"We're not going to over-work him", Carroll said of Rawls in his first game back after a broken leg last season and a sprained ankle in preseason. "What we were able to do in those last four minutes and to get some first downs, that was huge. But it was one of those first games, and we made some mistakes".
For a team that continues to say its offense is predicated by the run, those numbers aren't acceptable. Shanahan ran the same rub pattern at least five times on third down and none of those patterns resulted in a first down. "I have no doubts that we will be able to do that".
He assumed the primary running back duties throughout the game and churned through San Francisco's defense for critical yardage when the contest was on the line late.
Seattle does have its issues to solve that were highlighted in the opening loss at Green Bay.
Carroll certainly didn't expect that sharing those kinds of details could come back to have an adverse effect someday - except when Lynch took the job as the general manager of Seattle's division rival, the San Francisco 49ers.
Seattle has won its last six regular-season games against the 49ers by a combined 147-67, and the last four have come the week after a Seahawks loss. The 49ers lost to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 and the Seahawks lost to the Green Bay Packers. The Seattle Seahawks were also seeking their first win of the season.More news: Trump Commission Meeting to Restrict YOUR Voting Rights — HAPPENING NOW
Save for a pair of long, herculean carries by 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, Seattle bested its NFC West rival by almost every metric Sunday. The main reason for Shanahan's hiring, however, was that he was an offensive genius. Seattle is still trying to find the best use for Eddie Lacy, who had just five carries for 3 yards in the opener.
Before the game, punter Jon Ryan's wife, comedian Sarah Colonna, appeared to do a little trolling of the Seahawks' offense, tweeting "I love my husband".
Seattle beat San Francisco for the eighth straight time on Sunday, though, and tenth time in 11 tries.
Offensively, the Seahawks are averaging 10.5 points and 268.5 total yards (158.0 in passing and 110.5 in rushing).
On the Seahawks alone, center Justin Britt, running back Thomas Rawls, defensive end Cliff Avril and defensive end Frank Clark also sat down according to ESPN. The Seahawks lead the all-time series 22-to-15.
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Running back Carlos Hyde has battled injuries and offensive line woes for much of his career in San Francisco.
That ended up being the 49ers' final offensive play.
Lane was ejected from last Sunday's game against Green Bay with officials saying he threw a punch at Green Bay receiver Davante Adams, a play that could have also been subject to a fine from the National Football League (here's the full list of offenses that can draw a fine).
The play in question occurred in the third quarter after the 49ers called a timeout with the play clock winding down.
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