I just want to point one thing out: Jim Harbaugh owns Pete Carroll.
Harbaugh is 5-1 coaching against Carroll all-time, including a 3-0 record in the NFL and a four-game win streak going back to their collegiate match ups.
It seems Carroll is always one step behind Harbaugh. Carroll brings in Harbaugh’s former players – like Braylon Edwards and Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman – as if to get some sort of inside track on Harbaugh’s tactics.
But last Thursday night, Carroll could not make in-game adjustments, Harbaugh could and that was the difference in the game.
The 49ers started calling dump offs and trap runs for Gore over and over again in the third quarter and the Seahawks couldn’t stop them. On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks’ offensive game plan was to run the ball and throw deep. When the Seahawks receivers dropped a few deep passes, quarterback Russell Wilson lost confidence, Carroll’s coaches couldn’t adjust their game plan to get Wilson back in a groove and their offense became inept.
Once again, Carroll was a step behind.