Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for Nov. 8:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks’ inability to finish comebacks, a situation coach Pete Carroll admits “is killing me.” Says O’Neil: “The Seahawks have made a cottage industry out of finding new and innovative ways to lose. They failed to reach the red zone in Week 2, they missed a historically long field-goal attempt in Week 4. They have allowed three kicks to be returned for touchdowns and had their own scoring punt return nullified by a penalty. They have been penalized 29 times the past three games and committed three turnovers in Dallas. But there is one common thread that’s woven throughout this 2-6 tapestry: a consistent inability to get over the hump in the fourth quarter.”

Also from O’Neil a trio of “three things” from Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, including this one: “Tarvaris Jackson’s return isn’t the antidote for all that ails Seattle. Up until Sunday, Jackson’s errors were largely ones of inaction such as the receivers he didn’t see or chances he just wouldn’t take. In Dallas, Jackson’s mistakes actively undermined Seattle’s chances at a second-half comeback. His three second-half interceptions led to 10 Dallas points and showed pretty clearly that while he may be the best quarterback on Seattle’s roster, he’s not going to right the ship all by himself. Seattle was already trailing when Jackson unleashed his hail of turnovers, but considering he’s a veteran, Jackson had some pretty elementary mistakes. The first interception came on a pass that he was trying to throw into the ground. The second interception was the worst decision, coming on a pass that Jackson threw: a) while he was on the run; b) jumping off his back foot; c) with an injured pectoral muscle. That it did not end well is not a surprise. Jackson underthrew Sidney Rice, allowing Dallas cornerback Terence Newman to settle under it as if he were fielding a punt. This was clearly Jackson’s worst game among his seven as a Seahawk.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at the same problems that continue to hinder the Seahawks: penalties and mistakes. Says Boyle: “A week earlier, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll spent a good portion of his Monday press conference lamenting the penalties and mistakes that helped turn a close game into a double-digit loss for the Seahawks. A day after his team’s 23-13 loss in Dallas, it was more of the same for Carroll, whose team now sits at 2-6 at the midway point of the season, a far cry from where he hoped the Seahawks would be in their second season under his watch.”

Also at the Herald, Scott Johnson continues his “Game of My Life” series with Jim Zorn, the Seahawks original quarterback. Says Johnson: “Zorn didn’t know much about the city of Seattle, and he certainly didn’t know anything about the new expansion team. In fact, the Seahawks didn’t even have a head coach yet, as Jack Patera was still a few weeks away from signing on. But Zorn quickly endeared himself to both the Seahawks and the city of Seattle.”  

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “silver linings” from the loss to the Cowboys including this one: “Seattle’s league-leading goal-to-go defense allowed no touchdowns in two such situations Sunday. Brandon Mebane blew up one running play. Atari Bigby nearly sacked Tony Romo on another, forcing an incomplete pass.”

Brady Henderson at 710 ESPN passes along the answer to a question a lot of fans were asking during the game: Why didn’t the Seahawks use their no-huddle offense more? Carroll addressed that in an interview on the station: “Dallas was able to put pressure on Tarvaris Jackson, but only came away with one sack. The Seahawks had allowed 28 sacks, an average of four per game. Protecting Jackson against Ware was a priority, one that came at the expense of the no-huddle offense that has been successful in recent weeks. ‘We picked him up with the tight end, we motioned the tight end to block him, we used the backs, we slid in ways that would give us an advantage on him,’ Carroll said of Ware. ‘That was not a no-huddle mode. That doesn’t fit. The game plans didn’t match in the regard. That was a concession that we had to make to get that done.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at how things that hadn’t been working did and things that had been working didn’t against the Cowboys in our “Monday Metatarsal Musings”: “Marshawn Lynch rushes for 135 yards and a 5.9-yard average. DeMarcus Ware is held without a sack for only the second time this season. The fans at Cowboys Stadium boo their offense – and their quarterback – off the field after two of the Cowboys’ first three possessions. This trio of events adds up to another upset victory over another NFC East opponents on the road for the Seahawks, right? Not on this given Sunday, when things that had been a given for the Seahawks were left in the locker room. So instead of a yee-haw victory, the Seahawks absorbed another I-don’t-believe-what-I-just-saw loss. This time it was 23-13, as they reached the midway point of Pete Carroll’s second season as coach at 2-6 and having lost three in a row.”

We’ve also got a closer look at the contrast between the Seahawks rushing offense and rushing defense and a recap of the day in “Monday in Hawkville.” Tony Ventrella also has video recaps of the game and the day after.

Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” had not been posted at SI.com when we compiled this yesterday, so we include it now because it’s a must-read and also because he had this to say about the Seahawks: “Red Bryant’s playing like a monster for Seattle. Speaking of Seattle monsters: Cornerback Richard Sherman, a rookie from Stanford, saved a Dallas touchdown with a bone-jarring forced fumble on Dez Bryant. No ifs, ands or buts – that hit by Sherman prevented Dallas from taking a 10-point lead in the second quarter.”


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