Coach Speak: Seahawks Carroll and Shanahan on Sundays game

The Seattle Seahawks (6-4) will be looking to get back on the winning side as they take on the San Francisco 49ers (1-9) Sunday afternoon ( 1:05 PST ) at Levi’s Stadium.  The Hawks are coming off an uncharacteristic home loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks had two turnovers and were unable to stop the Falcons high powered offense led by Matt Ryan who passed 195 yards and two touchdowns.

On Sunday the Seahawks will look to improve their pass and run defense against the Carlos Hyde led 49ers. In the Seahawks week two 12 to 9 home victory, Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries.

The 49ers are coming off a bye week after beating the New York Giants 31 to 21 for their first win of the season. Hyde carried the ball 17 times and rushed for 98 yards while rookie quarterback  C.J. Beathard was 19/25 for 288 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a QB rating of 124.

Here is what the coaches had to say about the NFC West showdown.

San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan  

(On what are 2-3 key pieces of advice for Beathard about facing the Seahawks defense)

“You just have to understand that if they get you in a one-dimensional game, they tee off on the quarterback and they play such sound, good zone defenses that that is going to be extremely hard for a rookie and extremely hard for any other quarterback in this league.  If you turn the ball over, it’s very tough versus these guys because if they get up on you, you become one dimensional.  So you have to be smart in what you do and you can’t be conservative.

If you see something, you have to hesitate and let it rip, but you also have to understand that they are going to have their times when the pressure gets to you and you aren’t going to be able to do anything about it and you got to make sure that you don’t turn it over.  You have to play very smart football.  Every play matters in this game and the main thing with the quarterback versus these defenses that can run like this and are as sound as these guys are and have been playing together as long as them, it’s very rare that just one guy go out there and beat it, or the quarterback. 

You have to have a good run game, you have to do good on third down, you defense has to play well too so you are not caught in a one-dimensional game throwing it and it’s really a huge team effort versus someone like this.”


(On if the Seahawks defense looked different without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor)

 “No, not at all.  They haven’t changed for eight years and it doesn’t matter. It is a very sound defense.  You know what you are going to get and you would think that makes it easier, but it doesn’t.  That is why it is very sound and it’s tough to go against and nothing changes with those guys out.”


(On how long would be a good amount of time for Jimmy Garoppolo before he might be ready)

“If C.J. [Beathard] got hurt, he was ready to go the first week he got here. You got to put in a game plan that gets him ready to go.  He has been our second quarterback, so that’s kind of what I have been trying to say.  It’s not just about Jimmy.  Jimmy is going to be a lot more ready to go next year, when we put him through an entire offseason where we are able to build a huge foundation and make sure that when he goes out there, he doesn’t hesitate on anything because of the confidence he will have by having the time to put in the work.

He is going to do that throughout this year, he has been doing it since he got here and that is why he has been able if need be to go in a game and function.  But it’s not, ‘oh, he is good to go, let’s play him,’ it takes a lot into where he is at, getting him that confidence level and giving him a chance to be successful.  On how C.J. has been doing, how the whole offense has been doing, and really what’s best for our organization right now.”



“Happy Thanksgiving.  We will see you tomorrow, I’m sure. Well coming back from the game this week, Monday night, we jump right back in and it’s a division.  It was a hard game. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to at all.  But we have already turned and we bounced all ready to get going.  49ers are coming off a big win.  They played likely their best game of the year and looked good and they are pretty darn healthy right now.  We know that we got to get ready and get right. 

Their media tried to get me to talk about their quarterback situation which I have no clue and no idea what that is all about, who is going to play, and who is going to start and all that kind of stuff. There is nothing we can do about it.  We are just going to go show up and see what happens. 

We are preparing for [C.J.] Beathard right now and we will see what happens.  Other than that, we are looking forward to getting back on track here.  We got to get back and I’m really disappointed that we didn’t pull it off last week.”


(On releasing Dwight Freeney)

“We had to make a roster stuff happen.  We had some injuries and some things that we had to deal with.  It is a spot where we have some guys that have played that spot.  We are a little bit deeper there.  We hated to do it, but we had to do something and that’s where it happened.”


(On how he felt from the production he got out of Freeney) “He did a nice job.  Sure, he was productive. First two weeks, he really came out of the chutes and did a nice job.”

(On what does David Moore bring right now)

“He has done a great job and he is a very versatile athlete. Much like we saw the ability that Mike Davis had to come off the practice squad and help us, hopefully, we can find a way to do that with David and we want to keep him on our team.”



Seattle Seahawks


Oday Aboushi (shoulder)

CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion)

Kam Chancellor (neck)


RB Mike Davis (groin)


Duane Brown (ankle)

TE Jimmy Graham (ankle)

LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring)

LB Michael Wilhoite (calf)

LB D.J. Alexander (shoulder)

DE Dion Jordan (neck)

Luke Joeckel (knee)

DT Jarran Reed (hamstring)Read

San Francisco 49ers


S Adrian Colbert (thumb)


RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)

WR Trent Taylor (ribs)

DE Solomon Thomas (knee)

T Trent Brown (shoulder)

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