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.”
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