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

Michael Floyd tape, McShay on Barkley and Vick 2.0? " Seahawks Draft Blog - In the video above (courtesy of JMPasq) you’ll find tape of Notre Dame wide out Michael Floyd. He’s a prospect with a lot of physical qualities to be a high pick, but he’s let down by off the field concerns and technical flaws. In fairness he’s started the year with noticeable improvements to the way he’s catching the ball – he’s showing his hands to the quarterback and making grabs away from his body. In the past he was a big-time body catcher, so he’s worked on that with some success if the tape above is any evidence. I get the feeling old habits die hard though, as we see with his last few catches hitting his chest - including the late touchdown. 

Suck for Luck: 12 teams look like 2012 NFL Draft contenders for Andrew Luck - Mocking The Draft - Seattle Seahawks : Tarvaris Jackson is arguably the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. That should say worlds about the NFL talent of backup Charlie Whitehurst. It will be an interesting situation if Seattle, with Pete Carroll as head coach, if Luck and Southern California's Matt Barkley are available.

Seahawks vs. Steelers: Seattle Defense Should Learn from the Utopic Dick LeBeau | Bleacher Report - In Pete Carroll’s quest to build an aggressive, disciplined, versatile and tough-minded defense, the Seahawks signed former CFL All-Pro cornerback Brandon Browner last January. Carroll thought, if placed in the right role, Browner was simply too unique and potential-laden to pass up; another unorthodox piece to a complicated defensive puzzle. Week 2 presents the first major test for Browner and the Seahawks defense. The Steelers are the opposite of the run-oriented 49ers that Seattle faced in Week 1; Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger presents a much tougher challenge than Alex Smith.

Advanced NFL Stats Game Matchup Hawks/Steelers

Steelers apparently don’t understand the chop block rule | ProFootballTalk - Here’s the official rule, which a league source has forwarded to PFT:  "On a running play, A1, an offensive lineman, chops a defensive player after the defensive player has been engaged by A2 (high or low), and the initial alignment of A2 is more than one position away from A1.  The rule applies only when the block occurs at a time when the flow of the play is clearly away from A1."

And so, if the center hits a guy high and a tackle hits him low, it’s a penalty.  When it’s a center and one of the two guards, the chop block is not illegal. An argument could be made that the rules should be changed, for the same reason that some think the rule regarding low blocks against defensive backs in the open field should be adjusted.  For now, however, the term "illegal chop block" has a definition far more narrow than the Steelers will either realize or admit.

Mac's Football Blog: Steelers Concerned About Cut Blocks - After giving up 170 yards on the ground to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, including 103 in the first half, players on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is wondering if the league is doing enough to protect players from cut and chop blocks, writes Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "You can get hurt from an illegal chop block, but I guess it isn't an illegal chop block if they don't call it," nose tackle Casey Hampton said.

The Shutdown Corner Week 2 Preview Podcast: Greg Cosell - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports - This week, we review a few important Week 1 points — Cam Newton's performance, the Eagles' run defense, what happened to Pittsburgh's front seven, and Tony Romo's inexplicable interception to Darrelle Revis— before moving on to all of the Week 2 matchups.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Strafing and Strief - One of the main reasons I chose to cover the Saints this year was their reputation of having a good offensive line. As I was watching the game live, I was a little concerned that they weren’t going to live up to expectations and that it was going to be a long year following a mediocre offensive line that is bailed out by a great quarterback. Not only did they get stuffed twice in key short-yardage situations that ended up costing the team the game, but then there was the play of Zach Strief, who I thought had the potential to be this year’s Levi Brown or Jonathan Scott. Upon further review though, the Saints offensive line played pretty well against a solid defensive line.

All-PFF Team - Week 1 | - Guards: Rob Sims (+3.3), Detroit Lions and Josh Sitton (+5.1), Green Bay Packers After a disappointing start to life as a Lion, maybe this year will prove better for the talented Sims. He’s certainly started off well, getting the better of Roy Miller in particular. As for Sitton, well it’s nice to see a player rewarded when they deserve it. He earned his contract extension and the praise that has come his way. He started the season in fine form, exposing (to anyone paying attention) Sedrick Ellis in the run game.

