Archive for November, 2010
Sunday was a battle of two former AFC Western Division rival but that was not the only connection between the two teams. Let’s take a moment to remember the 2009 NFL Draft: The Chiefs were on the clock, Aaron Curry was in New York at Radio City Music Hall but they decided to Draft Tyson Jackson leaving Curry to be drafted 4th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. It is very possible that if the Chiefs had drafted Curry the Seahawks would have picked Jackson. During the 2010 NFL draft the Chiefs, once again, were selecting one spot earlier than the Seahawks. The Chiefs selected Eric Berry with the 5th pick leaving Russell Okung still on the board allowing Seattle to draft Walter Jones replacement. Had Berry Still been available it would have been very hard for Pete Carroll and John Schneider to pass on such a talented player. I don’t think anyone expected Earl Thomas to be available at 14 where the Seahawks selected him.
The 6-4 298 LB DE out of LSU, Jackson, has had less then a stellar career thus far. He has 56 total tackles for his career, 18 this season. He has no sacks but did get a quarterback hurry sunday in the 4th quarter. That was about all he did the entire game, of course he didn’t start and didn’t really play until the Chiefs had all but wrapped up the game.
At 6-2 255 lbs, Aaron Curry, out of Wake Forest, was considered the most NFL ready player in the draft and the one with least risk. He did not fill a position of need for the Seahawks but he was one of those athletes that you watch and think to yourself “this guy has amazing natural gifts”. He was the first draft pick I have actually jumped up and down cheering while watching the draft. He hasn’t had the start to his career that we all had hoped but he is head and shoulders above the player that was chosen before him. Curry has 48 tackles this season, 109 for his career of which 5 are sacks. He also has 4 forced fumbles to add to his resume. I was hoping he would have some extra fire in his belly and show the Chiefs what a mistake they made by not selecting him instead of Jackson with the 3rd pick, but if he had the fire it didn’t produce results on the field. He started the game by passing a Chiefs receiver off to a wide open middle of the field in pass coverage. The Seahawks linebackers have had a rough season in pass coverage this entire season. He also had a problem playing too high both while tackling and while taking on blocks. He bounced off the ball carrier twice while trying to tackle high on the shoulder pads. He had trouble fighting off blocks and for the most part once they engaged he was out of the play. I took some exception to his celebrating after making a tackle on a running play after the RB gained 5 yards and after making a tackle on a WR after a 7 yard completion. The Seahawks were down and these were not great plays by any stretch of the imagination. I do love the fire but would much rather see it before the play is whistled dead. He finished the game with 6 tackles.
Eric Berry, 6-0 211 lbs. out of Tennessee, was the first Safety taken in the 2010 NFL draft and is expected to have a long pro bowl caliber career. He is having a fine rookie season he has 61 tackles, 2 of which are sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 interception. After watching him sunday I saw a solid player who didn’t make mistakes but didn’t make any big plays either. He is a solid tackler who wraps up and tackles low. He finished the game with 3 tackles.
Injuries have plagued Rookie Left Tackle Russell Okung. He has missed more games than he has played in. Sunday was no exception. Once again he had someone roll onto his leg and hurt himself. He was able to come back in the game and finish. He played solid in the Seahawks loss but that is no surprise from the player who has been, when healthy, a bright spot on an offensive line that is terrible. Lets hope that he can avoid these freak injuries for the remainder of his career.
Taken with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft Earl Thomas has not disappointed. Sure he has made some rookie mistakes but he has also made some huge plays. The only knock on him draft day was his size. At 5-10 202 Lbs he lacks the ideal size you would like to see at the Safety position but what he lacks in size he more then makes up for with ability and a knack for being around the ball. He has 63 tackles, 5 interceptions and a TD. That TD came sunday in the loss to the Chiefs. Kennard Cox blocked a punt and Earl returned it 10 yards for the score. He ended the game with 8 tackles including a big shot on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles that could be heard in the stands. Unfortunately, he found himself out of position a couple times including during the Chiefs final TD of the game.
