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Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell ready to compete - Blog - - Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is in his first season with the Seahawks and ready to compete. "It's exciting to be playing the first game," Bevell said during his weekly interview on Wednesday. "The cool thing is we come to work every day, we’re ready to compete here at the Seattle Seahawks, so we’ve been doing that since the first day of camp. "I don’t want to say that much has changed other than that we are focusing on the Niners."

Tarvaris Jackson looking forward to Sunday against 49ers - Blog - - Recently elected offensive team captain Tarvaris Jackson will get his first regular season start in a Seahawks uniform this Sunday in San Francisco. "I’m excited," Jackson said Wednesday during his weekly press conference. "We’ve been working hard throughout training camp, preseason games and now we actually have a real game, so we can actually try and move forward to a new era for the Seahawks.

Giacomini is not Pinocchio’s dad | Seahawks Insider - Since you asked: A couple quick thoughts on the Carpenter-to-guard scenario. He looks like a natural guard, actually, and seems comfortable with the left-side footwork. The scuttlebutt is that he's a sharp enough kid to handle the change in assignments. As you know, he'll be operating in a more confined space, where he won't face the demands of chasing any edge rushers. If he can keep his pads low and his butt down, he'll be fine. It should be a little easier duty for his first exposure to the NFL regular season.

Seahawks Blog | Week 1: Wednesday's injury report | Seattle Times Newspaper - Tight end John Carlson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Seahawks announced. Carlson is on injured reserve and out for the season. Blog | Tied together " - Just 675 miles separate Seattle and San Francisco, but for several members of the Seahawks, that distance might feel a lot closer.  Take a look at all of Seattle’s connections with the 49ers: Blog | Wednesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON Breno Giacomini. After the Seahawks signed the 6-foot-7, 318-pound tackle off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad last season, it was difficult to tell how well he could play because he never got to play. Giacomini was inactive for six games and did not play in the one game when he was on the active roster.

Seahawks-49ers opener a guessing game - In his quest to figure out what the heck the 49ers' defense might do Sunday, Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is doing some investigative work this week. Jackson will be facing a defense whose coordinator, Vic Fangio, spent last year at Stanford, which has prompted him to debrief two rookie teammates from Stanford - wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman - for background information. 

Four Analysts, Four Questions - NFC West | - Who’ll be this division’s breakout player for 2011? . Khaled: In honor of Sam Monson, I almost want to say Tarvaris Jackson, but watching 200-plus games of football a year hasn’t turned me that crazy yet. Instead, I’ll take a chance on Dan Williams getting more playing time, and turning out to be one of the more stout nose tackles in the league.

Mac's Football Blog: Eagles 1st Round Pick Danny Watkins Heads To The Bench Philadelphia Eagles first-round guard Danny Watkins was not working with the first team offense during Wednesday's walk-through, Rueben Frank of CSN Philly reports. The Eagles used the 23rd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft on the 26-year-old Watkins, with the expectation being that he'd step right in and start at right guard. Instead, journeyman Kyle DeVan got the work with the first-team, a situation that is expected to continue when the Eagles open up against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Scout’s corner: USC a some talent on the D-line | National Football Post - Observations and analysis from the first week of the college football season, including thoughts about some of the nation’s top defensive prospects. news: Adding Garrard makes sense for several QB-needy teams - No longer a starting-caliber QB If we're talking the best fit, I'd have to say Miami or Seattle. First off, let's get this clear. If Garrard was still a starting-caliber QB, he'd be in Jacksonville. Coach Jack Del Rio's job is on the line and he has to play the best players. He opted to sign off on releasing Garrard. That should tell you plenty. So Garrard is now a backup, but he's still better than a lot of guys holding clipboards. In Miami, Chad Henne looked a lot better in the preseason once Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush got on the field. However, now that games are for real and defenses are going to scheme him differently, will Henne continue to look as good? If not, the Dolphins could use Garrard's experience. Seattle's quarterback situation is really a question mark. Tarvaris Jackson is the starter but he has a lot to prove. Charlie Whitehurst has proven himself not to be reliable. He's been afforded opportunities the past two seasons to win the starting job and failed. Garrard could be a better option because he could be an adequate starter for a few games, if needed.

Sam Bradford and Montario Hardesty will break out, other Bold Predictions - Don Banks - - Chad Henne, Rex Grossman, Matt Hasselbeck, Kyle Orton, Donovan McNabb, Alex Smith, David Garrard and Tarvaris Jackson are all scheduled to start the season as their team's No. 1 quarterback. But none of them will end the year occupying the same rung on their team's depth chart. For starters at season's end, give me Matt Moore in Miami, John Beck in Washington, Locker in Tennessee, Tim Tebow in Denver (gulp), Ponder in Minnesota, Kaepernick in San Francisco, Gabbert in Jacksonville and Charlie Whitehurst in Seattle.

Out of nowhere - Asked to pick one player he is particularly excited about having on the team this season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll opted for Brandon Browner – and then also added Dominique Byrd.