Five Analysts, Five Questions - Week 1 | - The first round of games is in the books and our analysts finally have a moment to talk some football. . Best performances? Biggest surprises and most damaging injuries? They’ll weigh in. The state of the Colts and Baltimore’s demolition of a division foe also get some attention. . Here are their thoughts on five big questions from the NFL’s opening weekend. news: Kolb, Cardinals are class of NFC West; Pats 'D' in trouble - Kolb's performance against the Panthers was overshadowed by Newton's, but it shouldn't have been. All Kolb did was complete 18 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. By the way, the Cardinals actually won the game, not Newton's Panthers. Kolb brought Arizona from behind with a touchdown pass to Early Doucet and then watched first-round pick Patrick Peterson put the Panthers away with an 89-yard punt return. news: Seahawks, Raiders travel east with upsets on the mind - Reason for road optimism: Now this would be an upset. The Steelers will be one ticked-off team after the drubbing they took from Baltimore, their AFC North rivals, in Week 1. The Seahawks, who some predicted will have the worst record in the league this year, are reeling from their own bitter divisional loss. But take a closer look: Seattle, which lost Sunday's game on special teams, held Frank Gore to 2.7 yards per carry and gave up just 124 passing yards. Furthermore, the Seahawks played without WR Sidney Rice and OL Robert Gallery, both of whom could return against Pittsburgh, while the Steelers will be starting a rookie at right tackle after losing Willie Colon for the season. - Sports: Seahawks' Thomas studies the best - Locked out this summer like the rest of his NFL colleagues, Earl Thomas decided to do a little homework. But Thomas wasn't studying to finish his degree at the University of Texas -- something, by the way, he plans on doing eventually. The more immediate subject of study for Seattle's second-year free safety was Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu, a six-time Pro Bowl player who happens to play the same position.

Fullback Eddie Williams to contribute to special teams - Blog - - The Seahawks lost not only a fullback on Sunday, but a core member of its special teams operation -- the captain. The team signed fullback Eddie Williams to the active roster Tuesday afternoon, replacing injured FB Michael Robinson. Robinson suffered a second-degree ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the 49ers and his timeline for return is uncertain. "We brought in a guy today," head coach Pete Carroll said during his Wednesday press conference. "Eddie Williams came in today with us and we got him off the practice squad to help us out and we’re going to see how he does."

A grand opening for Baldwin | Pensacola News Journal | - From the Pensacola area, Emmitt Smith is the gold standard in football. Start with the two state championships while at Escambia High School and carry it right through until Aug. 7, 2010, when the greatest running back in NFL history was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emmitt is the man.

Puttin' on the blitz - The Seahawks venture into Blitzburgh on Sunday for the Steelers' home opener. But it could just as easily be called LeBeauburgh, because of the impact coordinator Dick LeBeau has had on the team – and the game.

Hawks’ offense must get moving early | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - He took notice when Baltimore ran for 170 yards against Pittsburgh last week. And while Seattle’s young line managed to squeeze out only 64 rushing yards Sunday against San Francisco, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his run game closely resembles the Ravens’ schematically, and coaches could use that film as a blueprint. "We have a lot of similarities in what we do in the running game with those guys," Carroll said. "And they really got started right off the bat; got the ball going and ran the ball consistently all day, which is very uncharacteristic for this (Pittsburgh’s) defense. And they’re going to do everything to not let that happen again."

Seahawks' safeties forces to be reckoned with | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - The "Thunder and Lightning" nickname for Seahawks safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor is catchy but has a flaw. Which player is which? If we’re attaching atmospheric phenomena to football attributes, the lightning probably implies speed, and thunder refers to concussive hits. These guys have both; Thomas hits extraordinarily hard for a fast guy, and Chancellor is uncommonly fast for a big hitter. "Whatever people want to say, that’s fine ... as long as we win," Thomas said Wednesday.

State of the opponent: Steelers honest about blowout loss in Week 1 | Seattle Seahawks & NFL News - - There were no excuses in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. No coach-speak. No platitudes from the Steelers about putting their season-opening beating behind them and never thinking about it again. Just honesty. Brutal honesty. The kind that best suits linebacker James Harrison. "We got beat like we stole something," Harrison said of his team’s 35-7 loss to Baltimore during a conference call with Seattle reporters. "They came out to play and they played a lot better than we did. We take it as what it is." Of course, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll warns that this is, after all, still the Steelers. So the Seahawks aren’t necessarily putting too much stock into Baltimore’s Week 1 shellacking.

Seahawks Blog | Aaron Curry's promising start | Seattle Times Newspaper - RENTON -- Aaron Curry was just a linebacker Sunday. Wait. That's not quite right considering he played his most consistent, impactful game since the first five games of his rookie season two years. Curry finished with five tackles -- most of any linebacker in Sunday's season-opener -- but even that doesn't give a full measure of the impact he had at the point of attack.

Seahawks Blog | Building with blocks: Seattle's new fullback | Seattle Times Newspaper - Eddie Williams played all sorts of roles at the University of Idaho from lining up as a conventional tight end as a sophomore and junior to lightening up so he could play receiver as a senior. The Vandals had him come in motion sometimes, and was even asked to carry the ball on a reverse a time or two. The one thing he never did is the one thing that has become his most basic job requirement in the NFL. "As far as playing true fullback, I didn't do that in college," Williams said. "Running lead draw was probably the only thing I hadn't done."

