PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sacked by Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks during the game on September 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks 24-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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NFP Friday Forecast | National Football Post - Our special contributors break down Week 3 in the NFL and give you the inside info on impact injuries, the "X-Factor" and something that might surprise you on game day.
Winning Away " The Matchups Zone - Having been a fan of the Seattle Seahawks long enough to remember Jack Patera walking the sidelines of the Kingdome, and whether as part of the AFC West or NFC West, the Seahawks have always been a team that leans heavily on playing at home. The road–well, that is a different story entirely. I looked back at some statistics (going back to 1976) but to be honest, our record on the road is entirely too depressing to list, year by painful year. There have been some exceptions and there is no doubt that there have been some huge road wins. But even the 2005 season (our best ever) each of the regular season losses (Jacksonville, Washington, and Green Bay) occurred on the road. Some will argue that the Green Bay game should not fully count as we were resting players for the coming playoffs, but even if you throw that game out, you are still left with two games lost, both on the road.
Aaron Curry and the 2009 draft disaster - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - I remember working the NFL draft in 2009 on 710 ESPN with Mike Salk and Clare Farnsworth like it was yesterday. I was thrilled when Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell took Aaron Curry with the No. 4 pick of the draft. He was going to join Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill and make the Seahawks linebackers the 2009 version of "The Dome Patrol." Yesterday's news that Aaron Curry's job is up for grabs is certainly not a reason to eulogize his career, but who would've thought that three short years later, a fourth-round rookie from Mississippi State, K.J. Wright, would be challenging Curry for his job. Add this to the list of evidence that supports the theory that the NFL draft really is a bit of a crapshoot and that talent evaluation at the NFL level is far from an exact science.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals: 5 Keys to a Seattle Victory | Bleacher Report - The 0-2 Seahawks begin their home schedule versus division rival Arizona, looking to get their season back on track and keep pace in the division. A win potentially puts Seattle in a tie for first, a loss puts them at 0-2 in the division and deeper into the early-season hole. Urgency is the theme for the Seahawks this week—fully aware of their situation and hoping that playing at home can temporarily help remedy the problems. Coming off of a disappointing one-point road loss, the 1-1 Cardinals are playing their first division game and looking to steal a win in a stadium where they are 3-6 since 2002; they lost 22-10 in 2010, after turning the ball over five times. Arizona comes to Seattle with a new quarterback, new defensive coordinator and new faces on both sides of the ball. Their goal is to gain an early lead in the division. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks understand this is a must-win game and are motivated by playing at home.
Seahawks.com Blog | Friday in Hawkville " - Alan Branch. No one has to remind the Seahawks’ new three-technique defensive tackle who the opponent is in Sunday’s home opener. Branch was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals and played for them the past four seasons before signing with the Seahawks on July 29. Sunday, when he starts his third game for the Seahawks, Branch will equal his four-year total with the Cardinals. "If anyone told you this isn’t a big deal, they’d be lying," Branch said with a slight smile. "Of course it’s a big deal. I used to play with them. There’s still a lot guys on that team I’m friends with. So you want to do well against them."
Branch is doing very well with his new team. Coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley have praised Branch for his efforts on a Seahawks defense that ranks 10th in the league despite the team’s 0-2 start. Branch has five tackles to share the lead among the linemen with defensive end Chris Clemons.
Seahawks Blog | Wide receiver Sidney Rice almost certain to play | Seattle Times Newspaper - Wide receiver Sidney Rice was listed as probable for the Seahawks, which makes him a virtual certainty to start his first game for the Seahawks. Rice missed Seattle's final exhibition game and the first two regular-season games because of a shoulder injury.
Pete Carroll angrily refutes report of friction in Seahawks’ front office - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - A Friday morning report from Pro Football Weekly publisher Hub Arkush and senior editor Eric Edholm has caused quite the ripple effect in the Pacific Northwest. Arkush and Edholm reported that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider "could be on rocky ground." "Carroll is very unhappy with a lot of the moves that Schneider has made," Arkush said in the report, referring to the acquisitions of former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson(notes) and receiver Sidney Rice(notes), and former Oakland Raiders guard Robert Gallery(notes) and tight end Zach Miller. The 0-2 Seahawks have a terrible offense, Gallery is out 4-6 weeks with a groin injury, Rice hasn't played in the regular season because he's recovering from a shoulder injury, and the team's poor offensive line play has greatly affected the roles of Jackson and Miller.
