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Before the season started, I would have been more than happy with a 2-2 record. Of course, I would have assumed the Seattle Seahawks beat the Cardinals and the Rams. Instead, Seattle lost those both of those games, but they did defeat the Cowboys and the Packers, at home.
No matter how you slice it, the Seahawks have a record of .500, and last place in the NFC West.
Who would have thought the division, who had a 7-9 Seahawks team win it two years before, would become the best division in football.
So much has been made of the performance of Russell Wilsonthis week. Yes, he is the starting quarterback, there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with the position.
Personally, I think the 12th man has been a little hard on the young man. I am not going to waste everyone’s time by stating the reasons why I believe that in this piece, but if you haven’t seen my opinion, or would like a refresher, click the link to the “Player Spotlight” piece I wrote on Wilson this week.
With all that said, or not said, I do want to see some improvement from him during the next four games.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on.
Far too often, Russell Wilson is missing wide open receivers. As most of you probably know, I was a proponent of letting him sit on the bench, behind Matt Flynn, for a year so that he could learn the pro game.
If he doesn’t start making more correct reads, I think that is exactly where he will end up.
Pete Carroll is a very tough man to get a good read on. On a personal level, I like the guy, but I would never play poker with him.
Honestly, I think Pete is putting himself in position to switch quarterbacks at any time.
It will be interesting to see if Wilson will be able to move the offense well enough to remain the teams starter, or if Pete will decide that it is time to try to “Win with Flynn”.
Starting right guards could be OUT Sunday
Here’s Brett’s weekly NFL injury rundown…
For the Seattle Seahawks, starting right guard, John Moffitt, is out with a knee injury. That is actually a downgrade from his doubtful designation last week. John has been unable to practice for the last two weeks.
There is nothing to indicate that there has been a set back in Moffitt’s recovery.
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Russell Wilson has gone from cheers to jeers in the last couple of weeks.
If you watched those two videos, then you have heard just about everything I could write about his past.
Instead, I am going to focus on what he has done in the NFL, and what we can take from it moving forward. I want to throw some numbers out at you, eight quarterback, the first four starts in the NFL for each of them, please take a moment to study them before you scroll down.
“When you check back on this draft 10 years later he’ll of had a very good career.” – Jon Gruden at QB Camp on #Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
For fun, look at these numbers and decide which quarterback you would start, then decide who you would bench.
- 80/131 61% 999-yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions
- 65/141 46% 831-yards, 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
- 74/125 59% 892-yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions
- 87/124 70% 1,088-yards, 5 touchdown and 2 interceptions
- 60/100 60% 594-yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
- 57/96 59% 604-yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions
- 81/146 55% 992-yards, 3 touchdown and 11 interceptions
- 59/114 52% 637-yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Another one slipped away
Seattle Seahawks 13, St. Louis Rams 19
When: 10:00 AM PST, Sunday, September 30, 2012
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
The Ghost of 10:00 AM strikes again.
The Rams showed up to the stadium ready play on Sunday, the Seahawks never really showed up.
I have to tip my cap to the entire Rams organization on their victory. The Seahawks didn’t play well, they were not well coached, but that should not take away from the fact that the Rams came to play on Sunday, and they did what they needed to do to get the big win.
Now, I am left sitting here trying to pick through the crap fest of a game on Sunday to find 5 stand out players. Spoiler alert, none of them will be from the offensive passing game.
Marshawn Lynch #24
For the second time in the last three games, Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100-yards.
Marshawn now leads all running backs in the NFL with 423-yards through the first 4 games.
Marshawn Lynch had a big game against St. Louis, continuing his impressive streak of play in 2012 (Photo: Seattlepi.com)
On Monday, Lynch added 118-yards rushing and 37-yards receiving to his season totals. He scored the only offensive touchdown of the game, by either team. Add it all up, Marshawn accounted for 49% of the Seahawks offensive yards and 46% of the teams points. How could I not include him? More…
The better team won
I should re-phrase that, the team that played better on Sunday won. Hats off to the St. Louis Rams for the big divisional win. The Rams coaching staff put together a great game plan that put the team in position to win.
The players executed the plan and that is why they won. On the other side of the field, the Seattle Seahawks entered the Edward Jones Dome like they expected the Rams to roll over and concede.
There is no doubt the Seahawks are a running offense.
Despite the fact that teams are loading the box, the Seahawks offensive line group is opening lanes for Marshawn Lynch to run through on a consistent basis. For the second time in three games, Marshawn ran over 100-yard (118). Lynch’s 155 all-purpose yards were just 5-yards shy off Russell Wilson‘s passing yards for the game.
Once again, Russell had trouble finding wide open receivers. At this point I am starting to question wether he is missing them because he is a rookie, or if he is missing them because he is too short.
Case in point:
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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.