Many of my readers have been comparing and contrasting the 49ers and Seahawks this week, so I thought it would be interesting to break down the two clubs by offensive, defensive and special teams units.
In other words, at this point in free agency which team has the better starting QB? Which team has the better backup QB? Which team has the better group of running backs? And so on.
I’m eager to read your list. Here is mine.
49ERS vs. SEAHAWKS
Starting QB. Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson. Advantage: 49ers.
Backup QB. Scott Tolzien vs. Matt Flynn. Advantage: Seahawks.
RB: Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter and Bruce Miller vs. Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Derrick Coleman and Michael Robinson. Advantage: Seahawks.
WR: Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams and A.J. Jenkins vs. Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Advantage: Seahawks.
TE: Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek vs. Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy. Advantage: 49ers.
OL: Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis vs. Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini. Advantage: 49ers.
Base DL: Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Glenn Dorsey and Ray McDonald vs. Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Jaye Howard and Michael Bennett. Advantage: 49ers.
Nickel/Dime DL: Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Ahmad Brooks vs. Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin. Advantage: Seahawks.
LB: NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Ahmad Brooks vs. Heath Farwell, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright. Advantage: 49ers.
CB: Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown , Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox and Tramaine Brock vs. Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell. Advantage: Seahawks.
S: Craig Dahl and Donte Whitner vs. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Advantage: Seahawks.
P: Andy Lee vs. Jon Ryan. Advantage: 49ers.
K: Phil Dawson vs. Carson Wiggs. Advantage: 49ers.
49ers: 7. Seahawks: 6.