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Hawks draft picks
Posted: April 28, 2008 4:19 PM
Hmmmm, interesting moves I felt on draft day. The guy that everyone seemed to think we were going to draft Keller was passed on by Seattle and instead used to pick up a DE/DL from USC. I like the fact that we are taking players from the west coast who won't complain as much about traveling up to Seattle for living in the city during their tenure. Seems a lot easier vs. taking people from the east coast and hoping they adjust. We definitely needed help with the run last year, hence the game in Green Bay when we got ran over. I still think a lot of our poor defense stems from the inability of John Marshall to call a good game. Up 14-0 on Green Bay people, and we proceeded to get our asses handed to us the rest of the game. I like the picks of the FB from West Virginia and the long snapper....definitely areas where we can use some help. I still think Seattle is a trade away from having that stud TE or another WR, but with Obamanu, Talyor, and others, we could, I say could, be ok for now at WR.
The Mariners? Are fricking struggling right now, absolutely struggling. Richie Sexson? Someone kidnap him, please. Kenji J? Why did we extend this guys contract I will never know. Vidro? Historically a great .300 hitter, but is struggling this year. You gotta wonder why Bavasi decides on bringing guys in here like Wilkerson and Sexson, who have historically hit in the .240-.250 range. Everyone by now should know that when you come to play in Seattle's spacious Safeco, you are just not going to hit for average as you did where ever you played before. Look at Cirillo, Beltre, Olivio, Aurilla, Sexson, etc, etc. The only exception seems to be Ibanez. So, the M's better start going after hitters like a Maglio Ordonez or start moving the fences in....which is something, if you recall, Griffey had a beef with when the stadium was first constructed. Detroit moved their fences in, why can't Seattle?
The Hawks released their 2008 schedule this year and for the most part, it's favorable. The real headache is having to travel to the east coast for FOUR games, which is a bit much. No love, once again.
Looks like another 10-6 to 11-5 Seahawks record with ole' Holmy at the helms. Guess what? Expect another first round home win followed by a loss on the road the next week.
Prove me wrong Holmgren, mix up the offense, draft a solid TE, and call a few trick plays from time to time and we have a shot at a 13-3 record and home field advantage.
Otherwise.....it's more of the same old Hawks
Seattle Sonics update:
Oh, Mr. Shultz, you think you can win back the town of Seattle by suing Clay Bennett? Think again...your over priced tasteless coffee chain is about to dry up in Seattle. You tore the hearts out of a lot of fans in Seattle, and for that, you will NEVER be favored again in this town. You'll be known as a Martyr in this town for the rest of your life. Better do like Boeing did and move your lame ass and your corporate executives to Chicago or somewhere other than Seattle.
GET THE HELL OUT OF SEATTLE WITH THE REST OF YOUR OKLAHOMA GANG Shultzy!!!!!!!!!!!!
You just said everything that every Seattle Seahawk fan has been wanting to say for the last year: thanks for the memories Shaun, you were great, but you are unfortunately past your prime and this is a business. If Shaun was a pint sized RB like a Barry Sanders or Warrick Dunn, he could probably continue to do what's he's done for a good year or two. But the problem lies in the fact that he is a big back that has lost a step. A 6'0, 230 lb RB that runs at best a 4.6 now is NEVER going to be able to crack another 25+ yard plus run again in this league at his age.
Thanks Shaun, you brought the Hawks back to a prideful status. It's now time to give Seattle a friendly wave goodbye and accept the fact that your days are numbered.
Also, while I'm posting, what's everyone's thoughts on Lorenzo Romar? A very, very subpar year and the second year in a row that the Washington Huskies men's basketball team had a terrible year in Pac 10 play. I still think the verdict is out on Romar. He can't seem to figure out what line-up he wants to use, still doesn't seem to get when to call a zone vs. man defense, and has horrible in-bound plays (when was the last time you saw a well executed in bound play from UW?). Two years in a row of mediocre basketball spell trouble to me. Yes, the Pac 10 was well stocked this year with talent, but we also have a McDonald's all american in Brockman, a lights out three point shooter in Appleby, and "supposed" top talent in guys like Pondexter and Overton. Talented, yes, but you also need a coach that can direct. Is Romar the answer? I think next year will be a pivotal one in his career at UW.
Although we intended to get this out right after the Redskins game, we've decided to release it late anyway because it is fun, it has to do with the Seahawks and it's a cartoon........and who doesn't love cartoons!?!
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This loss really hurt and I think it’s time for a few things to change in Hawkland as we know it. Unlike the crushing defeat in Chicago last year, I really felt we had a chance to win this game in Green Bay. What killed Seattle was what got them as far as they did on defense….speed can’t handle snow. The snow really affected our smaller LB’s and DL and Green Bay was pretty much able to run all over us. However, I don’t think that that was the only problem on defense. The worst thing of all with New York winning Seattle would have HOSTED the NFC championship game….that is a crusher.
Why did John Marshall not figure out how to make some adjustments during the game? Favre must have thrown at LEAST 8 balls to the WR by simply walking up to the line, looking at our CB’s and DB’s 10 yards off them, and throwing them the ball on a quick snap count. I mean, my MOM could have figured that out. Moreover, we had 0 pressure on Favre all day. As I said in several blog post, the only way you beat Green Bay is by getting pressure on Favre. We didn’t, and I again blame John Marshall for this. His defense fools no body. We were UP 14-0 people. What happened next? GB goes 6 consecutive possessions with TD’s and goes 8-9 on third down conversion. That is uncalled for given how much $$$$ we spent in the offseason on Defense.
Bottom line, John Marshall has NEVER proven himself in this league as a Dick Labeau or Monte Kiffin. Seattle NOW needs to go out and spend big money on a defensive coordinator or promote Mora. Other changes that need to happen immediately are CUT Alexander. Once again, you need to be able to run the ball in cold weather and with no running game, we didn’t stand a chance. He has 0% ability to make runs for himself. The lifespan of a NFL running back is 5 years max and he’s past his prime. Please Seattle, please, trade up and get a rookie or a 2 or 3 year solid veteran RB. Please do NOT put faith in Shaun coming back next year and having a miracle year.
Unlike the game in Chicago last year, I feel that Seattle has a legitimate shot of winning this game this weekend. Our defense is much improved from last year and has more talent in the secondary with Grant and Russell. Although our rushing game is struggling, we have enough talent at WR to keep Green Bay guessing to where the ball is going.
Here are my keys to the game.
1.Matt Hasselbeck. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blog post, it’s time to see if Matt can separate himself from being an above average QB to greatness. He is surrounded by talent, from the WR core to Holmgren and Haskell calling the plays. Can he make the right decisions in terms of audibles? Can he execute that “killer instinct” fourth quarter drive with 2 minutes left to go on the clock. Does he have that type of Joe Montana type blood? This is a BIG game and so far in his 9 year career he has struggled on the road in big games (New England a few years ago, Pittsburgh this year, Green Bay in the playoffs, etc). He simply cannot have a 2 or 3 INT game, bottom line.
2.Have to run the ball. I don’t care if it’s Alexander or Morris, Seattle has got to at least have a threat in the running game. Why? Two main reasons: tougher to throw the ball in colder weather and the run will help set up the play-action. Shaun seemed to be running with stronger wheels last week so hopefully he will keep it up.
3.Marshall plan: He has NOT proven he can call an effective defense on the road. The 12th man allows us to use mainly a four man rush due to the fact they can pretty much predict the snap count. Hey John, same can’t be said on the road. You have GOT to get pressure on Favre this weekend. We CANNOT have a game in which we have 0 sacks. That will lead to nothing else but a quick plane ticket home.
4.Call a reverse to Branch. If we truly are the underdog this weekend, I’d suggest calling a few trick plays to keep Green Bay honest. If Branch is healthy, get him involved. He has the most playoff experience on the team and a trick play to him could net 60 yards and a TD since Holmgren NEVER calls a trick play.
I think we win in the department of special teams simply because Brown is so clutch and Burleson is so money on kickoff/punt returns. This 2007/2008 team have been amazing at times and it’s time to see what they are made of. The opportunity is right there for the taking and the Hawks should come out on top.
Ok, I think most Seattle fans truly believed that Seattle would win this game this weekend. Despite the wave of momentum that Washington was riding, Seattle had stronger offensive weapons and a more defined defensive unit. Plus, it was a home game, and there was no way the Seattle fans were going to let the Hawks blow that game.
Matt Hasselbeck struggled this weekend and give the Redskins credit, they did an excellent job of disguising defenses to confuse Matt (why can't John Marshall figure this style of D out???). He is a rhythm quarterback who didn’t find a grove until 7:15 left in the fourth quarter. His real challenge comes this weekend, however, to see if he can separate himself from other quarterbacks in this league.
Hasselbeck in my mind has been an above average QB in the NFL. A guy that has a good TD to INT ratio, can pull off a few fourth quarter drives, and gets his team to the playoffs. What separates Matt from other quarterback from getting to the next level of “greatness?” No doubt about it, being able to win BIG games on the road in the playoffs. “Great” QB’s in the past few decades were able to pull off road playoff games to advance. Brady vs. a 13-3 Pittsburgh team in 2001, John Elway in Cleveland (a few times), Terry Bradshaw, and on and on. Moreover, if you look at Holmgren’s playoff records, he has NEVER won a road playoff game.
This weekend’s game for Seattle is a separator: can Hasselbeck and Holmgren go from above average QB and coach to “great?” It’s time for them to see what they are made of.
Keys to the game to come later this week.
Also, let's get out and support our team this week in Green Bay
If you were at Seahawks Stadium this weekend, you noticed how die-hard fans of NFL teams that have been around for 40+ years will do anything to come support their teams. If you watched the NYG-Tampa Bay game, you also probably noticed a large amount of NYG faithful at that game as well. Granted, Florida is a retirement mecha for NY Vinny's wanting to escape the cold weather, but still, there were a ton of them in the stands.
I challenge Seahawks fans this week to go to Green Bay and support this team. Green Bay has about the nicest fans in the NFL there is and you won't get chicken wings thrown at you at games. If UW can get a full section at most road games in the country, there is no reason why Seahawks fans can't travel to Green Bay.
This is a special team with a real shot of getting to the Superbowl. I believe Green Bay is beatable at home (remember, Michael Vick and Atlanta did it to them a few years ago). Moreover, the Superbowl is FINALLY on the west coast.....we can come out in FULL support if we get to Arizona.
OK folks, playoff times. If we learned anything from Pittsburgh a few years ago, it's that a wild card team can indeed go ALL THE WAY. It's NOW time for Seattle Seahawks 2008, especially with the Superbowl being on the left coast for first time in a long time in Arizona.
Here are Seattle Sports Blog's keys to the game:
1. Keep pressure on Collins: I don't care how much of a resurgence this guy has had the last couple of weeks, he is still just a 13 year veteran who will crack under pressure. They are most likey going to double Kearney, so it's up to Tapp and our interior linemen to get pressure on him. Oh yeah, sent a LB or FS in once in a while too Marshall and CROWD The line!!
2. Win the turnover margin: Shaun is going to have to hold onto the ball in these wet conditions along with Matt. We cannot have Hasselbeck fumble as he did against Atlanta.
3. Hit harder and come out with a nasty streak. Our beloved Hawks can be a bit too nice at times and that's the team that Ruskell has built. We need to be nasty this weekend and I'm confident that Washington is going to come out for blood. Fight blood with blood and have Lofa lay down the law early.
4. Contain Moss and Cooley: Our secondary and coverages have got to be well executed this weekend. Marshall and Mora better be ready as the skins will be doing everything and anything to get these guys the ball.
5. Crowd noise: Yes, Seattle, you are going to play a major role in the game and the national media knows this. Stay loud, even if we get down 10-0 for some strange reason. The skins don't seem to think that Seahawks Stadium is that loud......let's prove them wrong.
Go hawks, go for the frickin throat this weekend and let's get to Green Bay.
I thought we were the town that originated the wave? I was at the Baltimore game and I painfully watched a group in the 100 level try and start one. Have we gotten soooo snooty that the wave is no longer cool? I say blah to that and keep the WAVE ALIVE. Problem with the new stadium is that the 300 level beer drinkers can't see the 100 level starting the wave. Unlike the Dome, you could see all levels fairly well.
Let's get the wave going from the 300 level again this week!!!
Back from a nice long vacation.....much needed, but it's TIME FOR HAWKS PLAYOFF FOOTBALL NOW!!!!
Seattle fans, if you can't get up for this game, don't go. The Hawks are a legitimate team again this year and feel confident about them getting to Arizona. They played a few meaningless games against Carolina and Atlanta to end out the year. They should now be focused on the prize...the trophy.
We should be able to beat the charging Redskins this weekend. What would be next? TBD, but my guess is that we play at Green Bay. That will be a tough game for us, but one that I think we can win. I'd rather play Dallas so that we could throw the ball more, but I'm confident we can get the running game in order like we did against Baltimore and beat Green Bay on the "Frozen Tundra".
BTW, I got to experience sitting in one of the Hawks Stadium luxury box this weekend. Wow, what a treat, however, I'd prefer to be amongst the crazies in the cold weather. It's a better experience to walk out of there with your ears ringing :)
GO HAWKS....will post more later this week as we draw closer to game time.
Well, I guess the ride needed to end at some point with our win streak. However, to lose to a 5-8 Carolina team that is starting a 4th string QB is deplorable. We should have been blitzing this guy EVERY down!!!!! This goes to show once again that John Marshall cannot disguise blitzes and does not know how to sheme a coverage to stop the short passes. 0 szcks against a fourth string QB is about as bad as it gets.
Our running game? A JOKE. Seattle not only needs a new RB, we need a whole new offensive line. We need some size. Jones is getting old and it showed this weekend. Does anything think in a snowy Green Bay that we will have the slightest chance of winning? Holmgren or our offensive line coach better light a fire under the OL to get their acts together or they stand to lose their jobs next year.
Well, let's hope we can at least win out, finish 11-5 with some momentum heading into the playoffs. This game, however, was a big, big letdown.
Let's just hope this isn't a let down game this week.
Keys to the game:
1. Come out strong: Seattle needs to stay hungry and realize there is still a lot at stake in the NFC. Green Bay loses a few games, we're right back in the hunt for that 1st round bye.
2. Keep Blitzing: Let's not get complacent and let Kearney try and do all the work. The double teams are coming against him, so keep Grant, Peterson, Lofa, whoever coming...keep them off guard.
3. Mo/Shaun/Weaver: Please continue to allow these 3 guys to share touches. It keeps the Panthers from knowing who's doing what (Weaver on screens or draw plays? Mo on pitches or dives? etc)
4. Hasselbeck stay consistent: He can get a little shaky on the road sometimes. Come out early, toss a few TD's, and get us the lead.
5. Special Teams: As it did in the New Orleans game earlier this year, ST can get us in a hole quickly. Let's hope the new guy has good consistent snaps this week so that we don't even have to notice the ST's.....the best ST's in the league are those you never hear from.
Boy, what a difference 5 weeks makes in the NFL. Coming off the Pittsburgh loss and Cleveland meltdown, the Hawks have turned things around significantly these last 5 weeks. They absolutely crushed Arizona yesterday and rolled to their fourth straight division championship. There are a number of scenario's that can play out the remainder of the year, and let's hope some bad things happen in Green Bay that allow us to get that first round bye.
Hasselbeck is above and beyond the MVP of this team. His TD to INT ratio this year is one of his best and he's spreading the ball around well to all WR's.
A few other game balls yesterday:
Len Weaver is making us forgot about Mack Strong rather quickly. Know what's funny? Holmgren has finally brought back the screen pass that he used to LOVE to run with Green Bay and in his early days with Seattle. Weaver can catch and BLOCK, which is something this team has needed for picking up blitzes
Marcus Trufant: The MVP on defense for this team. It took him a few years to come out of his shell and as he indicated yesterday, "The pressure up front makes QB's make bad throws" That couldn't be more true with TRU.........Lofa may be the leader, but Trufant is the MVP right now and deserves a shot to the pro bowl. Kearney also has been unbelievable these last several weeks and has proven he's worth the money.
Things to work on:
Still need to get more of a running game going in these games when we're up, but if you don't need it, don't bother with it. I'd rather win these games scoring 42 points vs. squeakers by 3 and Shaun/Mo/Weaver have 150 yards+ on the ground.
Special Teams: Why is it that we are so vunerable to the onside kick at halftime? Can someone please notify the front 5 on KO return to NOT leave until the ball is in the air?????
With how bad the Sonics are right now, with the Mariners unwilling to pay big $$$ for a key starter and with UW hoops losing as they did on Saturday, the Hawks are the only thing to look forward to in Seattle Sports right now.
On what was shaping up to be another let down weekend for Seattle Sports (Huskies in particular getting their asses handed to them in basketball and the football team's embarrassment vs. Hawaii), the Hawks found another way to pull out a win. The Seahawks are the only good thing going good for Seattle sports right now with the Huskies, Sonics, and Mariners all looking like sub par teams.
Here are our positives and negatives from yesterday's game against Philly:
#1: Running back by committee: is working well for this team right now. No need to fix it. I'd almost prefer to get Morris more carries than the 5 he got yesterday. Shaun looked like a new man yesterday. I'll still give $200 to the first person who believes Alexander will EVER be able to break a 25+ yard run again.
#2: Hasselbeck: He still seems to be able to fumble the ball at least once per game and throw one INT, but overall, when we needed him, he came through. Branch, Burleson, and Engram all did well yesterday for him, however, where is our tight end? Can Heller get more involved?
#3: Lofa: I've been giving this guy a bad time for at times getting run over and at times being in the wrong spot on mis-direction runs, but he was the MVP yesterday. 3 Int's, 11 tackles...nuff said.
