Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, info, interviews, analysis --  from around the interwebs.

This amateur thinks the Seahawks can't win with Tarvaris Jackson - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Yesterday at 710Sports.com, Dave Wyman wrote a heart-warming story, professing his unconditional support of Tarvaris Jackson. Like so many other excuse-makers for the Seahawks' new quarterback, Wyman talked about Jackson's solid completion percentage despite the lack of protection. He talked about the number of times that Jackson's been sacked and hit. He also referenced the absence of a running game, which makes it even more difficult to generate an aerial attack. So don't blame Jackson for the Seahawks' losses to San Francisco and Pittsburgh, Wyman wrote, because if you do, you're basically a know-nothing amateur.

Cable on run game: "We’re close" | Seahawks Insider - "We’re close." That’s the feeling of Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, along with offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable. Both emphasized the need for their players to continue to push, as the Seahawks try to improve on one of the worst offense in the league statistically after two games. "A breakthrough is really just around the corner for us so I expect it sometime soon," Cable said. And so how do you get that breakthrough? Does it take one explosive play? "I think getting a couple in a row," Cable said. "You know, ‘Boom’ there’s a seven yarder. ‘Boom’, there’s another seven yarder, and it’s like okay, the light comes on."

Beanie Wells' physical running vs. Seattle - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Arizona Cardinals knew they were going to need a breakthrough season from Beanie Wells after trading Tim Hightower and placing Ryan Williams on injured reserve. Beanie Wells Up the Middle Category 2010 2011 Rush yards 134 97 Avg. 2.9 6.9 1st down pct. 17.0 35.7 TD 2 1 Wells, the Cardinals' first-round choice in 2009, has delivered through two games as the team's starting running back. Wells has 183 yards, two touchdowns and a 5.7-yard average. It's early to start making projections, but at his current pace, Wells would finish the season with 1,464 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

Some teams grading Coples back at DT - CBSSports.com - Considering the rare blend of size, power and speed that Quenton Coples demonstrated in 2010 while at defensive tackle, many assumed that the North Carolina Tar Heel would be able to duplicate -- or even improve -- as a senior when allowed to move back outside to his more "natural" defensive end position. So far, it hasn't happened and that fact is leading some NFL teams to switch their projection from defensive end back to defensive tackle. "Look, I'm not saying he can't play outside," one high-ranking team official told me recently. "But he isn't a quick-twitch pass rusher and why would you invest that type of draft pick into a left defensive end? You wouldn't. Many 4-3 teams are going to eventually move him inside to defensive tackle. He can give you a pass rush there and is so big and strong, he'll be fine against the run."

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Explosive Plays Go *POOF* - Pete Carroll has made mention of "opening up the offense" and the lack of "explosive plays" a few times following the shutout loss to Pittsburgh. Explosive plays are defined differently by various sources, but most would agree the minimum yardage for an explosive play is 20. Some analysts will say a pass play must be 40+ yards to be explosive, while a running play only needs to be 20+ yards. Knowing how hard yardage has been to come by for the Seahawks, let's stick to a 20-yard minimum across the board. With that in mind, take a guess how many plays of 20+ yards the Seahawks have through eight quarters? Don't look it up. Just guess.

NFL says it will monitor fake injuries, but how? - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - Asked about the issue during his Wednesday press conference, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who's been around long enough to know, said that it wouldn't be anywhere near the first time. "I think it's legit — they saw something and they're on it," Carroll said. There was a time, though … there was a time. That's not the first time that's ever happened in football [laughs]. When we used to play against Buffalo in the old days with the 'K-Gun' [no-huddle] offense, guys were going down, and that happened before. I've seen it happen … they were snapping the ball every 17 seconds, and every once in a while, guys got those '17-second cramps.' I think the fact that two guys went down on one play — that was a little telling. So, as they tried to compete at that moment, they got nailed." But did Carroll ever have a player ever suddenly afflicted by "17-second cramps?" "Ohhh … that may have happened a couple times."

The real McCoy - Given a chance to play linebacker in the nickel and short-yardage defenses, special teams standout Matt McCoy has not only been playing but making plays for the Seahawks.

