Is Harbaugh correct about the new read-option rules being “flawed and biased”? Carroll says, “No, not at all.”

SANTA CLARA – Pete Carroll spoke to Bay Area reporters on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.

Q: What were your impressions of the 49ers’ Week 1?

CARROLL: They couldn’t have been much more explosive in the throwing game. It was a fantastic day for the quarterback, a great breakout day for Anquan Boldin in the new uniform. Vernon Davis was no surprise, he did great. They showed a real trust in the quarterback and he came through in a big way. I think the impressive thing was how they answered the Packers. When the Packers came back and got a shot to get going in that game, they responded just the way you’d want them to. They had a great football game.

Q: Could you talk about Boldin’s game and your appreciation for it?

CARROLL: He had an incredible football game. It’s nothing he can’t do. He’s always been a great catcher and a big-play guy and a guy who can catch it players draped all over him. He just did everything because they gave him the chances. They targeted him 16 times or something. That’s a huge emphasis for any team to do that with their receiver but he warrants that.

Q: Did you see a lot of improvement from Kaepernick? I know it was just one game.

CARROLL: I don’t know. I thought he looked great during the stretch in the postseason last year and was really on it. He was able to make all the throws they needed, a lot of challenging downfield throws. I think it’s just an extension of that, but you can see the belief in him from the coaching staff. They really trust him and really went for it.

ME: Jim Harbaugh has talked a lot about how “flawed and biased” the new read-option rules are. Your team runs the read-option. Do you take issue with the new rules?

CARROLL: No, not at all.

ME: Why not?

CARROLL: Because I don’t see any issue with it. I think that quarterbacks, when they’re runners they’re able to get hit and when they’re not they’re not. I think that’s the only way they could have stated the rules and I thought they were pretty clear about it.

Q: The 49ers’ have had some issues with the play clock running down. Your crowd can exacerbate that problem and I’d imagine you wouldn’t mind if it did.

CARROLL: I’m sure they’re working to take care of whatever their issues are. Our crowd does make it hard on the opponent. It’s not just that it’s loud. It’s consistent that it just doesn’t go away. I know they’re out to set a record for the loudest noise ever in an open stadium. That might contribute to it a little bit. They have a great spirit about them and they just do not back down. It’s as difficult as it gets in a loud stadium, but how it affects those guys? I don’t know. They’ll take care of it in their ways.

Q: What was your impression of Eric Reid?

CARROLL: He did really well in the opener. He had a good preseason. He’s an extraordinarily talented guy. I don’t think it’s any surprise that he’s playing well. He was highly regarded by everyone in the draft. I would think everyone loved the guy. He has the right tools and it was cool for him to have the opportunity to make some big plays.

Q: Do you expect to have Cliff Avril back for this game?

CARROLL: Yeah, we do. He’s got to make it through this week. He practiced last week and he wanted to hold him out one more time. We’ll manage this week so he’ll be ready to go and hopefully he will be.

Q: Do you feel like your games against the 49ers are more physical than others?

CARROLL: We’re trying to play as tough as we can play every time we go out. I think they kind of think the same way. You’re going to get a matchup of a pretty good approach from both sides in that regard. When we play here, if you weren’t ready to go, you’re going to get ready to go and you’re going to get our best shot regardless. I know they’ll be gunned up and ready to go, too. It’s part of the division we’re in, it’s part of the style and it’s really the makeup of the programs. We’re very similar in the way we like to go after it in defense and the running game and special teams. You see two like philosophies go at it.

Q: Are you saying you and Jim have some similarities?

CARROLL: What do you think? You guys can figure that one out.

Q: What are some qualities of a Jim-Harbaugh-coached football team?

CARROLL: They’re very committed to the running game. They’re a very smart team. They play with a good attitude and toughness across the board. They have a great coaching staff. Brad Seeley is a fantastic coach and Greg does a great job, all of those guys. They get the players to play like they’re capable. I think that’s attributed to Jim’s leadership. I’ve learned to count on getting a terrific football team when you play him. You’d better be ready.

Q: Did you guys take a look at B.J. Daniels in the draft?

CARROLL: As a matter of fact, we did. We thought he was a very good football player and somewhat underrated and under the radar a little bit, but obviously not there because they figured it out and drafted him. We thought he was a nice player and an interesting guy to get on the team. Thought a lot of him. We feel like we know him so if he has a chance to play at least we have some background on him. We studied him very carefully and all of that, but we think a lot of his ability.

Q: You have two former Stanford guys in Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin, one was a fifth-round pick and the other was undrafted. Do they still have chips on their shoulders?

CARROLL: We also have a couple Cal guys, too. You didn’t mention Mebane and Lynch. The Bay Area is represented somewhat evenly here. But those guys have an attitude about them, they’re extremely competitive. Both guys bring a real nature to their play that we love. Those guys fit perfectly with the way we do things. They’re great performers in games and they carry the message by the way they practice and work and just who they are. They’re really integral parts of our football team. We’re fortunate to get them when we did and they’ve come through in a big way and they’ve really started to establish substantial careers in the league. We’re really proud of those guys.

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  1. I hope Harbaugh and Kaep run the score up on the
    SeaChickens …
    and then .. someone with a mic and camera gets close to
    Carroll and Harbs for the after-game handshake !

  2. >>I think that quarterbacks, when they’re runners they’re able to get hit and when they’re not they’re not.

    But isn’t the concern with the rule about hitting quarterbacks when they don’t have the ball (not runners)?

      1. Pete Carroll is actually a pretty nice guy. Very outgoing personality and encourages swagger from his players which is why he turns off certain people including Harbaugh. I honestly don’t think there are any personal vendetta’s between these two anyway. A lot was made of the “what’s your deal” thing between them in College, but Harbaugh was just trying to knock the big dogs off and reinstate Stanford as a contender which he did. At the end of the day they are competitive men and good Coaches which is why their respective teams are so good. Enjoy this rivalry while it lasts because this is something really good that doesn’t exist in many parts of the league.

