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Brad Seely Excited for Opener

Posted by Jacob Most on September 7, 2012 – 3:32 PM

Just a few hours before the San Francisco 49ers boarded Friday’s flight for Green Bay and the season opener against the Packers, Brad Seely was already chomping at the bit to get the 2012 season underway.

While the opening coin toss has yet to be contested, it’s certain one of Seely’s special teams units will be called upon to get the game started. With that in mind, it’s understandable that the 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator was especially energized on Friday afternoon.

“Everybody is always excited about the opener,” Seely said. “The opener is a big deal. I don’t care where you go, if you’re playing at home or on the road it’s a big deal.”

Highly effective and disciplined special teams are trademarks of the coaching staffs Seely has been a part of in his previous 23 years patrolling NFL sidelines.

Expectations remain high for Seely’s units in 2011, coming off a year when the 49ers boasted arguably the NFL’s most impressive set of specialists. The team’s kicker David Akers, punter Andy Lee and long snapper Brian Jennings all reached the Pro Bowl a season ago.

Last season, Akers set the NFL single-season record for most field goals with 44 in addition to the league record for points without touchdowns with 166.

Lee enjoyed an NFL record-breaking campaign as well with a 44.0 net punting average, and the 49ers led the league with an opponent’s average starting field position at the 24.3-yard line. San Francisco’s average starting field position at the 33.5-yard line was also the best in the NFL.

With all three specialists returning, it’s no surprise that Seely will rely on those men’s experience when his units take the field at historic Lambeau Field.

“It gives you a lot (of confidence) every time you have veteran guys especially at the start of a new year,” Seely said. “The veteran guys (Akers, Lee and Jennings) have done it and been there. You feel good about their performances from the past and hopefully that will continue going forward.”

With his reliable specialists firmly in place, the only thing left for Seely to determine is which field players will step up.

An early candidate to take a leading role is backup running back Anthony Dixon, whom Seely said is a core member of all the special teams units.

“We will find out come Sunday who are the guys that are leading either on the sideline or on the field,” Seely said. “It could either be by their performance or by getting the other guys up. There’s always some good plays and bad plays in every game. Let’s see how we perform after each one of those.”

Seely couldn’t hide his anticipation for finally getting the opening kickoff underway, but he was also eager to see how some of his younger players would perform.

A number of young playmakers are in contention to see significant time in the return game, and Seely said a decision had not yet been made as to who would take on return duties on punts and kickoffs. Ted Ginn Jr., has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, meaning Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Kyle Williams could have the chance to see increased special teams duties.

“The rookies are the guys that concern you because you just haven’t seen them under this kind of stress,” Seely said. “Everybody’s excited about playing the game so I think that multiplies the stress. They have high expectations on the football team so the pressure comes from within… we will see how the young guys perform.”

While question marks remain as to who will take the field to open the game in Green Bay, Seely’s demeanor following Friday’s practice made one thing clear: The 49ers can’t wait to start the 2012 season.

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37 Responses to “Brad Seely Excited for Opener”

  1. By alex_fn_smith on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    lesssgo kyle williams, forget about the past,its time to make a name for yourself,make everybody forget about the fumbles last year.

  2. By William Brown on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Go 9ers this is my sons first season… Let bring him home a ring… I did name him Champion after all

  3. By Frankie on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    What fumbles? Goooo williams and goo niners :) nfl here comes the niners!

  4. By rob on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we don’t have to return too many punts if we have to rely on backups on special teams.

  5. By Steve on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    WAR HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Sione on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    I rather see them with a lot of punts meaning the defense is shutting Aaron Rogers down. Let’s Go Niners! We can do this. Who’s Got It Better Than Us?

  7. By jake on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Here we go Niners.. Here we go!
    Here we go Niners .. Here we go!

  8. By benny on Sep 7, 2012 | Reply

    Finally!! On the road agaiin.Going places where we’ve never been.Can’t wait to get on the field with my friends>Ilove it .can you feel it?It is niner time again!

  9. By Dave on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been a long offseason. Now, keep it together offensive line, and let’s go niners!!!!!!!!!!

  10. By Leo on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t you mean the Sea Chickens?

  11. By jay on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    this is it, the time is now, time to smack those packers all around! Alex to kyle williams for the touchdown lets go frisco!!!!!

  12. By Renato on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    PROTECT Alex, 49er TD…..

  13. By Panandle Corral on Sep 8, 2012 | Reply

    NINERS ALL DAY SON!!!!!!

