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On the Phone with Carroll and Baldwin

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 20, 2011 – 4:43 PM

Count the Seattle Seahawks among those who closely watched the 49ers hand the Pittsburgh Steelers a convincing 20-3 loss on Monday night at Candlestick Park.

Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who played collegiately for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, said he was impressed with the San Francisco secondary after seeing the 49ers force three interceptions. And while the rest of the league may be surprised with the 49ers’ quick turnaround under Harbaugh, Baldwin isn’t stunned at all.

“I knew that he would go in with the same mentality that he came in with when he went to Stanford,” Baldwin told Bay Area reporters during Tuesday’s conference call. “Obviously, he has a lot of talent there in San Francisco and I’m not surprised at all.”

But Harbaugh isn’t the only coach on the 49ers staff responsible for the team’s new fortunes. Both Baldwin and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had plenty of kind words for 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

Under Fangio’s watch, the 49ers have become the league leader in scoring defense (13.2 points per game), rushing defense (71.5 yards per game) and turnover margin (plus-25). The 49ers have also become the first team in NFL history to not allow a rushing touchdown through 14 games.

“Vic does a fantastic job,” Carroll said. “He understands this game as well as anybody in the league.”

But the Seahawks feature one of the league’s hottest running backs in Marshawn Lynch, who has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of his last seven contests, while piling up 12 touchdowns on the year. Carroll likened Lynch’s hard-nosed running style to that of Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, while saying much of his recent success is due to an improved offensive line unit.

“He’s been running hard all year, but he was getting knocked in the backfield a lot earlier,” Carroll said. “We’re just a little better than we were. You can see the benefits of a system and staying with the philosophy and approach; he’s been putting together his yardage in the past six, seven weeks or so.”

Click here to listen to Carroll’s conference call

Click here to listen to Baldwin’s conference call


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25 Responses to “On the Phone with Carroll and Baldwin”

  1. By Frankie on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Seattle here we come! Niners a lil bit better as well! Niner hawk game in quest feild always makes a good game!

    Goniners

  2. By Daniel on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Dougie should be a 49er….

  3. By PhilM on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Niners will be ready for this game, cause it will be a tough game. Seattle’s no pushover, specially at home. But, our D will take over the game as it has done all year. I’m not even concerned if PWillis doesn’t suit up….we can obviously still win without him. But I can’t wait to see him in 52 again!!
    Go Niners!!

  4. By monzell on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Seahawks will be ready n 49’s wont know what happen

  5. By Rick in Round Rock on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Its going to be a great game im sure they are gpong to test our D and be one of the first to try to make a rushing TD. THEY WILL TRY lol
    But will not make it!!!!
    Alex continue what u doing keep throwing. We need to be ready for the playoffs baby!! No More Field Goal in the Mutha F-ing RED ZONE!!!
    Unless its an extra point.
    And as for mr patrick willis let him rest we can handle these two games till he is 100% for the playoffs.
    Lets Go Niners

  6. By will on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @rick— i agree 100%. let him rest. pit was stupid for letting big ben play like that. and to play the whole game when they have another game on Saturday, just dumb. and if i see one more field goal from the 5 yard line ima punch some body.

  7. By will on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    doug baldwin—– meet carlos rogers. thanks for the pick. ;)—

  8. By rjdniner on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Rick i agree

  9. By rjdniner on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    The reason he got all those yards was poor tacklin , eating food on the side
    lines are you kidding me ,
    niners

  10. By CH1981 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Let see will it be Ted Ginn Jr saving the day like week 1? I think not!