When I decided to write this last week I was assuming that it would be an opportunity to see which one of these young stars played better when they were on the same field. It turned out to be more of comparison to see who sucked less than the others. If the Seahawks had been able to run the ball at all I would declare Russell Okung the winner but, fair or not, I can’t pick an offensive lineman who was part of that group. That leaves Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Eric wasn’t even the best rookie safety on his team sunday so by default the award goes to Earl Thomas for scoring his first TD in the NFL and winning a free haircut for everyone in attendance. Congratulations Earl, now that you have won Battle of the Draft Picks you can focus on Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Many of you might know that I had a bet going with my friends 3 Guys In A Garage at 810 WHB AM in KC this week, but if not it’s simple, If the Seahawks won the game they would be sending me some KC BBQ sauce and if the Chiefs won I would send them some donuts from Top Pot. After 60 minutes (41:03 of which KC had the ball), 28 first downs, 65% third down Efficiency, and 503 yards from scrimage the donuts will be heading to KC and my pulled pork will be dry.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4, 1-2 1st in AFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5, 3-1 1st in NFC West)
Announcers: Bill Macatee (Play-by-Play) and Rich Gannon (Color Commentator) CBS
Last Meeting: October 29, 2006 the Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 35-28. Damon Huard (312 passing yards), Larry Johnson (155 rushing yards) and Eddie Kennison (132 receiving yards) led the Chiefs offense.
The Seahawks passing game will be without its leading receiving Mike Williams meaning the younger guys are going to get a chance to prove themselves. Deon Butler and Ben Obomanu should be the top receivers and Brandon Stokley should be the third receiver for the Seahawks as Golden Tate will try and show what he can do for the Seahawks when given a chance. The offensive line will have to do its job to keep Hasselbeck safe from pressure and for another week will have to try and get the running game established under Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett. Chris Baker has been getting involved in the passing game a little more, while John Carlson has been slowly declining in the passing game.
Defensively the Seahawks have to limit the Chiefs running game with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, while the Seahawks will have to still create pressure on Matt Cassel. Seahawks secondary will have its hands full with Dwayne Bowe, but if they can limit the Chiefs passing game they could put make the Chiefs have to rely more on the run and with Brandon Mebane healthy it could be an upgrade for the Seahawks. Overall the Seahawks defense is going to try and make the Chiefs win by passing and that should be a sign of the Seahawks blitzing as much as they can today.
-Seahawks Defensive Tackle Junior Siavii entered the NFL in 2004 with the Kansas City Chiefs and played 2004-05 with them appearing in 26 games. He had 13 tackles and one sack for the Chiefs.
-Chiefs Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Clark worked the same role with the Seahawks from 2004-09.
Seahawks News of the Week:
-Seahawks claimed DE Clifton Geathers off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins.
-Signed OT Will Robinson and DE Amon Gordon.
-Released DE EJ Wilson and OT Allen Barbre.
-Added WR Patrick Williams and DE Derek Walker to the Practice Squad.
-Deleted WR Antonio Robinson and DE James Wyche from the Practice Squad.
-Placed rookie TE Anthony McCoy on the season-ending IR.
-The Seahawks also worked out WRs Dwayne Jarrett and Bobby Engram Tuesday.
QB JP Losman (3rd QB)
FB Michael Robinson
WR Mike Williams
OT Will Robinson
OG Chester Pitts
DT Colin Cole
DT Amon Gordon
DE Clifton Geathers
FB Tim Castille
WR Dexter McCluster
NT Anthony Toribio
LB Charlie Anderson
LB Justin Cole
CB Donald Washington
S Jon McGraw
After each team went 3 and out the Seahawks offense started to move the ball including a 68 yard completion from Matt Hasselbeck to Mike Williams but unfortunately the drive would stall at the goal line do to Seattle’s inability to run the football in short yardage situations. Olindo Mare kicked a field goal and the Seahawks took the early lead 3-0.