#1: Can Marshall please get more aggressive on his play calling on the road for blitzes? We had ONE sack yesterday...ONE! Please, John Marshall, send Peterson, send Lofa, send Hill...get the LB's and DB's more involved in getting pressure. Our defense is TOO PREDICTABLE!!
#2: Poor tackling angles: The Philly RB's had too many cut backs yesterday and I saw Russell and Grant out of position and taking bad angles to the ball. Stay in your lanes people!!
#3: Special Teams: Thank God for Bently.....why can't Holmgren think about who's back there? Westbrook is a stud...kick the fricking ball out of bounds!!!
Overall, we looked solid again on the road and pulled out another big win. Up next a pesky Arizona team who is going to come for blood. Can you say revenge for week #2? Hawks fans, get ready to be as LOUD AS YOU CAN BE....
This team continues to somehow find a way to win games that they could have easily lost. A first and goal with :55 seconds left is a credit to our defense, who stepped things up in the second half. This team still needs a great deal of work as we try and build momentum heading into the playoffs.
1. Hasselbeck: Nuff said, he is our MVP this year and carrying this team
2. Mooooo Morris: The guy adds an element that has been missing from this team ALL YEAR….a game breaker running back. I said this after week #2, Shaun Alexander will never have another 25+ yard run…he’s too old and too slow.
3. Defense: I still think Marshall gets too conservative with the lead, but we stepped it up when it counted most.
4. Special Teams: Josh Wilson, welcome aboard. That return helped keep us in the game, no doubt about it.
Still needs work
Seattle NEEDS to start coming out stronger on the road, no doubt about it. Pittsburgh, Arizona, and now St. Louis. We come out laying an egg in the first half. Can we start out running harder drills???? Can we get out for pre-game earlier? Something needs to change here.
Killer Instinct: Holmgren still gets too conservative with his play calling, especially in close games where we have the lead. With the ball on the St. Louis 38 after a long pass play with 2.30 left, he calls run play, run play, pass, missed FG. Take a few shots at the endzone there Mike….you HAVE the lead, remember.
What a great game yesterday. Every win in the NFL is important, but moving to 6-4 vs. being 5-5 is a huge momentum booster for this team. Arizona isn't exactly throwing in the towel right now, so it's important for us to keep winning. Up next a newly re-energized St. Louis team that can be dangerous at home.
Game balls and thoughts from the game yesterday.
1. Defense: was solid throughout the day. Despite the long TD run, we held them in check for the most part and our safeties did exactly what we needed....don't get beat deep. Kearney Game ball with 3 sacks. Lofa was solid yesterday, but got ran over on that 5 yard TD run. The stuff on the fourth and 1 however was critical!
2. Hasselbeck & Holmgren: Once again, Matt is having an MVP like year and continues to show improvements with Holmgren's newly opened up offense. 2 TD's, 300+ yards passsing, no INT's....great game. I still think Holmgren gets a bit soft in his play calling with the lead. That's one of the separaters of a New England vs. Seattle....NE continues to for the throat all game where as Seattle will go into 3 straight running plays inside the redzone with a lead. It keeps teams around and if Chicago would have recovered that onside kick....who knows.
3. Mo Morris: Shaun, please continue to rest your tired hangnails so that Morris can continue to show how great of a RB he is. It goes to show that the problem wasn't the line, it was Shaun.
Keep up the fire Hawks and let's get to 7-4 next week vs. St. Louis. We have got to prove we can win on the road.
This is a game that Seattle should be able to take and as long as we keep the mistakes to a minimum and don't come out flat like we did against New Orleans, we should win. I see the game coming out 27-13 Hawks.
Here's our keys to the game:
1. Counter Hester with a little Seneca: Hester is a dangerous threat on Chicago, but why can't Seattle counter with a little danger of their own? Ok, Seneca isn't as fast as Hester, but he can move in the open field. Get Seneca involved in the offense to just mix it up a bit
2. Watch the deep ball: Again, Chicago DOES have some speed with Hester and Berriman. Couple that with the fact that we haven't been beaten deep in a while and it's a recipe for disaster. Grant and Russell can't fall asleep back there
3. Shaun's not starting? Who gives a &$%@, sit him down if he's just going to collect paycheck after paycheck. Mo Mo Mo Morris is what I have to say about that. Morris has GOT to hang onto the ball though...he seems to fumble in key situations. BTW, check out the video on ESPN labeled "Fitzy"....it's hilarious: ESPN
4. Defensive pressure. Rexy's first start in a while, there's no reason we shouldn't sack this guy 10 times this week.
This should be a fairly easy victory tonight, but this is the NFL, and nothing comes easy. The last time I said we should have a "fairly easy game", we end up losing to an 0-4 New Orleans.
Keys to the game tonight:
1. Come out guns a blarring tonight!!! We came out flat against New Orleans and before you knew it, we were down 17-0. Morris, get him some touches early and let Matt lead the way.
2. Defensive pressure: Can John Marshall call some effective blitzes tonight? He seems to do better at home than on the road with our sack totals. A LOT of that has to do with the 12th man, so let those tool Niners HEAR YOU! Smith is a great QB given tons of time, so keep on him with well executed, well disguised blitzes Marshall.
3. Special Teams: This goes along with key #1, but it's critial to not make any mistakes on ST tonight. It's going to be ugly weather wise, so let's hope our long snapper has his stuff together.
Keep things steady and don't make turnovers tonight and we should come out on top 24-10.
We need to get some momentum back and this is a good game to do it
Can Paul Allen please wake up and fire this idiot!!!! Can you not hold a fricking 21-9 lead on the road? NOOOOOO!!!!!! You can't, because you are an idiot!!! Retire, get your ass out of Seattle, quit being our fricking defensive coordinator. Your inept, over paid defense had 0 SACKS THIS GAME. YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CALL A DEFENSE!!!! YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BLITZ. You got a job handed to you with no experience. GO HOME, RETIRE. I HATE JOHN MARSHALL!!!
Shaun Alexander, you are DONE. QUIT, you are OLD and you suck. Thanks for the memories, but it is time to move on. Quit being such a soft winey church go-er....get OUT NOW. YOU ARE DONE!!!!
Holmgren: You're typical conversative play calling is A JOKE! Time for you to move on. How many fourth and one's that you call over left tackle are you going to lose for this team? ?????? Anyone remember that happening twice last year in the Chicago playoff loss? Time to retire ole' Mike...you turned the franchise around, but it's time your boring play calling move on.
Bottom line, this team still finshes 10-6 with our joke of a schedule and everyone thinks everything is hunkie dorie. We lose again in the playoffs. TIME FOR CHANGE
Ok, I promise, this is my last post on this subject. To the conservative city council, to the lame Seattle City council people, to the idiots in Olympia such as Frank Chopp, to the tools over at Diamond parking, LET US TAILGAITE and have a few beers for heavan's sake!!!! The problem with Seattle is that everyone has a stick in their rear and if someone is seen urinating in the streets, heaveans for betsy close the WHOLE thing down! Anyone in Seattle ever get out and see the rest of the world? How about the Running of the Bulls in Spain? People are intoxicated at this event at 8:00AM and people DIE at this event every year....do you think that stops them? NO!!!! Or, how about Bay to Breakers in San Francisco? I can walk down the street drinking a beer and the cops don't care as long as you're cool with them. Seattle? No way, no how! They want everyone to stay in their houses and not go outside and have any fun. Any fan that braves the elements in the 9 months of Seattle gloom is a fan by my standards and should allowed to have a beer at a designated tailgate area. The US as a whole has such little culture and such few fun things to do....let us tailgate Seattle like the rest of the country! Have cops and Honeybuckets at the parking lots and everything will be cool....something Seattle just can't figure out to do right.
Letter sent to a variety of Diamond Parking lot people:
To whom it may concern,
I'm writing this letter to inform you about your mishandling of tailgating at Seahawks Stadium parking lots. To ban alcohol at this event is only going to stir up strong emotions amongst Seahawks fans and you will continue to receive these types of letters from others. Seattle has the WORST tailgating in the country, whether it's pro sports or college, and the laws need to be changed. Diamond parking lots should be providing ample amounts of Honey Buckets and be paying for extra security around the area to enforce the few that ruin the event. You're charging $100 per large vehicle, so you can't tell me you're cutting into your margins all that much to pay for these miscellaneous cost. The TRUTH is that you are being influenced by Seattle legislature, and that's not good. Diamond Parking lots already occupy a strong amount of real estate in downtown Seattle and make the city an EYE SORE when it comes to aesthetics. Why don't you bulldoze a few of your cement parking lots and put a few parks in? Was it the intention of the CEO and the family of Diamond Parking lots to make millions of dollars at the expense of making downtown Seattle look like an industrial wasteland?
A win is a win and one that the Hawks really needed came on Sunday. Despite his injury, Hasselbeck held it together enough to move the offense effectively throughout the game. Our defense looked great, although, I still saw too many 4 man rushes. St. Louis is garbage people, remember that. Good to see we blew out a crappy team, but we still need to improve in many areas. Holmgren still needs to get Matt out of the pocket more, call a few screen passes, and call a few trick plays...our offense is horribly predictable. Our redzone offense could also use some help, and that comes from getting Alexander out of the game more. GREAT work Holmgren in listening to the boos at Seahawks Stadium.....we are tired of watching Shaun fall down. Get the ball in the hands of a hungrier Maurice Morris and Weaver....they at least run with a purpose. Alexander needs to accept the fact that his best days are behind him. Do what Fred Taylor did in Jax....you're not the same RB in your 30's and give some carries to the younger folk around you.
Tailgating in Seattle:
Seattle is the worst city in the NFL when it comes to actually enforcing tailgating. No other city gives a crap about it, so why does Seattle try and BAN it so much? If Seattle cops/legislature would just chill out like the rest of the country, there would be less problems. It's amazing what happens when you actually liberate crowds. Take San Francisco for example. You can tailgate all day at football games, you can drink in the streets at street fairs, and guess what? In 7 years of living down here from Seattle, I've never seen a fight at a tailgate or at a bar.
Paul Allen, please do your part and get these stupid laws re-written. You own half the city, so do something about it.
What an absolute pathetic game tonight against an 0-4 team. John Marshall need to be placed back in charge of the LB's and promote Mora as the defensive cordinator. It's time for the Seattle front office to stop being nice, and start building a championship team. John Marshall, who was under Ray Rhodes (whose defense I could not stand either), was promoted due to Rhodes health. Excuse me, but if you spend $60M on a new defense Mr. Allen, why do you have a 1968 Oldsmobile running your defense? His play calling fools nobody: I counted 10 consecutive plays tonight in which we ran 4 defensive lineman....Brees had ALL day back there. Bottom line, he CANNOT disguise blitzes, which good NFL teams are doing these days. Rhodes defense may have been good in 1993, but it is outdated, and so is Marshall. Get him OUT OF THERE!!!!
Shaun, thanks for the 7 previous years, you were great. Hey, Seahawks, guess what? NFL running backs fizzle out around 30....everybody and their mom knows that. Shaun, time for you to do the Fred Taylor and share your carries with Maurice Morris. Time for Seattle to make a Clinton Portis type trade in the offseason and pick up a good 2-3 year running back. Shaun is done, done, done. Great times Alexander, but this is a business, your time is done.
Hasselbeck? I think he actually played pretty well tonight. His INT was a joke, but he also got sacked 5 times and was under heavy pressure on that throw as well. Holmgren's play calling is waaaaay too predictable as well. Yes, we didn't have Deon tonight, but some of his play calling was questionable. Why they heck were we NOT in a hurry up offense in the beginning of the fourth quarter? It's like we gave up!!!! How about Hasselbeck's audible to a draw on fourth and 3? Really dumb. I'm starting to think the game is passing Holmgren by as we speak....or, it's just the fact that Shaun is not running hard, therefore, Holmgren has to rely on pass, pass, pass. Hey Mike, FYI, not a good decision to rid of our long snapper from the previous week, eh? The guy did nothing wrong in the Pittsburgh game, why change? Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Bottom line, we are in a bad division, so there is time. However, Marshall needs to go, NOW. The one bright spot tonight? Weaver is a great replacement for Strong. Love Mack, but his time had come.
Here are the keys to the game this week. Even though we are missing Mack Strong and Deon, we should still take New Orleans at home. Looks like it might be a bit colder and wet on Sunday, so let's lace em' up and kick the Saints butts at home.
1. The H Factor: Hasselbeck & Holmgren: Even though Matt is missing Deon, Burleson, Engram, and Obu are good enough to pick up the slack. Holmgren needs to call some screen passes and roll outs (or even shotgun!) to get Matt out of his happy feet pocket passing.
2. Mo & Shaun: Have got to hit the holes harder this week. We NEED a running game to even have a chance this week and it sounds like Mo is going to get more carries this week
3. Defense, Defense, Defense: New Orleans still has Bush and Brees, so don't expect them to just roll over. This is going to be a close game I feel for 3 quarters with Seattle pulling ahead in the fourth. Marshall needs to keep calling good coverages and know WHEN to blitz....something that he has not done a good job of this year.
4. Some production out of the TE? I'm leaning towards starting Heller over Pollard real soon....Pollard isn't even close to putting up Stevens type numbers...yes, yes, we all hated him, but the guy was an actual threat at TE when he was catching balls.
5. Weaver for Mack: No one will ever replace Mack Strong, bottom line. However, if Weaver can block and catch a few balls out of the backfield, he'll do just fine. It's going to take him a few games to fully learn the offense, so expect a few mistakes here and there. As much as I love Strong, a younger and healthier Weaver could be the winning factor.
Mack, thanks for all 15 years of dedication to the Hawks...hopefully we can win the BIG ONE in your final year with us
We got our asses handed to us yesterday, no doubt about it. Maybe this team needed a wake up call, but the glaringly obvious to us Seattle fans rang true again yesterday:
1. Shaun Alexander is not running hard: He is trying to save himself to run for the next several years....not going to happen Shaun, you've got 1 or 2 years left on those knees. Better start running harder if you think you're going to lead Seattle to the Superbowl.
2. Marshall and Holmgren need a wake up call: I still think Mora would do a better job of leading this team defensively. Remember folks, Marshall was promoted from the LB coach since Ray was having medical problems. At least Mora has head coaching level experience. Holmgren needs to get back to the basics of the West Coast offense: Screen passes and stronger use of the Tight End. If Pollard can't answer the call, start Heller
3. Hasselbeck has got to prove himself on the road in big games: He can look like an all-star against a soft SF Niner team, but put him against a tough D like New England or Pittsburgh and he looks confused and stressed out. Start reading some book Matt on how to handle pressure situations....like Jordan's books.
Up next? A team we should easily handle at home, New Orleans. I see no reason we shouldn't be back on track at 4-2.
Here are the keys to the game this week. I still think Seattle is a more balanced team both offensively and defensively vs. Pittsburgh. I see Seattle taking this game, 24-17.
Keys to the game:
1. Fight fire, with fire. Pittsburgh runs one of the smartest 3-4 defenses in the league. How? They do an excellent job of disguising blitzes, crowding the line and let Palo run wild back there. You never know where he's coming from. Marshall did a better job of this last week vs. SF....let's keep it up.
2. Ben Rothlesburger. is an idiot, make him make mistakes. Big Ben is effective when he can sit in the gun all day. If we can get consistent pressure on him, he'll make mistakes.
3. Consistency from Hasselbeck and Alexander. Limit the turnovers from both, and we can win this game. Hass is going to be under pressure a lot this game, so screens and draws should be effective if called on the right downs.
4. Don't let emotion get the best of you. Pittsburgh has a rowdy crowd, similar to Seattle's. Refs will be on their side, so Seattle needs to stay within their heads and not let the fans influence their game play.
5. Revenge: mark my words, Seattle might not be claiming this game as revenge, but I believe deep down there is an element of revenge on Seattle's minds. Go for the throat and prove to everyone that we were robbed in that game. 4-1 looks a heck of a lot better than 3-2.
1. The D looked great yesterday, but I think we can all agree, that game did an about face when Smith was taken out. The final score would have been much closer if he played, bottom line.
2. Hasselbeck: Was on all day yesterday minus the one pick. His TD pass to Engram was one of the best throws I have seen in a long time.
3. Holmgren mixing it up! GREAT to see the use of Seneca in there yesterday...it's a wrinkle, a twist, something different. GOOD TO SEE...
4. Neon Branch: The guy is a fricking stud, no doubt about it. I'd trade 4 first round picks for that guy
1. Shaun still running soft:get Morris more involved to get that speed element back in our line-up....will Alexander ever be able to break a 20 yard run again?
2. Seattle still needed to put the dagger in the game yesterday, but settled for FG's. Going 5-17 on third downs and missing on plenty of 3rd and one's didn't help matters. Why doesn't Holgrem line up in the I-form and run behind Weaver or Strong for an almost sure fire first down? The single back set does nothing for us.
3. Special Teams: What beat Cincy last week hurt us this week: awareness around the onside kick (Nolan has done 8 of these in 2 years....be aware!) and the blocked punt was not good. Not sure if it's the long snapper or what.
"The Good, The bad, and The Ugly for the Hawks on Sunday"
This game has as many highs and lows of any football game I've seen in a while. The Cincinnati Bengals are a GOOD football team, no doubt about it. Their defense is not all that great and I thought we would/should have scored more points, but our offense once again struggled early. Shaun has got to come out the gates stronger or we're going to be down against San Francisco this weekend 24-0 before we know it. Should he stretch more before the game? Should he rep harder in pre-game? Who knows, but something's got to change.
1. We have been harping on Matt Hasselbeck not being a clutch QB...well, he proved us wrong yesterday. The 3rd and 10 imprompt roll out to Branch was a gutsy play on his part and it proved to be the needed spark to get us in a position to finish off Cincy. His throw to Burleson couldn't have been placed any better.
