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Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, links, info, interviews, analysis, and more! Happy Sunday! We'll be following up with more in-depth looks at last night's game but for now, here's what's being said.

Seahawks Blog | Knee-jerk reactions: Vikings 20, Seahawks 7 | Seattle Times Newspaper"I was disappointed tonight for him," Carroll said. "We tried to get him some stuff early. We wanted to get him in the game, and put it to him. I took him out, to tell you the truth. I took him out. I wanted to talk to him, put him back in later. I just wanted him to settle down. I didn't think he looked great on the opening kickoff, either. I love the way he plays, and the football player that he is, and we're going to get him to play really well for us. And I didn't want him to keep struggling. I kind of wanted to protect him because I didn't think he was on tonight."

17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Quick Shots at Halftime vs. MINTarvaris Jackson definitely improved from last week. Refusing to run compulsively, staying poised, mostly accurate except for two low throws. Good game plan to help him. * Said game plan being largely forced by terrible O-line play. Carpenter and Unger getting worked. Caveats: facing very good defense blitzing heavily, a couple of free defenders were unblocked intentionally to release tight ends.

Vikings turn back Seahawks 20-7 - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.comDonovan McNabb only needed one good drive to see progress from his first preseason start with Minnesota. There was no progress for Tarvaris Jackson. Only more questions about Seattle's remodeled offense. Reserve cornerback Marcus Sherels returned Jackson's deflected pass 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Ryan Longwell added two field goals to help the Vikings beat the Seahawks 20-7 on Saturday night. Tristan Davis provided the capper with a 35-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left for the Vikings' first offensive touchdown of the preseason.

NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReportsby John Boyle - Carroll goes easy on QB Jackson in post-game critique Despite the struggles of Tarvaris Jackson, Pete Carroll wasn’t unhappy with his starting QB. "He was fighting for his life a little bit," Carroll said. "I thought he did some very good things, showed he could get out of trouble and save a play. I’m not in any way disappointed with what he did."

NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com RapidReportsby John Boyle - No QB controversy in Seattle Pete Carroll has been clear since signing Tarvaris Jackson that the former Vikings QB is his starter, and he still isn’t planning on opening up a competition between Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. "I need to look at the film and see why things happened, but I’m not in that mindset at all."

Vikings Defeat Seahawks In Pre-Season Action, 20-7 - SB Nation Minnesota: If Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice are going to get revenge on the Minnesota Vikings, it's going to have to come at another time. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks in pre-season action on Saturday night by a final score of 20-7. The first score for the night was actually generated by the Minnesota defense, as Jackson threw a pass that was intended for Golden Tate that went through his hands and into the hands of former Golden Gopher and current Vikings defensive back Marcus Sherels. Sherels knew what to do with it after he caught it, and took the ball 64 yards for a score. It was the Vikings' first touchdown of the 2011 pre-season, and gave them a 7-0 lead.

Thiel: No Seahawks questions go unanswered | Seattle SeahawksThe post-lockout Seahawks made their fake-season home debut Saturday night at the Clink, slow-dancing with the Minnesota Vikings to see who was least victimized by the work stoppage and the sudden startage. The Seahawks were far worse off, losing 20-7 as their weakest position, quarterback, took some solid shots. Tavaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst each were smacked around, but probably still be available for the regular-season opener Sept. 11. Make of that what you will.

Steve Kelley | Tarvaris Jackson shows mobility under pressure by Minnesota | Seattle Times NewspaperThe first series of his first home start and new Seahawks starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson already was running for his life. Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen sprinted, unblocked, from Jackson's blindside and was about to flatten him, when the Hawks quarterback sixth-sensed the pressure, avoided the almost-certain sack and threw the ball away. Escapablity. It is the most important asset for a Hawks quarterback this season.

Vikings best Seahawks, 20-7 | The RepublicThere has been an assumption that new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme will rely on having tight ends and running backs involved in the passing game. Considering the Vikings' approach in the first half of their 20-7 victory over Seattle on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, it appears that assumption is an extremely safe one.

Jerry Brewer | Seattle sports fans are warming to the idea of change | Seattle Times NewspaperFormer Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux greeted me with a series of three-word howls when I visited the Seattle-infused Tennessee Titans recently. "It's their loss!" he said. "It's their loss!" He kept repeating the same line, and I nodded and nodded and nodded. He either loved the point he was making or thought I was deaf. Moving on is always cumbersome.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - August 20, 2011 - ESPNDonovan McNabb only needed one good drive to see progress from his first preseason start with Minnesota. There was no progress for Tarvaris Jackson. Only more questions about Seattle's remodeled offense. Reserve cornerback Marcus Sherels returned Jackson's deflected pass 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Ryan Longwell added two field goals to help the Vikings beat the Seahawks 20-7 on Saturday night.

Seahawks | Seahawks' offense stagnant again | Seattle Times NewspaperThe start isn't what really matters. At least the Seahawks hope not because for the second consecutive exhibition game their starting offense failed to score in the first half. And for the second consecutive week backup Charlie Whitehurst came out firing darts in the third quarter. He completed the first seven passes he threw Saturday night, inspiring discussion of a quarterback competition with Tarvaris Jackson, whom coach Pete Carroll has unwaveringly said will be the starter when the regular season begins.

Early impressions of the rookies from SEA-MINN - CBSSports.comI will be blogging live from the press box tonight from Seattle for the Seahawks-Vikings preseason game. My goal is to give readers some insight as to how some of the rookies and perhaps other young players for both teams performed. This first post focuses on the Seahawks. I am looking forward to writing about the Vikings' players, but no rookies started for them. I am especially looking forward to scouting first two picks -- quarterback Christian Ponder and tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Seahawks make roster moves ahead of preseason home opener | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - seattlepi.comThe Seattle Seahawks have released kicker Brandon Coutu and defensive tackle Ryan Sims, and have signed defensive tackle David Howard and defensive end Maurice Fountain. The release of Coutu, a seventh-round pick in 2008 who was released in 2009 before re-signing this offseason, indicates the Seahawks will move forward with veteran Jeff Reed as their kicker.

NFL Players Just Want To Be Wanted, OK? - The Triangle BlogWhat do NFL players want? Is it the guaranteed money? The performance-related bonuses? The chance to win a ring? Or do they just want someone to come to their emotional rescue? If you've read or watched anything regarding players who have signed with a new team during free agency, you have probably heard a player talk about how he felt "wanted" by his new team or how he didn’t feel "wanted" by the team he just left. You’d be forgiven for glazing over when hearing such statements, because they’re usually couched with a number of other well-worn clichés such as "I just feel [insert X Team that went 6-10 the previous season] gives me the best chance for a ring" or "Personally, I have always been a fan of Buffalo in the winter." You sort of take these things at face value.

New offensive coordinator, old school - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sportsRENTON – In some ways, Pete Carroll’s hiring of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell represents a shift back to a scheme the Seattle Seahawks had so much success with during the Mike Holmgren era. With a twist. Bevell, 41, is a West Coast offense believer who cut his teeth in the NFL in Green Bay under Mike Sherman – one of the many Holmgren disciples who went on to become a head coach. The same terminology and verbiage that Holmgren used in his precise, rhythm passing attack is what Bevell uses. But what makes Bevell’s offense different is his belief in a run-first approach driven by the zone blocking scheme preferred by new offensive line coach Tom Cable and Carroll.