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On the Phone with Carroll and Jackson

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 7, 2011 – 4:04 PM

When the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s season opener, there will be plenty of unknowns on both sides of the ball. For one, coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff will be making their 49ers debuts, while Seattle will take the field with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for the first time.

That’s not to say the two teams – especially the two head coaches – are unfamiliar with one another.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll and Harbaugh squared off in recent years as the coaches of Southern California and Stanford, respectively. The two famously shared some words following a contest in 2009, something Carroll was quick to joke about.

“I want to see a lot of boom (microphones) when we’re talking out there, OK?” Carroll said during Wednesday’s conference call with the Bay Area media.

Jokes aside, Carroll said he’s looking forward to the matchup with one of his old foes.

“I watched him play when he was playing in the league and as a matter of fact coached against him a couple times when he was playing,” Carroll said. “I’ve always had great respect for him as a tough guy and a competitor and all that good stuff. “

Jackson followed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel from Minnesota to Seattle this offseason and has benefitted from the familiarity of the system. Though the 49ers don’t know exactly what to expect from the Seahawks offense, they have been watching old film of the Vikings with Jackson under center. Likewise, the Seahawks have watched film of the 49ers preseason and past Stanford teams for an idea of what to expect on Sunday.

“It’s going to be hard to tell exactly what they’re going to do,” Jackson said. “Are they going to go back to the Stanford stuff or are they going to do the stuff that they showed in preseason? We’re just going to try to study both and be ready for anything they give us.”

When discussing his upcoming opponent, Jackson singled out 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis and safety Donte Whitner as two players he’ll keep tabs on.

“(Willis) is one of the playmakers on defense in the NFL,” Jackson said. “He can run around, there’s not too many things he can’t do out there. … I played against Donte last year, he’s a solid player. He’s always around the football so you want to make sure you keep an eye out for that guy.”

Click here to listen to Carroll’s conference call

Click here to listen to Jackson’s conference call


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14 Responses to “On the Phone with Carroll and Jackson”

  1. By Hermie on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah!! I think Whitner is a keeper. Really hope Rogers et al. pan out as well! That is the big question on “D”. Must have seen something in Mays they didn’t like! Too bad it didn’t work out…our one week spot on “D”! Wish we could have kept Franklin, but obviously going with less downlineman and more linebackers, i.e. 2-5, a lot. I am excited as to what the “D” is going to bring under Fangio…more pressure on the QB I am sure!!

  2. By SFN9ner on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    Blitz everydown vs seachickens

  3. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    I CANT WAIT TO SEE OUR NEW AND IMPROVED TEAM IN ACTION, IT IS GOING TO BE EXCITING TO SEE WHAT COACH HARBAUGH HAS UP HIS SLEEVE FOR OUR TEAM THIS REGULAR SEASON. GO 49ERS, LETS DO IT THIS SEASON, GOD BLESS OUR WHOLE TEAM, MAY YOUR SEASON BE AWESOME WITH MANY, MANY WINS AND BLOWOUTS. THANK YOU COACHING STAFF FOR LEADING OUR TEAM TO VICTORY!

  4. By pekelo44 on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    true that JR Baca bless the whole team and the fans too all season long everyday all day woooooooooo lets get us some fried seahawks this Sunday. Too bas I cannot be there but I will be at home come gametime on edge GO NINERS!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  5. By Zainal A. SahuKhan, CMSgt, USAF on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Wishing and hoping my 49ers come out with a solid win.

    Best of luck to both teams in that I hope no one gets hurt.

    Play ball!!!

  6. By tom in NJ on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Alex’s year to show he can play as good as Aron Rodgers!Starts sunday! GO NINERS! Frank Gore will have 120 yards!

  7. By Littleniners on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    I love that people are simply overlooking us this yr. Listen we are finally going to get to see what Alex Smith can do when coached by the right person. Nolan, Singletary both defensive coaches and have no clue how to develop a QB. Now with Harbaugh we will have a coach that is not only offensive minded but was a 14 year QB in the leauge as well. We finally have a true number one over the top receiver in Edwards and say what you want about the guy but he can take the lid off a defense and go over the top something Smith has never had. If you don’t thing smith can play just look at the one year he had a true offensive guy (Norv Turner) working with him look at how well he did. I’m not saying the guy is Tom Brady but I am saying that he can play in this league. 3 Head coaches and 8 offensive coordinators in 8 yrs come on guys that’s not fair to anyone. We will win the West this year and make some noise in the playoffs!!!!!!

  8. By Mountain Dewer on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    i think this will be a 20-17 kind of game… hope we don’t have 17

  9. By Rick on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    This game will be a 28- 17 niners win!! Yea are offence will rule, But I really belive our D, will spank them!!!lol

  10. By ogre on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    It would appear that all the pieces are coming together. Be patient (said the salty sage) “we shall see”! Go niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    YOU SAID IT ORGE, HARBAUGH IS PUTTING TOGETHER AN AWESOME TEAM, OUR TEAM IS COMING TOGETHER AS ONE. I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE HOW OUR NEW AND IMPROVED TEAM WILL DO THIS SEASON. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GO ALL WINS. WISHFUL THINKING MY PART. I AM HOPING FOR A BLOWOUT THIS SUNDAY. EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR THE NINER FAITHFUL!

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  12. By Fan on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    The 49ers are only going to go as far as Smith will take them until he gets benched and hopefully that will be after week two. That will give the offense and the new qb one road game against what should be an average defense on the road in the Bengals and get ready for a road game against the Eagles. I for one am done with the Alex Smith experience. Everybody says this is his year and give him a chance. He has had plenty and everybody says he had a new O C every year. lets look at that. Mike Mccarthy, Norv Turner, Mike Martz just a couple names that stand out. 2 Super Bowl winners and another great football coach and the one constant was Smith. He couldnt learn how to even be a decent qb with these great minds around him. any qb would love to play for one of these guys and he played for three and is at best a third string qb. Im done with him and cant wait to see who is next.

  13. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    ALEX IS GOING TO DO GREAT, WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS STAY POSITIVE FOR OUR WHOLE TEAM AND YOU NEGATIVE “FANS” THAT “DWELL IN THE PAST” GO FIND ANOTHER TEAM TO CRY ABOUT. IT IS SO NICE TO SEE ALL THESE POSITIVE FANS, WITH NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF OUR PLAYERS ON THIS BLOG, JUST GIVING THEM PRAISE, THEN COMES ALONG THESE SORRY FANS THAT PUT DOWN OUR QB. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF NEGATIVE FANS. GO JOIN ANOTHER TEAM, WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR OPINION!

  14. By Cal1n1ner209 on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Most of you Alex Smith haters act like you can predict the future quite saying Alex Smith will get benched, he’s our top QB rite now and he’s not going anywhere but to the the playoffs, did you guy’s not see how well our line men were blocking against the chargers that’s a playoff team we have.. now go buy your selves some tickets to the game and enjoy yourself, & the Next fan to boo our QB miles well be a raider fan. I got a hundred bucks that say the 9ers make the playoffs

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