2. Deon and Brian: Wow, what a 125% improvement at both safety position for the Hawks this year with Russell and Grant. BIG improvements, and it goes to show that Hamlin and Boulware didn't know what they were doing in our defense. Both safeties never got beat deep yesterday on numerous attempts. That was money well spent this offseason
3. Special Teams: The Josh Wilson opening drive and forced fumble were huge, game changing events.
4. Bobby Engram and Burleson....clutch. How many times has Hasselbeck found Engram over the middle
1. Our "bend but don't break" defense, run by Mr. conservative "I can't disguise blitzes" John Marshall STILL did not impress yesterday. Yes, Cincy is a good team, Yes, Johnson and T.J are amazing WR's, but we need to get more pressure on Palmer yesterday and we failed to do it. Why not do what ALL NFL teams are doing these days and crowd the line with FS/SS and LB's, that way, the offense has no idea where the blitz is coming from. Marshall just doesn't get it
2. Lofa: I love this guy for his leadership and tenacity, but he is still out of position a lot of the time and being bulled over in the middle. Spend less time on the Seahawks cruises Lofa and start hitting the weight room. He had 3 tackles yesterday, which I think was even inflated.
3. Marcus Pollard: in the West Coast offense, our TE is critical and Pollard is not stepping up. Granted, we ran a lot of 3 and 4 WR sets yesterday, however, when the ball was thrown his way, he dropped a perfect pass that turned into a INT. If this does not improve next week, let's get Heller in there...younger, stronger, and can catch
The Ugly: The Seattle Police department vs. "the streaker". Our dounut eating city police has no change against a guy that looked like he was running a 4.4! Sign him up!!
Next up, a pesky San Francisco team that is going to be hungry after getting their butts handed to them vs. Pittsburgh
Everyone is on Alexander for blowing the audible, but we also need to look at the QB. Why in the world did Hasselbeck decide to call an audible with a minute left in the game and we are driving? Everyone and their mom knows that we are running the ball up the gut, so if he calls left dive or right dive, it shouldn't matter.....go with what the coach calls Matt. I hate to say it, but Matt is not a good QB under pressure.....GB playoff game, the Chicago Playoff game last year....the year we went to the SB we handled WA and Carolina easily at home. Pitt in SB? He cracked again.
Also, can someone please replace Marshall as the Def Cord? His conservative play calling and inability to disguise blitzes is costing this team.
Kudos to both the Oberto team for the win in San Diego and to the Elam team for winning both the National Points and Driver championship for 2007. No one flipped in San Diego and it sounds like the racing in the final was intense! It also sounds like Billy S is up to his old wizardry ways and is looking to build a new boat in 2008. We are really looking forward to what they have to offer again next year.
It wasn't pretty, but a W is a W in the NFL and I think we came out of the gates better than expected (at least in the second half). Gruden is a smart coach folks, no mistakes about it, and will always have his teams ready.
1. Defense: looked dominating and we put a ton of pressure on their QB's. Lofa made a nice strip, Peterson was everywhere and we did a great job of stuffing their run.
2. Offense: Hasselbeck was consistent, didn't make any mistakes. That's exactly what we need from him....great job Matt in spreading the ball around and getting the majority of our recievers involved. Shaun looked a little slow in the first half but then picked things up in the second half. Burleson also gets one of our game ball from yesterday....great catches, great returns, minus the fumble.
3. Getting rid of Stevens and Hamlin: it's nice to watch this team without it's typical cancers....Stevens didn't do crap yesterday and Hamlin got BURNT on the second play of the game for a 70 yard TD. He was then flagged for a 15 yard unessary roughness penalty....SEE YA LATER tools!
What needed improvements:
1. Getting the ball to Branch. He's too much of an asset not to get him the ball. Run him a reverse, get him a screen, anything.
2. Trick play: Thank GOD we ran a trick play, and it would have worked if Jones made the block....Branch or Hackett were WIDE open down field. Keep running at least one of these a game...mix it up Holmgren, it does wonders to keep the defense honest and on their toes.
3. Offensive execution....we should have beat these guys 40-10. TB was 4-12 last year and despite how good of coach Gruden is, they are still a long way from being a .500 club. Expect a tough battle next week vs. a hungry Arizona team.
Make no mistake, the Seattle crowd will be pumped up for this weekend's game. Let's hope Holmgren has the troops ready for action and won't lay a dude as we have done the last 2 years first games.
Here's the article form the Sports Guy on ESPN....it couldn't be more dead on. Sent by a fellow Seattle Sports Blog fan from the Bay Area:
I wrote it last week, I'll write it again: Everyone is sleeping on these
guys. They finished 9-7 during a season when nearly everything went wrong;
now they're healthy and happy; they dumped their clubhouse cancer guys; they
added a pass rusher (Patrick Kerney) and an overqualified defensive
assistant (Jim Mora Jr., who nearly made the Super Bowl 30 months ago);
they're playing in one of the easiest divisions (the NFC West); and they'll
probably be favored in every 2007 game except Pittsburgh in Week 5 and
Philly in Week 12. And it's not like they haven't done it before. Throw in
their homefield advantage and skill position guys and they seem like the
safest bet in the NFC.
So why can you currently get 25-to-1 Super Bowl odds for them in Vegas?
Because it's no fun to pick the Seahawks. They've been there before, they
play in a smaller market, they have a bald quarterback, their uniforms are
boring, their best player is boring, their coach looks like he should be
wearing a sheriff's outfit and buying donuts, and if you say you've met more
than three Seahawks fans in your entire life and you're not from Seattle,
you're lying. Really, the only thing that stands out about them is their
crowd. Switch their roster with Dallas' roster and they'd be 7-to-1 odds
right now. Since they're in Seattle, nobody cares yet. But you will. Give it
a couple of months.
This team needs to shake off the cobwebs from the Angels drubbing and get their crap together soon. They have had a great 2007 season so far and should stay focused on the prize: a chance to get into the playoffs. They are NOT out of the race by any stretch, whether it's the AL West or Wild Card seeds. Stay focused, stay positive, and start winning some games. We are in September folks, it's time to step or step out.
Seattle Seahawks Blog:
Thank God the pre-season is over.....the pre-season is nothing but a money making promotion for the NFL, bottom line. There's absolutely not reason why the pre-season can't be reduced to say 2 or 3 games. Ok, enough bitching, onto our analysis. We looked good in spurts for both the #1 offense and #1 defense, however, there is still a great deal of work this teams to do. I do like the fact that Holmgren does not give away much as far as new plays or strategies during the pre-season. Let's see if he really sticks to his words about opening up the offense. Will we finally run a fricking trick play? Will we ever run out of shotgun? Time will tell of ole' Mike can change his conservative ways. Seneca? Nothing much has improved in my mind of his performance vs. last season when he lead the team. He is a turnover machine, whether it's fumbles or interceptions. He needs to hunker down and start looking like an NFL quarterback, which in my mind he's not there. Most importantly: COME OUT GUNS ABLAZING AGAINST TAMBA BAY!!! It's often that the Hawks start the first game of the season getting their bells rung. Holmgrem should make this week one of the hardest of the season....be prepared and go for the throat early and often in week #1. Set a statement, don't come out soft.
Boy, gotta say, Seattle is making the right moves this offseason. We really like the aquistion of Grant in the secondary as we felt that Hamlin had lost his "Hammer" status this year. Also, Kearney was a nice pick-up for an often slowed down Grant Winstrom this last year. We loved Grant's fire, but we feel that Kearney has the same and is a step quicker.
The next question to address is what to do with Darrell Jackson. We here at Seattle Sports Blog think we should keep him, but that's only our opinion. Not sure if Deon is a #1 WR, nor is Hackett or an aging Engram. Jackson is solid and if he can stay healthy, a big threat. We shouldn't have to be at the point of making Hasselbeck re-learn a new WR corp.
At the age of 30 and with a total of 4 sacks last year, at best, we see him starting and swoppin' time with Winstrom. We'd like to see Tapp and Fisher on the other DE side. Regardless, we have a good deal of talent now at DE with Peterson "the roaming blitzer" able to do what he does best. If we can get Daniel G. from New England, that should complete the puzzle for 2008 for now.
Considering how terrible the rest of the Seattle sports scene is these days, we like to look ahead here at Seattle Sports Blog.
2008 will HAVE to be the year that Seattle Seahawks put together a championship run.
Here are our reasons.
#1: Hasselbeck, Jackson, and Alexander are in their prime year and 1 or 2 of these guys will be on the decline after next year (especially Alexander)
#2: Our defense should be much improved next year with Mora helping out Marshall. We're hoping that Mora takes over the position of defensive coordinator to be honest with you.
#3: The Superbowl is FINALLY on the west coast in Phoenix......we could do what the Steelers did to us and have 80% of the fans there rooting for Seattle. We would also be familiar playing on that field.
#4: Holmgren is closing in on retirement...don't know how much he has in the tank
#5: It's our DAMN time to win a championship for the city......bottom line
Take a look at some interesting #'s from both of these guys....what is most surprising to us is the amount of fumbles Mr. Alexander had in LIMITED play this year. Was he focused? Or content with a fat contract? Any way you look at it, 6 fumbles are TOO many. Game Fumbles Fumbles LOST
2000 Seattle Seahawks 16 2 2
2001 Seattle Seahawks 16 4 4
2002 Seattle Seahawks 16 3 1
2003 Seattle Seahawks 16 4 3
2004 Seattle Seahawks 16 5 3
2005 Seattle Seahawks 16 5 1
2006 Seattle Seahawks 10 6 3
Moreover, in our assessment of Mr. Hasselbeck, we conclude our hypothesis....he really is an average QB. To us, he's had 2 GOOD years......2003 and 2005....all others are suspect.
Look at Manning, Farve, Brady, Brees, and Rivers stats...all well over 90%+ passing ratio for their careers...something Matt has done once.
Don't get us wrong, we are very appreciative of our QB, however, we think he can do better. Read some books, become mentally tougher, and take this team to the promised land. You're our QB, we just need for you to play smarter. Look at what Phil Jackson did for Shaq and Jordan....got them the mind philosophy books, and they approved. Do the same Matt, do the same.
Seattle Seahawks Blog: Well, in all honesty, we all know that Seattle should have not even been in this position given the Dallas game. It still pained us to watch that game.....so many chances, so many blown opportunities, so many bad decisions.
Here are our thoughts for a recap of the Bears game. We'll post a blog in a few days for our thoughts on the next year.
1. Matt has been a "good" quarterback, but he is lacking that Brady exstinct. You would think a guy from Boston College would be a smarter QB who makes good decisions. He had plenty of protection yesterday and his WR's were for the most part healthy (minus Hackett). Holmgren's offenses used to thrive on the screen pass. However, Mike knows that Matt cannot throw that simple pass or sell the fake enough, so we've pretty much abandonded that aspect of the West Coast offense.
It's time for a change in Seattle. Unfortunately, we have no top draft picks, so who do we go after? Michael Vick? We know about his mental lapses as well. Trade up for a Brady Quinn? Then you start to think he might be another Rick Mirer. Seneca? Not sure he's mentally able either after that KC game. Which leads to us David Greene. An 11-1 quarterback at a top southern school of Georgia. I like the fact that he's a lefty and can scramble a bit. He's my choice for QB in 2007.
2. Holmgren's play calling: we are a GOOD offense, not great, and his conservative play calling has in turn bitten us in the ass. Besides the NYG game, when did Seattle put up 30+ points this year? In the Chicago game, the fourth and one calls were absolutely horrible, just horrible. How about a play action pass? We were 1-3 on fourth downs in this game and in all honesty, Alexander should have been stuffed on that goaline play.
3. Defense: Not much you can do when you have a cop playing DB for you. We thought Jennings and Babaneax played well in their roles. We'd like to see Babaneax as a starter at safety next year and take softie softerson Hamlin out of the line-up. Also, Lofa and Hill continued to get bottled up inside and the Bears pounded us up the gut. Pass rush was moderate, but we could use a bit more speed at DE (Winstrom is done!)
Any other thoughts out there from our bloggers? Another year, another disappointment for Seattle fans.......we ALL know that those Basavi lead Mariners aren't doing shit this year and the Sonics are in the toilet.....Go Thunderbirds?!?!?!??!?!!
1. Play smart, consistent: no TO's on offense!
2. Sack Rexy....he's a tool, just get to him and he'll throw picks
3. Contain Hester: the guy is Chicago's only weapon......contain him, and we got the game
4. Shaun needs 125 yards+ for a win
5. Someone has got to step up.......Stevens, Engram, Brown WE NEED YOU!
And most important..............
Just win Hawks....and take it to these smucks (Both City and Team)
Well, it wasn't pretty and we have been on the losing end of plenty of those types of games (i.e. Vinny Testeverde Jets goaline game in 1998)....but as they say, a win is a win, especially in the playoffs. Dallas played just about as bad as a team could play and left the door open for Seattle to win. T.O.? 2 dropped passes on 3rd downs...ouch. Fumble on the goaline? Lucky, but what a play by Jennings. He may be small, but he covered well enough throughout the night and the forced fumble paved the way for Stevens TD.
Speaking of Stevens, with Jackson and Hackett out, he played like a stud. 2 HUGE TD's in this game and no dropped passes. He and Jennings get our game balls for the win....along with Romo :).
It's early in the week, but never too early to start talking about keys to the game for the Chicago game.
Here's our keys to the game vs. Chicago:
1. Get up early and hold on. If Seattle can get a 14-0 quick lead and just stay consistent, they can win.
2. Hasselbeck consistent. No INT's for Pete's sake! He cannot expect to throw those type of INT's in the Dallas game and win in Chicago...no way, no how
3. Mo Morris....more like MORE Morris. Shaun Alexander is not running with much mojo right now and is getting consistantly stopped at the line. Get Morris 5-7 carries just to mix things up a bit
4. Trickery beats better teams. I think we all know that the Hawks were a better team than Pittsburgh last year, but that ONE trick play ended up winning the game for Pittsburgh. Please, oh please, Holmgrem, call a frickin' trick play at some point. It will keep Chicago's defense on their heels. Besides, being the underdogs, what the heck do we have to lose?
5. Consistent Defense: Great job by our DB's last game in the "bend but don't break" philosophy. Keep Grossman under pressure and we win. Chicago has no one on offense that really scares us
It's going to be our CB's and FS and SS to have to come up big.....Jennings and Babaneax are going to get beat, that's a given...it's up to Hamlin and Boulware to step up and step in front of some of those passes.
This will need to be a team effort, no doubt about it. No fumbles or stupid INT's on offense...give Hass time to pass and hit his receivers. Without Trufant or D-Jax, this is going to be a tough game to win. We're hoping for a 20-17 Hawk win. No matter what, it's going to be a close game.
There are many, many issues on this team that this team needs to look in the mirror and face.
1. Defensively, we stink, bottom line. "Marshall' Plan" on defense is horrible, absolutely horrible. My mom can tell when we are blitzing, it's that bad. We're sick and tired of watching Lofa shift defensive lineman to the strong side, when the counter is what has killed us all year long. Lofa, we're sorry, but did he get fat with complacency? How about that "olay" tackle on Gore up the gut for 9 yards on our 20 late in the game? He's an outside LB, and should be moved there.
2. Play calling: We at Seattle Sports Blog are sick and tired of watching Holmgren's conservative play calling....and once again like the Superbowl, getting burned by trick plays. In all of Holmgren's tenure, we cannot recall a HB pass, a fake punt....anything. Teams are well aware of this fact and we continue to get exploited by it. Also, on the 3rd and 1 and 4th and one, why oh why do we run split backs? Everyone knows that you run out of the I, follow the FB, and wammo, first down! It's simple football logic....you don't have enough time to generate enough momentum to push over the line, regardless of the penetration. At least in the I form Shaun would be able to know if the middle is stuffed and be able to bounce it outside.
3. Shaun Alexander. Chris Collinsworth (whom we don't agree with most of the time) made a good point on SA. He had a great season last year and we almost had to sign him to a contract this year or Seattle looks like the bad guys. Trouble is, most RB's over 30 are done, and he is showing signs of being done. He's not as fast or elusive this year...that could be the injury, but from I know, he should be almost 100%.
4. Point 4 is part of point #3...SA is not a leader and this team lacks a vocal leader on offense and defense. Who is the person fired up on O leading this team? Hasselbeck? SA? We rarely see them getting excited....they seem to be going through the motions. SA is too damn nice...We know, we know, eveyone will jump on me for that comment, but face it Hawks, he's no Jerome Bettis or Jamal Lewis who gets excited and his team excited.
I could go on and on, but these are the points that I think most troubles this team.
Someone on this team has got to step up, show some anger and aggression, and be a vocal leader of this team. I think one of the problems with this team is there isn't anyone with a mean streak to them.....I'd love to hear Shaun be more vocal and start talking more about being a leader....Hasselbeck is a bit too quiet as well. Defensively? How about Lofa stepping in or Winstrom?
You watch the player interviews on Seahawks.com and you just don't get the sense that this team is very fired up or being "lead" by anyone in particular on the player side
Keys to the game tonight:
1. Hawks need as much support as ever from the 12th man, especially the defense
2. Blitz the HELL out of Alex Smith. He has SMALL hands and does not grip the ball well in incliment weather
3. NO TURNOVERS.....this is critical tonight
4. Someone has to step up in D-Jax absence.....Hackett, Stevens (1 catch last game...OUCH), and Branch are going to have to carry the load. Stevens especially....the TE is such a critical component of the West Coast Offense....and our TE sucks right now.
5. Smart ST....with Burleson now our #2 WR, someone is going to have to play smart as our returner...NO TURNOVERS!!!!
Great, great win for Seattle last night which puts them 2 games up on SF and the clear favorite to win the division. San Francisco still has games @ New Orleans and @ Denver, so I would consider the division wrapped up at this point.
