This post was written by Jared A. Quan
When special teams coordinator Brad Seeley brought his 22 year of experience to the 49ers, it generated some excitement. However Jim Harbaugh saw more than just a veteran coach. He saw that given the right tools Brad Seeley could propel the 49ers from obscurity to Super Bowl caliber. It’s no secret that the 49ers special team has been one of the three major needs. We watched as Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Balke included input from the whole coaching staff during the draft and free agency. Even after the announcement of the 53 man roster, it was clear that improving the special teams remained high on the list.
Early on in the first regular season game, the special teams were eager to prove their worth, and it garnered them a fifteen yard penalty. However the best was yet to come. Seattle was fighting its way back into the game, but the special teams had other plans. Ted Ginn Jr. sealed the deal when he returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but sent a clear message when he returned a punt for a touchdown immediately after. The message was simple; the 49ers will not rest until the game is over.
Overall the performance was more than impressive, it was top notch. By pinning Seattle around their fifteen yard line on kickoffs, providing good punt coverage, and good returns, the offense and defense would be given a fighting chance. This spark of life in the special teams initiated by Brad Seeley is just the beginning. Like each unit of the team, the special team unit is still gelling. Look for a more complete performance by the special teams when the 49ers meet the Cowboys. More importantly look for the improvement in the special teams to be the back bone for the 49ers winning season.