Thursday, September 27, 2007

Nate Clements Blogs on the Seahawks

Want a real, first-hand perspective on the upcoming Seahawks-Niners matchup? Check out Nate Clement's column. He's got several insights on how San Francisco plans to attack Seattle.

On Matt Hasselbeck:
Matt’s a very smart quarterback. He’ll definitely look you off. He knows where to go with the ball and he gets through his progressions and knows where all of his reads are. We’ve got to do a great job of disguising things and keeping him off balance. He also has enough foot speed when he gets going, so we’ve got to keep him there in the pocket and when the opportunity is there for a sack, we’ve got to take advantage of it.

On Shaun Alexander:
As for Shaun Alexander, he’s a talented back who we have to attack early. We can’t let him get in a rhythm either or get going because once he gets going it’s hard to stop him. We’ve got to keep pounding on him, and see if we can get him out of the game. You can shut him down for the first half and the third quarter but then he pops off a big run and then it’s just downhill, so we’ve got to play four quarters against him and keep attacking him every time he touches the ball.

On Deion Branch:
Deion Branch is more of a quick, shifty guy. He has very good speed, good hands. I was fortunate to play against Branch when I was with Buffalo and he was with New England. He’s kind of quick, shifty and has good foot speed and good hands. It’s hard to get your hands on someone like that because he’s always moving.

On other receivers:
Bobby Engram is crafty, and he knows how to get open. You know Burleson has speed, because he’s also their punt returner so he can take it the distance.... Seattle’s offense definitely goes to their tight ends and that’s something I’ve seen on film. They use all of their skill position players, so we’ve got to take away their wide receivers and then also focus on the tight ends and the running backs when they are hitting them for check downs.

In between and around, there is some generic coachspeak, but it is still an insightful read.

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