NFL Nation: 710 ESPN Seattle
In only the 13th game of the season, the Seahawks will go to San Francisco this weekend with a chance to clinch in the NFC West title at Candlestick Park against their bitter rivals. And the 49ers are just trying to stay in the playoff picture.
"This is fun for everybody," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday on his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show. "We've been preparing for this moment the whole time.”
Most fans of both teams thought this game would have title implications, but only the most optimistic Seahawks fans envisioned this game would have a clinch scenario for 11-1 Seattle and title elimination for the 8-4 49ers.
But it won't be easy. Seattle has lost the last four times it has played in San Francisco. And the 49ers feel like they have something to prove after losing 29-3 at Seattle in the second game of the season.
It's extra special for Carroll, who grew up in the Bay Area. This will be the last time he will be involved in a game at Candlestick. The 49ers move to their new stadium in Santa Clara next year.
"It's a big deal for me, growing up there and going to all those games there," Carroll said. "I go all the way back Seals Stadium and Kezar Stadium, so I can't believe [the 49ers] are going to play in Santa Clara."
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Seahawks strength coach Mike Clark singled out Brandon Mebane as one of the players he can't keep from coming into the weight room, even when it's time for a rest. 710 ESPN Seattle has the audio about halfway through this hour-long block.
Keep an eye on Mebane this summer. He's a key part of what the Seahawks want to do defensively. The team has turned him into more of an up-the-field defensive tackle. That should give him an opportunity to get more sacks as the Seahawks implement more of the Tampa principles that helped free up Warren Sapp. If Mebane develops as planned, perhaps Seattle could even use him at end in the 3-3 defense Eric Williams addressed earlier in the day.
Clark on Mebane: "Some [players] you have to kidnap to get them out of here. You laugh, but I am dead serious. I've got one of those I was having a discussion with today. ... He just needs a break but he is so excited about it -- somebody we have talked about, Brandon Mebane."
Defensive tackles generally aren't known as workout warriors. Expect a leaner version of Mebane when the Seahawks open training camp. Clark also mentioned guard Mike Wahle, guard Rob Sims and defensive Patrick Kerney among his most diligent workers.
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