Zack Bellerdine

Loves sports- mainly football. Have been a Seahawk fan since I can remember. Enjoys writing and bringing you the best sports knowledge I can. Favorite Seahawk of all-time is Cortez Kennedy.


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San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: Gameday Preview

San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1, 1st Place NFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5, 2nd Place NFC West)

Stadium: CenturyLink Field

Time: 8:15 ET/ 5:15 PT

Announcers: NBC (Al Michaels play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth color commentator)

Last Meeting: San Francisco defeated the Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday Night Football in San Francisco.

 

Analysis:

The Seahawks have been rolling on both sides of the ball the past two weeks outscoring their opponents 108-17. This week their offense has a true test against the 49ers who will be pressuring Russell Wilson with Aldon Smith, however with Justin Smith expected to miss the Seahawks will be able to relax just a little bit. Expect the Seahawks to look to establish the running game as they’ve been doing throughout the year, but might focus on it a little more this week than in the past. In their previous meeting with the 49ers a Robert Turbin dropped touchdown pass turned out to be the difference of the game. Seattle will hope Sidney Rice is active and healthy as he has been developing chemistry with Wilson and helping the run game continue to be effective against opposing defenses.

Seattle’s defense have been making a havoc in the NFL giving up an average just over 11-points a game in the past 3-wins. Seattle will be without DE Jason Jones in the pass protection, but expect the Seahawks Chris Clemons to have his hands full tonight. Seattle should apply a lot of pressure on 49ers Colin Kaepernick as he will make his first start against the 12th Man. If Seattle can contain the rush and force Kaepernick to make plays himself the Seahawks should be able to let their offense win the game for them, but if they don’t control Frank Gore and apply pressure on Kaepernick then expect the 49ers offense to do their job, while their defense shows why they’re at the top of the league in defense.

 

Prediction- 49ers 17-14.

 

Connections:

-Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll spent 1995-96 as the 49ers Defensive Coordinator before becoming the New England Patriots Head Coach. In 1995 with the 49ers he led the top ranked defense.

-Seahawks Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. played for the 49ers from 1994-2000, he won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1994. He played in 112 games with the 49ers, starting all of them with 4 INTs- 2 returned for Touchdowns. He also had 551 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 7-years with the 49ers.

-Seahawks Secondary coach Kris Richard played 2005-06 with the 49ers, in which he only appeared in one game for them.

-Seahawks S Chris Maragos was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 2010 where he played in three games with them piling up 2 tackles.

-Seahawks OT Mike Person was a 7th-round pick by the 49ers in 2011.

-Seahawks FB Michael Robinson was a 4th-round pick by the 49ers in 2006 out of Penn St. He appeared in 62 games with them rushing for 2 Touchdowns off of 289-yards. He also had 346-yards from receptions.

-49ers Special Assistant to Head Coach Bill Nayes spent 1999-2006 with the Seattle Seahawks- a member of the 2005 NFC Conference Champions team.

-49ers Special Teams Assistant Tracy Smith spent 2011 with the Seahawks.

-49ers Offensive Line coach Mike Solari joined the 49ers after spending 2008-09 with the Seahawks as their Offensive Line coach.

 

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks CB Richard Sherman’s appeal case was heard Friday in regards to his potential 4-game Suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy. A ruling is expected within the next 5-days of the hearing.

-Seahawks placed DE Jason Jones on season-ending IR and signed DT Hebron Fangupo.

-Seahawks SS Winston Guy’s Suspension was lifted by the commissioner.

 

Chasing History:

-Russell Wilson is 5 Touchdowns away from breaking Peyton Manning’s 1998 NFL Record of Touchdown passes by a rookie QB with 26.

Seahawks add four

The Seahawks let go of veteran K Jeff Reed after signing him in August and signed K Steven Hauschka off of waivers from the Broncos.

In three-years in the NFL Hauschka has played for the Ravens, Falcons and Broncos appearing in 21 games and he’s 16-for-23 in field goals and 37-for-38 in extra-points in his 21 games in the NFL after having been signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina St.

Seahawks also claimed OT Jarriel King off of waivers from the Giants, DL Landon Cohen off of waivers from the Patriots and DL Al Woods off of waivers from the Buccaneers.

King, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina by the Giants. He saw a majority of action at the tackle position, but has also played at guard as well. His scouting report says he’s more of a pass protection lineman which the Seahawks could use with their line and his health issues- an irregular heartbeat condition is the reason he wasn’t drafted.

Cohen, is a four-year veteran out of Ohio University and has started five of his 24 games since 2008. He’s played with the Lions, Jaguars and Patriots having tallied 20 tackles. He was drafted in the seventh-round in 2008 by the Lions. He was a two-time All-MAC member with Ohio University.