  14. By The Cost on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I favor Williams because of what happened last year. He is aware and from what I understand has trained very hard this offseason. He is a winner and will get over what happened last year. I say he is the man to return.. Go Williams!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    yeah hopefully coach rathman got him up to speed on how to hold onto the ball, cuz after last year everybody will try to make him fumble

  16. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Gggggggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaat game Niners………way to go into Packheads house and rock them there….great beginning of the season…….NFL, you have been served notice, the 49ers are coming….be aware of yourself.

    Goooooooooooooo Niners Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  17. By john on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I believe Seelyand Fangio put a great game together today. They were able to put pressure on Rogers and place the punts down where they belong, if it were not for the refs we would of had another seven points. But thats in the past (Like this game) lets get ready and look at film and get back to work for week two.
    Thanks for all your hard work. I really mean that.

  18. By NinerFanFrmTonga on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Sealy, your unit gave up a TD, the game shouldn’t have been that close….lol. You get a c for giving up that punt return TD. I know there was some uncalled penalties, but no excuses….lol. Great game even with somethings that needs improvement.

    Great take away Bowman. Awesome. just awesome.

    Great Job Defense…great job against ARogers and a very good Packers Team.

    Offense…awesome Job scoring three tds, I know we were working on the clock in the second half, but it’ll be great if we just let it out sometimes…lol.

    Akers, as always, reliable, thank you. Great field goals….that 63 yard field goal was insane.

    A+ for the whole team…………just awesome. You made us believe you could go into anybody’s house and give them a beating. We called it according to what we read in your preparations and efforts put forth…..and you didn’t disappoint us. We called it according to how you have prepared, and we weren’t wrong seeing the future according to your performances off the field, and before the game. We saw that you were ready, and we felt you were ready.

    Thanks for making us faithful 49ers fans feel that there’s no fans out there that have it better than us………….NOBODY.

  19. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    awesome effort for 60 mins in a game, we never trailed, great team effort to beat the packers, really reflects well on coach i think, good tough physical play, coach brings out the best in this team, thank god we didnt have coach singletary today, sorry mike,if it werent for that specail teams td this game wasnt really close at all,
    GOOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  20. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    poof

  21. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and as for for alex smith well just get used to saying his name

  22. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    the niners never trailed in this game and coach made looking like beating the packers was easy,NINERS, NINERS,NINERS !!! ALL DAY, THANK GUYS, GREAT JOB, LETS GO BEAT THE LIONS !!!

  23. By Bdub on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Where are the Alex haters at? I was so happy that the Niners took care of business while the Seachickens lost to the Cards! What a GREAT day to be a Niner Fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    scary thing is he can do better you watch

  25. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and teams might wanna cover moss around the endzone, im just saying TOUCHDOWN,

  26. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and kendall hunter looks even better some how

  27. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and ck runs for 17 yards to set up 63 yard field goal that hits the upright and bounces in, wow,brilliant,and a good omen for the season

  28. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and aldon smith keep ur hat on plz lol

  29. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    so we had their number today fo sho, we studied them for a bit, nice work, now turn around and get ready for the lions, and lets see the same domanant effort next weak,GOOOOOOO NINERS !!!

  30. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    it doesnt matter who we play the only team that can beat us now is us ,FORTY NINERS !!!

  31. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    and bowman is a beast !!! good grief he had 11 tackles and int wow he looked amazing today, dont know why rodgers threw that ball right at him ? um alex didnt throw any ints today again, cant wait to see mr rodgers in our neighborhood, cuz the superbowl comes thru THE CITY this year !!!

  32. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    alex smith baby !!! # 11 oooo yeah !!!

  33. By ace on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    so much for aaron rodgers vs alex smith, sit down clown,u didnt see bowman there really ?

  34. By Chilly49ers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    OK THE STATEMENT HAS BEEN MADE. NINERS ARE ALL BUSINESS …..SUPER BOWL BUSINESS ….. COME NEXT SUNDAY NINER NATION WILL BE CHEERING FOR THE MOST EXCITING TEAM IN FOOTBALL AGAINST THE LIONS….. I HAVE MY TICKETS AND IM READY FOR PRIME TIME…THE NINER EMPIRE GONNA BE ROCKING!!!!!! GO NINERRRRRS!

  35. By rjdniner on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    And another big test coming in the LIONS, When the Rams are able to score on them like they did, its gong to be a good one. The more experience ref, s would have gotten the block in the back. ….. Wonder how much those referee’s are getting per game ?

  36. By 49erfaithful on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    WE GAVE THE PACKERS NOTHING” BUT TOOK FROM THEM EVERYTHING” RISE OF AN EMPIRE RETURN OF A DYNASTY”

  37. By rjdniner on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    When Alex get’s his hand on the Lombardy trophy then we can say he’s elite we all know he’s headed in that direction , until that time, am going to enjoy the ride …

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