Shaun and Matt both had big games last night, but our MVP's go to the offensive line and Hackett and D-Jax. The O-line did a great job of both opening holes for Shaun and protecting Matt. After all the talk about the line, they proved their worth last night. Hackett has been the MOST consistant WR we have had this year, rarely dropping a ball that we can remember. D-Jax? All that guy does is continue to score TD after TD week after week. He is OUR MVP for Seattle this year..
You guessed it, the defense again. Lack of consistant pass rush and more missed tackles all game. We did see some improvements from some blitz packages, including that crucial 3rd and 6 from the 10 yard line of Seattle. We sent Herndon in on a blitz, it confused and rushed Farve, and he threw a bad pass. Hey, Marshall, wake up, that's exactly the type of blitz calling that we need to be doing more of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall, a solid win that this team needed. Denver next week. Hey Marshall, they are starting A ROOKIE QB.....guess what needs to happen? CALL MORE BLITZES on third and long and we win with another consistant game from Shaun and Matt!
Is it Marshall???? Or, do we just have the worst LB's in the frickin' NFL? Our defense is a JOKE!
1. Get rid of Marshall or start someone else at MLB
2. Bench Stevens NOW...he is a tool and does not know how to play
3. Get Seneca out of the line-up....that's what you get for starting a player from Iowa State.....how many Iowa State QB's do you think have won games in the NFL? Try Seneca....and he sucks
Better hope for some changes soon Seattle or it's lights out this year.....even if we win the division, does anyone think we have a chance against Chicago???? Our team is a joke right now, bottom line.
Where the hell is the offensive line? There were NO holes for Alexander all day. That fourth and one call? Stupid call Holmgren, stupid call!!!!! Know what he was thinking? Oh, we have Walter Jones and Pork Chop...they can clear the path....dumb, dumb, dumb call
We took the Seattle Sports Blog team to Hawaii this week for a group seminar, so we have been out of the loop on updating the blog.....WE ARE NOW BACK AND RE-ENERGIZED! BTW, we are hiring in Seattle for a few jobs: editorial writer, copywriter, and advertising executive. Please submit your resume if you are interested.
Hawks have a tough game this week, but we feel they can pull it off with Shaun back in the swing of things. Moreover, word on the street is that Hasselback could see some action this weekend as well. San Francisco is not the same team that Seattle has beat 7 games in row (if you recall, we almost lost to them last year!), but we see the Hawks being able to pull this one off.
Atlanta at Baltimore Anyone else surprised with Baltimore being 7-2 this year? How about that crazy comeback last week vs. Tenn? Vick? Anyone seen Michael Vick lately? He's in a major, major slump. Baltimore 27-10 Buffalo at Houston Battle of 2 up and coming teams. We really like what Kubiak is doing for Houston and we think they could be a team to recon with in 2007-2008. We like them here against Buffalo: Houston 23-17 Chicago at N.Y. Jets Oh those Jets......one week they look great, the next likes the rats in the Bronx. Grossman seems to have his act together again, so we're confident Chicago will take this one. Chi 38-21 Cincinnati at New Orleans Not sure if Cincy can comeback from that deplorable show against San Diego last week....ugh. How is New Orleans playing so well? Well balanced attack with strong rookie support from Bush and Colsten. We like NO here, 17-14 Minnesota at Miami Minn has don't didly since that huge win over Seattle. Brad Johnson is starting to show his age, course he has 0% support from a terrible WR core. Miami is playing better of late and we see them pulling this one off......23-21 New England at Green Bay NE has hit a few bumps in the road and GB has been playing better of late. GB in an upset? Think again....NE here 24-13 Oakland at Kansas City Ah, battle of the Hawks old division. Doesn't everyone in this division hate the Raiders? KC has been playing better of late and we see this trend continuing. Oakland needs a new team....time to move back to L.A? KC here, 34-7 Pittsburgh at Cleveland Boy, another battle of strange teams here. Both have been playing better of late and Pitt came to play last week with a win over NO. We like them against their hated rivals the Browns as well....13-10 St. Louis at Carolina We believe the Rams are done for this year after 2 tough losses to Seattle. Carolina might be able to still pull together a solid season and make the playoffs.....Carolina 35-17 Tennessee at Philadelphia Philly is on fire, Tenn blew a game they were up 26-7. Philly here at home, 28-13 Washington at Tampa Bay We feel bad for Mr. Brunnell who was coming off such a solid season last year. Washington just doesn't have enough in the tank to make a playoff push, but neither does TB. We'll give TB the nod since they are at home, 14-13 Detroit at Arizona Battle of the Uglies this week in the NFL...come on Jonny Kitna, pull one out for ole' CWU!!!! Detroit 9-6 Seattle at San Francisco See notes above...we like Seattle 24-20.....can Shaun get 100 yards this year?!?!?!?!! Indianapolis at Dallas GAME OF THE WEEK? or, maybe SD @ Denver. If Indy is going to hit a snag in their pursuit of 16-0, this might be the game. However, I just don't see Dallas being able to beat them. Indy here in a close one, 35-30 San Diego at Denver Ok, this is the GAME OF THE WEEK. Denver is tough, tough at home, but doesn't Jake seem to make mistake after mistake in big games? San Diego here purely on momentum.....42-28
N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Can anyone waste more talent than the NYG's? Well, I suppose with Barber struggling, there offense looks a bit different. Still, Manning, Shockey, and Burress should be able to pull off more wins, don't you think? We have them here over Jax, 23-21
Boy, was that an ugly win or what!?!?!?!?!?! Anyone who is really happy with that win is fooling themselves. We did what we needed to do to win, but Oakland is a BAD team people. Think the Rams noticed how bad we played against a terrible team? Seattle better be prepared for a team with revenge on their mind next week.
Game balls: Have to credit the 4 man front who destroyed Oakland's front line. Especially Terrell, who basically pushed his man into Walker on numerous occassions. Still was not happy with the blitz packages....we do NOT do a good enough job with distguising our blitzing.....you almost always know when we are blitzing. Moreover, we NEVER blitz on third and long....Lofa or Hill might show blitz, but instead they drop back. That game would have been a lot closer had Moss and others hung onto the ball on some of those passes. Other game balls should go to Morris and Seneca...they did just enough to get the W, and that's all we needed. No fumbles or INT's and that helped tremendously.
Goats? Womack continues to get beat up, bottom line. Can we put Sims back in there? And Ashworth? He's flabby, and was called on numerous false starts. Stevens continues to be an idiot, bottom line. He thinks he's some sort of Thug or something while continuing to drop balls and make costly turnovers. Get your act together Stevens and catch the damn ball.
Alexander? Continues to be a question mark for next week, although it still doesn't look good. We need him against St. Louis, bottom line.
Another tough week for NFL picks, although we here at Seattle Sports Blog went 8-5 with the Seahawks game still pending. Overall record remains strong at 79-42.
Big game tonight and one that we consider "a must win." It's time for the Defense to get back to the basics....tackling, blitzing, sacking, and INT's for TD's. If the offense can remain consistant, we should win this game. Weather is ugly, which should benefit our team. It's what makes Seahawks Stadium what it is...kick ass fans and shitty weather.....perfect for us.
Huskies basketball blog:
An easy win over St. Martin's (ok, be honest, who the hell has heard of this school?) and there are some early indicators that Pondexter is going to be special. Appleby also looked solid with 20 points. Brockman and Dentmon looked to struggle, but they'll come around. We are VERY excited about this team year and think we can take the Pac-10. Given the status of the Sonics and the M's, the Huskies hoop squad is #2 at Seattle Sports Blog's favorite teams right now.
Seattle Sonics Blog:
Gritty win over LA last night and hopefully this can provide some fuel for this team out of the gates. Ridnour, Allen, and Lewis are going to have to lead this team this year and if we can get solid contributions from Wilcox, we could be a playoff team. What's going on with Collison? Not off to the best of starts. Ridnour seems to have found his shot averaging 18.1 PPG and 7.3 ASG so far....keep it up Luke.
This is stupid, bottom line. Bad move NFL for these pay per view games. They will use this data to see what city is most interested in willing to pay for games and continue to roll out more games year over year.
Anyone who is an NFL fan out there, do NOT pay for these games....it's ridiculous and should not be part of the fans experience. Ban the NFL Network, ban the NFL network, do not watch these games and do not pay for them.
Boy, how things change so quickly the NFL. One minute your 4-1 after beating your divisional rival heading into what was considered a pushover in Minnesota. Next thing you know, you're 4-3 after losing to a crappy team, Kansas City.
Part of it has to do with half the team being on the IR, especially key personel. Your QB and RB are critical components to the success of a good football team, and we're missing both. Seneca looked good at times, but also throw 2 INT's and made a bone head throw on the last play of the game.....an out to Mack Strong? Be SMART Seneca, you're no longer playing for Iowa State my friend.
The D? Is John Marshall the answer? We think not. That team has too much damn talent to get crushed on defense. We think a great deal of our defensive issues are stemming from the top. He doesn't know how to call effective blitzes and even Fisher said something about this today in the Seattle Times: ""The thing is, our front four, we like to believe we're good enough to get to the quarterback on our own, without blitzes," Fisher said. "But hell, our best rusher is a linebacker [Peterson] and, as good as he is, that should be embarrassing to the rest of us."
Can Seattle pick up a defensive coordinator mid season? We know it sounds crazy, but they have got to do something. Hamlin, Boulware, our moms, it doesn't matter who you stick back there if you're not getting pressure on the QB and calling effective blitzes.
Here are Seattle Sports Blog picks for week #8 in the NFL
Arizona at Green Bay Leinhart will be a good QB in this league very soon. Green Bay is playing well of late and we see that trend continuing. It's not quite Rodgers time as Farve still has some gas left in the tank. GB here, 20-13 Atlanta at Cincinnati This could be another shoot-out for Atlanta, who was involved in one of the craziest games last week with Pittsburgh. Cincy has a good deal of fire power on offense and their D is just good enough to contain Vick....Cincy here, 28-24 Baltimore at New Orleans What happened to Baltimore? They started off hot, then have cooled recently. "Nawleen's" come back team of the year? So far, so good. NO here 23-14 Houston at Tennessee Ah, the Bud Adams Bowl game......Houston has been playing extremely well of late and we see them continuing to roll. Houston 23-7 Jacksonville at Philadelphia Like Baltimore, what happened to Jax? They beat Pittsburgh on Monday night and seemed headed in the right direction. The NFL is all about momentum and they have none of it right now. Neither does Philly, so this is going to be an interesting game to watch. Philly here in a squeaker, 21-17 Seattle at Kansas City First Shaun, then Bobby, then Matt, now Locklear? Seattle has little chance to win this game, unfortunately. KC here, 14-10 San Francisco at Chicago Chicago has one of the easiest schedules in the league and this is even more proof of that....Chicago, easy, 35-7 Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants"Battle of the Barbers" 2 teams in different directions, NYG here easy 42-14 St. Louis at San Diego Is St. Louis for real? Guess we'll find out against a tough SD team. We like SD, 34-30 in a barn burner Indianapolis at DenverGame of the week, no doubt about it. Denver is tough at home, but Peyton and crew have proven they can win on the road in tough games. Indy here in a slugfest, 21-20 N.Y. Jets at ClevelandNYJ have been playing better of late and Cleveland, well, they are just Cleveland. NYJ here, 10-7 Pittsburgh at Oakland Almost a "toilet bowl" game, but Pittsburgh is barely above that status for now. 2 great teams of the 70's that had many a great battle...this one in the 2000's isn't going to be one of them. Pitt here, 24-17 Dallas at Carolina We like Romo to T.O., but Carolina's defense is too good. If they can just figure out how to protect Jake D, Carolina would win more games. We like Carolina here, 24-21 MONDAY New England at Minnesota Is Minnesota for real? We know NE is and we think they are out to prove something in this game. Belichick is a genious, no doubt about it. NE here, bigger than most people expect, 28-13
Hasselbeck's injury was the turning point of the game, but there are some glaring issues on both sides of the ball.......as well as the coaching staff.
The 95 yard run was also a major play in the game which should not have happened. Contrary to what the press is saying, Hutch did little on that play. What killed Seattle on that play was the loosy-goosy style of play our FS and SS are playing. Hamlin and Boulware seem very undisciplined back there and BOTH of them over-ran that play. As the SS and FS, you are the last line of defense. No RB or WR by you, bottom line.
We don't know if Marshall is the best defensive coordinator out there either. Our blitz schemes fool NOBODY and are not well disguised. Good blitzing teams will show an 8 man front, then either bring the house or drop back. You can tell when Seattle blitzes well before the ball is even snapped. When we bring the safeties, they come on a delayed blitz......you have got to mix things up or teams will continue to exploit your weak defensive play calling.
Offensively, we need Alexander back. Our line can only do so much to protect whatever QB we have in there. Jackson had a great game, but also dropped a ball at the 1 yard line at a critical point in the game.......ball on the one, we punch it in for a TD, different game. His fall down on that 3rd and long was also one of the dumbest moves of the day. All he had to do was lunge forward for the 1st down.
Finally, Holmgren's play calling has got to be mixed up. We continue to get burnt on these type of trick plays (HB pass) and NEVER run one. Our offense is entirely too predictable......a reverse, a statue of liberty, a fake FG, a fake punt. Defenses have nothing to worry about with our offensive play calling......and it's killing us.
Regardless of how long Matt is out, there needs to be some changes made NOW if we are going to save this season.
Finally, on week #7 picks, Seattle Sports Blog went 6-7 (OUCH!), but maintain a strong overall record of 64-31.
Are you kidding us? It's drives us BONKERS that Holgrem is so adverse to running the shotgun. Hasselbeck this year more than ever needs additional time given the shaky line.
We love Holgrem and the Hawks here at Seattle Sports Blog, but get with the times Mike, the Shotgun on 3rd and 17 gives Matt a few more seconds to read and react. We're tired of seeing him audible to Mack Strong draw play over and over again. It should be simple math: 3rd and long=Shotgun. Teams will continue to blitz the hell out of us if we don't use it...which, 99% of the NFL does on 3rd and long's.
A win is a win in the NFL as they say, but let's be honest Seattle fans, there is no WAY we should have won that game. Our defense looked horrible all game until late in the third quarter. Thanks GOD for Matt Hasselbeck and our GM for picking up Branch...we would not have won that game if it wasn't for those players.
Game Ball MVP's are Hasselbeck, Branch, and of course, Brown. Do we have the best clutch kicker in the game? We'd say so at Seattle Sports Blog. There was no doubt about that kick. Matt H. looked great under pressure as well in the 2:00 drill and all game. Kudos to the line for giving him at least a little more time to read and react. Branch? We knew he was good, but DAMN, he is that good. As we've said a thousand times, the Seattle Sehawks have the best front office in football. Finally, it was AWESOME to see Hasselback in the shotgun....we've been wanting to see that for a while and it paid off on a few passes on Sunday
The defense was terrible all game until late in the game. We still do not seem to know when to call blitzes. Not a big fan of the 3 man rush in the 2 minute drill either. What the hell was Boulware trying to do on that last TD? He looked like he was trying to be more of a WR than a SS. He needs to concentrate on knocking that ball down or grabbing the WR's arm vs. trying to go for the pick. Where was Hill all day? The stats show 6 tackles, but let's be honest, NFL defensive tackle stats are always inflated.
Overall, the Hawks still have a tremendous amount of work to do before they can consider themselves an elite NFL team. As we indicated earlier, a win is a win, but Seattle could just as easily be 3-2.
This game was erily similar to not only the Jacksonville game last year, but also the Superbowl. Our offense came out looking sharp, energetic, on the move and the Chicago fans were silent. We then stall on first and goal and take a 3-0 lead. Chicago kept giving us chances, stalling themselves and only being able to muster 1 TD and 2 FG's in 3 redzone opportunities. Then, the wheels really starting falling off......
Give Chicago credit, their defense looks very impressive. However, we were (as well as the rest of the nation) expecting a much closer game. Not all the blame falls on Hasselback, but he IS throwing a lot of interceptions and he IS under a lot of pressure. There were numerous times that both Gray and Locklear were flat out beat and out muscled last night.
We were not all that impressed with our defensive scheme last night as well. As much as we love Lofa, he missed on 3-4 tackles and was out of position quite a bit. That adds up over the course of the game. He needs to learn from these types of games. Our pass rush? Non-existant. Grossman had ALL day to pass back there. Please tell us we are not going back to our conservative Ray Rhodes sit back in zone type defense........that killed us in the past!
Finally, our offense is still flat from a play calling perspective. Please, please, please run Hassleback out of the shotgun on third and long vs. having him audible to the Mack Strong up the middle draw. That play is OLD!!
Finally, congrats to the Dawgs for picking up the win vs. AZ...their schedule get really rough from here on out....USC, Oregon, and WSU all on the road. Yikes!
Finally, finally......we finished the week 8-5 in our pro picks and have a 38-17 overall record.
Also, we forgot to comment on the DAWGS beating UCLA...does the weekend get any better in Seattle? That was a "statement" game folks and hopefully UW can ride this one to victory for a while. Not sure if it required a Gatorade shower, but still, a big, big win for this program.
Wow, what an ass whooping, no other way to put it. We were at the game handing out 500 free Seattle Sports Blog footballs and beer openers and having a blast for pre-game.
Make no mistake about it, Seattle dominated that game. The national audience might see the game being closer from the score, but Seattle absolutely destroyed them. We have NEVER heard Seahawks Stadium that loud before as the crowd came prepared.
Positives: If you watch any of the post game highlights from the NY team, they were blown away by our offense and defensive schemes. Kudos to Holgrem and staff for pulling off some wizardry and keeping NYG on their toes. Hasselbeck looked great and really should have been pulled in the 3rd quarter...he didn't need to suffer those last 2 INT's. Alexander? Really not need yesterday.
