Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 14.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that stopping the Dallas Cowboys blitzes will be key this Sunday, and the Seahawks know they have to give quarterback Russell Wilson better protection, “But rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is also going to be looking for opportunities, because the likelihood of steady Dallas blitzes will create some chances. ‘They bring different types of pressure just like Arizona did,’ Wilson said. ‘We just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there’s a lot of green grass behind it so we have to capitalize on it.’ “
O’Neil also says that according to an appearance by head coach Pete Carroll on 97.3 KIRO FM yesterday, wide receiver Sidney Rice is expected to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune believes that the Seahawks could be in for a repeat of last week in terms of the amount of pass rush that the Cowboys will bring, “The twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan is in his second season with Dallas. And similar to Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Ryan doesn’t mind dialing up a blitz or two. ‘These guys are out to come after you,’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about the Dallas defense. ‘The Ryan family is pretty famous for blitzing, so we’re not going to be surprised if that happens.’ “
Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network previews Sunday’s Seahawks-Cowboys matchup, “While the defense and a raucous home crowd should give a reasonable chance to avoid an 0-2 start, the offense will have to produce more than the 254 total yards it did a week ago and execute better within the red zone — where Seattle scored just one touchdown in four trips against Arizona — to make that scenario a possibility.”
Alejandro Dominguez of the Everett Herald introduces us to Seahawks fan Colleen Storm, who was visited by a pair of Sea Gals in her room at the Marysville Care Center.
Liz Matthews of mynorthwest.com catches up with wide receiver Golden Tate, who hopes to add a spark to the Seahawks offense this Sunday after missing the regular season opener with a knee injury, “Tate was unavailable against Arizona, still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the preseason. He didn’t travel with the team and watched the game from home. ‘It was painful just because I’m around these guys every single day,’ he said. ‘I’m with these guys, whether it’s hanging out at home or even here. Just to see those guys take the field and play without me it, it hurt me personally. I could not wait to get back and motivate me and just to rehab so much harder to get back.’ “
Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Thursday’s practice session, “Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley told us following practice the Seahawks have great respect for Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, who stung Seattle’s defense last year. ‘They create some leverage issues for us and force to get those things corrected,’ he said. Bradley is also concerned about quarterback Tony Romo’s ability to keep pass plays alive with his footwork. ‘We saw a play against Pittsburgh where he got hit, spun around, and threw the ball with his left hand,’ Bradley said. ‘Our guys have to keep him in the pocket, don’t let him get out and make plays on the run.’ “
Jim Moore of mynorthwest.com predicts a 24-17 Seahawks victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, expecting improvement in Wilson’s second start, “My biggest concern revolves around the pass-rushing Ware, who could have his way with second-string left tackle Frank Omiyale if Russell Okung doesn’t play. Other than that, I feel like Wilson will play better this week at home than he did on the road. Why? Do I have some sort of football sabermetrics I can reference as rationale? Heck no, I don’t have any of that stuff. I’ve got a gut feeling that he’ll play better at home in his second start. Defensively, the Seahawks will be super-charged by the 12th Man, offsetting the many advantages Dallas has on offense. Frankly, Romo scares the hell out of me – he’s one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL as far as I’m concerned, but he’ll be inconsistent at the deafening Clink.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his notes from Thursday, including thoughts on Wilson, “QB Russell Wilson was calm and collected as he took to the field with the Seahawks trailing by four in the closing minutes. The moment wasn’t too big for him as his preparation and past experiences from his time in college at Wisconsin and North Carolina State let him know what to expect. Wilson led the Seahawks on an exhaustive 18-play drive to give Seattle a chance to win in the rookie’s debut as an NFL starter. However, a pass sailed through the hands of WR Braylon Edwards on fourth-down as the Seahawks lost 20-16 to the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener…Wilson has already shifted his focus to the next game and the Dallas Cowboys, who come to Seattle for the Seahawks’ home opener on Sunday. ‘I’m past that now, that was the first game, now it’s on to the next one and staying focus on what we can do to win the game. I think that’s got to be our focus,’ Wilson said.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says that John Moffitt’s return to right guard should help the communication along the offensive line, “Moffitt isn’t exactly an ocean of experience himself, starting as rookie a year ago but lasting only nine games until a knee injury cost him the rest of the season. Then he had a minor elbow operation that kept him out of most of preseason. But he knows more the Sweezy, and everyone in Renton knows the Cowboys are better than the Cardinals.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com points to an area of concern for the Seahawks – the health of wide receiver Sidney Rice and left tackle Russell Okung, “One game into the season, Rice and Okung are not right. A knee injury kept Rice from practicing Wednesday and Thursday. Okung practiced Thursday on a limited basis after a bruised knee suffered in the opener kept him out Wednesday. How the Seahawks list both players Friday — probable, questionable, doubtful or out — will be of interest.”
Here at Seahawks.com we bring you Russell Wilson’s full press conference and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s full press conference from yesterday, Tony Ventrella rehashes Thursday’s storylines in his Seahawks Daily, and Clare Farnsworth talks with newly signed practice squad player Hebron Fangupo, and also details Wilson’s approach to Sunday’s home-opener with the Cowboys.