Week 3 shines light on NFC West moves - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Kelly Jennings to Cincinnati: The Seattle Seahawks traded Jennings to the Bengals in part because they wanted to get bigger at cornerback. They were tired of seeing Jennings struggle more than a bigger corner might against Larry Fitzgerald and other big receivers. With Jennings gone, 6-foot-4 corner Brandon Browner will get his first look at Fitzgerald in Week 3. Jennings, meanwhile, will not have to worry about facing the San Francisco 49ers' biggest receiver, Braylon Edwards, this weekend. Edwards will miss the 49ers-Bengals game and possibly others after undergoing knee surgery, coach Jim Harbaugh announced. Jennings missed the opener with a hamstring injury and did not factor statistically in Week 2.

9/21: Time for Tarvaris Jackson to air it out? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - In Wednesday's Wrap Up video, Brock and Salk discuss whether or not the Seahawks would be better off if Tarvaris Jackson plays more aggressively on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: On My Mind...Week Three 2011 - This is an occasional series of thought fragments that either the early stages of a full post concept, or just bits of information that do not warrant a full write-up. It is also an invitation to share things running through your Seahawk Brain at the moment. 

Prospect of the day: Washington DT Alameda Ta’amu | National Football Post - DT Alameda Ta’amu: No. 74 (6-3, 335) A massive presence inside, possesses elite natural width and girth through his lower half, but doesn’t look soft at all, as he carries his weight very well. Displays the ability to sit into his stance, keeps his base under him and generate a snap off the football. At times gets a bit upright doubles over at the waste into blocks in order to stay low, but he can gain natural leverage bending at the knees. Doesn’t have the initial quickness to threaten gaps off the football and penetrate. However, for his size displays a good initial burst, gets into blockers quickly and does a nice job getting under the pad level of opposing blockers and using his hands to gain leverage and fight his way through contact.

Target Watch: Week 3 - Targets and Touches - Rotoworld.com - Ben Obomanu 6 (12), Mike Williams 3 (8), Anthony McCoy 3 (6), Justin Forsett 3 (8), Golden Tate 2 (7), Zach Miller 2 (6), Doug Baldwin 2 (8), Marshawn Lynch 2 (4), Leon Washington 1 (3) There isn’t one Seahawk player that should be owned in a 12-team fantasy football league.

Re-Focused - Seahawks @ Steelers, Week 2 | ProFootballFocus.com 1)   Tall cornerbacks are a good idea, right? Pete Carroll is said to love tall CBs, well he just got a pretty lengthy presentation of why the rest of the league isn’t quite so wild on the idea. Tall and strong is all well and good when dealing with one type of receiver, but it makes it very tough to run and move with smaller, quick receivers, the type the Steelers have. Brandon Browner was thrown at ten times and he allowed a reception every single time, for 194 yards and a touchdown and a PFF grade of -5.9, which is as bad as I can remember any CB scoring. This was as poor a performance as you’re going to see from a corner, who regularly lined up as if to press receivers, but then didn’t bother actually getting a jam on them before trying to bail deep. Whether that’s a schematic problem or something Browner was doing on his own, it’s got to be fixed, and fast.

NFL.com news: Divisional games, tests for upstarts highlight Week 3 - Why to watch: Well, it is a divisional game and the Seahawks did win the NFC West last year. But Seattle has nothing going whatsoever on offense and not much on defense, and at least the Cardinals have a passing game. Kevin Kolb has been very solid for them, with little fanfare. Inside slant: Given the state of Seattle's offensive line, I have to think Darnell Dockett is licking his chops. Could be some serious matchup issues there. I'd be moving the big man all over the place. Rating: Finger sandwich

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Cover-2: Reality Checks - The Value of Continuity Seattle Seahawks 0 at Pittsburgh Steelers 24 "You’s a corn-fed fool with a lot of muscle mass ... but it’s time for Bullhorn to get up in that ass!" – Byron Minns, "Black Dynamite" Offensive line continuity is one of those nebulous concepts that one can use to forward different kinds of arguments. It's an easy sell, because it makes sense -- you're better off with linemen who have worked together, because you're trying to execute a combination of base violence and complicated line dancing on most plays.

