Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks over the weekend and if for today, Dec. 5:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com brightens your Monday morning after a Seahawk-less Sunday by offering a look at how the team can make the playoffs: “The scenarios I put together show Dallas winning the NFC East at 8-8. The Giants, Bears and Falcons would miss the playoffs at 8-8. Arizona or Seattle would emerge as the fifth seed, with 9-7 Detroit as the sixth seed.
Sando also takes a look at Tarvaris Jackson’s resurgent performance from Thursday night’s 31-14 victory over the Eagles: “Jackson completed 13 of 16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. He posted the second-highest passer rating (137.0) of his career as a starter. His Total QBR score (76.9) beat the previous season high he set against Atlanta in Week 4 (68.2).”
Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks can measure their progress with a solid second half, and they’re already off to a 3-1 start: “Pete Carroll is the stubborn male driver who won’t stop to ask for directions. Scream all you want that he’s going the wrong way. He’s not listening. He believes too much in his way. And unlike the typical stubborn male driver, Carroll might actually arrive at his destination in a timely manner. Despite causing some early season consternation, the Seahawks coach and executive vice president now has his team in position to maximize this rebuilding season. The Seahawks, who have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, have won three of their last four games to rise from among the league’s worst to among its most promising. At 5-7, they have four games remaining, starting Dec. 12 against St. Louis, and if they can finish well, it would mark an encouraging turnaround and perhaps signal the end of the most painful part of this transition.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune profiles Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks’ hard-to-overlook nose tackle: “ ‘Brandon was born to be a prototypical NFL defensive lineman,” said Crenshaw football coach Robert Garrett, who coached Mebane in high school. “God put him on earth to do that. He’s fulfilling God’s will. We all have a purpose in life. And I appreciate that.’ ”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks are forging an identity, and it starts with running the ball: “With this season now three quarters over, two things have become clear during the past month. One, the Seahawks are not going back to the playoffs this season. And two — something perhaps more important for the long-term future of this team — Seattle just might have found its identity. ‘This is what we’ve been talking about since the day I got here and I’m thrilled,’ Pete Carroll said of Seattle’s Thursday win over Philadelphia, his team’s third victory in four games. ‘I’m thrilled to see the format coming together because we’re just getting started with it too.’ “
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the Seahawks’ “Killer B’s,” most noticeably Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch: “One already has broken the club single-season record for blocked field goals, while another is a yard shy of the mark for return yards off interceptions. One joined the team this season as a rookie free agent, but is the club’s leading receiver. Another was added in free agency, and has been a key reason for the team’s ability to stop the run. Individually, they are – in order – Red Bryant, Brandon Browner, Doug Baldwin and Alan Branch. Collectively, they are the “Killer B’s” who have helped spark a second-half resurgence that has seen the Seahawks win three of their past four games.”
We’re also got “Catching Up With” profiles on Paul Skansi and Rufus Porter, as well as a look at how the win over the Eagles came by using a blueprint that coach Pete Carroll has been talking about since he walked in the door: “Thirty-three rushing attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Only 16 pass attempts, but 13 completions and another touchdown. Four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and two others that setup touchdowns. A solid game from the special teams. Five penalties for 30 yards. Pete Carroll the coach morphed into Pete Carroll the architect on Friday, and even allowed himself a moment to appreciate just how closely the Seahawks’ 31-14 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night followed his plan for how he wants his team to play. ‘We’ve been trying to throw this game for some time now,’ Carroll said. ‘We’ve thrown it out there for a month now. It’s been a month solid of playing in the same style. This was cleaner than the other games, and maybe that’s a step forward for us.’ ”