Pregame thoughts and comments from Seahawks GM John Schneider on 710 ESPN Seattle before the team's Week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
(On the 49ers under first-year head coach Chip Kelly...) "I went down there to see the preseason game when they played Green Bay. I thought they were one of the deeper teams in the preseason. Obviously we claimed Garrison Smith, he's going to be active today, a defensive lineman from them. But in my opinion it's a talented football team and they're probably getting used to his tempo and the way they practice and everything. But with the tempo they create mismatches, they get people off the field defensively, you can struggle with your transition too in terms of getting your rotation, your players in and out. So we have to line up, we've got to be ready to play on time on defense, and then offensively we have to do the same thing, not be hurting ourselves like we've been doing the last two games."
(On 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert...) "He's not afraid. He's a good athlete, he's got a very strong arm. But he's not afraid. All the deep ends and the crossers, he's not afraid to throw that thing in there and he can run their read option and he can take off, too. … He's always been a guy that can run the ball and it's up to our guys to kind of contain him and not let him outside."
(On the Seahawks having a moment of silence before today's game for the victims in Burlington…)"On behalf of Mr. Allen, Pete [Carroll], Peter [McLoughlin], the whole Seahawks family, our hearts, our prayers go out to everybody in Burlington. You see this stuff happening all around the country and then it happens right here. ... I just know our thoughts, our prayers are with them, and we've got to fix this stuff."
Check out some pregame photos from Week 3 vs 49ers at CenturyLink Field.