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Happy Tuesday!

Seattle's Carroll too late to thwart fake FG | Local News | The Seattle Times
"I was calling timeout but they didn't see me," Carroll said. "I was out on the field, I don't know how far, but I was out there running at them. We saw it from upstairs. I didn't do a good enough job of getting in their view, because I was calling time out before the ball was snapped."

Week 4 winners/losers: Chiefs' Matt Cassel may be losing grip on starting job - Yahoo! Sports
For all the people who love Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, please cool your jets. Yes, Wilson has promising ability. But after his three-interception effort on Sunday, he is averaging less than six yards per pass attempt. That's not terrible for a rookie, but it's not exactly the diamond-in-the-rough stuff that people out of the Northwest (that's you, coach Pete Carroll) have been trying to sell the rest of us. Wilson might become a really good player. But let's give him time.

Whisenhunt on 4-0 start: 'I don’t care how you do it' | National Football Post
Cardinals' unbeaten start quite a story

Hopes on Ice | National Football Post
It may not look like it, but Cam Newton is on a path similar to the traveled by Matt Ryan

Carroll clears up (kind of) the Flynn injury issue | Seahawks Insider
"Matt’s ready to play," Carroll said. "We just don’t know what’s going to happen when he gets a lot of work or a load of work. He might be all right. But we don’t know that. We have not taken him there yet. But he’s ready to play in every game, and he’s ready to go in the very next play we need him, and so the competition goes on, in my mind, as it does in every position on our football team. Our guys continue to compete.

QBR ranks: Sticking with Russell Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Sticking with Wilson for now is the right call, in my view. Among the reasons:

Seattle not making QB switch despite struggles - NFL -
"We're going with Russell right now,'' Carroll said. "He's working his tail off to get it right, and where all of the focus that goes to the quarterback position, there's a lot of guys that figure into what's going on, and he's one of them. So we're just trying to get better.''

Seahawks quarterback controversy? Pete Carroll stands behind Russell Wilson | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
"He's not far off from being really, really successful right now as a leader in that position," Carroll said.

Monday metatarsal musings
"You can’t ask for more than Marshawn gave us today," guard Paul McQuistan said in the locker room after the game. "The way he was running, it’s motivating as we’re blocking because he’s giving it all he’s got. So you try to keep giving him that one opportunity to spring him."

Improvement needed on most pivotal down
"Really, the issues goes to us on both sides of the ball on third downs. We had big issues on third-and-long on defense. And just on third down in general on offense. "So that’s where we have to focus and get our stuff right."

Why the Seahawks quarterback saga may rumble on into 2013 " Seahawks Draft Blog
Honestly, I had absolutely no appetite to spend another year looking at college quarterbacks. Since I started this blog in 2008, it’s been one long slog – trying to identify who might be a guy capable of leading this team into a new era. Preferably, an era of winning football games. Initially it was about finding a successor to Matt Hasselbeck, then it was about finding someone who could be the answer sooner rather than later. When the Seahawks named Russell Wilson as the starter for 2012 I sincerely hoped the long search was over. Had the Seahawks finally found their starting quarterback for the present and future?

Seahawks Report Card: Offense slows to halt in loss to Rams -
The Seahawks didn't look great against the Rams on Sunday, but they didn't look bad either in the 19-13 loss. There were no F's awarded, but for the second straight week the offense did grade out the lowest.

Seahawks Report Card: Offense slows to halt in loss to Rams -
The Seahawks didn't look great against the Rams on Sunday, but they didn't look bad either in the 19-13 loss. There were no F's awarded, but for the second straight week the offense did grade out the lowest.

Jim Mora Jr. Is An Asshole
When UCLA football coach Jim Mora Jr. kicked the media out of Wednesday's practice, he explained his actions by saying he had "some issues" with the school's sports information office after a couple of camera crews set up in what was supposed to be a restricted area.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: The Morning After: Seahawks Humiliated By Rams, 19-13
Keep in mind that Wilson is not the one calling for an option play on a crucial third down against the Packers. Wilson is not the one calling for a reverse pitch to Marshawn Lynch on 3rd and 1 instead of putting him between the tackles where he excels. Wilson is not the one calling a passing play on 3rd and 2 in the second quarter, or 3rd and 3 later in the quarter. He is not the one calling for a spread formation on 3rd and short, eliminating the defenses need to honor both the run and the pass. And he certainly isn't the one putting the team in shotgun formation in the red zone while trailing by six points on 3rd and 2 when the team has run for 37 yards on that drive with a 7.4 yard per carry average. What is worse is that there is not clarity on who is calling those plays.

Week 4 Judgements: Take Vikings seriously - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Let's just cut to the chase: Yes, Minnesota is legit, and it's not just because the Vikings found a quarterback to complement their franchise running back and wide receiver; it's because they rediscovered a defense. Look at their last two wins: They held Detroit and San Francisco to 13 points each, and contrast that to a year ago when Minnesota blew leads of 10, 17 and 20 points in their first three games. That doesn't happen anymore, and it shows. The Vikings are on top of the NFC North. Moreover, they just overcame their worst nemesis -- namely, the rest of the division. Their defeat of Detroit was the Vikings' first over an NFC North opponent in 12 straight games. Their last division win happened in 2010, and it came ... you guessed it ... at the expense of the Detroit Lions.