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Attacking "Psycho" fronts and other blitz heavy defensive looks | Smart Football
When asked earlier this season how he would describe the current trend in modern defenses, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton summed it up in one word: "confusion."

Re-Focused: Seahawks @ Browns, Week 7 |
A game that was called "hard to watch" by many with a fair amount of struggle; but don’t let the score fool you. There were plenty of fine and not-so-fine performances to be had with most of the fine ones coming on the defensive side of the ball.

All "Had a Bad Day" Team – Week 7 |
Tight End:  Anthony McCoy, Seahawks (-3.7) Ten yards on four balls thrown his way, with two dropped passes.  Oh, and he gave up a sack and a hit.  He’s having the kind of season that makes you wonder why he’s on the field as much as he is. 

The one matchup I want to see on Sunday | National Football Post
And the one matchup I want to see (and hope to get) on Sunday night is CB Nnamdi Asomugha vs. WR Dez Bryant. NFC East football with the Cowboys at Eagles in primetime. Here’s what I am looking for…

Quick hitters from Carroll … | Seahawks Insider
On the injury front, Tarvaris Jackson, Zach Miller, Marshawn Lynch and Max Unger all participated in Wednesday morning walkthroughs. Carroll made it sound as if all of them had good chances of getting back by game time. "We’ll work to bring him back," he said of Jackson. And of Lynch: "I think he’s gonna be fine for this game." Charlie Whitehurst also will get work at quarterback as well, though.

Brock and Salk - Blu - Podcasts -
Why did no NFL teams show up to Terrell Owen's workout? How do the Seahawks generate a rushing attack against Cincinnati? How many quarterbacks will be picked in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft?

10/26: Don't blame Bevell for Seahawks' offensive woes - Blog -
In Tuesday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard explains why first-year coordinator Darrell Bevell and his play-calling shouldn't be blamed for that offensive ineptitude.

DOUG FARRAR: No Huddle Offense | Ian Furness - Seattle's live and local sports station
This particular piece is more about football philosophy than any specific scheme, so there isn’t the diagram you’ll usually see as we go through the season. Instead, I wanted to talk about the no-huddle offense in a general NFL sense, and kind of spread the concept out from just how the Seahawks use it. We know that the home team is employing it more and more over the last few weeks, and to greater success. But the trend is spreading around the league as the Seahawks are picking up on the idea, and that’s where you can see different concepts and how they are executed.

Chalk Talk: Seahawks miss scoring chance vs. Browns - Blog -
The Seahawks had their chances to find the end zone during Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Browns. In this week's edition of Chalk Talk, Brock Huard breaks down one of those chances -- a second-and-goal play they ran while trailing 3-0 in the third quarter.

10/25: No, it's not time for third-string QB Josh Portis - Blog -
Brock Huard and Mike Salk agree that while Charlie Whitehurst looked awful in Sunday's loss to the Browns, those calling for third-string quarterback Josh Portis need to reconsider.

Seahawks lost on offense, seek rhythm | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Pete Carroll knew something was wrong with his offense on the first series against Cleveland on Sunday. After the Seattle Seahawks converted two first downs on the opening drive by using the no-huddle offense, four penalties and a sack pushed the team back to its 18-yard line. Running back Justin Forsett mustered 6 yards on a draw on third-and-31, but Seattle was forced to punt.

Bengals RB Scott gets first start in 2 years, filling in for suspended Benson in Seattle - The Washington Post
Bernard Scott has waited two years to get this chance. The shifty running back will be featured in the Cincinnati Bengals’ offense Sunday in Seattle. Scott takes over for starter Cedric Benson, who has been suspended one game for violating the NFL’s conduct policy.

Seahawks | Seahawks back to basics after no-huddle offense went nowhere fast in Cleveland | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks lost their offensive rhythm just like they found it. In a hurry.