Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 4:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “silver linings” from the Seahawks’ two-point loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Says Sando: “Coach Pete Carroll and staff again appeared to win the battle of halftime adjustments. The Seahawks have allowed 13 points in the second halves of their past three games. They have outscored their past two opponents, Arizona and Seattle, 28-6 after halftime. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan credited Seattle for figuring out how to stop the run in the second half.”

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times looks at Carroll’s theme for this week: Finding a way to start faster, especially on offense. Offers O’Neil: “The Seahawks offense has scored seven touchdowns so far this season, only one in the first half. The defense, meanwhile, has only allowed one touchdown in the second half. That shows a staying power that is surprising given Seattle’s utter inability to sustain an offense in the first half, which has left the defense on the field for too long. Against Atlanta on Sunday, the Falcons held the ball twice as long as the Seahawks in the first half.”

Dave Boling at the New Tribune writes on that same slow-starting topic. Says Boling: “Last season set the tone, when Carroll’s first Seahawks team was outscored 230-128 in first halves. But they’re nowhere near keeping it that competitive in the first four games of 2011, being outscored 67-13 in the first halves. Rallying to “win” the second halves 45-30 has left them 1-3.”

Also at the New Tribune, Eric Williams has the word on the knee injury Matt McCoy got early in Sunday’s game. Says Williams: “McCoy suffered the injury on the opening series of Sunday’s game against Atlanta while attempting to make a tackle on Seattle’s punt unit. The seven-year pro is one of Seattle’s top special teams players, and he also carved out a role for himself defensively as the Seahawks’ middle linebacker on obvious passing downs.”

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his “The Game of My Life” series with former Seahawks nose tackle Joe Nash. Says Johnson: “Nash was the kind of player who didn’t put up big statistics or earn many awards. He was, quite simply, the kind of player that got the most out of his ability and made everyone around him better. And that was more than enough to keep him in the NFL for 15 productive seasons, a record of longevity among Seahawks. ‘You could always count on Joe,’ said former Seahawks coach Chuck Knox. ‘He anchored that line for a long time.’ “

Christian Caple at PI.com has Carroll’s reaction to the reaction of him deciding to go for a 61-yard field goal at the end of Sunday’s game. Says Carroll: “So we took a shot at capturing the moment to win the football game right there following a great comeback, and unfortunately it didn’t happen. I’m fine about it. I knew clearly what I wanted to do at the time and went for it and I’m not looking back at it.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got some numbers to go with all the words about the Seahawks’ slow starts in their first four games: “The Seahawks have averaged 3.3 points and 96 yards in the first half; compared to 11.3 and 158 in the second half. The Seahawks have allowed averages of 16.8 points and 197.5 yards in the first half; compared to 7.5 points and 144 yards in the second half.”

There also are the daily recaps in the Hawkville report and Tony Ventrella’s video review, as well as a sweet-and-sour post-game conversation with Red Bryant in “Monday metatarsal musings.”


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