49ers @ Seahawks Recap and Observations
Christine Michael deserves to be the starting running back
After a disappointing fumble that ended the game against the Rams, Christine Michael ran with a fury against the 49ers, pounding his way for 106 yards on 20 carriers and 2 touchdowns. There is no better comeback story than Michael and he truly deserves to be the undisputed starting running back for the Seahawks.
In this play, Michael displays his excellent lateral agility and burst, side-stepping then powerfully bursting through the hole for a 12-yard gain.
Frank Clark is a bad man
Frank Clark has easily become my favorite defensive player to watch due to his freakish athleticism and quickness. While he did not get a sack on Sunday, he got to Gabbert on one occasion which jumped up at me when watching the tape. Here against Joe Staley, Frank connects a combo of moves, going with a spin then club that nearly gets to Gabbert.
He also shows his power by jamming 49ers TE, Blake Bell, and making the solo tackle on Carlos Hyde.
Garrison Smith, the former 49er, was also in on a solid solo tackle by swimming over Trent Brown for a stop on Carlos Hyde
Scoring aplenty, there was still a missed opportunity
On this play, the Seahawks shift to a trips left set against man to man coverage. With Bethea lined up on the right hash, it is understandable he would target Baldwin on the left seam. However, watch the lower half of the screen. As Wilson turns to Baldwin, Bethea also reacts and begins to move to the left hash.If Wilson just looks off Bethea, then comes back to the right, Luke Willson would have easily scored 6. I'm sure the Wilson and company saw this as well and should exploit this in the future. The drive did end up with Hauschka kicking for 3.
It was a purely dominant effort by the Hawks and everyone executed exceptionally well. It just goes to show how scary the Hawks can be when everyone is on point.