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17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Seahawks offense arrives to Candlestick 90 minutes late, makes up for it by subbing in for special teams. - I know people will look at the Seahawks season in different ways. For some, 2011 represents a chance to repeat as division champions and establish Pete Carroll's "win forever" mantra. For others, its about developing future talent and worrying more about performances than wins. And for a few, this season is a thinly veiled "race to the bottom" for a franchise savior in Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley. Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley, should they declare as expected, would be two of the most hyped quarterback prospects we've seen in several years. They were coached by Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, two college coaches who recently bolted for the NFL. As it turns out, those coaches coached against each other in a game today. Wouldn't you know it, this was that game!

How Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning beat the blitz in the NFL - Grantland - Last Thursday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, ahead 14-7 on the New Orleans Saints with just a few seconds left in the first quarter, lined up in the shotgun and saw that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had called for a pressure look (though not an all-out blitz), coupled with man-to-man coverage on his receivers.

Bill Barnwell on the winners, the losers, and the fluke of the fumble in Week 1 of the NFL season - Grantland  - Don't believe everything the scoreboard tells you during the opening week of the National Football League

Suck for Luck? Not exactly, but the signs aren’t good " Seahawks Draft Blog - Offensive line play will never be defined by high draft picks or expensive free agents. They are a group of individuals working as a team competing – at times – in outnumbered situations. If you have a lot of talented guys among that group that happened to cost a lot of draft stock, fine. You can’t, however, just fit early draft picks and big names into a line and suddenly expect great pass protection and a running game. Familiarity, execution, scheme and opportunity are just as important as talent for an offensive line. If they are being consistently blitzed, stacked, attacked and outnumbered you can’t expect miracles.

Beware Seattle Seahawks: You'll be Meeting an Angry Pittsburgh Steelers Team at Heinz Field in Week 2 - Behind the Steel Curtain - 14 of the 16 NFL Week 1 games are in the books, with two Monday Night Football contests still to be played. I'll get to my reactions from across the league a bit later, but first, a few quick thoughts about the Pittsburgh Steelers and their Week 2 game with the Seattle Seahawks.

Silver linings: Seahawks at 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN - The facts: The Seattle Seahawks opened their 2011 season with a 33-17 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

QBR ranks: Alex Smith leads NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh sounded generous when saying quarterback Alex Smith played "exceptionally well" against Seattle in Week 1. Smith had passed for only 124 yards without a touchdown, after all, and his offense converted just once in 12 third-down chances.

Steve Kelley | Scuffling special teams cost Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper - SAN FRANCISCO — "Blame it on me," Leon Washington said, being much too self-critical. "It's on me." Washington, the Seahawks' special teams co-captain and a premier kick returner, was angry at and surprised by the performance of his guys in Sunday's season-opening 33-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Seahawks' D shows its mettle | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Red Bryant anticipated this scenario. With the Seattle Seahawks returning seven players on defense and eight new faces on offense, Bryant said the defense expected to shoulder more responsibility early in the season. And for the most part they did just that, limiting San Francisco to 209 total yards and holding the Niners’ offense to one third-down conversion in a dozen attempts.

It wasn’t the kind of offensive O-line had in mind | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - One of the three offensive linemen making his first career start – along with rookies James Carpenter and John MoffittBreno Giacomini expected a better result from his unit on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Only left tackle Russell Okung and center Max Unger came in with NFL starts under their belt, combining for 26 games. The last NFL team to start five offensive linemen with 27 or fewer combined starts was the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 10, 1995. Carolina’s five starters combined for 23 starts entering that game.

Offense should’ve fed off defense | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - After a 33-17 loss to the 49ers, one of the prime questions about the Seattle Seahawks will regard new quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. I have one overriding feeling for Jackson: sympathy.

Ginn worth more than 49ers' storylines - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Coach Jim Harbaugh got a five-year, $25 million contract to remake the San Francisco 49ers, particularly on offense. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. got an ultimatum: Take a pay cut, or be prepared for what happens when players refuse them.

More Reason for Optimism Than Concern After Week 1 Loss | The Blue Bird Herd - Wow, this one got ugly in a hurry.   Not the offense.  The offense actually improved significantly as the game progressed.  Not the defense.  The defense played a more competitive game than they did perhaps all of last season in any contest.  Special teams and yellow laundry can be thanked for this loss. - Sports: Seahawks aren't that special - The Seahawks thought they were on their way to a comeback victory Sunday afternoon. Then Ted Ginn Jr. happened. Twice.

Seahawks Blog | Tarvaris Jackson's Seahawks debut | Seattle Times Newspaper - "I thought he handled it pretty well," coach Pete Carroll said. He was talking about Tarvaris Jackson's ability to deal with the pressure he faced in the pocket. He could have been speaking about Jackson's game.

Rudman/Thiel: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17 | Seattle Seahawks - In the regular-season opener, the Seahawks wound up on the wrong of the score — and on the wrong end of history — as they failed to recover fast enough from a sloppy, inept first half Sunday in San Francisco. - Seahawks blog: Postgame reactions: 49ers 33, Seahawks 17 - The Seahawks nearly pulled off an impressive comeback. Instead they lost big thanks to two big returns by 49ers receiver Ted Ginn Jr. His four-quarter heroics rendered moot an otherwise impressive second half for the Seahawks, who were down 16-0 at halftime, but cut the deficit to 19-17 on Doug Baldwin's 55-yard touchdown catch.

Don't quit on Seahawks just yet - Blog - - Don't take the easy way out. I know you want to. Especially after watching the offensive line fail to either protect the quarterback or open up running lanes. Maybe even more so after you watched a pair of touchdowns from Ted Ginn Jr. that sucked the life away from the Hawks. But try not to overreact. It's not as bad as it felt.

Seahawks lost battle of 'Hidden Yards' against 49ers - Seahawks News - - Last year the San Diego Chargers were the best team in the NFL in both total offense AND total defense yet they finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs because of special teams, turnovers and penalties. This is where the hidden yards in a football game reside, and the Seahawks found that out the hard way Sunday.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Breakdown of the Front 7 - Niners Nation - Monday's are always easier when the 49ers win on Sunday. On opening day Sunday at Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers took the field for the first time under the new Jim Harbaugh era. There has been a lot of change within the organization, so the performance in their first outing was going to be under heavy scrutiny. In recent years, the front seven has been the strength of the team, so I was curious to see how they would perform given the systematic, philosophical and roster changes.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Lose To 49ers, 33-17 - San Francisco was already ahead 3-0. The Seahawks offense could not get out of it's own way. On a 4th and 1 from the Seahawks 1-yard line, the 49ers called the perfect play to score a critical touchdown, except fullback Moran Norris dropped the Alex Smith pass. The 49ers would go on to take a 6-0 lead, but a key penalty and a couple of late turnovers in the first half led to a 31-6 victory for the Seahawks. As if to prove how slim the margin is between big win and big loss in the NFL, the Seahawks played a game that was statistically similar to last season's opener, but the result was decidedly different.

Jene Bramel: Play Defense, not defenses " The Rookie Scouting PortfolioJene Bramel is an excellent football writer best known for his expertise with individual defensive players at One of the reasons he's so good in this area (as well as the offensive side of the ball) is that he analyzes the game. He enjoys watching games and breaking down what he sees. Jene asked me if he could occasionally contribute to The Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog when he had something he felt like writing. How could I refuse?