When the Saints got the ball the Seattle defense forgot how to tackle and watched Saints RB Chris Ivory run over them during and took the lead 7-3. He would spend the rest of the half looking like, as Lou Holts would say, “The best running back in the history of football” until he got injured and the Saints switched to passing all over the field.
The Seahawks offense continued using the big pass plays to move the ball and got another Mare field goal making it Seahawks 6 Saints 7. The Saints followed with two straight TD’s and it was Saints 21 Seahawks 6 with 2:51 remaining in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd and 9 pass to Brandon Stokley to the 10. At the 2:00 warning the Seahawks had the ball 3rd and goal at the 1 yard line. Matt threw a TD pass to Ben Obamanu for Ben’s third TD of the Season. Olindo made the extra point making it 21-13 with 1:54 seconds in the first half.
The Seahawks Defense had the Saints stopped before a bogus roughing the passer call on Raheem Brock. Drew Breese would make them pay on a 22 yard TD pass to Colston with 1:00 left. They would fail on a 2 pt conversion attempt due to a botched snap on the extra point. Seattle got the ball back and was driving before Chester Pitts got bull rushed and got called for holding followed by a Hasselbeck intentional grounding. Mare Made his third field goal attempt and we went into the half with the Seahawks trailing 27-16 and needing to make a defensive adjustment during the half.
Marcus Trufant, Mike Williams and Earl Thomas were all injured in the half but Mike came back into the game as did Thomas. Walter Thurmond came in and played solid in replacement of Trufant.
Seattle Seahawks (5-4, 3-1 1st in NFC West) at New Orleans Saints (6-3, 3-1 2nd in NFC South)
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
Television: Thom Brennaman (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX
Last Meeting: Saints defeated the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football 28-17 in Seattle.
Matt Hasselbeck will have his guardian angel blocking his blindside in Russell Okung, but still expect the Saints to put pressure on the injured QB and Seahawks offense. Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch haven’t gotten anything truly going in the running game and that could be another week of the same story, but if Okung can do his part on the left side look for the Seahawks to try and pound the ball more. Ben Obomanu is starting in place of Deon Butler, but still all receivers are expected to get their fair share of passes thrown to them.
Defensively they’re playing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and Seattle should put as much pressure on him and make him work for the yards. Saints running game is a force and with Brandon Mebane in could be key in defending the running game. If the Seahawks defense doesn’t give up the big plays and does its part it could help the offense set the tone and do their thing.
-Seahawks Kicker Olindo Mare spent 2007 with the Saints before coming over to Seattle. In 13 games with the Saints he went 34-for-34 in PATs and 10-for-17 with FGs.
-Seahawks LB Matt McCoy spent four games with the Saints in 2007 as he had two tackles.
-Saints FB Heath Evans was drafted by the Seahawks in 2001 he played until 2004 with the Seahawks.
-Saints RB Julius Jones signed with the Seattle in 2008-10 he was let go after two games in 2010. He also has lead the Seahawks rushing the past two-seasons. He only had four touchdowns with Seattle.
-Saints Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers coach Joe Vitt coached the Seahawks from 1982-91.
Seahawks News of the Week:
They are fake, someone made them up, heck it may be Nike themselves to get people talking, if that’s the case it’s working. Although Nike will take over for Reebok in 2012 the Uniforms will not change because Teams design them not the Shoe company that makes them. The Hats and other clothing will be changed.
Defensive End Raheem Brock was arrested in Washington for DUI according to Q13 in Seattle and Brian McIntyre.
Brock was not booked and then was released by the arresting officer. He did travel to Arizona with the team.
Update 12:13 am/ 9:13 PM Wester time:
Brock played in Seattles 36-18 win and recorded a quarterback hit on Derek Anderson. It was one of five hits the Seahawks put on Anderson.