Negatives: Only negatives we see were just letting NYG getting even remotely close at the end....other than that, DOMINATION!!!!!!
Game balls: Hasselbeck, Hamlin, and Chris Spencer. Why Spencer? His name was never called during that game...that is what you want from your backup LG. We hope that he remains there for the rest of the year......
Up next....a tough 3-0 Chicago team.....is Seattle ready? Yes, but so will Chicago. Should be a great game
Hey NFL, Seattle has real fans, and dammit, we're loud. No artificial noise needed....we just love our Hawks. Rob us of a Superbowl by playing favorites for Pittsburgh? We get even louder!!!!! Let's give them HELL this weekend against New York
Here are our picks for week #2....we were 8-5 last week, in a tough week for picks.
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 p.m. Buffalo looked good for 3 quarters vs. NE.....Miami the same against Pitt. We see Miami having more weapons and too tough to beat at home....Miami 35-10 Carolina at Minnesota 1:00 p.m. This is one of the better games of the week.....Minn coming off a big win @ WA and Carolina losing at home vs. Atlanta. I think Carolina is over-rated this year, so I'm giving this one to Minn, 24-17 Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 p.m. Cincy here all the way and big, 42-14 Detroit at Chicago 1:00 p.m. This could also be a very compelling game this week.....is Detroit as good as they played vs. the Hawks? Where is Chicago after romping a beat-up GB team? We think Chicago gets the nod here, 17-13 Houston at Indianapolis 1:00 p.m. Indy scores 50......52-7 New Orleans at Green Bay 1:00 p.m. GB is now officially in the toilet.....NO here in a sqeeker, 28-24 N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 p.m. Another great game of the week.....I really like the weapons NYG brings to the table.....Burress, Manning, Barber, Shockey? That's a great deal of talent. NYG 35-31 Oakland at Baltimore 1:00 p.m. Oak is going no-where this year....Baltimore is....17-3 final Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 p.m. Hmmmmm, something tells me TB is headed to the toilet as well after getting killed at home. Atlanta here, 28-17 Arizona at Seattle 4:05 p.m. Honestly, not being "hommers", we believe here at SBB that this is truely the game of the week. Can Seattle's D stop AZ potent offense? Can Seattle's offense get off and running in 2006? A closer game than people expect and I think a low scoring affair......Seattle takes it, 24-21 St. Louis at San Francisco 4:05 p.m. SF is looking better this year, but so is St. Loius....St. Louis 38-24 Kansas City at Denver 4:15 p.m. KC is in a world of hurt, even more so with Green out. Denver easy in this one.....42-17 New England at N.Y. Jets 4:15 p.m. J-E-T-S are improved this year, but can't handle NE and Brady yet. Brady with a fourth quarter winner, 24-17 Tennessee at San Diego 4:15 p.m. SD looks really good this year, and LT is the #1 RB in football right now....SD 34-7 Washington at Dallas: Great battle of WR's here with Moss and Owens....Dallas takes it given they are at home, 30-27
Is this guy the missing link for us to win the big one? Could be, however, we need to get his QB more time to throw the ball. Mark our words, Womack will be on the bench by week #4.
Branch brings a new element to our team that is lacking depth at WR. He has "big play" potential and is incredibly quick with the ball in his hands. We liked Ruskell's comments too...."the draft is a crapshoot, but Branch is a proven winner."
A very, very, very ugly win Seattle fans.....maybe we aren't giving Detroit's defense enough credit here, but our offense looked horrible.....especially Pork Chop Womack. He was continiously beat, made terrible blocks, almost broke Jones' leg, and is an eye sore of a LG all together. Our offense play calling also looked terrible....where are the trick plays? We need to consider running the Shotgun. I know that it's not part of Holgrem's scheme, however, Hasselbeck needs more time to set up. Picking up Branch will be a HUGE help, however, there still needs to be some decisions made to mix things up offensively. Defense looked great, no issues there.
For our week #1 picks, we went 8-5 so far with 2 games remaining...not bad considering all the upsets.
Here are our predictions for week #1 in the NFL....keep in mind we had a 73% correct pick percentage last year, so it's worth hearing our point of view on these predictions.
Miami at Pittsburgh 8:30 p.m. Miami 24-17...We all HATE the Steelers, and besides, C.Batch is a joke of a QB Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 p.m. This is the game of the week. I like Carolina's fire power, however, with Steve Smith on the fritz, it will be close. I see them pulling this out, 17-13 Carolina Baltimore at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m. Another interesting match-up that has oddsmakers scratching their heads. We think TB is too tough at home, 14-10 TB Buffalo at New England 1:00 p.m. NE still has Brady, enough said. NE big, 30-10 Cincinnati at Kansas City 1:00 p.m. Another intriguing game here....is Palmer ready? Does KC have a defense? Cinn has too many weapons regardless of how hard it is to play in KC......Cinn 27-20 Denver at St. Louis 1:00 p.m. Denver is not good in domes or turf, but the Rams are a hurting bunch.....Denver here, 24-20 New Orleans at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.I think Cleveland is a sleeper this year....they take NO, 24-7 N.Y. Jets at Tennessee 1:00 p.m. A battle of uglies here...will either team win 4 games this year? Tenn is good at home, and that's about it. Tenn 13-3 Philadelphia at Houston 1:00 p.m. Houston may have made the mistake of the century not taking Bush...Philly all the way, 28-10 Seattle at Detroit 1:00 p.m. Hawks have too many weapons for Detroit and this well help exercise the demon's of 2005...Seattle big, 34-17 Chicago at Green Bay 4:15 p.m. Battle of the Norris division...too bad it will be 80 degrees at game time....Chicago here 20-17....Farve we think is done unfortunately Dallas at Jacksonville 4:15 p.m.Too up and coming teams here...we love Jax D, so we think they can tame T.O. and company....Jax 20-17 in a great game San Francisco at Arizona 4:15 p.m. Another battle of uglies, but given the right sauce, AZ might be a good team this year....if they can get Warner out, even better. AZ here, 23-17 Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 8:15 p.m. The Manning's duke it out.....Peyton wins this one, 34-31 in a thriller Minnesota at Washington 7:00 p.m. Gibbs will have the hogs on a roll.......35-17 San Diego at Oakland 10:15 p.m. Ah yes, two teams that really hate each other in the blackhole...what could be better? We'll take Oakland with an upset here, 24-20
Jimmy Williams: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this the same guy that had all those fumble issues last year returning punts? The Hawks for the most part make smart moves, but I have to disagree with this one.....Scobey also has some serious fumble issues (aka first game of the year last year)
Check out what they are saying about the Hawks.....ESPN has them #1 in the power rankings while John Clayton has them going to the Superbowl!! However, the rest of the ESPN "experts" have Carolina vs. Indy in the Superbowl....they will LEARN again this year that the SB comes through Seattle...idiots!!!!
Boy, the 2006 season could not start soon enough. Can we please drop the pre-season to 3 games? Pretty please?
Well, at least we have the Hawks to look forward to after another terrible year from the Mariners....we are back to circa 1994 people....the Mariners suck, there is no other way to describe that team. Terrible upper management my fellow Seattlites....call for their heads now or we will be stuck in mediocrity for the next 30 years! Welcome to the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates league....what a blast!
Seahawks and the rest of the NFL week #1 predictions to follow later this week...stay tuned!
Alright Seahawks fans, here is the Seattle Sports Blog's prediction for the 2006-2007 Seattle Seahawks schedule:
Sunday, September 10 10:00 am PT at Detroit Comment: Should be an easy 1-0 start to exercise the demon's of Detroit Sunday, September 17 1:00 pm PT Arizona Comment: AZ should be improved this year, but not enough to handle Seattle. 2-0 Sunday, September 24 1:00 pm PT New York Giants Comment: NYG will have revenge on their minds from last year, however, I still don't see us losing this one at home. 3-0 Sunday, October 1 5:15 pm PT at Chicago Comment: This is the game that was supposed to be the NFC championship from last year....I see Chicago taking this one...3-1 Sunday, October 15 10:00 am PT at St Louis Comment: @ St.Louis has been tough for us in the past, however, I still see us taking this....4-1 Sunday, October 22 1:00 pm PT Minnesota Comment: Think Hutch will get booed at home? He should have never left...5-1 Sunday, October 29 10:00 am PT at Kansas City This is a toughie....although KC is tough at home, I don't see them being able to match up with us. Seattle 6-1 Monday, November 6 5:30 pm PT Oakland Comment: Oakland is a team hurting, Seattle 7-1 Sunday, November 12 1:00 pm PT St Louis Comment: Still don't see St. Louis being able to compete....Hawks 8-1 Sunday, November 19 1:00 pm PT at San Francisco Comment: SF still sucks, Seattle wins 9-1 Monday, November 27 5:30 pm PT Green Bay Comment: Last hurrah for Farve against his former coach, but GB can't pull off the upset. 10-1 Sunday, December 3 1:15 pm PT at Denver Comment: Simply put, away teams do NOT win in Denver in Dec. 10-2 Sunday, December 10 1:15 pm PT at Arizona Comment: AZ still struggles in new arena, Seattle big: 11-2 Thursday, December 14 5:00 pm PT San Francisco Comment: The fact that this game is on the NFL network is a joke....but besides, hawks win....12-2 Sunday, December 24 1:00 pm PT San Diego Comment: I think this game will be harder than the team expects, but I still see us winning....13-2 Sunday, December 31 10:00 am PT at Tampa Bay Comment: We're thinking TB will be in the middle of a playoff race, Seattle will not. TB all the way: 13-3 finish
Superbowl repeat visit? Yeah, it's possible, but let's see how the regular season goes
Hines Ward MVP? Think he would have got it had the ref called that crap holding call when we had the ball on the one? Or that 15 yard penalty on Hasselbeck for the apparent chop block? Hines Ward is a joke of an MVP, just like the rest of Pittsburgh.....
Hydroplane season is just around the corner and this 2006 season is looking as good as ever. There are new teams, new sponsors, and new owners for this season. Hopefully Seattle Sports Blog will get big enough some day to sponsor a hydroplane...that would be a dream come true. A field of 10+ boats, 6-7 races, and parity like we haven't seen since 1986! We're looking forward to a great, great hydroplane 2006 season.
Good luck to the M's on this road trip....they are going to need it. As mentioned before, this is MISSION CRITICAL for this team right now. They need to be around 3-4 games out or better after this series to have a shot.
Ah, just another example of how cool it is having a billionaire owner......this thing is pretty sweet w/ 3 outdoor fields (1 grass and 2 that flubber stuff), AND a full indoor stadium (obviously, it's the flubber stuff....they still haven't invented a grass that can grow w/out sunlight)
There's a great posting on seahawks.com that showcases the facility
I'd have to say I'm pretty pleased w/ the "schedule gods" this year for Seattle. 2 Monday night games, both in Seattle....NEVER happened before. We must be becoming a popular team, eh? Honestly speaking, I see this team going 13-3 or 12-4 w/ this schedule. 13-3 w/ losses to @ Chicago, @ KC, and @ Denver. More likey, those same loses w/ a slip up somewhere (it's the NFL people).
Day Date Opponent Time (PT) TV
Sunday Sept. 10 @Detroit 10:00 am FOX
Sunday Sept. 17 Arizona 1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Sept. 24 N.Y. Giants 1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Oct. 1 @Chicago 5:15 pm NBC
Sunday Oct. 8 BYE
Sunday Oct. 15 @St. Louis 10:00 am FOX
Sunday Oct. 22 Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Oct. 29 @Kansas City 10:00 am FOX
Monday Nov. 6 Oakland 5:30 pm ESPN
Sunday Nov. 12 St. Louis 1:00 pm FOX
Sunday Nov. 19 @San Francisco 1:05 pm FOX
Monday Nov. 27 Green Bay 5:30 pm ESPN
Sunday Dec. 3 @Denver 1:15 pm FOX
Sunday Dec. 10 @Arizona 1:00 pm FOX
Thursday Dec. 14 San Francisco 5:00 pm NFL Network
Sunday Dec. 24 San Diego 1:00 pm CBS
Sunday Dec. 31 @Tampa Bay 10:00 am FOX
This might not seem like much a big deal, but it's reassuring to the team to know who the official D coordinator is. If you recall, Ray Rhodes was in question as to whether or not he would be able to fullfill the duties of the position....question answered. Now, Mr.Marshall, let's get some things wrapped up: Blitz more, and give Winstrom 50% of the snaps...he's too slow for our DE.
Didn't take the team too long to find a replacement for Hutch....and a good replacement at that. Enter 3 time Superbowl Champ Tom Ashworth, a 6-6 305 LG that will fill in nicely replacing the $$$$ hungry Hutch. Add another smart move on the part of Tim Ruskell.
It's official, Seattle signed Shaun to an 8 year, cozillion $$$$ contract. Let's be honest folks, we all know that he's not lasting another 8 years, but we have at least locked him up for the next four, which will be his most productive. They will probably re-structure this contract (as all NFL teams are doing w/ their marque players these days) once his #'s start to decline. But for the next 4-5 years, expect great things from this guy.....
Here are my keys to Seattle getting back to the Superbowl:
1. Re-sign Shaun: yes, he's getting up there in age, but he's still got 3-4 years left in him.
2. Retire Ray Rhodes: It was starting to become a bit ambiguous as to who was leading the D last year. Ray, you have had your good years, it's time to step aside. Bring in someone who knows how to blitz!!!
3. Holgrem, you need to mix up your play calling: He started to flirt w/ this by bringing in Seneca Wallace in the playoffs, but abandoned it in the SB......anyone who plays Seattle knows NOT to expect any trick plays. As you can see w/ Pittsburgh in the SB, well timed trick plays can be killers
4. Re-sign Joe J and Hutch: Yes, he's in his 11th year, but he's nails when it comes to being clutch and he's one of Hasselbeck's favorite targets. Hutch is a no-brainer...he's a stud on that left side.
5. Let go of Grant Winstrom: He has lost a step and it showed in the Superbowl. If we are going to stick w/ our conservative 4 man rush, then we need another bookend on the other side for Fisher to be effective. Winstom is not the answer.
6. J. Stevens to have a strong offseason: if he is to improve from his strong 2005 campaign, he must work doublely hard in the offseason. He's youth and inexperience showed in the Superbowl.
7. Sign some strong Free agents: Players will now want to come to Seattle to play. Another Dyson, Sharper, or Fisher signing is key. We need a solid DE and possibly a FS depending on Hamlin.
ATT: Paul Allen
Customer Relationship Department
800 Occidental Avenue South, Ste #500
Seattle, WA 98134
I wanted to first and foremost express my gratitude to you for keeping this team in Seattle and making intelligent decisions to bring in the right people to make this a successful organization. I have been a devout fan since 1982 and even have a blog dedicated to the Seahawks and Seattle sports.
I am writing this letter to express my concerns over the way that the NFL willed the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Superbowl XL. I have never considered myself much of a conspiracy theorist until watching that game. As you are well aware, there were numerous calls in that game that changed the MOMENTUM of that game,and momentum is what drives sports. Furthermore, the following day on ESPN.com, 70% of the country believed that the refs in that game had altered the end result of that game. Coupled w/ the fact that the Rooney family made their money gambling, I can only begin to think of the ties that the Rooney's, Paul Tagliabue, and the NFL had in that game for Pittsburgh to win. Moreover, the fact that the NFL allowed them to pass out “terrible towels” to non-partisan fans entering that game made it even more of a joke.
I acknowledge that you are a very powerful man in this world and I hope you use your clout in this league to bring Seattle a championship. The whole country witnessed one of the greatest fixes in sports history and it's unfortunate that it was Seattle that took the brunt of that rigging. Almost every day since that game I have run articles on the blog regarding that game, and everyone has agreed w/ every word I’ve said. I will continue to post these articles until justice is served. The 6,000+ readers we receive every month want what is right: the NFL to admit their wrong doing.
Ah yes, trying to enjoy a day off on this glorious of all holidays...the President's Day. Truth, honor, country, right?
So, I decided to watch some SB XL highlights on Comcast. As usual, the same painful reminder haunts me: the refs won that game. Further more, I STRONGLY suggest everyone watching the program that features the head of the NFL going over the "5 calls" from SB XL (the show also has an interview w/ Herm Edwards, Pro Bowl stuff...just so you are on the right program). Keep in mind that the NFL owns this channel, and Rich Eisen is the host, who is also part of the NFL. What really gets me is the verbiage that this guys indicated: "I think the official on the field made the right call"......."even though the ref on the field first raised one hand and then 2, we believe he made the right call." This show did nothing to convince me that the NFL wanted Pittsburgh to win this game...and they did. Seattle was robbed and I really hope Paul Allen throws some clout around to make sure Seattle is the team that wins next years SB.
This is hilarious and I love the fact that the T-Man, like many of us, are not willing to just "get over" the fact we got hosed this year at the Super Bowl. He will probably be posting the same board in Pittsburgh as well.
The T-Mans quote, "I feel bad for the Seahawks, the people of our city, and I almost feel bad for Steeler fans because their Super Bowl win was tainted. You have to be stupid or a Steeler fan to think the Steelers were the better team that day."
D-Jack's Second Touchdown was good as well.......but wierd, it also "never existed".
Posted: February 8, 2006 4:04 PM
"A player no longer can be ruled out of bounds when he touches a pylon unless he already touched the boundary line." Straight from the NFL site, ruled changes made in March of 2002!
Again, D. Jackson caught the ball, his left foot hits inbounds then his right foot hits the pylon - TD!!!
In fact John Clayton wrote about this exact rule change on ESPN as well: "A player will be ruled in bounds if he touches the pylon at the goal line before going out of bounds. For example, a pass would be considered complete if one foot touches the pylon and the other foot is in bounds". Which happened exactly as the rule is written to the letter. Unreal.
