Week 8: Seahawks @ 49ers Preview

Mike Singletary will make his head coaching debut this Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park in the second meeting between the NFC West rivals this season.

Singletary, the 16th head coach in 49ers history, steps in for Mike Nolan, who was fired on Monday after compiling a 2-5 record as San Francisco’s head coach this year and an 18-37 mark since taking over the role in 2005. The 49ers had lost their last four games under Nolan, who saw his club lose eight in a row last year after two wins to begin the season.

It will now be Singletary who is given the task of having the Niners shoot for their first winning season since 2002, an uphill battle considering the club’s current record.

Singletary has never been an NFL head coach before and served as San Francisco’s assistant head coach since 2005. He spent two seasons prior to that as Baltimore’s inside linebackers coach.

The 49ers dropped their final game under Nolan last Sunday, a 29-17 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants. Quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan threw for 256 yards and a touchdown with two picks, while Frank Gore, who entered the game leading the NFL in scrimmage yards, was held to just 11 rushing yards on 11 carries.

One highlight of the loss was San Francisco blocking a Giants’ field goal try and returning it for a touchdown for the second straight game, becoming the first team in NFL history to accomplish that feat.

Linebacker Manny Lawson returned to the 49ers lineup from a hamstring injury and blocked the kick, with corner Nate Clements taking it 74 yards for a score.

The 49ers have lost two straight and three of four at home this season, and their 2-5 mark is ahead of only Seattle (1-5) in the division.

SERIES HISTORY

The Seahawks lead the all-time series with the 49ers, 10-9, but were 33-30 overtime losers when the teams met in Week 2. Seattle swept last year’s home- and-home, including a 23-3 win at Candlestick Park in Week 4. San Francisco swept the 2006 home-and-home.

Holmgren is 13-6 versus San Francisco, where he served as an assistant from 1986 through 1991. Holmgren was 5-1 against the Niners during his tenure as head coach with Green Bay (1993-98), including a 3-1 record in the playoffs. Singletary, of course, is making his head coaching debut.

WHEN THE SEAHAWKS HAVE THE BALL

Holmgren’s offenses usually make their living through the air, but with Hasselbeck (656 passing yards, 2 TD, 4 INT) struggling due to his back issues, the Seahawks are ranked last in the league at 126.8 passing yards per game. Neither Wallace nor Frye threw for over 100 yards in two games replacing Hasselbeck under center. Wallace struggled in leading Seattle’s offense versus Tampa Bay, as the Seahawks managed only seven first downs and 176 yards of offense, while going 2-for-10 on third-down conversion attempts. Seattle has been trying to establish the run due to uncertainty at the QB spot and is averaging 131.5 rushing yards per game, which is good for eighth in the league. Seattle features two capable backs in Julius Jones (459 rushing yards, 2 TD) and Maurice Morris (103 rushing yards). Versus the Bucs, Morris had 56 yards on six carries, while Jones ran for 42 yards on seven attempts. Rookie tight end John Carlson (19 receptions, 2 TD) hauled in a touchdown pass last weekend, while Koren Robinson had two catches for a team-best 23 yards. In addition to Hasselbeck, wideout Deion Branch has missed the last two games because of a heel ailment.

The 49ers’ defense has faced some quality offenses over their four-game losing streak in New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia and the New York Giants. The unit did hold the Giants under 300 yards of offense (273), with 112 of those yards coming on the ground. That was a little better for a defense that is allowing an average of 122.4 rushing yards per game, which is just 23rd in the league. The 49ers have also struggled keeping other teams out of the end zone, as their 28 points allowed per game is 28th in the NFL. San Francisco failed to sack New York quarterback Eli Manning in the loss and also did not force a turnover. Linebacker Patrick Willis (63 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) and corner Walt Harris (30 tackles, 1 INT) had nine tackles each in the loss, while defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (24 tackles) had seven. Linebacker Takeo Spikes (46 tackles, 3 INT) added seven stops. On the injury front, both defensive end Ray McDonald (19 tackles, 1 sack) and safety Dashon Goldson (17 tackles) suffered knee injuries versus the Giants that will cause them to miss this game, while safety Michael Lewis (40 tackles, 1 sack) is questionable due to a knee injury of his own.