Seattle Seahawks (4-4, 2-1 T-1st NFC West) at Arizona Cardinals (3-5, 2-1 3rd NFC West)
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Announcers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) and Brian Billick (color commentator) FOX
Last Meeting: Seahawks Olindo Mare kicked five field goals and Matt Hasselbeck tossed for a touchdown in the 22-10 win in week seven match-up.
No Connections this week
Seahawks News of the Week:
-Seahawks released Frank Okam and Zac Robinson (Lions).
-Seahawks added JP Losman, Ruvell Martin and Chris White.
-Seahawks added Breno Giacomini, Josh Pinkard and Antonio Robinson to the Practice Squad.
-Seahawks let go of Patrick Williams off of the Practice Squad.
WR Brandon Stokley
WR Golden Tate
QB JP Losman
FB Michael Robinson
OG Mike Gibson
OT Russell Okung
DT Colin Cole
DE EJ Wilson
DL Darnell Dockett
RB Beanie Wells
WR Max Komar
QB John Skelton
CB AJ Jefferson
S Hamza Abdullah
LB Cyril Obiozor
C Ben Claxton
Sorry there is no analysis. I’ve been busy with school work and other things right now. Hope you enjoy it and keep looking for the Previews.
Steve Largent and Walter Jones- two names that enter my mind when the talk of All-Time Seahawks greats enter the talk of the NFL Greatest to Play.
Largent was one of the best receivers to play the game until a man by the name of Jerry Rice retired. Prior to Rice Largent held the record in most touchdown receptions. He also held the record in most consecutive games a with a reception, most yards on receptions, most seasons with 50 or more receptions and most seasons with 1,000 or more yards.
Despite those accolades Largent was left off of the NFL’s Top 100 Greatest Players in which Rice was No. 1. Michael Irvin came in at No. 92 and maybe cause of the rings he had took the spot over Largent. Randy Moss came in 65th, but he plays in a more pass heavy game. When you factor in Largent’s accomplishments during his span there’s no reason he should have been left off of the list. Largent made the hall of fame in his first time on the ballot, yet he was left off of the list.
In fact no Seahawk made the list. Not even Walter Jones. Largent’s success leaves me questioning how he was left off of the list.
Prior to his retirement no receiver held six-records. Sure they got broken, but a wise man once said “records were meant to be broken.” How does a player like Irvin who retired with only two records, while Largent had six. The players weren’t ranked on just playoff records or else Moss wouldn’t have been on the list. Largent made more Pro Bowls than Irvin did and made the 1980 All-Decade team just like Irvin made the 1990 All-Decade team.
Of course Irvin deserved the recognition, but not over Largent. Largent didn’t have a Hall of Fame quarterback like Irvin did or a Hall of Fame Running Back. Largent was the Seahawks passing offense and yet still put the numbers up.
Jones just retired, yet is a future first-time ballot Hall of Famer at the tackle position. Sure the tackles that made the list are Hall of Famers, but as Michael Strahan called Jones in his book “the greatest left tackle to ever play the game”. To be left off of the list because you’re not in the Hall of Fame yet is a snub.
In his 180 games started over a 14-year career he made nine Pro Bowls (a most in Seahawk history), was a first team All-Rookie, six time All-NFC, four time first team All-Pro, three time second-team All-Pro and a member of the 2000 All-Decade team. On top of his No. 71 jersey number retired (only the second player in Seahawk history to have the honor of his jersey being retired.
Despite all that and opposing defensive coaches strategizing against Jones he couldn’t find a spot on the Greatest Players of All-Time in the NFL.
Another Hall of Famer John Madden went above the record and proclaimed him the best player in the NFL in 2004 and the Sporting News named him their top player in the NFL in 2005 and his rookie offensive line coach Howard Mudd called him the best lineman he’s ever coached. One of Mudd’s players he coached fell on the list- Anthony Munoz.
Munoz was deserving of his spot, but as so many people put it Jones “set the bar really, really high” for offensive linemen. In the Seahawks 5,703 pass plays they called under Jones he only allowed 23 sacks.