Is your team committed to winning? | National Football Post - If every team was structured like the Packers, the NFL could be that much better. As a community owned team, decisions are made in the long-term best interests of the fans and the franchise. Unfortunately, many other teams are still run like a mom and pop shop by their long time owners. That’s not always a bad thing if the ownership group is committed to winning. However, not all of them are.

On embracing Troy Polamalu comparisons - NFC West Blog - ESPN - San Francisco 49ers receiver Ted Ginn Jr. pulled away from all but one man during his 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Sunday. Earl Thomas, second-year safety for the Seattle Seahawks, was that man. He had to maneuver around kicker Steven Hauschka along the sideline before hitting stride, and when he did, Thomas kept pace the rest of the way. He wasn't going to catch Ginn, who ranks among the very fastest players in the NFL. But neither was Ginn running away from him.

NFC West Penalty Watch: Okung's triple - NFC West Blog - ESPN - NFL officials flagged Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung three times in 10 games last season. Okung They matched that total against Okung in the 2011 opener at Candlestick Park. The high total confirms in my mind the thinking that Okung wasn't quite up to speed in his first game back from an ankle injury. He was also facing a very strong San Francisco 49ers defensive front featuring Justin Smith, who had two sacks. One penalty was declined. Another was offsetting.

Video: Kolb and NFC West QB decisions - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Kevin Kolb is the No. 1 variable in the NFC West for the 2011 season. Three teams in the division went into the offseason needing to sign starting quarterbacks. The Arizona Cardinals made a big play for Kolb. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers made smaller plays for Tarvaris Jackson and Alex Smith, respectively. Both players were convenient under the circumstances.

Ryan Kalil & Matt Barkley leaning towards draft? " Seahawks Draft Blog - I’d highly recommend making Tony Pauline’s ‘Draft Insider’ blog a regular feature of your daily reading. Not only does Tony provide accurate grades and opinions, he also has a lot of contacts offering insider info on what players, scouts and teams are thinking. This week he had a particularly interesting blog post which seems to suggest a possible exodus at USC at the end of the year:

Steve Kelley | Tentative Tarvaris Jackson could find starting job tough to keep | Seattle Times Newspaper - Let's assume (and you know what happens when you assume) the Seahawks lose in Pittsburgh this Sunday and come into their home opener against Arizona winless in their first two games. The home crowd is going to be a bit testy and very impatient, and if new Seattle starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson misfires on his first pass, he will hear his first Seattle boos.

The Bad, the Good, and the Promising " 12th Man Rising | A Seattle Seahawks Blog - Against the 49ers, there were moments of despair, glory, and encouragement.

Thiel: Mismatch of the week (year?) in Pittsburgh | Seattle Seahawks - Because of the way it is built, the NFL almost cannot comprehend the forces at work that would allow a team that lost its previous game by 28 points to be favored by 14 points in its next game. But the Steelers, as we know in the Northwest, are sacred in the NFL. After a most awkward 35-7 loss to Baltimore in their opener, the Steelers are blessed Sunday with a visit from the Seahawks, who at the moment may be the worst team in the NFL. In a sport that worships parity and rarely sees a spread of more than 10 points, this is estimated to be the most noncompetitive game since S. O’Neal vs. D. DeVito.

Seahawks | Safety locks: Seahawks' Earl Thomas follows in Troy Polamalu's fast footsteps | Seattle Times Newspaper - Earl Thomas' dreadlocks aren't quite as long as Troy Polamalu's mane. Seattle's safety doesn't quite have as much experience, either, since he's eight years younger. It's in the film room, when the lights go off and the footage starts, that you can't help but see the similarities. "They're both so darn fast," said Seattle's Pete Carroll, who has coached both.

Steelers Vs. Seahawks: Opponent Spotlight -- Earl Thomas - Behind the Steel Curtain - The Pittsburgh Steelers have likely been hard at work getting their minds and bodies ready for redemption in Week 2 when they host the Seattle Seahawks at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon. They should be able to handle Seattle easily. The 14.5 point line in their favor certainly suggests that they're expected to cruise easily, even if they did look utterly unimpressive in their 35-7 Week 1 loss to Baltimore.

NFL Preview - Seattle (0-1) at Pittsburgh (0-1) (ET) - Football Wires - - Expected to contend for another Super Bowl championship, the Pittsburgh Steelers hardly looked like the defending AFC champions last weekend. The Seattle Seahawks didn't open defense of their NFC West title much better. A humbled Pittsburgh club will try to get on track and win its ninth straight home opener when it welcomes Seattle to Heinz Field this Sunday.

Q & A With Bears Fullback Eddie Williams | Bears Backer - Eddie Williams came into the NFL in 2009 as a seventh-round pick out of the University of Idaho by the Washington Redskins. The 6’1″, 249 lb Williams played tight end for the University of Idaho and had solid production. In 39 games at Idaho, Williams made 100 receptions for 1205 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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