Whitehurst to earn 1st NFL Start Sunday

Matt Hasselbeck won’t be another QB to the “Hit List” the Giants have when they come to Seattle for their week 9 match-up Sunday.

Hasselbeck suffered a concussion in the 33-3 loss to Oakland last week and has yet to pass the required NFL tests as a precautionary effort on players with concussions. That means that Hasselbeck will have to sit out this week and his status for week 10 is also up in the air.

Earning the start will be Clemson product Charlie Whitehurst. He was acquired by the Seahawks in April from the San Diego Chargers and awarded a two-year $10-million dollar deal. Despite the fact that Whitehurst has yet to start an NFL game in his five-year NFL Career. In fact he’s only played in three games (including one with the Seahawks this season).

Whitehurst is more mobile than Hasselbeck and will provide the ability to scramble in the pocket as the Giants are expected to bring the heat in Seattle. In Whitehurst’s NFL career he has two-rushes for 13-yards a nice 6.5 average per carry and a touchdown. His mobility could create some problems for the Giants defense if the Seahawks line can create time for Whitehurst.

The biggest problem for Whitehurst will be the lack of a big-play Wide Receiver he’s going to have to spread the ball around and hope a strong running game going so that they can mix it up as well.

Moss Let Go: ‘Hawks rumored

7-time Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss was let go today by the Vikings (reportedly) and the Seahawks are one of two teams to have expressed interest in him so far. The NFL has said Moss’s name has not been dropped on the Waiver Wire meaning he has not officially been let go, but reports are he could be. Will have more on this later on in the night…

Update 5:45 PM PST
Vikings head coach released a statement wishing Moss the “best as he moves forward with his career”.
The Vikings have released a statement about his release and he will go on the waiver wire tomorrow. I personally would rather he stayed away from Seattle, he’s a me first kind of guy and his attitude is abrasive. A bit like TJ Houshmendzadeh but worse. How do you feel?
Brett

Update:

Moss will hit waivers tomorrow as Brett reported. He will be on the wire until 4 PM Wednesday if no one claims him he will then become a Restricted Free Agent. The Seahawks and Dolphins are two teams according to Minneapolis-Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad says they have expressed interest in him already.

If Seattle puts a claim in on him they would get him over the Dolphins (because of record). It would make sense for Moss to join the Seahawks. Other than Mike Williams they don’t have a true reliable receiver. Golden Tate is having troubles running routes and could even see his punt return duties taken form him against the Giants. The Seahawks also earlier in the year wanted to land Vincent Jackson and Moss would be a nice fall back plan.

Moss has said he will no longer talk to the media this year and wouldn’t post a problem with that. Pete Carroll also is always looking for competition and a seven-time Pro Bowl will bring that competition. Carroll also could easily keep Moss quiet and allow him to do his thing. The Seahawks would also give Hasselbeck another true go-to-guy something he’s never truly had in his years with the Seahawks.

Seahawks at Raiders: Week 8 GameDay Preview

Seattle Seahawks (4-2, 2-1 1st in NFC West) at Oakland Raiders (3-4, 2-0 2nd in NFC West)

4PM

Stadium: Oakland Coliseum

Announcers: Ron Pitts (Play-by-play) and John Lynch (Color Commentator) FOX

Last time they met: Seneca Wallace led the Seahawks to a 16-0 win in Seattle as Josh Brown kicked three field-goals. Maurice Morris rushed for 138-yards and Deion Branch led the receiving core with a touchdown and 61-yards.

Analysis:

Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t thrown an interception in two-weeks and is getting Mike Williams involved more. The Seahawks running game has helped open up the passing game as well. The important thing is the offensive line has been doing well enough to allow Hasselbeck time and the Beast Mode to take full control. Brandon Stokley is going to play which will take some pressure of having to just rely on Mike Williams. Deon Butler could also get some passes thrown to him as well as Ben Obomanu. If the Seahawks passing game also gets going that will allow the running game to get going as well. If Hasselbeck continues his smart passing decisions it would help the Seahawks drastically.

