A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 14, when the players had their “off” day and the coaches were finalizing the game plan for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field:
WORD OF THE DAY: RELATIVE
As in, it’s all relative. As in,
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The 49ers have allowed nine 100-yard rushers in their past 101 games, including playoffs. During that stretch that began Sept. 21, 2008,
Avril was an every-down defensive end for the Detroit Lions the past five seasons. But he also won an average of 4.4 games during his stay in the Motor City. There was that one winning season – 10-6 in 2011, when the Lions earned a wild-card berth only to be eliminated by the New Orleans Saints in the only playoff game of Avril’s five-season tenure. Other than that, it was 0-16 his rookie season in 2008, 2-14 in 2009, 6-10 in 2010 and 4-12 in 2012.
Now, Avril is playing an important role on a Seahawks team that posted the best record in the NFC this season (13-3), won its playoff opener Saturday (23-15 over the Saints) and will host the 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.
Signed in free agency to help improve the Seahawks’ pass rush, Avril contributed eight of the team’s 44 sacks – the most since 2007. Against the Saints, he split the Seahawks’ only sack of Drew Brees with
“It’s big. I can’t describe how big it is for me,” Avril said of being just days away from playing for the conference championship. “It took six years for me to just even get to this position. I didn’t win any games my rookie year. So for me to be here right now, it’s huge. And we’ve got to definitely soak it all in and have fun with it and make sure we go out there and play our best.”
Avril has split time with
“I feel like if I was playing the 80, 90 percent of the snaps, my body would definitely be beat up and little bit more than it is right now,” Avril said. “I’m not playing as much on the first downs, so I think that helps out with the body feeling fresh this late in the season.”
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“We’ve been everywhere, man. It’s like a Johnny Cash song.”
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on his team traveling to Arizona, Green Bay and Carolina for its past three games and now preparing to play in Seattle
A portion of the season Avril is experiencing for the first time.
UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY”
The players return from their “off” day to hold their first full practice of the week Wednesday, or “Competition Wednesday” as it is called on the Carroll calendar.