      2. Agree 100%, F’er. I know it’s easier for a lot of guys to hate the other team and coach, but the fact is, Carroll did a lot of good for a lot of street kids when he was at USC…and while he kept it off the front pages of the local papers, I think 60 Minutes did a story on it. I don’t know about all the problems with the USC program, or how much Carroll might have been involved, but I’ve always seen and heard good things about him. I’d say his main flaw is the fact that he’s got the extremely poor judgement to be an opposing coach. BIG mistake, Pete.
        Go Niners!

    1. Yeah, and he was probably chewing his gum like he’s doing more adderall than all of his players, combined. I can see it now. Guy looks like the biggest tweeker in the league

  3. Phoney Pete. Positive, b@1l sucking statements to your face. Never see Harbs being all peaches and sunshine, more like a no-comment type of person.

    If I didn’t know any better, reading this transcript, I’d swear Pete and Harbs were buddies.

    Here’s to the niners beating the Hawks up and more peaches and sunshine and cream and candy and dandy stuff from Pete after the game.

  4. A win would be great, but a beat down would be Out~Focking~Standing!…
    “If Daniels were to play….?” Does he plan on knocking out Kaepurnicus, and McCoy as well?

  5. If Coach Harbaw were a more well rounded… a more balanced human being, he would take as much pleasure from a brief (15… 20 second) conversation with the opposing coach after the game as he does from his formulaic locker room psycho-gobble, gobble – “who’s got it better than us?…”
    Unfortunately, normal conversation involves more than repeating a mantra.
    (e.g. “we kicked your butts….”) Too much complexity for our slack-jawed HC.

    Mic it up. Gotta be entertaining, huh?

    1. Harbaugh- in his first 2 years two conference championship games and 1 super bowl

      Seaderall- in almost half a century two conference championship games and 1 super bowl. LOL

      And, Harbaugh is 5-2 against Carol in ncaa and nfl.

      Must be hard to be a cheathawk fan. I’d much rather have harbaugh than a guy that chews his gum like the biggest adderall tweeker in the league, and, has accomplished in his first two years as a head coach in the NFL as much as seaderall has in 4 decades.

      Seattle who???

      1. That used to be the Raider way..ghost fumble recovery,Blanda, Picking off a Cleveland pass with seconds to go…
        When Al began to think he was also a legal genius? That was the end Raider greatness.

  6. I love the so called fans on this site that rag on Harbaugh for his interview style or personality etc.. Who cares? The dude wins. That’s all I care about. Would you like to got back to someone like Nolan who wears a suit and gives a better interview but goes 6-10? Get over it or find a new team

      1. Yeah. It’s definitely possible to love the coach’s knowledge, abilities, success and passion for the game, but not particularly like his style.
        Doesn’t mean we’d trade him for anyone else!

  7. Respect for your foe makes victory taste that much sweeter. A win against a strong opponent is truly a great win to savor. (maybe I should’ve eaten before posting lol)

  8. Update of the Pigskin Prognosticators for the seattle boys:
    Last week nobody hit the winning score but on the point differential Matt had the Niners winning by 4 (20-16),
    MidWestNiner also had the Niners winning by 4 (17-13) and Phil Fan had Niners by 8 (38-30). Rest had bigger/smaller point differentials.

    So, Seahawks. Who you gonna call?

    Exgolfer: 27-17 Niners. Can’t wait. Early prediction: 49ers 27 Seahawks 17

    Phil Fan: 27-20 Niners. Close back and forth dog fight but barbequed seahawks at the end

    Larry Rowe: 28-10 Niners I am sure that Jim is ready and willing to serve his Old Buddy Pete, up some Humble Pie. I believe this game will set the tone for the season. 28 9ers – 10 Seachickens.

    AES: 33-17 Niners. I don’t believe that the ‘hawks’ defense can stop CK and Co. This game will come down to our defense stifling Wilson and Lynch, which they are more than capable of doing.
    Early prediction (reserve the right to change, lol). 49ers 33 – 17
    NinersRoc: 34-16 Niners. My prediction: 49ers 34 – Seahawks 16

    Matt: 28-24 Seattle

    Houston 9er: 20-17 Niners. I think the 9er coaching staff has been scheming for this game against the Seahawks since last season ended. I’d bet the farm the 9ers coaches schemed more for this upcoming game than they did the Packer game. 49ers – 20 Seahawks – 17

    MWNiner: 28-17 Niners. I’m goin’ with a 28-17 for the final … Care to put your prediction out there ?

    Sullyball: 20-17 Niners (same as Houston 9er). My prediction… 49ers win 20-17. I think Dawson will be important for us this week.

    Mauidave: 24-17 Niners. Seattle’s D is a little short handed minus Avril & Irvin and Clemons working his way back from a knee surgery… I think the Niners can move the ball & control the clock…Their O line struggled against the Panthers as well, no real run game…Turn Overs can’t be predicted but whoever wins that battle along with ST big plays could determine the game. 24-17 Niners.

    1. I wo’nt make a prediction against the 9ers but I see them having real problems with the crowd noise. CK is just not very good [yet] at the line of scrimmage. If we end up with a # of 3 and outs i see the D getting tired and Lynch punishing our D late. The only way i can see the 9ers winning is taking the crowd out of the game early. We need to score early whether its on O or a turn over. I will make a prediction for the 2nd time these teams face each other at the stick.
      49ers 34
      shehawks 14
      Is there anyone else here who believes that the shehawks may just be piping in extra sound, I know there have been a number of players who have intimated that.

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