WHEN THE 49ERS HAVE THE BALL

Gore has been the one constant for the 49ers this year, but he struggled mightily against the Giants. His 11 yards rushing was his lowest total since he gained just five yards on two carries as a rookie on December 11, 2005 versus Seattle. Gore (535 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 5 TD) did stay active in the passing game on Sunday, making three catches for 50 yards to give him 781 scrimmage yards this season. The Miami-Florida product has a bit of a different look in front of him, as Michael Robinson has taken over starting fullback duties from the injured Zak Keasey. Robinson’s start at fullback last weekend was his first at that position in his career. O’Sullivan (1547 passing yards, 8 TD, 10 INT), meanwhile, has struggled with turnovers over his last four games, getting picked off nine times and losing three fumbles during that span while throwing for five touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Josh Morgan had a breakout game versus the Giants, setting career-highs in catches (5) and yards (86) while hauling in his first-ever touchdown grab. Morgan, though, missed practice earlier in the week to rest a groin injury. He has moved ahead of Bryant Johnson (13 receptions, 1 TD) on the depth chart as San Francisco’s No. 2 wideout along side Isaac Bruce (19 receptions, 4 TD). The Niners rank 24th in total offense (299.4 YPG), have committed a league-worst 18 turnovers and have allowed an NFL-worst 29 sacks allowed. Tackle Jonas Jennings has missed the last five games due to a shoulder injury and likely won’t play this weekend either.

Seattle’s defense has struggled this year, yielding 363.5 yards per game (27th overall), with 242.2 of those coming through the air (29th). In addition, the 28.5 points allowed per game by the Seahawks ranks 29th in the NFL. One problem Seattle has had is forcing turnovers, as the club is tied for last in the league with five takeaways and made just one interception. Seattle’s defense, which was on the field for over 40 minutes last weekend, saw the Bucs total 402 yards of offense in the 10-point game. Linebacker D.D. Lewis (16 tackles) led the way with 11 tackles, while defensive end Darryl Tapp (20 tackles) had nine. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (17 tackles, 2 sacks) had the team’s lone sack while also forcing a fumble. Corner Josh Wilson (30 tackles) recovered a fumble and nearly took it to the end zone, but the play was whistled dead after the recovery due to a challenge, as the original ruling on the play was an incomplete pass. Linebacker Julian Peterson, who played in San Francisco from 2000-05, has five sacks in his last three games against his former club, while defensive end Patrick Kerney has at least one sack in six of his last seven games against divisional opponents.




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  • Lowrance

    Pundit, thanks for puting up a pic of Singletary!!!

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Billy

    49ers win 27-6 Thats my prediction haha nonetheless we are going to win!!!

  • Billy

    We are doing great, just can say the same for JT

  • J-Mack

    It's the first quarter and J "TurnOver" Sullivan has fumbled twice leading to points for the Seahawks.

    Same shit, different game.

  • crazydave

    is nate clements injured in 4 this game?

  • Ninaz

    JT ' Oturnover is killing is put in shaun hill dammitt.

  • Billy

    Fucken JTO Has to kill everything for us doesnt he

  • firen

    We need a new freakin' line, don't put ALL of the blame on JT. It IS mostly his fault but the line needs to protect him!

  • Billy

    Shithead Martz cant run the ball

    but right now the he did I love Gore

  • Billy

    It seems Singletary heeded the fans advise to bench his ass, man I wish I was there to throw something at JTs stupid ass

  • Billy

    Singletary does make changes they are now blitzing and JTs out

  • joe gomez

    Billy shut the fuck up.. 4th and 4 is a no brainer bitch. 4th and 1 or less is another thing. Big fucking difference. so dont try to put shit in mouth bitch you dont know me.

  • Billy

    We lost

  • joe gomez

    Whats everybody's grade on Singletary so far?

    I give him an F.

    Hes basically done NOTHING but basically took Nolan's team out there and took his spot on the sideline. Same passive defense who cant stop the 3rd down play. Seneca looks like decent QB out there. Only change hes done is change JTO to Hill which im sure talked to Martz first. I dont think hes ready for a HC position. Holmgren is outcoaching him by miles.