Seahawks Blog | Seahawks catch up very quickly this season | Seattle Times Newspaper - The Seahawks began last season with five receivers on the 53-man roster, who had a combined total of 64 NFL receptions the year before. Forty-five of those catches belonged to Deion Branch, who was traded to New England after four games.

Seahawks Blog | Reading the opponent: 49ers links | Seattle Times Newspaper - Don't read this if you're intimidated by opponent's pass pressure. Seriously. Don't. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee might give you nightmares as he enumerates the 49ers plans to throw all sorts of heavy implements at opposing quarterbacks. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville " - FOCUS ON Trivial pursuit. With the players off today, the coaches working on the game plan for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco and the 53-man roster set, for now, we figured it was a good time to examine those players. - Sports: Seahawks 2011 Preview: Jackson has positive outlook - Instead of seeking payback against those who gave up on him, QB Travaris Jackson wants to reward those who showed faith in him. - Sports: Daryl Turner: Too young, too fast When Ronny Turner finally gave up on trying to save his younger brother's life, he walked out of the unkempt house in one of the seedier neighborhoods that Flint, Mich., had to offer. Feeling relieved that Ronny was gone, Daryl Turner turned to his roommate and uttered the phrase that had come to define what was left of his life. "Let's go get high," Daryl Turner said.

49ers WRs vs. Seahawks: Time to Get The Ball Rolling - Niners Nation - Phew... The 49ers dodged a bullet when they received news that their new big-play acquisition will not be penalized by the league by means of a suspension. Instead, the socially troublesome Braylon Edwards will be forced to pay a $50,000 fine for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

49ers notebook: Safety Donte Whitner set for debut as 'quarterback' of the 49ers' secondary - San Jose Mercury News - The 49ers are ready to unveil their new quarterback -- for their secondary, that is. Strong safety Donte Whitner, one of 19 newcomers this year under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, will make his 49ers debut in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks. "We expect him to be kind of the quarterback of our secondary, and we're very pleased to have him," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday.

Week One NFL Picks: NFL Kicks Off Thursday Night - SB Nation Philly - Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5) - With Tarvaris Jackson vs Alex Smith, is this the worst QB matchup we'll get all week? I honestly would not be surprised by any score in this game. Both of these teams are hard to predict, so I'm gonna say that 5.5 is a high and it ends up as a FG game. Pick: Seahawks

49ers season preview: Facts, figures and projections - San Jose Mercury News - Can this team finally win under Alex Smith? An ideal system and offensive-minded coach give Smith his best chance at succeeding for a franchise that drafted him first overall in 2005. Coach Jim Harbaugh's arrival - and experience as an NFL quarterback - was enough to convince Smith to return on a one-year, $5 million deal. Smith took this opportunity so seriously, he led offseason workouts both on the field and in the classroom during the labor lockout.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks 2011 Season Preview Part II: 2010 Recap, Off-Season and Offense - Last year will go down as a major milestone in Seahawks history. It was Pete Carroll and John Schneider's first year at the helm. Matt Hasselbeck played his 10th and final season with the team, while becoming the franchise leader in victories. The front office made a team-record 284 roster transactions. The result was the franchise's seventh division title, and one of the best playoff victories in Seahawks history. Marshawn Lynch, one of the 284 transactions added during the year, made sure there would be a historic record of the team's victory by helping to register a seismic event during his unforgettable 67-yard "Beast Quake" run. Almost any season that includes a division title and a playoff victory would be considered successful, but this one was special considering the state of the roster to start the season and amount of key injuries that piled up. Carroll and Schneider knocked it out of the park.

Scout's take: Horton's thoughts on Seattle - NFC West Blog - ESPN - Scouts Inc. founder Gary Horton has passed along observations for NFC West teams. I’ll share them on a team-by-team basis and offer a few thoughts to get the conversation going.

By design, Hawks are bigger, younger | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune - Since last season’s opener against San Francisco, the Seattle Seahawks starters have gotten 30 years younger, the offensive line has added 58 pounds and the starting secondary has sprouted 8 inches. It’s increasingly clear that if they were to design an heraldic crest symbolic of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider regime with the Seahawks, it would feature a couple of grinning guys high-fiving above the motto: Younger, Faster, Stronger.

Where NFL team stand on roster turnover - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN The Seattle Seahawks have reveled in their roster activity since Pete Carroll took over as coach following the 2009 season. "Carroll and general manager John Schneider made 284 roster transactions in 2010 and are continuing to shape a roster with bigger, faster, talented young players this season," the team's weekly in-season news release says. "Of the 53 players currently on the active roster for this week's game, only 10 were with the team in 2009."

Seahawks | Seahawks' depth at receiver is a fine mess | Seattle Times NewspaperThe uncertainty in Seattle's passing game was a problem to begin last season. There was a serious question whether Seattle had enough capable receivers. This season, the uncertainty is a sign of progress. Just try figuring out how Seattle will distribute the ball among Sidney Rice, Mike Williams and Zach Miller. "You can only imagine how a defense is going to look at it," Miller said.

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