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On the Phone with Carroll and Hasselbeck

Posted by Sam Good on September 8, 2010 – 4:28 PM

The 49ers might not recognize their opponents when they travel to Seattle for the season opener on Sunday.

Yes Seattle is a division rival, and yes the teams have faced each other twice a year since 2002, but with a new head coach and 27 new players on their squad, the Seahawks have a totally different look and feel to them this season.

The same can’t be said for the 49ers, at least that’s what three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said in his conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday.

“We know these guys well in terms of who they are and what they bring,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “They’re big, strong and physical, and they play downhill.

“They’re good. They’re very good.”

Hasselbeck said the 49ers defense, particularly its front seven, makes it hard for opponents. He wasn’t surprised the 49ers finished the 2009 season ranked sixth in rush defense, and he noted that they don’t need to bring extra guys in the box to stop the run.

But the one player Hasselbeck mentioned specificallyduring his conference call isn’t someone known for his run-stopping abilities. He’s more of a ball hawk.

Hasselbeck said that as a team, Seattle voted for 49ers safety Dashon Goldson to make the Pro Bowl.

And while its only Pete Carroll’s first year at the helm in Seattle, he knows the style of football the 49ers have played under Mike Singletary. He described San Francisco as the type of team that plays “tough, aggressive defense and they’re really committed to the running game.”

Click here to listen to Hasselbeck’s conference call.

Click here to listen to Carroll’s conference call.


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9 Responses to “On the Phone with Carroll and Hasselbeck”

  1. By kylan wilson on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    the niners are going to win, i predict 24-14

  2. By paul stom on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    9’ers got it right! impose your game upon you opponent. def. tear it up! seattle
    may know many of the player, but the variation of play from different formations;
    with the player Alex has (receivers and running backs) gonna be a long day for
    seattle. go niners show your form.

  3. By joe weidner on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    just dont win shut them out!!! lets go 49ers!!! alex you can do it!!

  4. By Carlos D. Perez on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Niners Are Playoff Material This Year.! But First We Gotta Get Through These Seahawks And Make Them Pay For Messing Up Our NFC West Record. Lol. I Hope Taylor Mays Goes Hard In This Game Cause I Feel As If He Has Some Stress He Wants To Get Out On His Former Coach Carroll And His Native City Team.! But Go Niners.!

    NINER EMPIRE 4 LIFE.!

  5. By stephen galetti on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like a canned answer from Hasselbeck….Good PR, prior to the game…

  6. By ChillyNinerWilly on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    WHOOO COME SUNDAY IT TIME TO ATTACK THE DIRTY BIRDS FROM THE NORTH!!!! HASSELBECK GONNA BE RUNNING FOR HIS DARE LIFE YA’LL!!
    NINERS SHOULD GET AT LEAST 4 SACKS ON THIS BROTHER!!!! NINERS SECONDARY NEEDS TO HOLD IT DOWN…OFFENSE NEEDS TO ATTACK, ATTACK…NO 3 AND OUT B.S. ….CAN’T WAIT SO EXCITED FOR THE RED AND GOLD!!!!!

    SUNDAY NINERS NEED TO MAKE A STATEMENT!!!… PLANE AND SIMPLE!!!

    YOU GOOOO BIG BOYSSSS!!!!!

  7. By mee mOe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t know what happen when they played the Chargers, they only got 7 points in the 2nd, didn’t get to watch the game…;(

  8. By paul stom on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    here we go again! outstanding def. effort goes for 3 pts. not 7. off. play calls
    are very poor. maybe the old folks home?

  9. By Geos49ers on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    well it looks like alex smith is not the QB for us he’s not accurate At all…We need to play better coverage and use Taylor Mays On Safety Blitzes ! and Use Crabetree on more Slant Plays.we should Use the Rookie Dixion on 3rd plays.

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