  11. By Daniel on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    So I am a Seahawk fan who has watched all year with admiration of how the niners have really become an elite team. That being said I would also remind you that the Seahawks have one of the youngest teams in the NFL. It has taken a lot longer to get that team together than most in Seattle had hoped but they are playing better football than most other teams in the league right now. Coming to Seattle will be one of the toughest challenges your team has faced iin recent games, the noise in the stadium is unlike anything I have heard in other stadiums around the league and that crowd noise will make it tough on the niners offense. I do believe the Seahawks will win this game and not just because I am a fan of the hawks, the fact is a win on Sunday means a lot more for us than the niners. Playoff aspirations may be slim but we must win out to have a chance so the seahawks will play very very tough football. As far as marshan lynch goes I would say he has the best chance to score a rushing touchdown against the niners than any other team this year. This is not the same team the niners played earlier in the season, the seahawks have really turned it on and especially playing in seattle I believe the hawks will win this game;] I say this with all due respect to an amazing niners team, even though the seattle vs. san francisco games are always a rivalry I really feel like our fans have a great deal of respect for each other and I look forward to an awesome game sunday. I would love to see a seahawks vs. niners game in the playoffs as well;] it could happen lol. Good luck on Sunday and if my seahawks dont get into the playoffs I will surely be rooting for the niners to win it all.!

  12. By rjdniner on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    DANIEL THE NOSE WILL BE A PROBLEM , AND WE ARE NOT THE SAME TEAM EAITHER , THE NINERS WANT #2 SEED YOUR QB WILL MOVE IN THE POCKET . I BET THAT THE NINERS ARE PRACTICING WITH LOAD SPEARKERS FORM A NINER FAN TO A SEA HAWK FAN YOUR COMMENT WAS OUTSTANDING, THANK YOU

  13. By Hermie on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I too, think it will be a “very” tough game. Seattle has been playing very well and the 9ers will have to be on top of their game to win. Divisional battles are “always” tough and especially playing in Seattle. That being said, the 9ers “do not” want to go into N.O., so have very much at stake in this game. I really look forward to the 9ers O-line showing they have improved. We are getting to the point where we can have no more excuses for not getting it done!!

  14. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    HOPING FOR A BLOWOUT BY THE NINERS>>>>>>>56 TO ZIP

    49ERS 12 AND 3 AFTER SATURDAYS GAME

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>> DEFENSE AND OFFENSE WILL DOMINATE THE GAME, CROWED WILL BE SILENCED ONCE WE PULL AHEAD>>>>>>>

  15. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    SAN FRAN HAS LEFT THEIR BEST FOR LAST, GO SUPERBOWL BOUND 49ERS>>>>>>>

  16. By Joe on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Even before this year i have always been nervous when my hawks face the 49ers..and now even more nervous lol just cause we have tjack..but either way hoping for a great defensive game and a hawks win :)

  17. By rjdniner on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Lynch being compared to Earl Campell are they serious

  18. By Artistc22 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    If our defense shows up….lights out Seahawks

  19. By Artistc22 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Lets also not forget this is the same seahawks team that beat the ravens at Quest feild. Just saying they are not a push over team so bring the pain every down niners!!

  20. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    San Fransisco 49ers will “BLOWOUT” the seahawks this weekend. seahawks are going down on Saturday. 12 and 3 niners on Saturday

  21. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    We are the San Fransisco 49ers, the NFC West Champions who beat a real good team on Monday night.

    (FREDDY P. SOFT IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND)
    SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND 12 and 3 on Saturday

  22. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    OUR DEFENSE IS THE BEST IN THE NFL, OUR OFFENSE IS GETTING BETTER GAME AFTER GAME

    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>

  23. By Sandi on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    NINERS will kill and destroy the Sea Chickens…….GOOOOOOOOOOOO NINERS……….hate hate the Sea chicken….

  24. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Did you hear what Scot McCloughhan said about our niners on NFL Network, He said that the seahawks were going to “beat the hell out of us”, just because that worthless SOB use to be part of our franchise he thinks that he could run his mouth off. I hope we blowout and shutout the seahawks on Saturday for what that punk said. He is just upset that the our niners are the best team in the NFL and that he is not part of a great team like the San Fransisco 49ers.

    go 49ers, lets blowout those seahawks on Saturday and become 12 and 3

  25. By JR BACA, NEW MEXICO SAN FRANCISCO 49ER on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    A 49er win is going to be a great Christmas gift for niner nation!

    GO SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS>>>>>>>12 AND 3

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