Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Nov. 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
From The 49ers Head Coach
The Seahawks square off against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday at CenturyLink Field in what will be Seattle's second meeting with the NFC West rival in a one-month span, with Seattle winning 20-3 on the road in Week 7.
But this weekend the Niners will look different than they did in that matchup at the game's most important position, as backup Blaine Gabbert has replaced Colin Kaepernick as the team's starting quarterback. Sunday will be Gabbert's second start of the season after he led San Francisco to a 17-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons prior to the 49ers' Week 10 bye.
"The game he played there I thought he played well with his brain and his feet and his arm," 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula said this morning in a conference call with the Seattle media. "I thought he played a good, solid football game. Came out of it knowing that there's things we need to get better at, but felt good about the way he handled himself and the way he did things. He's worked real hard, obviously last week, and coming in this week he's been getting after it."
Gabbert, a 2011 first round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, completed 15 of 25 balls for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions against Atlanta. The Niners acquired Gabbert in a trade with Jacksonville following the 2013 season, but that game against the Falcons marked his first start since Week 5 of 2013.
"Blaine right now is doing a good job for us and did a nice job last week," Tomsula said. "He's been here for two years, so it's a guy we know and he's busting his tail."
Here's a bit more of what Tomsula had to say about this Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks:
(On the decision to name Gabbert the starter over Kaepernick...) "Any guy on the roster that you're moving around obviously has to be thought through and coaches we've got to get together and talk through it, make sure that you put all the facts together before you do it. Now that position, obviously, the quarterback has the football in his hands every single play, they get paid the most, and they get more credit than they deserve when you win and they get a whole lot more blame than they deserve when you lose. And that's the nature of the beast, but it is the most important position in all of sports, we can't deny that. Media-wise, the scrutiny that goes around that particular position is second-to-none, so that just makes the whole thing more volatile, I guess is the word. But within the locker room here with the guys it's been very smooth."
(On slowing down a Seattle pass rush that had a season-high six sacks against the 49ers earlier this year...) "Obviously, Seattle has got some really good pass rushers. Nothing but respect for their team and their players and those guys are getting after it. Number one, we've got to block better than they rush. We've got to get in front of them, not let them have edges, sort out any of the games and things that they're doing. They're doing some good stuff, so we've got to do that and the other thing is trying to make sure you don't put yourself in third-and-12-plus situations."
Brock Huard's Chalk Talk
Former University of Washington and NFL quarterback Brock Huard shares his latest Chalk Talk video for 710Sports.com, analyzing an error the Seahawks offense made in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights newly-signed wide receiver Kevin Smith in a Twitter Q&A with Seahawks fans and recaps the journey two Alabama Army pilots took to this past Sunday's Salute to Service game at CenturyLink Field.
Here's an update on the NFC West, a division the Cardinals lead by three games after Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis shared one of his favorite cookie recipes with KING 5's New Day NW.
Greg Bishop at TheMMQB.com examines what running back Marshawn Lynch means to the Seahawks and the city of Seattle.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times takes a closer look at what's causing the Seahawks' fourth-quarter issues.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times writes about Seattle's use of tight end Jimmy Graham.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com shares highlights from his latest Hawk Talk chat with 12s.
Brock Huard at 710Sports.com comments on the play of cornerback Cary Williams.
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