Pete Carroll adamant: No beef between he and John Schneider | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.com - The left arm of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, placed ever-so-lovingly around the shoulder of general manager John Schneider as the two walked off the practice field Friday, said it all. Then Carroll said some more. No, he said, there is no beef between he and Schneider, as reported earlier Friday by Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly. The Seahawks house is not divided, Carroll proclaimed. And he bristled at the thought that someone thinks otherwise. And that they reported it.
Pete Carroll calls ProFootballWeekly.com report "lazy" and "extraordinarily irresponsible" | HeraldNet.com - Seahawks blog - Pete Carroll walked off the practice field Friday with his arm around GM John Schneider, then the two jokingly put their hands up as if about to fight. They were messing around in regards to the ProFootballWeekly.com report from earlier today that said the two aren't getting along and that there is tension in the relationship (the video report is below). But while Carroll made light of the situation coming off the field, he clearly wasn't happy with the report. "That's extraordinarily irresponsible," he said. "It's inaccurate, it's lazy, and I wouldn't believe a word they said. That's so far from true. John and I are as close as you can get. I've never been closer with anybody I've ever worked with and every decision we make, we make together. They don't even understand, so whatever that was--I don't know who those guys were or where they came from, but they were just dead wrong."
Three to Focus on - Cardinals @ Seahawks | ProFootballFocus.com - Referring to this game as an NFC West divisional showdown may seem to be giving it more credit then it deserves, given that this was a division that was won by a team with a 7-9 record. The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to make continued improvement under Kevin Kolb, who has nearly led them to two wins to start the season. The Seahawks, on the other hand have very little to feel confident about, after they became the first team to be shutout in 2011. They will be looking for drastic improvement from Tarvaris Jackson and the rest of the offense if they want to avoid being in the Andrew Luck-sweepstakes. Here are some key things to watch for in this "showdown:"
What would Pete Carroll complain about? - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Any sort of front-office tension in Seattle is big news for the Seahawks given the problems experienced between former coach Mike Holmgren and former team executives. A report from Pro Football Weekly suggesting new problems afoot deserves a closer look. In the video report, senior editor Eric Edholm and publisher Hub Arkush suggest Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is "very unhappy" with several moves general manager John Schneider made, specifically the acquisitions of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, receiver Sidney Rice and guard Robert Gallery.
Matchups: Use the Full Nelson - Matchups - Rotoworld.com - Arizona @ Seattle Larry Fitzgerald plays most of his snaps across from right cornerbacks, and Brandon Browner is Seattle's RCB. According to Pro Football Focus, Browner allowed an incredible 10-of-10 passes thrown his way to be complete last week, for 194 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks will have to come up with an awfully bright idea to keep Fitz in check. Most likely, he'll burn them for his second straight monster week. ... I mentioned it in Week 2 Matchups: Seattle fields a legitimately run-tough defense with big uglies Alan Branch (6'6/325) and Red Bryant (6'4/323) clogging up holes. The Seahawks held Rashard Mendenhall and Frank Gore to 125 yards on 41 carries (3.05 YPC) in their first two games, and Beanie Wells is now coming off an in-practice hamstring injury. Never known for playing well hurt, Wells drops all the way to risky flex option after having the look of an RB1 in the first two games. Dead-legged Chester Taylor wouldn't be a good fall-back plan.
32 Teams, 32 Observations – Week 2 | ProFootballFocus.com - Seattle Seahawks: All 19 players who have taken a snap on the Seahawks’ defense have at least one stop.
Analysis Notebook – Three Plays, Week 1 | ProFootballFocus.com - Why it worked Pete Carroll is said to like tall, strong cornerbacks for his defense. This play illustrated the problem with that philosophy perfectly. Tall cornerbacks may have long speed, and may be perfectly tailored to dealing with bigger receivers, but they struggle to match up with the quickness that smaller receivers have. Brandon Browner from the Seahawks only ran around a tenth of a second slower than Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders in the 40, but there is a visible difference in quickness and change of direction speed in this play.
NFL Football Preview - THE STORY: Two wounded NFC West birds meet when the Arizona Cardinals clash with the host Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. However, Seattle’s bruises are a little deeper. The Seahawks were shut out 24-0 by Pittsburgh last Sunday, getting outplayed on both sides of the football and allowing 421 yards on defense. That wasn’t much better than the 455 yards Arizona leaked in a 22-21 loss at Washington. At least the Cardinals showed some fight, countering with a 133-yard performance from WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Seahawks vs. Cardinals: Tarvaris Jackson Must Steady Pulse or Face 12th Man | Bleacher Report - Starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has led the team to 17 points and an 0-2 start. The much-maligned acquisition has been under public scrutiny since he came to Seattle. On Sunday, Jackson gets a chance to make one final "first" impression; unlike the preseason, the result of this home opener counts. I'll get this out of the way now: Jackson should absolutely start Week 3, and barring a complete catastrophe he should start Week 4. Jackson started the season with two tough road games and he should play the remaining half of the football season’s first quarter, the back-to-back home games versus Arizona and Atlanta. Now is not the time for Charlie Whitehurst.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Under Pressure: The Short of It - In last week’s first Under Pressure, we looked at the quarterbacks who hold the ball and pick up long sacks. It’s fitting that this week we look at the other end of the spectrum -- quick sacks. To register a quick sack, the defender must make initial contact with the quarterback in 2.5 seconds or less. There will be times where I’ll present data, and may not have a great explanation of what it means. This is not one of those times. It’s pretty easy to explain why the Colts have the highest percentage of "quick sacks" allowed.