Mike Holmgren a guy who knows about offensive success having coached Hall of Famers like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre also called him the best offensive player he’s ever coached.
Somehow Jones’s name was off of the 100-man roster of the Greatest Players of all-time.
Maybe it’s because Jones left the quiet approach with his game. He announced his retirement on Twitter rather than a national televised press conference. Jones didn’t like the spot light and maybe he wouldn’t have liked the spotlight he would have received had he been named to the list, but still he was deserving.
Patrick Kerney has seen his share of Hall of Famer linemen and he called Jones “was head and shoulders above them.”
No the 12th Man doesn’t need the support of the NFL telling them they had two of the best 100 players to ever play the game. Anyone whose watched the Seahawks since their arrival to the NFL in 1976 knows that Jones and Largent aren’t just the best Seahawks of all-time, but where they rank in the NFL.
And that says it all right there. We don’t need anyone to tell us something we already know and nor should Largent or Jones.
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New York Giants (5-2, 1-0 1st NFC East) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3, 2-1 1st NFC West)
Stadium: Qwest Field
Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman (Color Commentator) FOX
Last Meeting: Giants ran all over the Seahawks in New York as they won 44-6 in the Week four matchup.
Charlie Whitehurst has spent the past four-years backing up Philip Rivers and this past year backing up Matt Hasselbeck. Today he earns his first NFL start against a team that is tied for first in the NFL with sacks. No Russell Okung could spell trouble for the Seahawks offense. Granted Whitehurst is a better mobile quarterback than Hasselbeck, but he’s going up against one of the top defenses in the league. Expect the Giants to send blitz packages on every offensive possession for the Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett will try and get a decent running game going so that the Seahawks can try and get a passing game started, but Whitehurst is going to have a challenge ahead of him.
Defensively the thing working in the Seahawks favor is the crowd noise. The Giants have trouble at Qwest (check 2005 out) and could use that to their advantage. If the Giants push themselves back out of scoring range through penalties it could turn out to be a defensive battle. The Seahawks secondary has been shaky without Kelly Jennings and he will be active today. However the Giants running game of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs could have a field day with the Seahawks being without Brandon Mebane, Colin Cole and Red Bryant. Look for the Giants running game to have a huge day and steal the Beast Mode from Seattle.
-Seahawks Offensive Line coach Pat Ruel coached the Giants in 2004.
-Giants DT Rocky Bernard left Seattle to join the Giants in free agency after having spent 2002-08 with the Seahawks. With Seattle he recorded 29 sacks and 280 tackles.
-Giants S Deon Grant was the Seahawks defensive captain after spending 2007-09 with the Seahawks. In his time with the Seahawks Grant didn’t miss a start and recorded 77+ tackles per year. He also had eight career interceptions in Seattle.
Seahawks News of the Week:
-Hasselbeck will not play as Charlie Whitehurst will earn his first career NFL start.
-Zac Robinson was added to the 53-man roster with Breno Giacomini as recently signed Ruvell Martin and Chris White were released.
-Seahawks signed DE Jay Richardson and DT Frank Okam.
-Let go of Quinton Ganther.
-Placed Red Bryant and Ben Hamilton on season ending IR.
-Lawyer Milloy records a sack he’ll be only the 11th player to join the 20/20 club.
-The first false start the Giants record will be the 100th at Qwest.
-Seahawks OL Stacy Andrews takes on his little brother Giants OL Shawn Andrews.
QB Matt Hasselbeck
LT Russell Okung
LT Tyler Polumbus
DT Brandon Mebane
DT Colin Cole
FB Michael Robinson
DT Frank Okam
WR Golden Tate
WR Darius Reynaud
FB Madison Hedgecock
LB Gerris Wilkinson
C Shaun O’Hara
OT William Beatty
OT Jamon Meredith
DE Alex Hall
DT Linval Joseph