Defensively the Seahawks have been strong, but the Raiders offense is coming off of a huge week against Denver last week and deserves recognition. The Raiders will be running with Darren McFadden quite a bit with the Seahawks missing Brandon Mebane for a third straight game. If the Seahawks can contain McFadden and force either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski to throw to its receivers it could turn out good for the Seahawks. Kelly Jennings is out again, but so is the Raiders top receiver which will even out for them. The key for the Seahawks this week will be limiting the run and not allowing McFadden to run all over them. If that’s the case expect Seahawks to have a much longer ride home from Oakland than it normally would take.

Connections:

-DE Chris Clemons spent 2007 with the Raiders starting two games and playing in 16. He had 20 tackles- a career high until he recorded his 21st tackle last week for Seattle. He also had eight sacks for the Raiders and two forced fumbles all career highs.

-WR Mike Williams tried to revive his career after disappointing two-years with Detroit in Oakland. He played in six-games and started one in 2007 before being let go. He had seven catches for 90-yards, but no touchdowns.

-Seahawks Special Teams coach Brian Schneider coached for the Raiders from 2008-09.

-Raiders third-string QB Charlie Frye spent 2007-08 on the Seahawks roster. He played in only two games- starting one passing for 83-yards and two touchdowns.

-Raiders Defensive Coordinator John Marshall coached the Seahawks linebackers from 2003-05 before he moved to the Defensive Coordinator position (2005-08). He left when Jim Mora decided to bring in his own guys.

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks let go of RB Chris Henry and brought back Quinton Ganther.

Streaks Snapped?:

-If Seahawks win it’ll be the first time since 2007 that they’ve won back-to-back road games.

Milestone:

-If Lawyer Milloy records a sack he will become just the 11th player in NFL history to join the elite 20-20 club. 20 interceptions and 20 sacks.

Making Seahawk Debut:

OG Chester Pitts

Inactives:

Seahawks

CB Kelly Jennings

RB Michael Robinson

DB Walter Thurmond

LB Matt McCoy

OL Allen Barbre

OL Russell Okung

TE Anthony McCoy

DT Brandon Mebane

Raiders:

WR Louis Murphy

CB Chris Johnson

RB Michael Bennett

LB Travis Goethel

LB Thomas Howard

DT John Henderson

WR Chad Schilens

Flex Games: Slowly Approaching

So far the Seahawks haven’t had a nationally televised game since Thanksgiving week of 2008 in which they lost to the Dallas Cowboys. 2008 was also the last time the Seahawks appeared in a Sunday Night Football game.

Since 2008 the Seahawks have won only nine games. Something that doesn’t earn you national praise, but off to a 4-2 start and in sole position of first in the NFC West the Seahawks might earn the chance to play a night game. The final seven games provides the NFL the chance to move more marquee games to the Sunday Night spot.

A look at the seven games that might allow the Seahawks to appear on NBC:

Nov. 21st at New Orleans- If Seattle beats the Raiders, Giants and Cardinals they would be 7-2. If they lose at least one would be 6-3 and playing the defending Super Bowl Champions. That’s a good mix for an NBC formula to televise the game.

Nov. 28th versus the Kansas City Chiefs- The Chiefs are just like Seattle at this point 4-2 and atop of the AFC West. It’s possible NBC would televise this if both teams are at 6-3 or better. It would also be a renewal of the AFC rivalry the two had when Seattle was in the AFC West.

Dec. 5th versus Carolina Panthers- This is a game that won’t even get brought up in the talks to move the game. Most likely will be the normal 4 PM start as scheduled in April.

Dec. 12th at San Francisco- If and a huge IF the 49ers win out from here on and Seattle is still atop of the West it could be tossed around in discussions to move the game to NBC. It would be a huge if Seattle takes the win and gets the head-to-head match-up of the two, but otherwise this game stays at the 4PM start.

Dec. 19th versus Atlanta Falcons- If Seattle keeps winning this game very well could be played on NBC. It would consist of the NFC West first-place team and the NFC South first-place Falcons. Also would be a match-up of two Boston College Quarterbacks battling it out.

