San Francisco 49ers Week 2 Preview: at Seattle Seahawks
On a field that is 100 yards long, 53 1/3 yards wide, the 49ers will find out a number of things this coming Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
As we start to look at the play of the offense. The major question is this, how is the 49er offense line going to improve? 49ers changing players will help. It is not official at this point, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has noted there could be changes beginning with Zane Beadies. Laken Tomlinson could be starting, Joe Staley, has not practiced this week, so he may be replaced.
Tight end George Kittle has injuries to his calve and hamstring. Beadies, allowed four sacks on his side, not helping Brain Hoyer this past Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. It will take more than player changes to improve the offensive line. Intensity, tenacity, that’s been missing from the San Francisco offensive line for a number of years, will be required.
Running back Carlos Hyde, had his issues as well, rushing for only 45 yards out of nine attempts. Hoyer was 24-35 for 193 yards and one interception, and one fumble. Hoyer’ play has to improve. He looked strong in the first half. Unfortunately for him, the receivers dropped passes. Fans would love to see Hoyer run with the ball, improving the offensive line, and making first downs that would keep drives alive.
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin needs to catch passes thrown his way. It is crucial to allow necessary drives to continue, not to mention Goodwin’s big drop on the 49ers opening drive. False starts must stop, along with illegal formations. These issues will be a big help allowing the 49ers to improve their play.
The defensive fronts of the 49ers will be challenged to sack Russel Wilson, the Seahawks scrambling quarterback. That is never an easy assignment. Arik Armstrong, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, will be facing a very competitive test.
Eli Harold, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Navarro Bowman will also be mandatory if the 49ers will have a chance at victory. They will need to contain Seahawks wide receivers, and tight end Jimmy Graham, as well.
The defense will be making some adjustments according to Shanahan, who was very upset with the play of safety Jaquiiski Tartt, taking an unnecessary unlike sportsmen penalty, and missing several tackles. Tartt did have a nice interception in the first half. He will be replaced by Jammie Ward, who has been injured since the preseason if he is ready to play. Ruben Foster, out with a high ankle sprain, will be missed as well.
Shanahan spent a lot of time reviewing game tape from the Panthers game. Adding in the defensive players must make their assignments, in order to play efficient football. When you look at all these adjustments, 49ers fans hope it will be enough to contain the Seahawks. Seattle, coming off a road loss in Green Bay, will be pumped and with the 12th man roaring in Links Field.
An all-out 49ers effort with players on both sides of the ball is needed to defeat the Seahawks at Century Link Field, which hasn’t happened since 2011.