Feel to free to send this version w/ your own edits to the league:
Att: Paul Tagliabue
280 Park AVE
New York, NY 10017
That was one of the most lopsided referring jobs I have ever seen in my entire life. I know there are ex-NFL guys in the WWF, so are you now recruiting their officials? Bill Leavy and that entire crew should be fired, unless of course you and the NFL had some say in the final outcome. The entire Nation knows that game was fixed for "questionable" calls to go Pittsburgh's way. It's impossible to rig an NFL game, but hell, you certainly can tell the refs to make sure Pittsburgh wins.
There are a number of disturbing calls from that game that makes me believe you or someone in the NFL organization pretty much guaranteed the Rooney's to win that game. The TD by there quarterback was a perfect example. The rules state that is must be "indisputable" evidence that would overturn the call on the field. Didn't the line judge's questioning himself by raising one arm to spot the ball, and then a second after nearly 5 seconds give the replay officials an idea that it should have been overturned?
You just pissed off the 6th richest man in the world, who could own this league and own you especially. You preach parity in this great league, none of which was shown this weekend. You think a team from New York would have been given that treatment? You would have had to move the NFL offices if that was the case. 70% of the nation agreed on ESPN that your officiating crew blew that game for Seattle.
I hope you are glad that you were able to get the Rooney's another NFL title. Art Rooney made his fortunes by gambling and it appears still today that the NFL is tied in with gambling. I hope you made the odds makers in Vegas happy.
Seattle won that Superbowl in the minds of 70% of the country. The other 30% is the state of Pennsylvania and your mafia you call the NFL.
If you want a non-media based account of what happened in the game this weekend,read on. If you are looking for more fluff from KJR, Seattle Times, and Seattle PI on how the refs were not the problem, then you can stop reading.
I am now a firm believer that the NFL is rigged after watching this game. Pro sports is now more about merchandising and business as opposed to a game. The NFL has now officially partnered w/ the WWF and has learned how to make more money by allowing the more marketable team win.
I strongly suggest everyone write a letter to the league office complaining about the officiating in the game. The only reason you don't hear the team complaining more about it is because they will be fined. It was a joke. The referee's won that game.....not Pittsburgh. The NFL preaches "parity": parity does not equate to home field advantage calls for a 99% pro Steeler fan base at the game.
Here is the address to the NFL:
National Football League
ATT: Paul Tagliabue
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Here is a re-cap of all the bad calls.....and I'm sure I'm missing more.
Jackson TD call: a joke. Result? A FG instead of 7
Fathead Rothesberger TD: a joke. Result? 7-3 Pitt lead
Pruit holding call on 35 yard punt return: a joke. Result? Seattle put back on their own 25 yard line instead of Pitt 45
Locklear holding call: a joke. Result? Instead of having first and goal for a go-ahead TD, Seattle is faced w/ a 3rd and 20 from the Pitt 35. Even Madden thought that call was a joke.
Hasselbeck chop block call? a real joke. Result? Pitt gets the ball at the 45 instead of the 20, 2 runs, then, the reverse. Ball game
People......write the NFL and let them know that this GAME was a joke.
Also, you can post a petition about the NFL here: http://www.petitiononline.com/nfl12006/petition.html
Everyone around the country is writing about this game folks.....it's not just Seattle fans.
As far as what this team needs to do next? Sign Alexander, and get rid of Stevens....the 5 year experiment is over. I'd rather have Shockey
It's time to have everyone shut up, especially the national media, and just play Sunday. What's even more infuriating is that the national media is making fun of Seattle....I truely hope we shut everyone up this weekend. It's time to prove we are a better team...which I believe we are.
I will say this: I am VERY dissappointed by the lack of support the Hawks have had in Detroit. It's 50 to 1 Steelers fans, and 49 of these people aren't even going to the game. Yes, geographically speaking, it's easier for Pitt fans to get there and cheer....but WHERE ARE YOU SEATTLE???? I know, this is a our first trip to the Superbowl and will take some time to mature as fans. We don't have the storied history as other franchises, but for Shit's sake, where your Hawks pride when you travel, especially when this team is ON THE ROAD in the SB. I hope the Seattle writers are calling out the Hawks fans. What's even more troubling is that I've heard 40% of Seattle fans have sold their SB tickets....guess who bot them??? Steelers fans. Pitiful. If you want Championships Seattle, you better start acting like real fans.
Blah, blah, blah Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh. Man, I tell ya, I can't take much more of the national spotlight on this team. It's like they are playing ghost on Sunday. Think the nation will be shocked Sunday? Yup. My question over and over again is what will they say when we beat Pittsburgh? First it was that the Redskins were weak, or that Carolina was w/out a running back. I can't wait to read the headlines Monday.
3 additional matchups to look for:
Pitts WR vs. Seattle Secondary: This advantage has to go to Pittsburgh. Hines Ward is an amazing WR and Big Ben can spread it around. Seattle's secondary dominated WA and Carolina, but that's because both of those teams were one dimensional (Moss/Smith). Seattle will have their hands full vs. Pittsburgh's
Special Teams: Advantage Pittsburgh again. One reason: Randel El.....he is electric, and had 2 punt returns for TD's. Warrick has potentional, but I don't think Seattle's punt coverage is disciplined enough to block well for him.
Seattle LB's/DE's/DT's vs. Pitt RB/OL. Advantage Seattle. I don't think Pittsburgh realizes how physical Darby, Bernard, and Lofa are up front and they will take care of moving them around. Bettis? We stopped Goings, so we should be able to do the same vs. Bettis. Imagine what a collective gasp would occur if Bettis was taken out in the first series by a Lofa hit.....watch out Bus, their a Tatupu train headed your way.
FYI, Seahawks, look out for Pittsburgh to start playing dirty if they get down....look at what they did to Carson Palmer.
Man, ENOUGH already w/ the hype, let's bring this game and let the pads start talkin!
Here are a few position by position matchups as I see them:
Seattle O line vs. Pitts LB's: This is a straight tie here....Farrior and Porter are strong, physical LB's. One is the leading tackler, one is the leading sacker. On the flip side, Seattle doesn't have 2 #1 picks on one side the line for nothing. These men are mountains and will be able to effectively block Pittsburgh's blitzing. It will be a test of braun + intelligence that will win this battle.
QB: Hasselbeck vs. Roethlisberger: Advantage Seattle. Matt has really matured here in this role this year and has proven he can play in pressure games. Same can be said about Big Ben, but the guy is 24 years old. He will CRACK this weekend if we get good pressure on him. Pressuring the QB this weekend is going to be the key of the game.
Seattle WR vs. Pitt secondary: Besides Polamalu, Pitts does not have anyone in the secondary that really scares me. The combination of DJax, Joe J, Engram, and let's not forget a red hot Stevens, gives Seattle so many weapons. Throw in Seneca Wallace on a few trick plays here and there and Seattle can and will be unstopable. Polamalu is flat out amazing, no question, but he CANNOT cover 4 people at once. Look for the Seattle WR's to have big games.
As mentioned, we'll be providing daily updates on keys to the game for Seattle to beat Pittsburgh, which again, will happen, and Seattle will "shock the NFL world."
It's media day at Ford Field which brings up my first key:
1. Seattle will need to stay focused on the game and not let the refs, media, or home town crowd affect their gameplay. Let's be honest folks, the commissioner of the NFL is going to have a little talk w/ the refs to give Pittsburgh the "questionable" calls.....Pittsburgh and Bettis are the darling favorites in this game and it's showing on "Media Day" at Ford Field. Half of the press left when Seattle took the podium.
2. Special Teams: ST almost cost Seattle the game vs. Washington w/ 2 muffed punts and a fumble by Scoobey....who I still do NOT like returning kicks. He's no Desmond Howard, Mr. Holmgren. Moreover, regardless of whether or not that was a block in the back, S.Smith basically walked into the endzone on that punt w/out anyone laying a finger on him. Hey Seattle, guess what??? Pittsburgh has an equally superb Punt Returner in Randel El. Put Trufant or someone w/ speed on the PUnt Return team to prevent the long TD return.
Well, for all of you seattle seahawks sportsfans, you might be wondering, "Where should I watch the game?" Do I watch it at home, where the drinks are a plenty and much cheaper, out in town at a sports bar, or with grandma?
We're guessing you're going to choose one of the first two, although we commend anyone who has a grandma who is into the Seattle Seahawks!
Here are a few off the top of my head, more on this in a bit:
SPORT restaurant and bar:
Started by none other than the T-MAN from KUBE 93 and some other rest greats from around town. They have a lotto and TODAY is the last day to enter. They will draw later in the week and whoever gets drawn gets to pick their seats (up to 8 people) in the order they are drawn.
Fox Sports Grill:
They have quite a few TV's and will have some 80's ladies there too, out on the prowl for Mr. Right.......or at least Mr. Right Now. I love their mini burgers and ceasar salad, not sure if its really healthy though.
The Attic in Madison Park:
I used to live in the MP so I love the food there. It isn't huge but the grumpy waitress (who is really just joking - most of the time).
Wake up Seattle fans, you're not dreaming, the Hawks are now in Detroit and ready to roll over the Steelers. All 3,000 world wide media, all 60,000 fans at the game (ok, Ford field holds 70,000, but there's only about 10,000 Hawks fans there), all the millions of people watching this game will be SHOCKED when Seattle wins this game.....I can't wait to see the disappointment on the Bus!
Seattle Seahawks fans are invited to Qwest Field on Sunday, January 29 to send the team off to Detroit for Super Bowl XL. Gates will open at 7 a.m. and festivities will begin at 8 a.m. in the Qwest Field North Plaza.
The event and parking are free of charge. The Seattle Times will distribute Seahawks cheer cards and Newsradio 710 KIRO will distribute rally towels.
Seahawks President Tim Ruskell will address the crowd, thanking the Seahawks 12th Man for their on-going support this season. The fans played an instrumental role in the franchise advancing to its first-ever Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks switch from 12th man to 69th man campaign and launch bedding line.
Posted: January 27, 2006 10:32 AM
Well with the Seahawks success this year they have attracted just a little attention. It seems our friends in the south (Texas A&M) have decided that after 21 years of using "their" 12th man concept, they are going to put a stop to it and have requested a cease and desist - legalese for "shut your pie-holes seattle".
Seahawks Steelers Superbowl: Seattle Sports Blog update #1
Posted: January 26, 2006 3:06 PM
As we draw closer and closer to THE GAME, I'll be adding daily tidbits to the Blog about the match-up. Next week I'll be providing more in-depth position by position breakdown and my keys to the game. Does it get better than this Seattle fans? We're on locally every news station, ESPN, SI.com, NFL.com, Superbowl.com....EVERYWHERE....and I Love it!
Here is a quick breakdown of common opponents for these teams. I'm excluding the Indy, Houston, and Green Bay game: Indy did not play their starters vs. Seattle, Seattle did not play there starters vs. Green Bay, and well, Houston just sucks period.
Tennessee: @Pittsburgh, Steelers 34-7. Recap: McNair had a bad game w/ 1 INT, 3 Fumbles, of which 1 was lost. Travis Henry also fumbled in the game. Willie Parker had 160+ yards rushing w/ Ben R. throwing for 2 TD's @ Tennessee, Seahawks 28-24. Recap: Seattle came out guns a firing this game and were up big early....then, we went into our soft prevent D and Tennessee capitalized on our mistakes. This was a good wake-up call for this team. SA had 170+ yards rushing while Hasselbeck threw for 3 TD's
Advantage? I'd have to say Seattle here, even though the score doesn't reflect it. Seattle dominated Tennessee, then got lazy. The score should have been 42-10
Jacksonville: @ Pittsburgh, Jags 23-17: Recap. Pittsburgh was playing w/out Big Ben, and it cost them the game @ home. His replacement Tommy Maddux threw an INT in OT that was returned for a game winning TD. @ Jacksonville, Jags 26-14. First game of the season and Seattle was rusty....especially Hasselbeck. What Seattle needs to learn from this game is that Pittsburgh will bring a # of different looks for Matt, especially blitzes. He will need to do a better job vs. a similar type of Defense in Pittsburgh in order for Seattle to win.
Advantage? Steelers, for barely losing a game w/out their top QB. Seattle was dominated vs. a really aggressive D and should expect the same type of tenacity vs. Pittsburgh. I'm confident Seattle will win, however, they just need to be prepared w/ smart draw plays and screens.
I've got a little article here that I think will fire some SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FANS up! I suggest reading it and making sure we prove them wrong in every way possible. A friend of ours sent in a response so let's see if Chuck will publish it (below). Come oooooooon Chuck!
As you can tell from this site, I am a die-hard Seahawks fan who is in need of a ticket to the game......if anyone has any good leads on the game, I'd love to go. I also have a paypal account if you wish to contribute to my desire to go: email@example.com
W/ 95% of that crowd being pro-Pittsburgh (keep in mind Pitt is about 300 miles from Detroit), we need as many Seattle fans there as possible!!!
Does it really get any better than this for a Seahawks fan? Yesterday's game put this team on the map in the NFL and shut the national media who basically had a Pittsburg Carolina Superbowl in mind. Great, great win.....but it's not over. Let me stress this Seattle fans: I recieved a text message yesterday from a friend of mine about an hour before the game: "Nervous" (he was at the game). I replied with a simple reinforcement: "Confidence" Seahawk fans have not had much to be confident over in years past. This team you can be and I want them to ride this confidence into Detroit.
Re-cap of yesterday's game: I had predicted 30-14 (see earlier blogs), and Seattle met every key to the game that I had mentioned:
1. Shut down Steve Smith (3 catches, 33 yards...ballgame)
2. Alexander to play aggresive. Key answered
3. Big plays from an unlikely hero. Not as much of a factor here.
Big plays came from big players
4. Blitzing really not needed vs. Carolina when Goings went out....they had no running game
I also want all Seahawks fans to pay attention to what some national media folks were saying about this team....be sure to send them an email and let them know that they are jackasses!
Holgrem has officially announced that Peter Warrick will be the PT for Seattle this week. Great news. Now Peter, start practicing w/ wet balls.....you understand what happened to Jimmy Williams, correct?
Also, better news: Nick Goings is not a good RB. I checked his stats from last year when he had a few 100+ games. How about a 3.2, 3.5, and 3.8 yard per carry in those games? As I indicated, he's a bruiser, but not a long run threat.
I truly believe this year's team is a team of destiny.
Here are my keys to beating this team (feel free to contribute your thoughts)
1. Contain Steve Smith: I cannot address this enough....Nick Goings is going nowhere. He is a bruiser, 3 to 5 yard type carrier. Smith can hurt you deep, on reverses, punt returns. Double this guy, and keep Trufant on him as much as possible. 2. I said this last week: Shaun Alexander has to play aggressively. Mike Ditka indicated that he think SA is soft and can't take big hits. I don't agree w/ him, but I do want to see SA talking some smack, hitting the hole hard. Apparently he was sick last week on meds, so expect to see a different player this week. 3. Big Game from an unlikely hero: Someone like a Joe J, a Bobby Engram, or a Jeremey Stevens need to make some big plays. Carolina will be keying on D-Jax and SA, so look for one of these guys to step up 4. Effectively blitzing: our 4 down lineman approach vs. WA will not work vs. Carolina. We need to blitz correctly on a 3rd and long to really stick them. Lofa can be a huge here 5. Smart play calling from the H's: Holgrem call a good game, Hasselbeck making smart audibles similar to those made last week 6. 12th Man: will not be as much of a factor against a good road team, but still needs to come. Everyone in that stadium should leave that game HOARSE 7. No TO's on ST: Get Jimmy Williams out as PT....put in Engram. Scoobey, I pray for your soul that you will NOT fumble again 8. NFL/National Media (ESPN, SI.com, Fox Sports, NFL): I'm a conspiracy theorist, so I'm hoping the NFL does not WANT Carolina in the Superbowl and will NOT give them close calls, etc. It's Seattle's time, and everyone from OR, Idaho, WA, and Vancouver are pulling for this team. Is that a big enough market for you for a big team to get into the Superbowl?
Boy, was Saturday a Seattle Sports Fan grandest day ever, or what? Not only did Seattle whooop up the Skins, but UW pulled out a great, great win vs. UCLA AT UCLA. So, not only did the Hawks win for the first time in the playoffs since 1984, UW won in the first time in UCLA since 1986! The Sun does actually shine in Seattle.
Hawks: Gutty, gutty win. I give the credit to Holgrem for calling a great game minus Alexander, for Hasselbeck finally calming down and playing smart (his tendancy to just lob the ball up when he's under pressure still worries me), and the DEFENSE! Man, talk about big hit after big hit in that game. And where was Santana Moss? Besides his LUCKY and I mean LUCKY TD, we really shut him down. We'll need to more of the same next week vs. the "Michael Jordan" of WR in the NFL....Steve Smith. He is ridiculously talented and I got to admit, a thrill to watch. TO......where are you and all your smack talkin? Trying to make a few buck doing commercials...you're a joke. OK, enough TO stuff.
I can't express enough about what a monkey it was for this team and city to get that first W in the playoffs. There are still a few things this team needs to work on this week before facing Carolina.
1. Hang on to the damn ball Jimmy Williams and Scobey.....these guys drive me crazy...especially Scobey. He fumbled on the first play of the season for Seattle....why does he still get to handle the ball?
2. As good as the D was, they need to get better for a much more talented Carolina team. We need to blitz Jake D...he's similar to Hasselbeck in that he cracks under pressure a bit...and can make some mistakes.
3. We will need to have Alexander back for this game. A win vs. a beat up WA team is one thing, a Carolina team on fire right now is another. I hope he can play.
4. I can't comment enough on getting pressure on Jake D....especially w/ their starting RB out w/ a broken ankle. Make the blitzes at the right time and we have this game.