Dec. 26th at Tampa Bay- Isn’t it ironic the last game the Seahawks played on a Sunday night was against the Buccaneers? Tampa Bay is currently in second with a 4-2 record just like Seattle and given the right wins by both teams could kick-off at 8:15 instead of 1PM.

Jan. 2nd versus St. Louis- If Bradford keeps the Rams in the battle in the West and doesn’t fade out this would be a good match-up. It could give the Rams a chance to take the season head-to-head battle from Seattle and would keep them alive in the West title crown. Having said that I think this game remains a 4PM start.

With the right wins the Seahawks earns it’s possible that the streak of national recognition ends this season, but Seattle still has a lot of work and this is the NFL we’re talking about- nothing is a guarantee. Not even a Sunday Night Football game.

Unranked?!

Peter King of Sports Illustrated did has weekly Monday Morning Quarterback Column and in the column he does the Fine 15. Ultimately it’s the top 15 teams in the NFL. With Seattle standing atop of the NFC West in sole possession at 4-2 you would think that would get some recognition, but not with the rankings.

In fact King ranked the 2-4 Minnesota Vikings at the 15th spot. So why is Seattle unranked given an undefeated record at home and a 2-1 division record?

Seattle’s four wins have come against in my opinion so-so teams. Other than Chicago on the road none of the wins are that glamorous. San Diego isn’t the team they were last year or when they had Ladian Tomlinson and the other home wins have come against San Francisco (1-6) and Arizona (3-3 with a rookie QB starting against them).

The offensive hasn’t been as good as it used to be under a younger Matt Hasselbeck and truthfully it’s the defense and special teams keeping them in the games. Minus Leon Washington’s two kick returns for touchdowns against the Chargers and Seattle is 3-3 at this point.

Seattle travels to Oakland this week and if they win it would be the first time since 2007 in which they won back-to-back road wins. It was also the last time the Seahawks clinched the division and a playoff spot. Oakland has been playing decent lately beating the Broncos this past weekend a team that Seattle lost to earlier in the year in Denver.

Pete Carroll has the Seahawks buying into his gameplan and that could be key down the road, but still a lot is left to play in the NFL and as we’ve seen many times especially this season- nothing is for sure in the NFL.

Maybe with a win in Oakland giving them a three-game win streak and a good close battle at home against the New York Giants will help the Seahawks crack King’s Fine 15. Until then the only thing they’re at the top of is the NFC West, but that’s all you need to play in January.

Cardinals at Seahawks: Week 7 Game Preview

Arizona Cardinals (3-2, 1-0 T-1st NFC West) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2, 1-1 T-1st NFC West)

Stadium: Qwest Field

Announcers: Chris Myers (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Arizona defeated Seattle 31-20 as Kurt Warner passed for 340-yards.

Analysis:

With a win the Seahawks could be in position to make some moves for sole position of first-place in the West. Matt Hasselbeck last week connected with Mike Williams for 10 receptions and this week expect some of the same thing if the running game can get going. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett got things going in the Beast Mode and look for them to try and get that going again this week. The offensive line didn’t give up a single sack for the first time since opening day in 2009. Russell Okung is starting his second consecutive start this week and should start feeling familiar with the line and Hasselbeck. That will only help them out in the long-run. If the line does their job it will open the running game which should lead to the passing game opening up like last week.

The Seahawks are taking on a rookie quarterback in a loud and tough place for even veteran quarterbacks to play in. If the defensive can create the same blitz schemes like they did last week when they got to Jay Cutler six times look for Max Hall to have some trouble. However if Seattle treats him like they did to Sam Bradford it could be trouble for the Seahawks defense. Hall has weapons in Larry Fitzgerald and Walter Thurmond III will have challenges covering him. The defensive line has been on task lately with the coverage of the running game and hopefully that continues this week. The Cardinals are still the defending two-time NFC West Champions and Seattle has to take them seriously or it could be a long game.

