Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 21:
Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times not only looks the Seahawks’ defensive effort in Sunday’s 24-7 win over the Rams in St. Louis, he examines how entertaining it is to watch these guys play: “You call it boring. They call it ideal. You call it low scoring. They call it a fight. You call it ugly. They call it a party. The Seahawks engaged in a defensive tussle with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and while it had its sleepy moments, the Seattle defense wound up frolicking in the Edward Jones Dome. The Seahawks won exactly the way they’re built to win, resting their forearm on the opponent’s neck and flashing a sadistic smile all the while. This rugged, oversized yet agile, young defense turned boorish against the offensively challenged Rams.”
Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at the significant of a victory others might view as insignificant: “Seattle went on the road and made St. Louis look like exactly what it is: the lowest-scoring team in the NFL. No surprises, just 60 minutes of stout defense that turned the Rams’ offensive flow into a puddle. ‘In the big picture, nobody is going to care a whole lot about it,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘But for us, it’s a very big deal.’ “
Also from O’Neil, a look at the battle of the battered offensive lines in Sunday’s game: “The Seahawks’ line did show improvement after struggling early. Seattle allowed four sacks in the first half, none in the second. ‘We just got together at halftime and said, ‘Hey, man, let’s go,’ ’ (right tackle Breno) Giacomini said. ‘We weren’t playing like we were expected to play, and we just had to turn it up a little bit.’ “
Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at how the Seahawks handled early adversity before taking control of the game. Said wide receiver Mike Williams: “Really the best part of the game was handling adversity. They came out with a lot of energy. They created the short field with a couple turnovers early. And they got one in there, but the defense held tough. So that’s big to get a win like that when it wasn’t pretty, and when it didn’t start out right.”
Also at the News Tribune, Dave Boling looks at how the Seahawks were able to overcome losing the right side of their offensive line during the past week: “Center Max Unger said the team got deeper into their game plan in the second half, and that helped matters. ‘It’s a road win over a divisional opponent, so that’s big, these things are hard to come by. But we’re not going to win a lot of games like that.’ ”
Dave Wyman at 710 ESPN takes a look at a really big day for a really big man: “That sounds like a comical thing to say about a 345-pound man until you watch his drop. (Red) Bryant planted his foot, opened his hips up into a perfect 45 degree angle and ran backwards and sideways 10 yards, catching the ball 12 yards deep. True, his buddy Brandon Mebane did him a favor by tipping Bradford’s pass up in the air, making it more like a catch in “3 flies up,” but Bryant hauled it in perfectly. Then he did his best impersonation of a running back by fending off one tackler, switching the ball over into his other hand so he could fend off another, slamming that perspective tackler to the ground, and hanging on to the ball through the play.”
Christian Caple at PI.com offers his post-game thoughts, including this one: “Welcome back, Chris Clemons. The Seahawks entered the game with only 14 sacks this season – third-fewest in the NFL – and getting Clemons going again was going to be the key to getting more pressure on the quarterback. Problem solved. This week, at least, against a weak Rams offensive line that was missing left tackle Rodger Saffold. It showed. Clemons finished with three sacks and forced both of Sam Bradford’s fumbles, the last one late in the fourth quarter that sealed the game.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com provides this overview of the NFC West from a day when the division’s four teams matched up, including a comparison of how the Seahawks and Rams have built their teams: “The Seahawks, now in their second season with coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider, have done a better job building up their roster. They’ve gotten better at every position but quarterback. They’ve been better prepared than the Rams for injuries.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we also give some love to Chris Clemons and Red Bryant for their efforts in Sunday’s suffocating defensive effort. Clemons earned “Player of the game” honors, while Bryant’s interception was the best play of the game.
There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap.
For look at the rest of the league in Week 11, there’s John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com; and Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, where Seahawks punter Jon Ryan gets a nod: “Punters can’t play much better than Ryan did Sunday in St. Louis. Nine punts, a 49.7-yard gross average, with a net average of 44.9 yards. After six of his nine punts, the Rams started from their 20 or worse. The Rams didn’t have a drive longer than 42 yards on 15 possessions, and being consistently backed up by Ryan and the Seattle punt team was one very good reason.”