5. Most importantly...CROWD NOISE! Keep up Seattle....we're almost there!
Seattle Times today released their All Time Seahawks team.....
I agree w/ most, but disagree on a few. Here is their All Time Seahawks Team w/ Seattle Sports Blogs Guy takes:
Pos Coach/Player Years Comment
Chuck Knox 1983-91 In nine seasons, he was 80-63, and coached Hawks to their only playoff wins (three)
WR Steve Largent 1976-89 Team's only Hall of Famer retired as NFL career leader in catches, yards and TDs SSBG: Agree!
OT Walter Jones 1997-current Team's first Pro Bowl lineman and probably its second Hall of Famer SSBG: Agree!
G Steve Hutchinson 2001-current Three straight Pro Bowls make him team's best guard after just five seasons SSBG: Agree!
C Robbie Tobeck 2000-current Five-year Seattle starter, a first alternate to Pro Bowl this season, edges Blair Bush SSBG: I would give the nod to Bush here...he played longer and was solid for 10 years!
G Bryan Millard 1984-91 Texas Longhorn was a solid starter for Seahawks at both guard and tackle SSBG: Agree!
OT Howard Ballard 1994-98 The House was a Pro Bowler earlier in Buffalo, but had five good years in Seattle SSBG: Hmmmm, I think Andy Heck may have been a better OT than House....his best years were in Buffalo
TE Mike Tice 1981-88, '90-91 Most catches in a year was 29, but cleared out a lot of path for Curt Warner SSBG: I think if Jeremey Stevens can have 2 more years like this year, it's his for the taking
WR Brian Blades 1988-98 Caught at least 70 passes five times, No. 2 in Seahawks career receptions, yards SSBG: Agree!
QB Dave Krieg 1980-91 Matt Hasselbeck has to play a few more years to pass numbers of three-time Pro Bowler SSBG: Agree!
RB Shaun Alexander 2000-current Team's only league MVP beats out CWx2, Curt Warner and Chris Warren SSBG: Agree!
FB John L. Williams 1986-93 Apologies to Mack Strong, but Williams is career No. 3 receiver, No. 4 rusher, was a great blocker SSBG: I loved John L, but Strong has had 10 consecutive 1,000 yard RB's.....he's my canidate
K Norm Johnson 1982-90 Seahawks' career scoring leader (810 points)
Defense SSBG: Agree!
DE Michael Sinclair 1991-2001 Played 11 seasons and is the team's No. 2 sack man, with 73.5 SSBG: Agree!
DT Joe Nash 1982-96 The team's career leader in games played (218) and blocked field goals (8) SSBG: Agree!
DT Cortez Kennedy 1990-2000 More Pro Bowls (8) than any Seahawk and was NFL's defensive player of the year in 1992 SSBG: Agree!
DE Jacob Green 1980-91 The Seahawks' career sacks leader (116) was a two-time Pro Bowler SSBG: Agree!
LB Keith Butler 1978-87 Second in career tackles (813), played all 10 NFL seasons with Seahawks SSBG: Agree!
LB Chad Brown 1997-2004 Fourth in career tackles (744), first in snakes and reptiles owned SSBG: Agree!
LB Fredd Young 1984-87 Top tackler from 1985 to 1987, went to two Pro Bowls for special teams, two as linebacker SSBG: Disagree. The likes of Shultz or even Lofa now are better than Young...I can't believe he only played 3 years here!
CB Dave Brown 1976-86 Ring of Honor member intercepted team-record 50 passes in 11 seasons SSBG: Agree!
CB Shawn Springs 1997-2003 Tied for fifth on career interceptions list (20), but No. 2 among CBs SSBG: Disagree: I just HATE Springs, so anyone else here is fine by me
SS Kenny Easley 1981-87 Went to five Pro Bowls and was NFL defensive player of the year in 1984 SSBG: Agree!
FS Eugene Robinson 1985-95 Team's all-time leading tackler (984), No. 2 in interceptions (42) SSBG: Agree!
P Rick Tuten 1991-97 Only Seahawks punter to make Pro Bowl
Special teams SSBG: Agree!
PR Joey Galloway 1995-99 Team-record four punt returns for touchdowns SSBG: Agree!, although Paul Johns was stellar before being injured w/ a neck injury
KR Steve Broussard 1995-98 Former Washington State Cougar averaged 23.6 yards on 165 returns SSBG: Agree!
ST Rufus Porter 1988-94 Two Pro Bowls as a special-teams player SSBG: Agree...no one did it better than "Rooooof"
Unfortunate news of out Texas today....one of my favorite Hawks passed away during a pick-up basketball game. He was one of my favorite Hawks....#22 always brought a solid game and I still remember the 2 TD's he had in the same game vs. KC.
Seahawks Redskins game: Keys to the game for Seattle
Posted: January 9, 2006 1:53 PM
I know it's only Monday, but my mind is already set at 1:30 PST for this game. Beer in hand, this is what the Hawks regular season triumphs are all about...the PLAYOFFS.
Keys to the game vs. WA
1. Once again, it's crowd noise. Yup, the fans are going to have to "get hoarse" during these playoffs, even if our team gets down 14-0 early. We have HOME FIELD advantage folks and it's time for us to shine on the NFL pedestel.
4. Alexander. I'd like to see SA bang some people around this game and show them who's boss. WA is going to come out guns a firing....watch out for cheap shots. They are going to try and muscle Seattle around....stay firm, and PUSH them around.
3. Defense: THe Redskins have 2 threats offensively, THAT's IT PEOPLE! Moss should be doubled the whole game and have Trufant on him...bottom line, no questions asked. They also have 2 dynamic TE's that love to exploit the middle of the field....keep Lofa and other LB's stuck to them. Portis is not much of a recieving option, however, he is a heck of a RB. We will also need to plan blitzes accordingly....Brunell is OLD, HHH (Hit Him Hard). Finally, watch out for trick plays....the last 2 games Portis had attempted to throw for TD's. Watch for a fake punt, etc.
4. Hasselbeck: Again, I see SA having a big game and all Matt H has to do is stay consistent and not make mistakes. WA has a so-so secondary, so we should be able to open things up here. I see screens and draws being extremely effective vs. this D...they are going to be showing a lot of 8 man fronts and blitzing LB's to try and combat our massive line. We like to run 3 WR sets, so keep the D off-balance w/ the draws/screens.
Prediction? Seattle should take care of a beat up WA team, 30-17.
Now that we know who we are facing, DO NOT sell your tickets to out of towners! Seattle needs as much home field advantage as possible, so do not sell your tickets to the $ hungury Politicians from WA DC area.
We are getting a beat up, ugly WA team....do not give them additional ammunition by allowing their fans here! More to come this week as we prepare for the Skins.
Sorry for the delay in getting to this major news.....I've been on jury duty the last few days. Boy, gotta say, the general public is not the most educated needless to say. Anyhow, SA is a stud and I'm glad he got recognition this year. I'm glad the East Coast bias was put to the side this year and was given to the true champ. He deserves it....what's next? How about Superbowl MVP? Let's keep the "Blue Wave" on a roll.
I know we still have 1 week left this season, but the regular season is pretty much over for Seattle. Time to start looking at the playoffs and keys to get Seattle to the SB.
1. My #1 key? Crowd noise. Yup, the fans are going to have to "get hoarse" during these playoffs, even if our team gets down 14-0 early in one of these 2 games. We have HOME FIELD advantage folks and it's time for us to shine on the NFL pedestel.
2. Hasselbeck 3's C's: Just as he has done all year, he needs to stay Cool, Calm, and Consistant. Again, this team will not have been really challenged these last 3 weeks of the season and it's key for him to come out confident. He cannot have happy feet or make mistakes if we fall behind.
3. Defense: keep the pressure on the opposing team by blitzing. Coupled w/ key #1, crowd noise and blitzing = false starts....ask the Giants about those, I believe they have 14 of those against us when we played them at home.
4. Alexander, show some anger: He's our #1 cog and teams are going to come after him....he's going to need to play w/ more fire than ever. I would love for him to talk some smack after running someone over...same goes for Strong and the rest of the team. I strongly believe teams are going to come in and think they can bully us around because we are a somewhat soft team.....do the PUSHING, don't be pushed.
More to follow as we know more about our first round opponent.
Interesting game this week given the fact that Indy has nothing to play for. I'm under the impression they'll leave the starters in for the first quarter to run some plays they might be testing, but other than that, expect them to be pulled. Seattle should keep the pressure on Manning early, so the coaches get worried and pull him even earlier. Win equals home field for us and a rest for the starters vs. GB, so it's very, very important for us to win this game. Once again, I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO CHICAGO for a playoff game.
Kudos to the NFL for selecting Mack Strong to the Pro Bowl this year, a well deserved honor after 13 bruising years. He's lead the way for 9 consecutive RB's to gain 1,000 yards...nuff said.
Going w/ our no-name defense, not ONE defender was selected to the Pro Bowl. I think at least Rocky Bernard should have been considered w/ 8.5 sacks, leading NFL interior lineman. Again, being in Seattle, he probably does not get the national recognition he deserves.
Another big, big win. As ESPN's Tom Jackson noted on NFL Primetime, Seattle needed a game like this where they were down and needed to come back. Impressive outing by Mr. Hasselback, who I had serious doubts about this year. 3 TD's and no Int's or fumbles...he gets the game ball despite S. Alexander's strong performance. Too bad Chicago didn't lose....Seahawks fan, be prepared, that is a good, good football team. All we need to do is win 1 of the next 2 games to seel home field, and judging by how Atlanta played there, we DO NOT WANT TO GO TO CHICAGO.
I was impressed w/ T.Titans ability to keep our defenders away from Mr. McNair, who almost single handedly beat our team. Again, it did not look like we were blitzing much, and it hurt us in the early going. Even though we gave up a lot of points and yards, I give the Defense kudos for some key 4th down stops as well as making adjustments to pattern covers. Still, a bit more pressure on McNair in the early going and I think we're up 28-0 at half.
Up next? Indy, coming off a loss. This game gets more intriguing by the minute. Seattle still needs one win to get home field while Indy still really has nothing to play for. However, I still expect Indy to come out firing because they do not want to go into the playoffs 2-3 the last 3 weeks of the season. Key to that game is keeping pressure on Manning....did anyone else notice how much pressure SD's front four provided on Manning? I'm looking for our front four to do the same. Anyone seen Grant Winstrom? We could use a big game from him.
This weekend's game against Tenn SHOULD be a no-brainer, but let's hope the team stays focused and does not look ahead. Tenn doesn't have much going for them this year period, so go for the throat early and don't keep them in the game. Let's avoid injuries, get up big early, and rest SA, MH, the fourth quarter.
Remember folks, Hawks win, Chicago loses...we are IN for home field advantage. Huge, huge, huge.....I do NOT want this team to have to travel anywhere for the playoffs.
Darrell Jackson appears to be on his way back into the starting lineup this weekend vs. Tenn. I would normally have some hesitancy of this given our track record this year, however, we ARE missing a deep threat. Let's hope Holgrem keeps Mr. Jurevicius happy as he's been Hasselbeck's top go to guy of late. Engram is still Matt H's #1 receiver, but Joe J has been stellar w/ 8 TD's. Worst case scenario? D Jax comes back and starts dropping balls, although that is highly unlikely. To me, the best team in the NFL just got better.
I know it's a bit early to start talking Superbowl, but w/ Carolina and Chicago losing, Seattle is looking good to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. How are they doing at home you ask? How's 7-0 this season. At this point, I don't see anyone really challenging Seattle from the NFC. I know I sound a bit cocky, but I'm a strong believer that no one really scares me right now. The Giants barely beat Philly, which we crushed 42-0, Carolina lost to TB, and I think if Seattle uses a "box in one" w/ Trufant on S.Smith, we own them. Which leaves Chicago, a team that got crushed on the road vs. Pitts. I see the same results if they play in Seattle. Seattle has the most rounded team, offensively and defensively.
As far as yesterday's game, really no complaints. SA ran well (MVP of the NFL this year), Hasselbeck played strong, and the Rookie of the Year Tatupu was stellar again....he is ALL OVER THE PLACE on D, always at the ball.
They have a "should win" game next week vs. Tenn, then comes Indy into town. That will be an interesting game. Anyone have thoughts on how that game will be played? Seattle will still be vying for home field advantage in that game, so I see them keeping starters in, etc. I'm thinking Indy will keep their regulars in for 3 quarters and assess what the score is. 16-0 is one thing, but losing Manning/Harrison/James over an injury in the 4th quarter of a game that they don't reaaaally need to win is another. It will be an interesting game from a strategy perspective, that's for sure.
Seahawks beat the Eagles 42-0 with no talent and "luck".
Posted: December 6, 2005 10:35 AM
Yeah, right Madden!
Everyone knows that it is rare for any defense to pick up fumbles and snag interceptions - and run almost all of them into the endzone for TD's........but either way the Seahawks won the game: 42-0. Yes, that is a 0, the Eagles did not muster up one point and for all of this we get, "I don't know if the Seahawks are good or if the Eagles are really bad." from Madden and crew." Geeeez.
No one is asking for a "Yes, folks, these are the future Super Bowl champs." but come on Hasselback's throw back to the left while running out of bounds on the first series of the game was solid and if he had needed to show any further "talent" to prove that the Seahawks can play, I believe he/they would have. The fact is though, there wasn't a need, the defense took care of the Eagles and the Eagles helped take care of themselves.
The funny thing is that in this game, specifically, the Eagles may have nuked their own ship, but the Hawks are 10 and 2 and all I have to ask is, how does a team win 10 games by being lucky? I don't get it (Madden).
In short, the Seahawks will beat the Panthers and as long as we keep getting no respect from the east coast and "associated TV sports staff" then that's just fine with Seattle fans.
What a game.....I was soaking up every minute of it until the end. Madden and Michaels couldn't stop talking about whether or not this was a really good Seattle team or a bad Philly team. Know what fellas? This reaaaally is a good football team. I mean, is the press going to continue to ask this question until we are 15-2 and in the Superbowl?
The intro of Shaun Alexander last night was classic....I hope everyone by now in this league knows who he is. Another solid 2 TD's and strong runs last night. Madden mentioned MVP w/ him and LT, but he of course mentioned Payton Manning for MVP. Whatever John, we'll see them in week 15 and PROVE who the real MVP.
Some game balls: Tatupu is the real deal, once again. There is NO OTHER rookie playing as well as this guy, bottom line. It would be a tragedy if he's not rookie of the year, on offense or defense. Other game balls? How about the fact that we BLITZED last night! My God, I think I saw 6-8 blitzes throughout the night, sending Boulware, Tatupu, et al. The D looked really good and now we have a stronger turnover ratio % following that game. Finally, Walter Jones. Anyone else notice that guy didn't have a lick of dirt on him? Did you see some of the blocks he laid last night? Pro bowl 2006 here we come....
Dare I say that "The Blue Wave is on a roll?" Time for another Seahawks Music Video :)
I'm a stat guy, so I'm doing some digging on the Hawks 26th ranked defense. Here's the troubling stat w/ this team: turnover ratio. The ONLY reason Seattle has a 9-2 record is a strong offense and a strong pash rush (when they blitz)
Seattle is an anomaly comparing them against the top teams in the league...except for Chicago, who has at least has an excuse w/ an anemic offense. Look at the top teams: Cin +20 ratio, Denver +14, Jax +14, NYG +10, Pitt +9, Carolina +8 and Indy +8. Seattle? +1. This team really needs to start blitzing, playing more man, and get out of that damn zone defense on short yardarge...especially in the endzone!
It was not pretty and this game was one that they probably should have lost, but a W is a W in the NFL. This was probably more of a crushing blow to NYG than a satisfying win for Seattle. Seattle really needs to learn from their mistakes from this game, especially on Defense. This "bend but not break" mentality will only carry this team so far. On the 4 final drives of NYG, they marched all over our soft zones and four man rush. It drives me CRAZY that they stick w/ the zone, don't blitz Tatupu, and stay in that zone even on the goal line. Think about it people....playing zone on the goal line on that 2 point conversion is about the worst defense you should call. You can only cover so much area that leaves people wide open. I don’t mind the zone as much on the 3rd and 14+ yards plus, but send a LB or a FS!!!! I also still have trepidations for Hasselbeck. Until he made that 2nd and 20 pass to Hackett, he did nothing in the clutch. Pay attention to his feet in pressure situations.....he gets happy feet and you can see his nervousness. He needs to be more calm and collective in these situations. He did have solid #'s however and continues to excel w/out D.Jackson around.
The positives? Alexander is a stud and should be the MVP of the league. No questions asked, no east coast/west coast bias. 4th and 1 on the NYG 5? Gutzy call (which I loved), but when you have an MVP, run the ball. They should have continued running the ball in the OT as well and it took until the last drive to figure that out. Also, J. Jurevicius is an absolute stud as well. Hasselbeck has a new favorite receiver and the guy is pure money. Finally, the crowd did a great job of keeping this team up when they needed it. The announcers said over and over again that they could not believe how loud the stadium was.....keep it up...this team needs it.
The way this team has been winning games, it kind of reminds me of the 1980 Cleveland Browns team that was nicknamed the Cardiac Kids. That team won something like 6 games in the last 2:00 minutes of a ton of games that year and got into the playoffs. The same fate that got that team into the playoffs inevitably got them in trouble....an overtime loss on the last play of the game. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.
Bottom line, BIG, BIG win....but more improvements need to be made. Home field advantage here we come!
As mentioned before, this is the game of the year for this team. They got over the St. Louis hump, so now it's time to look bigger picture: NFC home field advantage. Again, why are no Seattle reporters discussing the magnitude of this game? This is a PLAYOFF game atmosphere!