Connections:

No Connections this week

Seahawks News of the Week:

-Seahawks signed RB Chris Henry to the active roster and released OT Breno Giacomini.

Inactives:

Seahawks-

CB Kelly Jennings

DT Brandon Mebane

DE Dexter Davis

CB Nate Ness

OL Allen Barbre

OL Chester Pitts

TE Anthony McCoy

DE EJ Wilson

Milestones:

-The first Cardinals False Start will be the 100th at Qwest since 2005.

Seahawks at Bears: Week 6 Game Preview

Seattle Seahawks (2-2, 1-1 2nd in NFC West)at Chicago Bears (4-1, 1-1 1st in NFC North)

1 PM

Location: Soldier Field

Announcers: Chris Myers (Play-by-Play) and Brian Billick (Color Commentator) FOX

Last Meeting: Bears won the last meeting between the two in the week three matchup of the 2009 season 25-19. The Seahawks wore their lime green jersey’s for this game.

Analysis:

The Seahawks return to action after their bye week with a new running back and a new receiver at the flanker position. Those moves are what Seahawks fans are hoping to be the keys to getting the offense going, but that won’t be the case. Offensively the Seahawks line has to give Matt Hasselbeck time or the Seahawks might be seeing Charlie Whitehurst in Chicago. Russell Okung is healthy and should get his second career start in his rookie season, but he needs to stay healthy from here on for the Seahawks to have a consistent line. Marshawn Lynch should get the running game going, but there will still be some problems with the running game. Hopefully though they can establish an improved running game so the ball won’t have to be in Hasselbeck’s hands to throw it away.

Jay Cutler returns from his injury and the Seahawks should send blitzes every time Cutler will pass. Cutler has shown if he’s pressured he will make mistakes with the ball and that’s what Seattle has to feed off of. The defense has kept the team in the game only to watch Hasselbeck give it right back to the opposing offenses. Hopefully this week the defense stays consistent long enough for the offense to get things going with a new running back in the house.

Connections:

-Seahawks Assistant Line Coach Luke Butkus left the Bears to come over to Seattle after spending 2007-09 with Chicago.

-Bears Tight Ends coach Mike DeBord coached the Seahawks from 2008-09.

-Bears Offensive Line coach Mike Tice played tight end for the Seahawks from 1981-88.

Seahawks News of the Week(s):

-Seahawks acquired the 2008 AFC Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch early in the week leading up to their bye week.

-Seahawks traded WR Deion Branch to the team that drafted the one-time Super Bowl MVP- New England Patriots.

-After acquiring Lynch the Seahawks cut ties with RB Julius Jones. He signed earlier this week with the defending Super Bowl champions the New Orleans Saints.

Seahawks Making their Seahawk Debut:

-#24 RB Marshawn Lynch.

Inactives:

Seattle

CB Nate Ness
CB Kennard Cox
OL Allen Barbre
OL Breno Giacomini
OL Chester Pitts
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
DE E.J. Wilson

Chicago
S Major Wright
CB Joshua Moore
RB Kahlil Bell
LB Lance Briggs
OL Roberto Garza
DE Charles Grant
DT Marcus Harrison

Todd Collins is the third quarterback.

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Lynch a ‘Hawk

The Seahawks acquired 2008 AFC Pro Bowl Running Back Marshawn Lynch for a 2011 4th-round draft pick and a 2012 conditional draft pick.

Lynch is expected to get right into action with the Seahawks according to Head Coach Pete Carroll. Lynch has played in four games- starting three of this year piling up stats of 164-yards and a fumble.

Julius Jones was not at Seahawks training facility today.

The Seahawks also re-signed OG Chester Pitts today.

I will have more on the Lynch trade later on in the night.

Brett weighs in on the trade:
The more I sit back and think about the trade the more I like it. The Seahawks were able to add a hard nose back who will not only compliment Justin Forsett he will give them the most talented back they have had since Shawn Alexander. This move is clearly sticking to the “win now” philosophy and should help take some pressure of the passing game. I see much better things to come as far as the running game is concerned this season. Not just Lynch but having Okung back really increases the running potential.