Woods, was a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 by the Buccaneers out of LSU where he had a successful college career being named All-American in 2005 by the USA Today, Parade Magazine and Reebok. He played in nine games with the Buccaneers in 2010 having 17 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

To make room for the four the Seahawks let go of Reed, LB David Vobora, DT Junior Siavii and DE Pierre Allen.

The Seahawks open the season Sunday at San Francisco.

 

Rice has a lot to live up to

Standing at 6’4 on the offense Sidney Rice has the height to be a success for the Seattle Seahawks, but expectations and proving one are two different things.

Rice has already earned one Pro Bowl in his 5-year NFL Career with the Minnesota Vikings, but despite having a short camp with the Seahawks due to Free Agency starting around the same time as Training Camp he’s already made an impact in the minds of those that cover the Seahawks.

Former Seahawk linebacker Dave Wyman told 710 ESPN “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone have a better camp” when he was discussing the newly signed receiver, Rice.

Rice has everything that a great receiver possesses- soft hands, competitive work ethic and the ability to make the nice catches along with a last name of a great- Jerry Rice. On top of that his familiarity with the new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell will only benefit him with the lack of OTAs due to the lockout.

Rice can bring a lot to the tables for Seattle at a position they’ve tried to bolster over the years. First they tried it with TJ Houshmandzadeh and failed, they tried it with former first-round picks like Mike Williams and Reggie Williams (only Mike has been successful for them) and now it’s Rice’s turn to shine.

Mike Williams was successful last-year despite not having a true go-to-guy opposite of him. Defenses focused on Mike and were able to limit him at times, but now they have to worry about Rice and even two top Tight Ends in Zach Miller and John Carlson.

When Rice and the Seahawks host Minnesota Saturday it’ll be a familiar match-up for Jackson and Rice.

The Vikings never gave either one a chance to re-sign with them at least according to Rice. Jackson wasn’t given the chance or confidence he’s been shown with the Seahawks- he’s already been named the starting quarterback for Week 1 despite a shaky first pre-season game.

Now the two of them hope to bring their expectations and success to the West Coast. Sidney Rice might have an easier time than Jackson, but it won’t be easy. They’ll both have to stay healthy- something Rice had a problem doing last year with a hip injury.

Expectations can sometimes eat a player. He focuses too much on being the guy the fans and team wants him to be which only limits his ability to be the player he truly is. It’ll be hard for Rice to live up to expectations he already has when he signed his five-year deal with Seattle in July, but athletes learn to persevere through rough times in their career.

Rice is one of many new offensive faces in Seattle and they may not see instant success, but when all is said and done maybe Rice will see his own expectations go to a higher limit than he even thought they may.

If Wyman was impressed he must have seen something in him. His first two-years in Seattle he saw one of the games all-time best wide receiver in Steve Largent. So he knows how to judge talent.

Rice’s 6’4 frame can only be the limit of his height, but who says he can’t shot for the stars with football talent.

Good-bye No. 8, We’ll miss ya

It was a legacy that all started for the cost of two-draft picks.

Mike Holmgren wanted his own guy to run his West Coast Offense in Seattle. He knew it couldn’t be Brett Favre so he settled for his back-up a former 6th-round draft pick out of Boston College- Matt Hasselbeck.

10-years later, 174 touchdowns which is good for 2nd-all-time, while he’s first in 29,434-passing yards, 131-career starts in Seattle and four consecutive years of 3,000+ passing yards- Hasselbeck has finally seen his career with the Seahawks come to an end.

The free agent quarterback appears likely heading elsewhere as the last true offensive core of the 2005 NFC Champion team is dissembled.

First Shaun Alexander was let go and last-year was the first time in Hasselbeck’s career that Walter Jones wasn’t on the roster. It’s a sad end to one of the best offenses ever to play in Seattle.

Jones is a first-time ballot NFL Hall of Famer, Alexander might get in, but it’ll take a few years and now the quarterback that guided them to 13-wins in 2005 won’t walk out of the tunnel come opening day with the No. 8 jersey.

If there has ever been a wittier quarterback in Seattle history that would be Hasselbeck. He played the game for the pure enjoyment of it.

Sure he had his moments where people who didn’t know that about him would say “did he really just do that?” A perfect example of that would be in Green Bay in the 2004 NFL Playoffs in which Matt Hasselbeck responded with “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” after the Seahawks won the coin toss in overtime. He would end up throwing an interception to Al Harris and watch him return for a game-ending touchdown.

Like any career there were ups-and-downs for Matt, but the 12th Man is more likely to have forgotten the downs.

Hasselbeck did something no other quarterback in Seattle did and that’s lead them to the Super Bowl. He played every game to the hardest he could and put it all on the line.

Sadly like all NFL careers there comes an end. Once he turned 33 he missed a combined 11 games over three-years including the final regular season of the 2010 NFL season at home.

