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2012 moments in time: Seattle Seahawks second quarter report card

Grades Are In

The Seattle Seahawks went 2-2 during the first quarter of the season.  As I expected, they split the games in the second quarter of the season as well.

After the first half of the season, the 4-4 Seahawks are tied for 7th place in the NFC and are 3rd place in the NFC West.

Here is how they got there:

At Carolina

Seattle won 16-12

Despite having seven penalties and three turnovers, the Seahawks pulled off their first win on the road of the 2012 season.

The defense dominated the air as well as the ground.  Carolina was only able to manage 190 yards of total offense.  The only touchdown the Panthers scored was an interception off a Russell Wilson poorly thrown ball.

Canada Day

Sidney Rice

Seattle played an impressive game against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of the season. Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Seattle beat the Patriots 24-23, at CenturyLink Field.

Russell Wilson had the best game of his young career at home versus one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.  It couldn’t have come at a better time, because Marshawn Lynch had his least productive game since last October.

Jon Ryan became the first punter to average 60 yards per punt, with a minimum of 4 attempts, since 1946.  Jon, a native to Canada, picked the perfect day to accomplish the feat.

Defensively, the Seahawks did what they needed to do to win.  Bobby Wagner had the best game of his career and both Earl Thomas and Richard Shermanintercepted Tom Brady passes.  Of course, they came after Earl had already dropped two interceptions earlier in the game.

The game will most notably be remembered for the photo that Richard Sherman tweeted after the game.  In case you didn’t see it, the photo was of him and Tom Brady, after the game, with the caption “U Mad Bro?”.

Richard took the photo down after persuasion from Seahawks media relations.

At San Francisco

Seattle lost 6-13.

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What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

Five things to watch

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.

Seahawks Pete Carroll Head Coach What to watch for? Seahawks second 4 game stretch of the season

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”.

Offensive Line

Seahawks MMQB: Rough start in Arizona, Seattle lose 20-16

My Take

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.

Play Calling

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.

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Seahawks Player Grades Regular Season 2011-5

Seahawks Player Grades from the Giants game.



First of all let me apologize for not getting the grades done like usually. I have been very sick and unable to sit at the computer to type them out.

I was able to do all the game notes and I have all the information I would normally put out but I think in the interest of getting the grades out I will post the actual grade for every player and if I get a request about why a players grade is what it is I will add to this post.

Thank you all for your patience.

The last grade I gave out was the quarterbacks so I will start here with the running backs


Running Back


1) Leon Washington (A-)

Last week he led the running backs with a B+

2) Marshawn Lynch (B+)

Last week C+

3) Justin Forsett (B-)

Last week B

4) Michael Robinson (C+)

Last week C-


He did a very nice job on special teams while blocking on punt returns and getting downfield in a hurry on a kick return and getting in on a tackle inside the Giants 15-yard line.


He ran into the back of his own player and fumbled the ball near the giants goal line. Darrell Bevell should have never handed him the ball three straight times but it is his job to hold onto the ball every time his number is called.


Wide Receiver


1) Doug Baldwin (A+)

Last week he led the receivers with an A-

2) Ben Obomanu (B+)

Last week B

3) Sidney Rice and Golden Tate (B)

Last week Sidney had a C+ and Golden did not receive a grade.


Tight End


1) Zach Miller (C+)

Last week B

His grade was extremely limited this week because he was injured on the Seahawks seventh offensive play.

2) Anthony McCoy (F+)

Last week C+



Defensive Line


1) Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons (A+)

Last week: Brandon had a B+ and Chris had a B-

3) Alan Branch (A)

Last week he led the unit with an A

4) Red Bryant (A-)

Last week C

5) Raheem Brock and Clinton McDonald (B-)

Last week; Raheem B+ and Clinton an A-

7) Anthony Hargrove (C+)

Last week he was last of the defensive line with a C-

8) Al Woods and Jameson Konz (C)

This was the first week either player was graded.





1) KJ Wright (B+)

KJ Wright has almost perfect coverage on Tony Gonzalez. Photo by Brett Bivens

Last week C+

2) Leroy Hill and David Vobora (C+)

Last week: Leroy C+ and David was signed on October 4th.

4) David Hawthorne (C)

Last week D+

5) Aaron Curry (D-)

Last week he led the linebackers with a B-



Defensive Back



1) Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman (B+)

Last week: Brandon C and Richard led the corners with a C+

3) Walter Thurmond (B)

Last week he was not graded

4) Kennard Cox (B-)

Last week D-


1) Kam Chancellor (A+)

Last week Atari Bigby started in his place due to injury

2) Earl Thomas (B+)

Last week C+

3) Jeron Johnson (B-)

Last week he led all safeties with a B-

4) Atari Bigby (C-)

Last week D+



Football Is Finally Here

Image designed and provided by Ryan Gray

Several months ago there was no certainty that we would be playing this or any other game in 2011. The safer bet was that the owners and players would figure something out and make sure the season wasn’t lost. Now here we are today knowing that this game will in fact take place along with every other game for the next ten years.

As soon as an agreement was reached things got pretty crazy, well actually the first day teams were allowed to contact players was pretty slow but after that it picked up and was crazy for the next several days. Teams had very little time to prepare for this game and play will most likely be more sloppy then we are used to.

The Seahawks have completely revamped the offense that ranked 28th in the NFL last season.

