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

Loss at Cleveland Takes Wind Out of Seahawks' Sails. What Now? - SB Nation Seattle
With the Playoffs now more of a pipe-dream, how do we go about measuring progress for this young team?

It's Tell The Truth Monday: The Truth Is, The Seahawks Aren't This Bad - SB Nation Seattle
We knew the Seahawks weren't elite by any standards, but are they this bad? I don't think so.

The Browns offense is record setting | ProFootballTalk
We would like to send our condolences to everyone that watched Seahawks-Browns on Sunday.  (Sorry Josh.) NFL.com has decided to put up a warning on their Game Rewind package alerting viewers that the game contains images that may not be appropriate for new football fans and young children.

Silver linings: Seahawks at Browns - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Seattle Seahawks fell to 2-4 with a 6-3 road defeat against the Cleveland Browns.

Danny O'Neil | Defensive end Red Bryant leads by example after disappointing defeat | Seattle Times Newspaper - "Under no circumstances is that acceptable," Bryant said. "And me being a leader on this team, I've got to know better. No matter what."

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Browns 6, Seahawks 3 - Aside from the horrible, boring, shitty loss I had a great time at the game- Let's get the ugliness out of the way first...

Big day for Big Red, until the end | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - He’s one of the inspirational leaders of the defense and sets the tone for Seattle’s stingy defensive line. But on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, burly defensive end Red Bryant made his presence known in a different capacity. On special teams.

Offense sputters under backup QB Whitehurst in loss to Cleveland | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - The Seattle Seahawks let a winnable game slip away in a gut-wrenching 6-3 loss to Cleveland at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday. The two teams combined for the fewest points in a game involving the Seahawks in team history.

Photo Gallery: Seahawks at Browns - Images from Seattle's 6-3 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. 

Seahawks.com Blog | Game at a glance " - A recap of the Seahawks’ 6-3 loss to the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday:

One frustrating afternoon - In a game the Seahawks could have won, they didn’t because they made too many mistakes and not enough plays in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Seahawks Blog | Your official complaint box for Sunday's game | Seattle Times Newspaper - Officiating mistakes are one of the most difficult things for a sports reporter to deal with. Any discussion of the officiating is bound to evoke one of two reactions:

Adventures in Officiating: What is roughing the passer, anyway? - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor(notes) gets a flag with 58 seconds left in the first quarter of Seattle's epically bad 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Neither team played well as all, but Mike Carey's officiating crew may have been the worst unit on the field.

Pete Carroll Show - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com - As he does each Monday, Carroll joins "Brock and Salk" and discusses the questionable calls in Sunday's loss to the Browns, the opportunities the Seahawks had to score, the injuries to Walter Thurmond and Marshawn Lynch, and more.

Shurmur's Post-Game Presser After Seahawks Game - Dawgs By Nature - Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with the media following the team's 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. I have pulled several of his quotes from the press conference transcript and have highlighted them after the jump. They are broken down into three sections -- offense, defense, and special teams. That seemed fitting for this game considering that each unit had a distinct impact on the outcome of the game.

Draft Breakdown — Robert Griffin III vs. Texas A&M (2011) - …where it's always draft season.

Help Is On The Way: Seahawks Defensive Backfield Could Get Needed Depth - SB Nation Seattle - Seahawks could get much needed depth in defensive backfield in the form of Byron Maxwell and Roy Lewis.

Seahawks Blog | Three things we learned: Browns 6, Seahawks 3 | Seattle Times Newspaper - Charlie Whitehurst is a backup, not salvation.

Small School Recap Week 8: Looking At The Early Award Favorites | October - One of the more exciting parts of the college football experience that often gets overlooked due to playoff races and rivalry games are the post season awards. Every division has them, though most people only know about awards like the Heisman. At the lower levels these awards are known as the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan, Harlon Hill, and Melberger awards. They are given out annually to the most outstanding players at their divisions and today we’ll take a sneak peek at who the main contenders are for each award.

Charlie Whitehurst, worst game ever? " The Matchups Zone - I’m not usually a post game wrap up guy, but talk of this game being historically bad is kind of melodramatic. Was it ugly? yes. Did the offensive performance feel more like a 1st pre season game? Yes. But when most fans say the game was ugly it’s a perspective thing. I for one thought our defense played beautifully considering they were on the field 40+ minutes. (One has to wonder how awkward the flight home was for offensive and defensive players who had to sit together..but I digress).

Scouting Notebook: Wilson vs. Cousins, Oklahoma Woes, Rookie QB Success in Future, and Top 10 | Articles - But what to make of the quarterback play of Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins? And how about why Texas Tech was able to have so much success against Oklahoma? How did Landry Jones look, even in an upset loss?

NFL.com news: Would Cardinals coach Whisenhunt consider benching Kolb? - Kevin Kolb or John Skelton? Seems like an easy decision -- except maybe it's not anymore.

NFL.com news: College Stock Watch: Stanford's success not limited to Luck - Everybody knows Stanford has the best quarterback in college football. But it's another position group that is the driving force of the success of Andrew Luck and the Cardinal's offense this season.

Scout’s corner: Why UNC DL Quinton Coples is falling. | National Football Post - Plus, a rundown of some of the top prospect performances from this past weekend.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 7 - Brian McIntyre: Midway through the first quarter, the Seahawks and Browns have combined for 35 yards of total offense and 35 yards in penalties. Vince Verhei: Brian kind of stole my thunder, but at the end of the first quarter in Cleveland, there are six total penalties for 60 yards, and six total first downs for 73 yards of total offense. One of the first downs was, of course, on a penalty. And the Seahawks block a field goal early in the second. Years from now someone will look at this boxscore for a late-October game in Cleveland and assume it was rainy and muddy, but it's a nice sunny day.

Cardinals Whisenhunt Says Change Is Coming, Doesn't Rule Out Benching Kolb - SB Nation Arizona - We heard it after the game on Sunday and Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt repeated it Monday: He's looking for guys that can make plays and every position is under scrutiny. Many feel that Kevin Kolb would be excluded from that but Whisenhunt didn't rule out a change when asked specifically about the quarterback position. "The quarterback is obviously the focal point of a lot of things when you don't win games -- when you lose five games in a row. Like I said, every position is going to be looked at from that standpoint," he said.

Draw It Up: Tim Tebow and the Two-Point Conversion - The Triangle Blog - Here’s how Tebow and the Broncos pulled off a two-point conversion to force overtime.

Advanced NFL Stats: Stats Measure the Intangibles - It’s a common criticism of statistics: Stats don’t measure the intangibles. You know—the drive, character, discipline, leadership, teamwork, and all the other desirable qualities in athletes. Except that they do. Stats measure the effects of what we call intangibles, and always have.

Draft dish: Scouts unsure Rutgers' Sanu has deep speed - NFL - Sporting News - Scouts are trying to figure out Rutgers junior receiver/returner Mohamed Sanu. On film, it is clear Sanu (6-2, 218) is a smart player who is productive lining up in different alignments and never seems to make mental mistakes. He is a smooth, fluid athlete who runs good routes, is consistently able to get separation from college defenders and has outstanding hands. He has consistently shown the ability to twist his body to make spectacular catches on off-target passes.