The Seahawks knew his career and time with Seattle was starting to wind down- they traded for former Charger back-up quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in the 2010 off-season.

Now as a free agent they’re ready to let him walk away. It wasn’t his call. It might not have even been his choice, but in the NFL there comes a time when you’re time is up.

Who would have thought at the end of his career it would have been well worth a first-round and third-round pick?

The 12th Man might have.

 

Few days to make up for 18-weeks of nothing

It took exactly 18-weeks. No not the 18-weeks that the Owners wanted to have for an entire season, but 18-weeks to finally allow the owners and NFLPA to reach an agreement ending the lockout.

18-weeks of unknown nerves, 18-weeks of patiently waiting for an agreement and 18-weeks of losing my mind, but it all came to an end-finally.

Now the Seattle Seahawks and 31 other NFL teams will have days to fill holes left by the current free agents and only weeks to come together as a team with hopes of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February.

It’s going to be a fun ride, a suspenseful ride, but also a short ride. There won’t be 18-weeks for General Managers to negotiate contracts or make trades, but instead might not even get 18-days to do that.

The Seahawks could have to look for a new quarterback, a fairly new offensive line and work on their defensive line as well.

It’s going to be a major test for Pete Carroll and his staff, but more importantly for John Schneider.

One thing working for Seattle is the deep free agents in the 2011 class. Many key positions have guys that would upgrade Seattle or could even start if they sign with Seattle. Quarterback is the one position Seattle might try and want to re-sign their own free agent in Matt Hasselbeck.

So what can the Seahawks and the rest of the NFL expect? It’ll be interesting as to where players wind up and how teams fair given the short time to build chemistry as a team.

Once players can officially sign Friday expect the NFL to go crazy. It’s been a dreaded quiet 18-weeks that will get crazy in the next few days. They always say it gets calm before a storm and that’ll be the case come 6 p.m., Friday.

The next several days won’t be as long as the past 18-weeks. They won’t seem like an eternal, but will fly by.

Then again does it matter if it flies by or not? One thing is for sure- there’s football to be played in September and the Seahawks will begin their quest for a second NFC West crown under Carroll.

It’s bound to be a crazy next few days, but then again Pete Carroll’s first-year helped us prepare.

 

Top Seahawk Free Agents

When the new CBA is signed and teams will be allowed to discuss with current free agents here are five Seahawks that the front office should do as much as they can to keep them in Seattle:

Top 5 most important Seahawk Free Agents:
5. Olindo Mare, K
Mare has been very consistent for the Seahawks special team’s game and will be a top target for them to keep. He is another guy who could land a short deal and be used to guide a younger kicker on the practice squad for a future with the Seahawks.
4. Lawyer Milloy, S
Milloy’s leadership and veteran skills are key for the Seahawks safety as he continues to groom Earl Thomas. He most likely will come cheaper and for a limited time allowing them to still draft a safety this year as his eventual replacement or continue to work with the young Kam Chancellor.
3. Raheem Brock, DE
Brock showed that once he was given the chance to start opposite of Chris Clemons that he can make an impact with the team. With Red Bryant healthy again next year it could mean Jay Richardson and Kentwan Balmer will be let go to keep Brock, Clemons and Bryant in the mix at the end position.
2. Matt Hasselbeck, QB
His experience at the quarterback position will be hard to find somewhere else. Might be the most suitable to train a rookie quarterback signed as an undrafted free agent or signed once free agency starts.

1. Brandon Mebane, DT

Mebane is the youngest out of the top five most important free agents and is a force for the Seahawks run stoppage on the front four. He will come costly, but will be worth every penny as they continue to use him next to Colin Cole.

 

Links regarding Day 1 of NFL Draft

Here’s some links in regarding the Seahawks and their first-round selection in which they used on OL James Carpenter of the University of Alabama:

-NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on James Carpenter- http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/James-Carpenter.php

-NFL Draft Scout’s Scouting Report on Carpenter: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=89525&draftyear=2011&genpos=OT

-University of Alabama’s Player Bio on Carpenter: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/carpenter_james00.html

-ESPNs James Carpenter’s Scouting Profile: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/_/id/27044/james-carpenter

-Seahawks Draft Blog’s article in regarding Carpenter’s pick: http://seahawksdraftblog.com/seahawks-take-james-carpenter-25th-overall

-NFL.com’s Player Profile regarding Carpenter: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/james-carpenter?id=2495134

-Jerry Brewer’s story discussing Carpenter’s pick: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2014904438_brewer29.html

 

Hope you all enjoy the links and expect more after the Day 2. Seattle picks 57th tonight in the 2nd-round. They currently don’t have a 3rd-round pick after trading that to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst.

The Draft starts at 6PM Eastern Time, Friday and can be seen on ESPN.