Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Dec. 9:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the primary objective for the Seahawks’ defense in Monday night’s game against the Rams – stopping Steve Jackson: “The St. Louis Rams might have a question mark at quarterback, but the Seahawks have no doubt about their defensive priority on Monday night. It’s stopping Steven Jackson, first, second and even third down. That’s how it always is against St. Louis. ‘From seven years ago, when I first got in the league, day one, until today,’ linebacker Leroy Hill said, ‘to beat the Rams, you have to stop Steven Jackson.’ ”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune looks at the healthiest member of the Seahawks’ injury-depleted offensive line – center Max Unger: “And still, at the center of it all is Unger, in his third season out of Oregon. ‘Max has done a great job for us … a beautiful job for us, and he’s really improved during the season,’ (coach Pete) Carroll said. ‘He’s really taken charge of the front.’ Unger contends that the necessary shuffling up front has been smoothed by the fact that the fill-ins are well-versed in the system and the communication.”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams looks at the sudden rash of turnovers the Seahawks have created: “They come in spurts, and right now turnovers are gushing for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have a plus-9 turnover differential over the past four games, helping them go 3-1. During that stretch, Seattle has eight interceptions and four forced fumbles to go against three Tarvaris Jackson interceptions. For the season, the Seahawks are plus-4 – tied for ninth in the league – after having not finished with a positive turnover differential at the end of the regular season since 2007.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald checks in with Golden Tate, who made the most of his first NFL start against the Eagles: “In last week’s win over the Eagles, Tate made his first career start and finished with four catches for 47 yards. Another catch he made that game was ruled an eight-yard run because it was a backwards pass. Tate punctuated his best day as a professional with a spectacular leaping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone that was exactly the type of play he has made time and time again in practice. ‘That was a fantastic throw and catch on the touchdown pass,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. ‘Great throw and a great catch and great body-control job of staying in bounds. It was a beautiful play. There are more of those in him. He’s got tons of those.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the projected draft order, a definite top-button topic for some fans: “Buffalo and Seattle would flip a coin to determine which one picked 13th instead of 14th. The chart shows the order, with strength of schedule listed when it applies to tiebreakers.” If, of course, the Seahawks don’t continue their current run that has seen them win three of their past four games.
Here at Seahawks.com, we know what Lemuel Jeanpierre is – the new starter at right guard – but we try to find out who he is: “Let’s start with the name. Both of them. Lemuel comes from The Bible, Proverbs 31: Sayings of King Lemuel. Jeanpierre comes from his grandfather, who was Haitian but settled in Louisiana. Put them together and … ‘When I was in school and the teachers would call roll, they’d say, ‘Oh, I’m going to have trouble with this one,’ ‘ Jeanpierre said with a smile. ‘I’d raise my hand and say, ‘That’s me.’ ” There’s also this from right tackle Breno Giacomini: “ ‘We call him Lem-opedia, because he’s so smart,’ Giacomini said. Now we’re getting somewhere. Jeanpierre majored in retailing at South Carolina and now is working on master’s degree in sports and entertainment management. That’s more media-guide stuff, but it’s relevant. Or maybe not. ‘When we say smart, we’re talking about football-wise,’ Giacomini said. ‘Another thing, just like all the guys on the O-line, we like to go to work every day. So Lem is obviously a hard worker. And the good thing is, as you’ve seen, he can adjust to any position.’ ”
Jim Trotter at SI.com ranks the QBs in the league and Tarvaris Jackson comes in at No. 24: “In a season that started with two rookies and a second-year pro in the offensive line, injured receivers who hindered their ability to work together in training camp, and a new offensive scheme, it’s a credit to Jackson that he has remained upright, let alone complete 60 percent of his passes with 10 TDs and 12 picks.”
And while we’re on the subject, Jason Cole at YahooSports.com ranks the Top 10 college QBs.
For a look at the rest of the league in Week 14, there’s John Clayton’s “First and 10” at ESPN.com.