During the offseason they added Tom Cable as the new offensive line/assistant head coach. They used the draft to add RT James Carpenter and RG John Miffitt both of whom are know for being aggressive offensive lineman who excel in run blocking and have a streak of nasty in them and picked up LG Robert Gallery (who played for Cable in Oakland) in free agency. Words I have heard used to describe him: Aggressive, mean, nasty, tough. Landing Gallery was a big move in free agency because he is able to add some experience to a very young line. The other four guys have a combine 27 games in the NFL and most of those are from Max Unger playing RG not his current position at Center. These moves were made to improve the leagues 31st ranked rushing offense.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider weren’t happy just changing the running game they knew much more needed to be fix. They fired Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates and hired former Vikings OC Darrell Bevell to replace him. After the lockout the front office decided to part ways with FA Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and sign former Viking QB Tarvaris Jackson. Those were not the only things Seattle would take from the Vikings because a few days later the Seahawks Signed former Vikings Pro Bowl Receiver Sidney Rice. Adding one Pro Bowl caliber Receiver in his prime can really bolster a teams but how about adding a Pro Bowl Tight End to the mix? Thats what they did when they signed Raiders Free Agent TE Zach Miller. These moves should improve the leagues 19th ranked passing offense.

The majority of the starting players on Defense will be familiar faces from a year ago. Some have changed positions like Brandon Mebane and Davide Hawthorne and some will be new to the starting lineup like Kam Chancellor and possible Walt Thurmond if he can beat out Kelly Jennings for CB#2.

Here is a Guide of Rookies and additions to the team

Offense                                                                                 Defense

#75 RT James Carpenter (1st team)   Rookie                   #99 DT Alan Branch (1st team)

#74 RG John Moffitt (1st team)  Rookie                          #65 DE Jimmy Wilkerson (2nd team)

#72 LG Robert Gallery (1st team)                                     #53 OLB Malcolm Smith (2nd team) Rookie

#86 TE Zach Miller (1st team)                                            #50 KJ Wright (2nd team) Rookie

#18 WR Sidney Rice (1st team)                                         #25 CB Richard Sherman (2nd team) Rookie

#7   QB Tarvaris Jackson (1st team)                                  #37 CB Brandon Browner (2nd team)

#67 LG Paul McQuistan (2nd team)                                  #30 FS Mark Legree (2nd team) Rookie

#68 RT Breno Giacomini (2nd team)                                 #97 DT Ryan Sims (2nd team)

#48 FB Ryan Travis (2nd team) Rookie                             #69 DT Jay Alford (3rd team)

#84 WR Kris Durham (3rd team) Rookie                          #96 DE Pierre Allen (3rd team) Rookie

#62 C  Brent Osborne (3rd team) Rookie                         #42 OLB Neal Howey (3rd team) Rookie

#77 RG Zach Hurd (3rd team) Rookie                               #55 OLB Mike Morgan (3rd team) Rookie

#69 RT Caz Piurowski (3rd team)                                      #35 SS Jeron Johnson (3rd team) Rookie

#15 WR Doug Baldwin (3rd team) Rookie                       #38 FS Ricky Thenarse (3rd team) Rookie

#13 QB Josh Portis (3rd team) Rookie                             #41 CB Byron Maxwell Rookie

#43 Dorson Boyce (3rd team) Rookie                              #93 DE Lazerius Levingston Rookie

#2  Ricardo Lockette Rookie                                               #44 Jesse Hoffman Rookie

#40 RB Chase Reynolds Rookie


What I’m watching for in this game

I want to see power out of the O-line in the running game. I don’t need to see perfection just ability.

Tarvaris Jackson and Max Unger making clean exchanges.

Tarvaris Making good decisions and keeping the ball down.

Seeing what Josh Portis looks like in action.

Seeing if Ricardo Lockette can really use that speed to stretch the field how he uses the speed in Special Teams duties.

To see what Alan Branch and Brandon Mebane can do in the middle of the D-line

Improvement in young DB’s Thomas, Chancellor, and Thurmond


Position Battles








Notes for 2/26/11

I will be kicking off my annual Free Agency tradition by calling in a friend of mine’s radio show The Mud Show tonight at 9:05 Western Time. For those wanting to listen to the show here’s the link:

We will be discussing the expiring CBA and Free Agency and what everything means for the Seahawks and the NFL. Should be a good listen and hoping to get a nice turnout!

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Notes for 2/26/11

John Schneider made some announcements Friday that will begin to answer a few big questions many Seahawks fans have this off season.
The biggest question has got to be ‘what are they going to do at quarterback?’ and more specifically what is going to happen with Matt Hasselbeck? On Friday John made it clear that the organization and Matt’s camp have been communicating and that talks are “Going well”. This is truly a case where both sides want the relationship to continue and both parties are better off staying together so, it is just a matter of reaching a contract that works for both. I would not be surprised to see something done before the March 3rd deadline. If a deal is not reached he would become a Free agent and could sign with any other team when free agency starts (date dependent upon the new CBA).
Schneider also let it be known that he has contacted the representatives for soon to be free agent DT Brandon Mebane. He is a player many Seahawks fans wanted to see the franchise tag placed on and he is a good young player but certainly not worth top 5 money. This one could go either way and he is certain to be a hot commodity when free agency begins if he reaches the open market.
The Seahawks will not be looking at the WR position any differently despite the switch from Jeremy Bates to Darrell Bevell at Offensive Coordinator, but with Tom Cable becoming the new Offensive Line Coach the team would be willing to add bigger offensive lineman. I can think of one ‘bigger’ offensive lineman who is a soon to be free agent and would make a nice addition to the line who has a strong connection to Tom, Robert Gallery.

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