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At 5’10″, on stilts, and about 200 pounds, soaking wet wearing sponges, he looks out of place when the defense is in the huddle.
Don’t let that fool you. . .
Once the ball is snapped Earl uses his great instincts to get himself into possition to be around the football. Then, Thomas uses his 4.4 speed to close on the ball quickly.
When the ball comes down, Thomas is usually the first to meet it. Not because he’s taller, but because the young man can jump. I’m just saying, he wouldn’t be rejected when trying to dunk the football over the cross-bar like some people in the division.
Vernon, please don’t get angry, you’ll always have your jump shot.
To dunk or not to dunk, that is the question
Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Once the ball is snapped Earl uses his great instincts… (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
On Monday morning, just hours before the Seahawks took on the Packers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, Earl Thomas‘ significant other, Nina “Colada” (as she refers to herself on her twitter page) went into labor.
Earl was faced with two choices; Should he stay with Nina and welcome his new daughter into the world, or should he join his teammates, in front of a national audience, to take on the heavily favored Green Bay Packers? More…
A wild finish
Seattle Seahawks 14, Green Bay 12
When: 5:30 PST, Monday, September 24, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Bad calls all the way around.
As I am writing this the news is breaking that the NFL and NFLRA (Referee Association) have reached an agreement. The real refs will be back for tonight’s game in Baltimore.
This will end all of the complaining about bad calls right? Fat chance, but I am very happy they have reached an agreement and we can now move on.
It looks like the referees, which is a part-time profession, will receive $173,000 dollars per season, according to Pete Prisco’s twitter account.
Here then are my Five Seahawks who impressed against the Packers Monday night.
Jon Ryan #9
When the lights were on, and the Seattle Seahawks needed it the most, Jon Ryan delivered a couple booming kicks, including a 73-yard punt that was muffed.
That punt was the longest in the league this year.
Of course, it is still well shy of the NFL record 98-yard punt by Steve O’Neal back in 1969. Ryan is currently ranked 7th in the league for punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and 4th in the league for average return against.
Both of those stats are attributed to Jon and an outstanding punt coverage team.
Speaking of joint effort, the punt unit has the second best net punt average in the NFL.
Ryan is currently ranked 7th in the league for punts downed inside the 20-yard line
Bruce Irvin #51
The Day After
Obviously, everyone is talking about the final offensive play of the game between the Packers and theSeattle Seahawks. Was it a touchdown? Was it an interception?
I’ll add in my two cents, but first I would like to shed light on something that has been lost in all of the commotion.
When you remove all of the controversy of bad calls, you are left with an outstanding football game, and I just have to say, “How Bout That Defense?”
Defense Ruled The Day
The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers played a defensive battle on Monday Night Football atCenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.
Chris Clemons’ had four sacks in the first half. (Photo John Lok SeattleTimes.com)
How about Earl Thomas even showing up to play? His first born, daughter Kaleigh, came into this world about 15 minutes before kick off.
This morning Earl Tweeted:
“My baby girl will be born today…she knew daddy has a big game tonight she didn’t wanna miss it…”
Seahawks first round draft pick, Bruce Irvin, had two sacks under the lights Monday. Bruce now leads all rookies in sacks.
Packers/Seahawks Week 3
Having an extra day this week to heal up was advantageous for both teams.
Last week Frank Omiyale filled in brilliantly for Okung, yet it’s always good to have your starting left tackle back in the game.
Both players (Martin and Okung) have been full participation in practice all week.
We all know Sidney Rice has trouble staying healthy, so giving him Saturday off should be of no concern.
I am willing to bet that we see Rice getting days off throughout the season, as Pete Carroll tries to avoid over taxing the fragile body of his most explosive receiver. Marshawn Lynchis on the injury list for the third consecutive week due to his back spasms, nevertheless, for the third consecutive week he’ll get the majority of the carries.
