Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 22:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has “Five Observations” from Sunday’s victory over the Rams, including this one that also caught coach Pete Carroll’s eye after his video review of the game: “The Seahawks were the aggressors: Seattle delivered nearly all the big hits in this game: Roy Lewis on Austin Pettis, Heath Farwell on Pettis, Kam Chancellor on Steven Jackson, Chancellor on Lance Kendricks. Even the hit quarterback Tarvaris Jackson put on Rams safety Quintin Mikell following an interception packed more punch that most of the hits St. Louis put on Seattle. That was striking.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks’ run defense and how it is altering the game plan for opposing offenses: “Seattle’s run defense is the starting point for Carroll’s blueprint for this football team. He wants to be unyielding against the run on defense, and unrelenting in the determination to run the ball on offense.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune says now the Seahawks are running ball more effectively, it’s time for more explosive plays from the passing game: “The Seahawks have 18 catches of 25 or more yards this season, 20th in the league. Receiver Sidney Rice was signed to be Seattle’s deep threat, but the Seahawks have not consistently worked Rice into the offense. Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Rice is tied for the team lead with 32 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns, an average gain of 15.1 yards per catch. But just seven of Rice’s catches have gone for 20 yards or more. Further, Rice has been targeted 55 times, which fails to crack the top 20 in the NFC.”

Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald continues his “The Game of my Life” series with a look at the player his teammates called “Dr. Dan”: “And in 1984, the Seahawks asked “Dr. Dan” (Dan Doornink) … to give the mighty Los Angeles Raiders some anesthesia (in their playoff game).”

Also at the Herald, John Boyle looks at the promising position the Seahawks find themselves in, despite their 4-6 record: “For the first time this season, the Seahawks are coming off of consecutive victories, and with their next three games at home, all against teams with losing records, it suddenly looks like the Seahawks can make something out of a season that looked lost less than two weeks ago.”

Here at Seahawks.com, our “Monday Metatarsal Musings” examines the Seahawks’ suffocating run defense and how it set the table for a feeding frenzy by the pass defense against the Rams: “Steven Jackson was coming off consecutive rushing performances of 159, 130 and 128 yards, and averaged 5.1 yards per carry as the Rams had won two of those games. Sunday, Jackson averaged 2.8 yards on 15 carries – and without his 19-yarder in the second quarter on the one run where the Seahawks allowed him to get his 6-foot-2, 240-pound body going in a positive direction, that average dipped to 1.6 yards on his other 14 attempts. So there’s no chicken-or-the-egg quandary here: This was defense the way it’s supposed to be played; stop the run and then pressure the passer into making mistakes.”

There’s also this response from Carroll to the final question during his day-after news conference about the Seahawks having won two in a row and now playing three games at home against teams with losing records: “I like the way you’re talking. That sounds good,” Carroll said when the 2-0/three-in-a-row scenario was presented. “It’s great to know that we’re going to be home for three weeks. It just has not felt like we’ve had that sense of playing at home with any kind of consistency.”

We’ve also got recaps of the day after in “Monday in Hawkville” and Tony Ventrella’s video report. And then there’s Tony’s day-after review of Sunday’s game.


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