Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said it was very exciting game that the 49ers won in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. He saw a growth in Colin Kaepernick and a great receiver in Anquan Boldin.
"They couldn't have been more explosive than [how they played on Sunday]," Carroll said in a conference call. "They showed trust in the quarterback and he came through when they needed it."
While it has been consistently talked about how he plays on the ground, Kaepernick set a career high in passing yards with 412, which is currently the third most passing yards in the league behind Peyton Manning an Eli Manning.
Carroll wasn't surprised with how Boldin played, saying he has succeeded everywhere at the NFL level. He said the veteran WR makes big plays in the crucial moments of a game.
The Seahawks head coach praised the rest of the 49ers coaching staff by saying they are fundamentally strong. He said there is a good commitment to running the football even though Sunday's game had more passing.
"They have a unique style and a variety of ways they go after you," Carroll said. "They are well coached and they don't make many mistakes. We have to play a really good technique and adapt to what they're doing."
Other than having an emphasis on what Kaepernick can do, Carroll said the entire game is important because it is the home opener. Both he and Jim Harbaugh took the approach that only the next game on the schedule is where the most stock should take place.
"[This game] is a huge opportunity," Carroll said. "For every game, we try to treat it like it's the biggest game in the world. We want to get disciplined about that. This happens to be the home opener for us. We need to get this first game at home."
-Carroll admitted that his coaching staff had an eye on backup quarterback B.J. Daniels. They studied him prior to the draft even though the 49ers picked him up.
-There is a good chance that Cliff Avril will play this week. Carroll said the have been managing him carefully as he sat out last week's game against the Panthers.
-In contrast to Harbaugh, Carroll has no issue with the quarterback rules for read-option plays. He said the NFL made it pretty clear on when the quarterback is declared the runner versus being the passer.