Charly Martin is no Doug Baldwin…
Zach Miller was listed as questionable last week due to his foot injury, this week he is listed as probable, so there is not reason to think he will miss the Monday Night Football game.
Though Doug feels like he will be able to play, head coachPete Carroll confirmed that Charly Martin will fill in as the slot receiver if Baldwin has to remain on the sidelines.
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Some people feel lucky to be drafted once, Golden Tate has been drafted three times. Twice in baseball (2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2010 by the San Francisco Giants), and of course, he was selected 60th overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft.
While attending Notre Dame, Golden Tate had a very good college football career. In 2009, Tate was selected to be a unanimous All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award.
The list of winners is pretty impressive and includes names like; Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.
During the 18 years the Biletnikoff Award has been handed out, only 4 players who earned it were drafted lower then Tate.
In College, Golden Tateused his superior athleticism to make plays. He never worried about mundane things such as route running or film study. In the NFL it doesn’t matter how athletic or how fast you are, everyone is fast and athletic. More. . .
Team effort leads to win
Seattle 27, Dallas 7
When: 1:05 PST, Sunday, September 16, 2012
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
I guarantee that there are a lot of Dallas players who spent Monday in the Cowboys training facility, or a massage parlor, trying to recover from getting their butts handed to them.
Marshawn Lynch #24
Despite nursing a back injury, that has limited him in practice, Marshawn has the second most carries in the NFL (47).
Sunday, Lynch gashed the Cowboys defense for 122-yards on 26-carries and capped the day off with his first touchdown of the season. It looks like Marshawn is starting the season right where he left off at the end of last year.
Malcolm Smith #53
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Last season, heading into training camp, Doug Baldwin was simply hoping to make the final roster. Coming out of Stanford, it was easy to see that the young receiver was extremely talented, unfortunately, for his wallet, and fortunately, for the Seattle Seahawks, Doug didn’t have the “measurables”.
He’s not extremely fast, he is extremely short, and although he put up good numbers in college, teams were unsure how that would transfer to the NFL.
After the draft Doug Baldwin was a hot commodity.
I feel confident saying there are 31 other teams that wished they drafted Baldwin.
Though teams were unwilling to spend a draft pick in hopes his game would translate, many were willing to spend money to acquire him (in the form of a rookie free agent signing bonus, part of the undrafted free agent program of the new CBA).
What a difference a year makes
Seattle offered Doug a $17,500 signing bonus, and he took it.
What a steal for the Seahawks, not only was he the 41st ranked receiver by the end of the season, he also led Seattle in receiving yards.
I feel fairly confident saying there are 31 other teams that wished they had used a draft pick on him. Baldwin former head coach at Stanford, current 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh went as far as to admit it.
In an article on the Tacoma News Tribune’s website Eric Williams quoted Harbaugh: More. . .
I don’t think many of us, if any, expected the game we saw on Sunday. Other than the Seattle Seahawks forcing a fumble, and the subsequent recovery, the Cardinals owned the Seahawks during the first half.
The rough start in the game led to a rough start for the season as the Seahawks fell to the Cardinals 16-20.
For the second straight regular season game, I am heartbroken by the hands of the Cardinals.
Lets dive right in to the Seahawks MMQB.
It’s easy to look at the play calling and blame Darrell Bevell, however, I have to shift it to Pete Carroll. Carroll chose to start a rookie 3rd round draft pick, on the road game, in a hostel environment, against a team that gets after opposing quarterbacks.
Pete gave Darrell no choice but to formulate a game plan that would help shelter Russell Wilson from his inexperience.
I would say Bevell’s biggest mistake was keeping Russell Wilson in the pocket near the goal line. I feel like the Cardinals defense had been set up perfectly, during the course of the game, for a roll out to open up a receiver.
Russell Wilson had a very successful game in my opinion. If you look at his numbers, 18/34, 53% completion rate, 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, they are very similar to that of Tarvaris Jackson’s two games against the Cardinals last season.