Data sets don't really reveal much when trying to prove or disprove this hypothesis (though some will try when the results don't favor their teams in ways they'd prefer), you really have to look at tape and try to have a basic idea of what people are supposed to be doing before you can start picking it apart. "Well, this guy was out of place because he's never executed this line call before!" While there's no question that Ben Muth could speak to this much better than I (or most anybody else) could ... well, sometimes, it isn't hard to figure out why you're getting your butt kicked.

Seattle Seahawks: 5 Defensive Improvements for Week 3 | Bleacher Report - Seattle's loss in Pittsburgh wasn't unexpected. However, after giving up 421 yards of offense to the Steelers, it's clear the Seahawks' defense is not as strong as they appeared in Week 1. The Steelers are one of the more dynamic offenses in the league when clicking on all cylinders. Seattle had opportunities to slow down Pittsburgh's attack, they just couldn't convert.  Improving on defense is a must heading into the home-opener, especially if they want the full support of the 12th man.

I’m In " The Matchups Zone - Let’s face it–Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was more than a little depressing. It was one of those games that seems over long before the end of the fourth quarter, but at the same time seems to take a very long time to actually end.  As fans we were torn between watching (in hopes of something–anything that looks and feels like the momentum required to formulate a comeback) and doing something equally productive; like being swept up in a crowd of knee-jerk game experts who cannot see their hubris through their hyperbole. As the final seconds expired this last Sunday, I felt unsettled.

Seahawks' offense is a work in progress | HeraldNet.com - Sports - This could take a while. The Seattle Seahawks offense, which has been almost entirely overhauled since head coach Pete Carroll took over in January of 2009, was clearly going to be a work in progress this season. But what has become apparent over the past two weekends is that progress is happening even slower than expected. "Yes, I thought we would be able to move a lot faster," Carroll conceded. "... We know that they're going in the right direction. We know that they're going to be good. They're going to be really good. It's just a matter of time."

Story time: Arizona’s defense might be in trouble | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - Here’s what they’re talking about in Phoenix on a Wednesday morning, other than the fact that it’s actually still summer down there … – Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals defense isn’t quite in panic mode — yet. But their performance the first two weeks of the season is certainly cause for concern:

Seahawks Blog | Too early for a tipping point | Seattle Times Newspaper - A 1-2 start is a hole a team has to dig out of while an 0-3 start is a pit that's more like a trap. That's what I expected to find anyway when I started looking up what Seattle's franchise history said about the difference between starting a season 1-2 compared to 0-3.

Seahawks.com Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON The defense. This has been the Seahawks’ best unit during the team’s 0-2 start, but then there’s not a lot of competition with the offense being shut out in six of the eight quarters they’ve played and the special teams allowing a 102-yard kickoff return and punts returns of 55, 41 and 31 yards in two games. But the defense is allowing an average of 315 yards to rank 10th in the league, compared to 191.5 for the 32nd-ranked offense. The defense also has been on the field for roughly 70 of the 120 minutes in the first two games, including almost 40 in Sunday’s loss to the Steelers.

A twin peek - With left guard Robert Gallery sidelined by a groin injury, the Seahawks will turn to Paul McQuistan for Sunday's home opener – and his twin brother, Pat, will be at CenturyLink Field to watch him.

Seahawks know the score | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - The Arizona Cardinals could be just what the struggling Seattle Seahawks offense needs. The Cardinals, who play at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, are ranked No. 29 overall in total defense, giving up 466 yards a contest. And they’ve been shredded by Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton (422 yards, two touchdowns) and a journeyman, Washington’s Rex Grossman (291 yards, two touchdowns), in back-to-back weeks. At 0-2, the Seahawks can use any advantage they can get. Seattle is worst in the league in average total yards per game (191.5) and average rushing yards per game (47.5) and second-worst in scoring (8.5 points per contest).

Seahawks Blog | Left guard remains the Seahawks' Black Hole | Seattle Times Newspaper - Robert Gallery was the exception to Seattle's emphasis upon youth. He was on the other side of 30, and he had already played seven seasons. But he was the veteran voice Seattle felt it needed on its offensive line, and someone who could stabilize the position that has been a black hole for the previous five seasons.

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