Block­ing out opener part of to-do list for both teams

San Francisco Chronicle - - FOOTBALL - By Eric Branch Eric Branch is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

Fans who en­joy watch­ing quar­ter­backs run for their lives have a must-see game Sun­day: 49ers at Sea­hawks.

Both teams ranked among the NFL’s top six in sacks sur­ren­dered last year and last week’s sea­son open­ers sug­gested not much will change in 2017.

The 49ers al­lowed four sacks and eight quar­ter­back hits in a 23-3 loss to the Pan­thers.

“It was def­i­nitely not what we wanted or ex­pected,” left tackle Joe Sta­ley said.

Mean­while, the Sea­hawks al­lowed three sacks and seven hits in a 17-9 loss at Green Bay — num­bers that would have been far larger if not for quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son’s elu­sive­ness.

“We’re grow­ing,” Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll said. “We didn’t start as well as we wanted to. We did pretty well in the pre­sea­son, and didn’t have a good opener like we had planned.”

For his part, Fox an­a­lyst and for­mer Gi­ants of­fen­sive line­man David Diehl, who will broad­cast Sun­day’s game, stud­ied the 49ers’ and Sea­hawks’ Week 1 per­for­mances in the of­fen­sive trenches. The 11-year vet­eran’s assess­ment? Not good.

“Some of the things that hap­pened in the games — some of the sets and tech­niques that were taken were just wrong based on fun­da­men­tal foot­ball of­fen­sive-line IQ,” Diehl said. “Things that you’re taught when you’re play­ing O-line early in your life.”

The 49ers could make a change in their start­ing lineup be­fore fac­ing a vaunted de­fen­sive line. Last month, the Sea­hawks traded for tackle Shel­don Richard­son, who joined fel­low Pro Bowlers Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril along Seat­tle’s front four.

The 49ers traded for Detroit’s Laken Tom­lin­son, 25, on Aug. 31 with an eye on him re­plac­ing left guard Zane Bea­dles. Last week, Bea­dles al­lowed a sack that re­sulted in a lost fum­ble and he also sur­ren­dered up-the-mid­dle pres­sure that led di­rectly to an­other sack.

Still, Diehl rec­om­mends stick­ing with Bea­dles, 30, for an­other week at least, partly be­cause Tom­lin­son just ar­rived. Bea­dles is an eight-year vet­eran who has started 97 straight games, al­though Diehl ac­knowl­edges his last start was for­get­table.

“Granted, it was ugly, but you still have to give the vet­eran the ben­e­fit of the doubt,” Diehl said. “Try­ing to put Laken Tom­lin­son in this game, in Seat­tle, when he’s learn­ing a new of­fense and ex­pect­ing him to play fast? I do not see that hap­pen­ing.”

The Sea­hawks’ of­fen­sive line was dealt a ma­jor blow when left tackle Ge­orge Fant tore an ACL in the pre­sea­son. He’s been re­placed by Rees Od­hi­ambo, 24, a 2016 third-round pick who made his first start last week. Left guard Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 pick in 2013, was signed in the off­sea­son af­ter fail­ing to meet ex­pec­ta­tions in his first four sea­sons in Jack­sonville.

“We’re go­ing to be fine,” Car­roll said. “It’s go­ing to take us some time as al­ways. It al­ways takes some time to get it to­gether when it’s a lit­tle bit new.”

Seat­tle’s leaky front pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the 49ers to re­bound from last week’s ze­ro­sack per­for­mance. Gen­eral man­ager John Lynch has con­sis­tently termed the de­fen­sive line a strength, which it should be given the draft cap­i­tal de­voted to the po­si­tion. How­ever, a group that in­cludes first-round picks DeFor­est Buck­ner, Arik Arm­stead and Solomon Thomas man­aged just two hits on Carolina’s Cam New­ton.

“If there’s a matchup where they can get some pres­sure,” Diehl said, “it’s this one.”

Given the op­po­nent, and the ear-split­ting set­ting, plenty of pres­sure will be on the 49ers’ of­fen­sive line. Last week, the 49ers had three false-start penal­ties, in­clud­ing two on of­fen­sive line­men, at Levi’s Sta­dium. At Cen­tu­ryLink Field, op­po­nents have had an NFL-high 155 falses­tart penal­ties since 2005.

Sta­ley laughed as he re­called his first game in Seat­tle as a rookie in 2007.

“No one re­ally told me go­ing in that it was a loud sta­dium,” Sta­ley said. “I just thought it was a typ­i­cal road game. I just re­mem­ber be­ing in my own mind ‘Oh, f—. This is the NFL? … I can’t even think.’”

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