  • joe gomez

    How are you going to apologize and call me an asshole you litle bitch! Ill fucking rip your head off and shit down your throat son. Go play your playstation 3 or something motherfucker this is a mans game.

  • crazydave

    so far it seems we cant even beat a sorry ass 1-5 Seattle team maybe next year AGAIN…..is it bye at the bye week???

  • Billy

    You are an asshole you state that you dont like what I thought you would think for that I apologize but your Nolan statement was uncalled for. Last time i checked I play this mans game Im a Junior in Varsity and am an AP student with a 4.0 GPA. Dont undermined me for my age I am a fan of this team always will be, your little threat doesnt scare me you must feel mighty saying this huh, all this over what I said pathetic

  • joe gomez

    Lets just pray that Scott "cant pick shit" McCloughan doesnt screw up our top ten 1st round pick. I just bought the 2009 NFL draft preview guide and study the hell out of it. Lets start throwing names out there for our #1 pick and see who gets it right.

  • joe gomez

    Oh nevermind.. McCloughan will never pick what the fans want.

  • joe gomez

    Listen son.. quit lying with your 4.0, thats probably your SAT score. Also, Waterboy isnt really a football position so it doesnt quite count. "Im 15 and I play JV and I have a 4.0!"… fucking joke. Quit making up stories and stick to 49ers football bitch.

  • Billy

    Im not making up stories but Ill be th bigger man and say ok you are right

  • joe gomez

    Wow they finally dialed in Jason Hills's number and he answered the call. About time they call his daym number. Singletary kicked V. Davis out of the game. First time ive seen that shit. V. Davis had that bonehead penalty and ever since has been moping on the bench. I dont think he wants to get on Singletary's bad side.

  • joe gomez

    Ok Billy were good man.. lets watch the game.

  • crazydave

    our defense is making Wallace look like a pro bowler…lol

  • joe gomez

    Man how many times are we gonna be burnt on 3rd down? We got to fix this defense during the Bye week. I think Shaun will be ok for now.

  • Billy

    Finally let make this bridge under the water because I truly do respect most of your stances on the 49ers because mine are similar as well. I do apologize for what I said but I feel you need to apologize as well, and we can watch our team be beat, sadly.

  • joe gomez

    Alright sorry for the name calling young man.

  • joe gomez

    Deekon.. start studying the college players.. we will have the top ten pick, maybe top 5. Who is your pick?

  • crazydave

    AND ARE WE COACHING the college thing again this year???lol

  • Billy

    ESPN just doesnt love the 49ers they unprofessional they are bashing on us for firing Nolan!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! IDIOTS! Theyre Farve haters as well. Does anyone show any love to the 49ers and Farve cause all the stuff Ive seen is pure BS

  • Gizmo

    I would like to send thanks the Patriots and the Panthers. After we win today we are right back in this thing. LETS GO!!!

  • DeeKon52

    not lookin good so far

  • DeeKon52

    same shit

  • crazydave

    how many fumbles does it take to put in Shaun Hill??????

  • Billy

    Too many Dave
    Shaun Hill is a game manager and JTs Turnovers kill us it should be 14-0 not 0-6

  • Billy

    Lawson has a Sack!! YEAH!!

  • Billy

    I think he is
    Lawson is looking good

  • joe gomez

    Same ‘ol shit .. JTO 2 fumbles in 1st Qtr.. is the line? is it the coaching? or is just JTO? who knows but we lead the NFL in teams scoring on our turnovers. Josh Morgan yet another crucial drop. Where the fuck is Jason Hill, give him a shot if Josh doesnt want it. Defense is still looking passive. No pass rush, not much blitzing. I thought Singletary was gonna change things? Same shit. They are running on us, passing on us, Wallace looking like Cassell. Finally heard Kentwan Balmer’s name, too bad it was for a holding penalty. Just pathetic. Why is Snyder out and Sims is still in? Im sure Chilo or Snyder can switch over and do a better job than Sims. Sims hasnt had a bonehead play yet but im just waiting. Lawson having a pretty good game. D. Walker having a good game. Gore having a decent game. Seattle just scored, now were playing catch up again. Hmmmm…. heard this before. Lets see what happens.

