the Pats stacked the box with 8 to stop the Beast, but Seattle switched to a 3 reciever set so at the last second Pats ( coaches switched out a LB Rivers? for another CB, since now they were figuring Seattle was gonna throw now.And who happened to be sprinting into the game last second was Butler!!!)

        Wow how’s that for smart coaching by Belicheat, and dumb coaching by Carrol

      • NJ49er says:

        Yeh Alleykat, I caught that as well.
        Pats DC made a hero of Mr Butler with that move.
        Surprised that Seattle didn’t catch the substitution and turn to the run, especially with on less LB to contend with.
        At least Harbaugh would load the backfield with extra OL-men when playing goal line.

        What also caught my eye on that fateful play was, Browner blowing up Kearse.
        That would have been a spot to put someone bigger in that position.
        The Matthews kid or a TE might have made more sense in hindsight.
        Browner is a bigger CB/S.
        Kearse was road kill from the start.

        It’s a chess game out there.
        Can’t play checkers, and expect to exploit many matchups, in those critical situations.

    • NJ49er says:

      It’s also incumbent on Kaep to read his keys and see where the best matchups occur on any given play also.
      That’s a phase of his development that is still evolving.

  11. NJ49er says:

    Atlanta gave Quinn control of the roster.
    Curious move for a newbie HC.
    Gotta wonder where that line is drawn, between the GM and HC, with that sort of arrangement?

    GM makes the selections, HC decides who stays?
    Seems somewhat suspect to me.

    As is the situation for us, HC/GM should have joint input on the personnel on Draft choices, just to keep a system in focus.
    A new HC likely knows little about the Scouting/Drafting processes.

    I have a feeling that’s where the issues developed between Jim and Trent perhaps?

  12. NJ49er says:

    Berger I’m going to make OLB Lynden Trail from Norfolk St a keeper this Spring.

    He’s going to be a candidate for TE conversion too IMO.
    Kid was actually used in Red Zone packages in College.
    He was worked out at TE during Senior Bowl Week too, obviously has decent hands as well as Sack production.

    Kid is going to be my 1st Official KEEPER.
    6’7″ 260 is hard to pass up with his athleticism.
    He should come cheap too.
    RD3-4 maybe?

    http://www.nsuspartans.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=2276

  13. Berger says:

    I was rooting for Seattle. It was more about Montana vs Brady than Seattle vs NE for me. Having said that, it was worth having Brady win to see the shock, confusion and WTF on the faces of the Seattle players faces while being stricken by a sudden loss after they were sure they had the win! Priceless! I’d like to see that moment on a commercial so I can see the hurt on the Seahawks players faces over and over!

    • Nipper says:

      That’s sports. Somebody wins and somebody loses. Then they clear out their lockers until next season and the whole thing starts over. It’s a grind but they love it. Go NFL!

      • Berger says:

        I don’t normally revel in this kind of stuff but Seattle has a way of making an opponent just want to hate them, led by Sherman.

  14. Berger says:

    The thing about that play is it was set up perfect for a run. NE took a LB out and inserted a DB. Seattle was in shot gun so the Pats had to think pass or run and the run had the read option element. It would have made no sense to be under center when a team has this many go to options. A person would need to be a moron to be under center with the options Seattle has at their ready. And when NE opened the box the run was a gimme. The pass would have been a decent call if Brady or Manning were at QB but with Wilson as QB in the shot gun NE had to honor the pass or a run by the QB or the RB. With NE in the nickel defense the run was just to good to pass up. Especially when they were in the perfect formation for the defensive alignment they were going against. Carrol pulled a RoBaugh and lost the big game.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    I just wonder if Bevell gets the axe for this. Not for the game, but the calling out of Lockette. Given the nature of the play, and the fact that if it was thrown to Lockette’s back shoulder he had a better shot of catching it, they seem to be looking for the goat rather than moving on. Certainly Wilson bears some responsibility but you don’t hear Bevell commenting on that.

    Divisive shit.

    • Berger says:

      Is Bevell calling out the WR? IMO, the #1 problem was the RoBaugh play call. The #2 reason was the CB made an incredible read and made the play. He read Wilson’s eyes and had to run around the pick by #15. Wilson might have tipped the play off pre-snap. I’m waiting to hear if anyone says anything about that but Butler said he knew the play was coming. It wouldn’t have been such a bad call if a RB like Lynch wasn’t in the backfield but he was. Bevell had a RoBaugh moment. They had the right formation and the right defense to run the ball.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Bevell said Lockette didn’t go hard enough after the ball.

        If that’s the case, then you have to cast some doubt on Wilson. But of course they didn’t go there.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Come on, we’ve all wanted to do this at one point or another.

    The Craig fumble comes to mind.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XgepmUrbHyg

  17. unca_chuck says:

    And I don;t for a second believe that Wilson called an audible. Why would you audible into a pass when the Pats brought in an extra DB?

    Some people just love to blame the players for everything. Until we fire our coach. Now we’ll suck because of the coaches.

    • Nipper says:

      They started dismantling the Stick today. See it on the News? A backhoe was ripping through the portable stands like a hot knife through butter.

    • Berger says:

      Tell those ‘some’ that I heard Pete Carroll on the radio the next day. He said that was the play call from the sideline and that they had all 4 plays pre-called. The next two plays were going to be runs.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, its funny that some people accept gossip with absolutely no verification yet question direct quotes from former players in the locker room.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/candlestick-demolition-underway-new-development-coming

    The Stick crumbles.

  19. NJ49er says:

    Hey Berger –
    Tinsley Ellis has a date scheduled in NYC next month, at BB King’s Blues Club.

    Trying to see about tickets.
    1st time I’ve seen him this close to my area.

    • Berger says:

      I’ve seen him three times here in Reno! The last time I saw him I had a cocktail and a conversation with him at the bar! If you see him tell him Berger in Reno says hi.

  20. Alleykat says:

    Adidas is giving away 3 Porsche 911s at the combine for the 3 fastest 40’s time.
    Breaking news: Usain Bolt reportingly is heading to the combines..

  21. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up,

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