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The 49ers need a win in Seattle on Sunday. While that’s always a scary proposition for San Francisco, this Seahawks team doesn’t quite have the teeth teams of yesteryear have had.
Zooming in on just this season though the two clubs have gone opposite directions since Week 4 when the Seahawks knocked off the 49ers 28-21 at Levi’s Stadium. Seattle has only one win since that game. San Francisco has rattled off four wins since then.
To try and get a grasp on what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest, we got in touch with our buddy Tim Weaver, the managing editor of the Seahawks Wire, to chat about a scuffling Seattle club ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Lumen Field:
What's the one biggest reason for the Seahawks' offensive struggles this year?
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Tim Weaver: There are a lot of reasons. Their pass protection has been poor and the play-calling has been even worse, but that’s been the case for most of Russell Wilson’s career and it’s usually worked out fine. The difference this year is that Wilson just isn’t himself. Since returning from IR with his finger injury, Wilson has not been playing anywhere close to his full potential. He’s gotten a little better each week, but he’s still not close to 100%. It’s possible that the finger is still bothering him. However, he’s also just not mentally on-point like we’ve come to expect. Wilson’s play was covering for a lot of roster holes, but now there’s nowhere left to hide with him struggling.
Niners Wire: How much of the 3-8 start do you put on Pete Carroll?
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TW: Almost all of it. There’s nothing he can do about Wilson getting injured and struggling since his return, but at the end of the day this is his team and his vision, so it’s his failure. I think Geno Smith would have given them a better chance to win at least against Green Bay and Arizona and they should have subbed him in when it was clear Wilson was floundering. More importantly, the offensive playcalling is just totally out of whack. There’s no feel, no layering, and very few surprises. It’s predictable and easy to defend regardless of the opponent. OC Shane Waldron has to take some blame there, but this is Carroll’s staff and therefore ultimately on him.
NW: What's worse right now, Seattle's offense or defense?
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TW: Definitely the offense. The defense was on a historically bad pace the first month of the season but that unit has dramatically improved as the season has gone on. Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs are playing fantastic coverage on the back end and linebacker Jordyn Brooks has done a total 180 turn after a brutal start. Schematically, they’ve changed things up more effectively and now they’re amost the top scoring defenses in the league. They still struggle getting off the field on third down but they’re very good in the red zone and are giving up few explosive plays.
NW: Seattle can win a few games down the stretch if they..
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TW: Wilson just needs to perform better, that’s really the only answer I have. It doesn’t matter if they get their run game going with Adrian Peterson or somebody else if they’re not getting a Pro Bowl level of play at QB. I can safely say right now they could beat the Lions, but that’s about it. 30 other teams can probably beat them at the moment.
NW: What's your favorite Seattle coffee shop?
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TW: It’s been a little while since I lived in Seattle, but I am very-much partial to the Hangar Cafe in the Georgetown neighborhood on the south side of the city. Excellent coffee and the best crepes I’ve ever had. It’s also right next to an airstrip so you get to see planes coming and going every few minutes.
NW: How's this one go and what's the final score?
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TW: The Seahawks have lost a lot of close games this year and I honestly believe they’re better than their record suggests. However, I don’t have any faith left in their ability to pull off miraculous comebacks, which was kind-of the whole thing they had going at their best. They can’t sustain a drive to save their lives and have played exactly one game of quality, complementary football all year. Niners 28, Seahawks 21.