  • DeeKon52

    yes we are terrible…30 yard run to the 1 ard line..then 25 yards in penalties

  • joe gomez

    Whats up with all the fucking penalties? Gore busted one and almost scord a TD but here we go again with the penalties. B. Johnson looking good. I think I jinxed Sims, hes injured and left the game.

  • Billy

    ASSHOLE REFS

  • Billy

    jt ducked like an idiot and got sacked, agh at least its better then a fumble

  • joe gomez

    Oh shit Balmer made a fucking play!

  • Billy

    Maybe you jinxed him to

  • joe gomez

    Way too many false start penalties… WTF!

  • Billy

    Jason Hill, eh?

  • Billy

    JT is GAY
    Vernon Davis now has my RESPECT

  • firen

    Well Hill it is….

  • Billy

    Praise the LORD HILL!!!

  • joe gomez

    4th and 4? Man you HAVE to take the 3 points. C’mon Singletary what the fuck are you thinking?

  • Lowrance

    About fucking time HILL gets a chance!!!!

  • Billy

    If Nolan was still here youd be burning him for not going for it, so youd be mad anyway and you know it Joe

  • DeeKon52

    if hill doesn’t start next half, i’ll blow my brains out..and yea we shoulda gone for the field goal..first half, make it a 7 point game

  • Niner Pundit

    17 out of the past 20 turnovers credited to JT…Bench his ass. He better not be in the lineup after half

  • Niner Pundit

    Deekon is JT starts the next half, I’ll start the fire Singletary bandwagon.

  • crazydave

    maybe i should stop watching before i give my self a heart attack this is bull shit turn over Sullivan has killed this season with turn overs and i cant take no more martz is a fucking stuburn old fart and looks to be afraid to make a change so whats the use of watching if no changes are made …so far at least gore has fixed his fumbling problems.

  • joe gomez

    Or were you a Nolan dick licker too? haha..

  • Billy

    Alright then no reason to start cussing like a child, I apologize

  • joe gomez

    Your 4th and fucking FOUR.. in field goal range with the 1st half about to expire… you kick the field goal and then your only down by 7. I dont care if it was NOLAN or ERICKSON.. YOU FUCKING KICK THE FUCKING FIELD GOAL!

  • joe gomez

    No problem.. apology accepted.

  • Billy

    Nolan was an ass I was never rolling with Nolan I was again him and Smith from the start, you say I dont know you, you dont know me you prick. Youre an adult and carry yourself as a child. I am only 15 yet I do not seen to cuss at people and start shit like you, I agree with many things you say, heck I was the only one on this site that was agreeing with you about D. Jackson draft day, while everyone was talking shit with you, I am only a fan I do not look for trouble, I apologize again for what I said but dont say shit about me asshole

  • DeeKon52

    the season is over unless we win 8 straight

  • Billy

    Thank you, Im glad we are good now. Hopefully our team can score a bit more

  • crazydave

    and i thought we signed a full back what ever happen to him and why are we not throwing it to him.at least the tight ends are are catching this week.

  • joe gomez

    Looks like were 2-6 now. Were looking at possibly going 3-13 or 4-12 with our defense being this bad. This is Singletary’s specialty (atleast the LB positon anyway) so I hope he can team up with Manusky and come up with a new scheme or new personnel that can make this shit work. I havent seen Keith Lewis out there today. Hes plays with alot of fire (kind of like Lott) and can lay some wood. We got to go to work during the bye week.

  • Billy

    Hopefully thats what happens Joe, if they work on that scheme we could be good cause right now they are doing badly

  • crazydave

    “O” OR “D” LINEMAN WE SHOULD DRAFT IN THE 1ST ROUND!!!! OR A CORNER!!!

  • Billy

    QB 1st
    WR 2nd
    OL 3rd
    CB 4th

    I think are draft is going to be like this but then again who know depending on whos on the board Scot was stupid not to take Troy Smith 2 yrs ago. Lets see what happens this year. Ive hear some good stuff about Crabtree but I havent seen him play. What college does he play for?

  • Ninaz

    We need to draft a coach for fucks sake!

  • West

    Billy……..Texas Tech