Keys to the game:
1. Defense: I usually start out w/ Hasselbeck needing a big game, but it's going to be on the D to step up. NYG are one of the most talented offenses in the league and the biggest challenge this team has faced. Play aggressive
2. Hasselbeck: He has had a good, consistant year. Let's not forget, however, that he really hasn't proven himself in a BIG, BIG game (i.e. NE game last year, any of the 3 losses to St. Louis). Play action is going to be key this game w/ NYG keying on Shaun.
3. Crowd: I hate to say it again, but Seattle fans can be all too quiet sometimes...don't be like Blazer fans, go C-R-A-Z-Y and give this team some support!
An ugly, but effective game vs. SF this weekend. A win is a win, no matter how you look at it in the NFL. 8-2 puts us in a prime spot for home field advantange. I'm still not 100% sold on this defense, though. They always say defense wins championships, and right now, w a +1 turnover ratio, this is not exactly an intimidating D. They followed 2 of my 3 keys to the game, however, they did NOT blitz enough.
HUGE TEST THIS WEEKEND. This game against NYG this weekend is the game of the year for Seattle. If they beat NYG, they stand 9-2, w/ NYG @ 7-4 and still owning a win over Dallas if they finish w/ equal records. You know as well as I do that if Seattle loses this game this weekend, they have the same record as NYG w/ NYG taking home field away from Seattle w/ a win here (if they finish w/ similar records). Let's hope the crowd is pumped up for this game and realizes the magnitude of home field advantage. Seattle does not want to play an NFC championship game in NYC....see Seattle's record in NY...not pretty. See Minnesota's record in NFC championship games in NY....-3, w/ a 41-0 drubbing that sent NYG to the Superbowl.
Tough week for picking games this week, I'm 7-6 going into tonight's MNF game.
Many of us are gleaming w/ the 7-2 Seahawks record, but let's not forget our past. 1999 we were ranked #1 on ESPN Power Rankings, boasting a 8-2 record. Here's how the rest of the team finished. Granted, that was 6 years ago, so the teams are not the same. I just hope they can keep there winning ways and ride a success wave into the playoffs
| Week | Opponent | Result | Score |
| 1 | Detroit Lions | L | 20-28 |
| 2 | at Chicago Bears | W | 14-13 |
| 3 | at Pittsburgh Steelers | W | 29-10 |
| 4 | Oakland Raiders | W | 22-21 |
| 5 | |
| 6 | at San Diego Chargers | L | 10-13 |
| 7 | Buffalo Bills | W | 26-16 |
| 8 | at Green Bay Packers | W | 27- 7 |
| 9 | Cincinnati Bengals | W | 37-20 |
| 10 | Denver Broncos | W | 20-17 |
| 11 | at Kansas City Chiefs | W | 31-19 |
| 12 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | L | 3-16 |
| 13 | at Oakland Raiders | L | 21-30 |
| 14 | San Diego Chargers | L | 16-19 |
| 15 | at Denver Broncos | L | 30-36 |
| 16 | Kansas City Chiefs | W | 23-14 |
| 17 | at New York Jets | L | 9-19
Great game, and if you can believe it, Seattle is 7-2 w/ another big win over St.Louis. They are now challenging Carolina for get this.....Home field advantage throughout the playoffs w/ the Atlanta loss. Shawn Alexander should be the MVP of this league this year, no questions asked. Everytime he scores a TD in Seattle, the crowd should chant MVP, MVP. This now marks 129 days from training camp, and I'm going to start keeping track w/ a "ticker" of how long it takes Seattle to sign this guy. I'll call it the " Seahawks idiot ticker"...WHY IS SEATTLE NOT stepping up to the plate and signing this guy? Oh, yeah, he just set a record for 5 consecutive years w/ 15+ TD's....move over Largent, Krieg...Alexander is the BEST thing that has ever happened to this organization....so fricking pay the guy.
As far as the game is concerned, Alexander pretty much won the game. Hasselbeck was spotty w/ 2 INT's and I'm still a bit wary of him in a big game (i.e. Philly on Monday night). He does just enough to win, which is good. Heck, T. Dilfer won w/ the Ravens with that type of style. Also, I'd like to nominate Lofo Tupatupu as ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. He has stepped up and made many forget about C.Brown. 9 Tackles and a sack....he is legit.
Off to SF to play a team that had a Quarterback (an ex-Husky!), go 1-13 in a football game...1-13! Now, it was windy in Chicago, but come on!
Well, I hate to sound like a broken record, but this is a big game and would wrap up the division w/ a W. St. Louis is teetering right now, so we need to sink this ship. A win for St. Louis and their right back in the thick of things w/ this division. A Seattle win and they’re up 7-2 w/ NO ONE in the division to give them trouble.
Keys to the game:
1. I gotta say it, the 12th man needs to be a factor in this game. If Seattle truly is a “football town”, then vocalize your support this weekend and go bonkers at the game. St. Louis will feed off any slight trepidation, so go crazy when they are on offense.
2. Run, run, and more running. Jackson is still out at WR, so utilizing Alexander will help set up the play action for Hasselbeck to effectively hit the TE’s and WR’s on short routes
3. Hasselbeck: he has been extremely effective this year, not making dumb mistakes like in years past. Maybe it’s the new contract, who knows. He needs to continue to play smart in BIG games, one thing that he really lacked last year (i.e. NE game, all 3 St.Louis games)
4. D, go crazy. Blitz the heck out of Bulger, who’s coming off an injury.
Well, I hate to toot my own horn, but I was pretty much right on w/ my entry from last week (Seattle vs. Arizona), predicting a 30-17 win (final score 33-19). Maybe I should move to Vegas? I will begin on Friday of each week offering predictions on weekly NFL games.
Seattle followed the keys of the game that I mentioned as well: Blitz Warner, keep him under pressure (the guys got four good fingers for Pete's sake...his career is OVER), and for Hasselbeck to have a consistant game w/out turnovers. Is there any reason that Mr. Alexander should not be considered for the MVP honors this year? I keep hearing Eli Manning and others, but Shaun deserves the trophy this year.
Up next? St. Louis, who at 4-4 still pose a threat. If Seattle can win this game, we can really start to look more into the big picture of things....taht is, HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR THE PLAYOFFS. W/ a big win vs. Atlanta earlier, if things finished the way they are now now tied w/ Atlanta, Seattle would have home field advantage. A Win vs. St.Louis would bring us that much closer.....
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P.S. Nice win by the Soups on Saturday night....we still need a 3rd scorer.
With Seattle being 0-6 in Holgrem's era coming off a bye week, this game scares me a bit. Moreover, St.Louis is still not out of the picture w/ a 4-4 record.
Keys to the game:
1. BLITZ, BLITZ, and more BLITZING. Warner is OLD, and has fumbling and interceptions problems. Why this guy is still in the league is a mystery. Rhodes should go for the throat on this team and this QB. If not, old man Warner will have time to sit back and lob TD's to a very good WR group.
2. Hasselbeck: He's having a great year and earning his contract. He had a terrible game here in AZ last year w/ 4 Int's. AZ will continue to bring the heat on him, so we'll need big games from Alexander and effectively calling draw plays at the right time.
3. Minimize mistakes. AZ is going nowhere this year, so don't keep them in the game. Get up early and keep pouring it on.
Wow, did luck finally come our way or what? That was a huge, huge win. W/ 3 of our top players out (Jackson,Engram,Hamlin), we some how pulled out a win. Credit should go to the D, they really stepped it up. 2 INT's and 5 sacks was the difference in the ballgame, bottom line. I generally get on Hasselback for this type of a game, but I think he played smart given his dilapidated WR group. I still wish Holgrem would mix up the play calling a bit and throw in some trickery once in a while, but probably not called for in this tight of a game.
Up next? A well deserved BYE week followed by a pesky AZ team. Hopefully the week off can give Jackson and Engram time to heal.
Tough game this week. I don't want to say this is a "must win," but this will definitely boost this team into the elite of the NFL. Seattle could REALLY use some help from the crowd this game and I hope they get it. A 5-2 record going into the bye week will feel a lot better than a 4-3 record. This game is really going to come down to 2 things: stopping Dallas by effective blitzing, and a smart game plan from Holgrem. It's going to be a close game, but I'm taking Seattle 21-17.
Just when the team seemed on the right path....this is very disappointing. We should all wish him a speedy recovery, however, it was a really, really stupid decision on his part. If we give up a ton of yards this weekend...mark my words, there will be a ton of bickering amongst the local media and Holgrem about the missing Safety.
I must say, I'm not exactly all that impressed w/ our D this year (ONCE AGAIN). Through 6 games, sacks (18) and forced fumbles (4, 3 recovered)are good, but 3 INT's isn't cutting it. We're currently ranked #23rd in terms of INT's, #13 in total defense. It will be interesting to see how this team adapts w/out Hamlin. I would also say that we need Dyson back ASAP w/ Hamlin being out. Expect Dallas to put up some big yards through the air this weekend.
That's how you beat poor teams. You get to em' early, and you don't let them back in the game. Can someone please sign Alexander to a 5 year deal? What's the hold up? It's not like Allen is hurting for $!
Big test this week and I hope we have revenge on our minds w/ Dallas in town. Dallas has been playing extremely well of late, especially Keyshawn and Glenn. W/ Hamlin probably out (did anyone else see that fight he was in outside of Pioneer Square?), it's going to come down to us stopping the deep threat. The "Tuna" also likes to call a good deal of trick plays, especially against every day average Holgrem. It'd be nice for a change if we through some trickery into the game as well FOR ONCE!
We come into week #6 w/ a golden opportunity to put ourselves 2 games up in the NFC West. St. Louis has a toughy w/ a Monday night battle vs. Indy, and w/ their head coach out, I find it difficult to have them pull this one off. The hawks, on the other hand, should have NO problem handling Houston: a home game, an 0-5 team, hawks coming off a big win. What must NOT happen is a major let down.
A couple of good articles on what's going on this weekend in week 6:
Well, well, well, they certainly fooled me this weekend. Wow, that was an impressive game vs. St. Louis. When you consider that they were w/out D.Jackson and Engram, this team really proved something to me. Especially Hasselbeck, who lived up to his big offseason contract. Jurevicius also had a huge game w/ 137 yards receiving. Biggest offseason pickup? Yeah, and he deserves more playing time even w/ the WR's coming back. Who impresses me the most? Tatupu. 9 tackles and a pick and he's EVERYWHERE on D. What a great, great draft pick we got from him. Up next? A sour Houston team that we should easily beat, followed by a RED hot Dallas team. Seattle should have revenge on their minds after that game last year on Monday night.
Well, here we are again, in the middle of your typically average Seahawk season, w/ another typical situation: Big road game, can take the lead in the division, and pull ahead of the Rams. Can they do it? I doubt it. What do you see seperating this team from the last 3 years heading into this game? We've lost 37-20, 27-22, and 23-12 these last 3 years in St.Louis. Yes, the D is improved, yes, Seattle has lost to what I think 2 solid teams, Jax and Wa on the road. But at some point in time, the excuses run out. GREAT teams figure out how to win these games, not "good" or "average" teams. Once again, it's the Rams, 24-17.
Honestly, Seattle should be able to take this game. Washington has showed NOTHING this year so far w/ their 2-0 record other than the fact they have a good D. A 9-7 win vs. Chicago and a 14-13 win vs. Dallas isn't exactly tearing up the NFL these days needless to say.
Keys to this game:
1. As I always say, Hasselbeck needs to be consistant, make smart plays, and not have turnovers. They will come after him, so he's got to be able to read the hot routes.
2. Take the crowd out of the game early. Ride the momemtum of a 2 game winning streak and get up early and hopefully sustain a big rally.
3. Open up the deep threat. Point #2 can be accomplished by throwing a couple of play-action deep bombs to Jackson early. WA will probably think we'll be coming out run, run, run, so run, run, run and hit them w/ a bomb on a play action.
Good luck Hawks, I think it will be a close one....
If you can believe it, no qualms this week from the Seattle Sports Blog guy on this weeks game. They played great in all areas: they blitzed at the right time, Hasselbeck played perfectly (no mistakes), and Holgrem did not go ultra conservative in the 2nd half. Great W and things are looking better since the Jax loss.
Up next, a pesky Redskins team that is fresh off a big upset in Dallas. They might be feeling comfortable back in DC, so I think Seattle has an excellent shot to take one. Then, off to St.Louis for the real test of the season.
Any thoughts on Mr. Allen being #3 on this list....everything else he seems to touch turns to gold, why not the Hawks? If Holgrem isn't winning playoff games this year, I say c-ya, it's time to bring in some top talented coach and GM. Yeah, Daniel Snider isn't exactly buying SBowl wins left and right, but I think it can work in Seattle. Let's get a dynasty here, bottom line.
So, same sort of recipe this week that I had vs. the Jags. Hasselbeck must have a consistant game, bottom line. I feel that AZ will be blitzing ALOT, and he's got to be able to read the blitzes and make quick decisions. Otherwise, it's another 2 INT, 2 fumble game for that guy. The QB is by far the most important position in football..they handle the ball the most, from snap to hand off to throw....consistancy wins ballgames (aka Brady). The other key? The team as a whole needs to "pay attention" to this game. W/ big games against Washington and St. Louis on the road, they can't look ahead. Stay focused on this game, and get to 2-1.
Sunday, September 11 10:00 am PT at Jacksonville L 26-14 FOX
Sunday, September 18 1:00 pm PT Atlanta FOX
Sunday, September 25 1:00 pm PT Arizona FOX
Sunday, October 2 10:00 am PT at Washington FOX
Sunday, October 9 10:00 am PT at St Louis FOX
Sunday, October 16 5:30 pm PT Houston ESPN
Sunday, October 23 1:00 pm PT Dallas FOX
Sunday, November 6 1:05 pm PT at Arizona FOX
Sunday, November 13 1:00 pm PT St Louis FOX
Sunday, November 20 1:05 pm PT at San Francisco FOX
Sunday, November 27 1:00 pm PT New York Giants FOX
Monday, December 5 6:00 pm PT at Philadelphia ABC
Sunday, December 11 1:00 pm PT San Francisco FOX
Sunday, December 18 10:00 am PT at Tennessee FOX
Saturday, December 24 1:00 pm PT Indianapolis CBS
Sunday, January 1 1:15 pm PT at Green Bay FOX
Well, this team could be 0-2 before we know it. Anyone watching the Monday night game will get a taste of what Seattle is going to face. A young, hungry team w/ a great coach and a QB that is impossible to defend. What the Hawks should look to do is contain Vick, since you really can't stop him.
Ideas from the visitors out there?
My thoughts are that on 2nd and 3rd down, they stay in the Nickle/Dime regardless of the yardage to the first and run a "box in one" vs. Vick. Yes, yes, it's basketball lingo, but it makes sense. It's like the old days when Seattle used to have Bosworth Shadow Elway: same concept, except you stick someone w/ actual defensive talent against the QB such as Sharper or even a Hamlin or Boulware that have more speed.
Offensively....well, it's pretty simple: Hasseljoke doesn't through 3 INT's and fumble. Run the ball as much as possible, get M. Morris 5-8 carries, give the ball to Mack Strong, run a reverse...whatever! Just get the ball and decision making out of the hands of Hasseljoke.
-Control the line of scrimage: Jax has a huge D line and will cause problems for Seattle's weak right side
-Hassleback needs to play smart: this will be a 17-10 Seattle win if he plays smart. If he's not on, this game is Jax's for the taking
-D needs to make smart blitz decisions: Any QB in the NFL w/ enough time can look like an all-star. Blitzing Lefwich w/ correct timing and personel (i.e. a corner blitz, OSL blitz, etc.) will be critical.
Good luck...it will either be a narrow Seattle win or a 30-10 Jax win
Good ridance of Robinson, Mr. Drop-a-lot is finally gone. Tons of potential, so he might excel in a bigger market franchise. So goes Bobby Taylor, another stellar move of Seattle's. We had the guy for one year and he did absolutely nothing. Again, really smart moves Mr. Holgrem. He was the one who drafted Robinson and he is the one who wanted Taylor. As I have stated before and I'll state again, PLEASE LET THIS BE THE LAST SEASON OF HOLGREM!!!!!
Are you kidding me? A center w/ the first round pick? What a waste, an absolute waste. When was the last time a Center was picked in first round? 1982 w/ Blair Bush? Roddy White is a stud WR......dumb, dumb, dumb. Gee, do you think Atlanta laughed when they saw who we drafted? I bet they couldn't believe White fell to them. Huge mistake Seattle. Who are you big threats at WR? Jurevicius? An injury riddled WR w/ subpar speed (top year in career was 51 catches and 3 TD's when he was healthy). Or, Pathon, a guy who Manning mentioned had "dropped some passes" who's top year was 50 catches and 3 TD's. Another year of relying on K.Robinson? Bad, bad, bad
The hawks are making quite a few moves in the off-season, including the recent signing of Dyson from Tenn (CB Andre, not WR silly). It was tough to see Brown leave, who has been the motor of that Defense for so many years. Brown won't have his jersey retired, but he has been a great contributor through the years.
I did not like the release of Simmons or Chike O (did anyone else notice he had 2 of our sacks in the St. Louis playoff game?), but Sharper is a good acquisition. The real problem w/ this D, however, is Rhodes. I have 0% confidence in his ability to correctly call blitzes, running zone D in goal line situation, and overall prevent D (Balt. loss in 2003, Dallas loss on MNF). The team finished 26th in the league last year and was supposedly "improved" w/ Winstrom and Taylor. 26th people....that's not good. http://www.nfl.com/stats/teamsort/NFL/DEF-TOTAL/2004/regular?sort_col_1=4
Finally, what's the story of Alexander. I here Seattle's front office is entertaining 1st round picks...NO MATTER WHERE THE PICK IS. Are you serious? We should be getting 2 FIRST ROUND picks for the #1 RB in the game. Not sure if I agree w/ their choice of just giving him up for a simple first rounder.