9/23: Sunday is man-up time for Darrell Bevell - Blog - MyNorthwest.com - Brock and Salk say Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell needs to man up in Seattle's Week 3 matchup with the Cardinals.
Seahawks hope to target TE Miller more often | HeraldNet.com - Sports - The Seahawks signed Zach Miller in large part because, in his first four seasons, he was one of the most prolific pass-catching tight ends in the NFL. In his first two games in Seattle, however, Miller has been little more than a high-priced extra blocker. Through little fault of his own, Miller, who caught 60 or more passes in each of the past two seasons, has just three catches for 32 yards this season. With a young line that has struggled mightily to protect quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Miller has spent less time than either he or the Seahawks would like running routes, and more time acting as extra protection against opposing pass rushers.
Video: Seattle Seahawks' QB perspective - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The Seattle Seahawks' NFC West rivals have lodged no complaints over the team's decision to replace Matt Hasselbeck with Tarvaris Jackson this offseason. The question I raised during our latest weekly "NFC 411" video was whether the case for keeping Hasselbeck in Seattle peaked in Week 2. Jackson was ineffective during a 24-0 shutout defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hasselbeck was outstanding during an impressive Tennessee Titans victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cardinals express confidence in new defense, despite bad numbers - The Washington Post - The Seahawks’ struggling offense should be happy to see the Arizona Cardinals coming to Seattle. The Cardinals (1-1) have allowed 932 yards in two games as they struggle to learn the defense installed by new coordinator Ray Horton. They rank 29th in defense, 23rd in run defense and 29th in pass defense. Those are welcome numbers to an 0-2 Seattle team that has managed just 17 points.
2011 Seahawks Week 2: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks during their 24-0 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2:
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Time Is Wright - In a rare and surprising upset, work has trumped football this week. So when I grabbed my Seattle Times off the driveway this morning and read that Aaron Curry had been bumped to the 2nd team defense, my jaw dropped. Of course, asking HawkBloggerWife, "Can you believe what happened to Curry?" would just result in some discussion about basmati rice and naan. Most writers seem to be focusing on Curry's potential demotion, but this may be more about what is right with Wright than what is wrong with Curry.
Morning links: Carroll, Schneider on same page? | Seahawks Insider - Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reports that according to rumblings around the league, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are not on the same page, and have had disagreements with personnel issues. Edholm says according to a conversation with an agent who had a client fly in for a look-see in Seattle, only to have Pete Carroll say he was not interested and the player did not fit the team’s needs. "I can tell you that these two are not on the same page," Edholm says in the video above. "And it often happens, a personnel guy and a coach are going to have differing views on things. But I talked to one agent who said he he had one of his free agents shipped into Seattle, but when he got there, Pete Carroll said, ‘What is this guy doing here? We don’t need him for our football team.’ So it led to an uncomfortable situation for all parties." Edholm went on to say that’s just one example of personnel not matching up with what’s wanted on the field.
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - by John Boyle - Seahawks must contain big-play Cardinals Pete Carroll said stopping the big play will be a focus against Arizona: "We have to stay on top of their bombs. They’ve had a lot of long plays, even through preseason they’ve scored from a long ways out."
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - by John Boyle - Carroll says Rice's return should open up entire offense Pete Carroll expects the return of WR Sidney Rice to help the entire offense. "We’ve had in mind that he’d be a huge factor for us and help other guys get open and help the running game and all of that because you’ve got to pay attention to him. He’s that good of a player."
NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReports - by John Boyle - McQuistan will step in for injured Gallery Paul McQuistan, who is expected to start at LG in place of the injured Robert Gallery, is ready to go, Pete Carroll said. McQuistan, who signed with Seattle in January, played for OL coach Tom Cable in Oakland. "He didn’t have any problem jumping right back in," Carroll said. "He’s more experienced in our system than anybody."