Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 26.
Head Coach Pete Carroll appeared on 710-KIRO-AM’s “Brock and Salk” yesterday and talked about the Seahawks’ controversial win over the Packers on Monday night, and also talked about the play of the defense and addressed concerns over the conservative play of the offense. Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com has a recap of the segment and the full audio here.
Carroll also appeared on NFL.com to discuss the victory over the Packers and give his perspective on the controversial final play of the game. You can watch the full video here.
In response to the final play of Monday night’s game, the NFL issued a statement, “Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review. The result of the game is final.” You can read the full statement from the NFL here.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps the events surrounding “Tuesday in Hawkville“, including thoughts on Carroll’s segment with “Brock and Salk”, the impressive Seahawks pass rush that was on display in Week 3, and on running back Marshawn Lynch, who is the NFC’s leading rusher, “He ran for 98 yards against the Packers, to go with his 122-yard effort against the Cowboys in the Seahawks’ home opener and his 85-yard day in the season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona. Lynch also is third in the NFC and 10th in the league is total yards from scrimmage (318).”
Farnsworth also has his first look at the Seahawks’ next opponent – the St. Louis Rams, “Unsung hero: Danny Amendola. He not only leads the Rams in receiving, Amendola has 25 receptions – one fewer than the Rams’ next four receivers combined – Brandon Gibson (eight), Lance Kendricks (seven), Jackson (six) and Steve Smith (five). Can you say go-to guy? Rams QB Sam Bradford can, and does – go to this guy. Amendola ranks second in the league in receptions, is tied for third in receiving yards (296) and his nine third-down receptions lead the NFL.”
NFL.com has released their Week 4 power rankings, and with their 14-12 victory over the Packers the Seahawks jumped up six spots from a week ago to land at No. 10 on their list. The NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals (3-0), who the Seahawks nearly topped in Week 1 on the road, jumped up eight spots from a week ago and rank at No. 7, while the San Francisco 49ers drop to No. 2 after their loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. Rounding out the NFC West ranks are the St. Louis Rams (1-2), who come in at No. 23 on their list.
Matt Williamson of ESPN.com has his latest “Rookie Watch” where he ranks his Top 10 rookies in the NFL to date. You must be an ESPN Insider to view the piece, but on his list are Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 8) and rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin (No. 10). On Wilson, Williamson says, “Obviously, the Seahawks’ theory is to play amazing defense (which they do) and run the ball over and over. That makes sense and is easy on a rookie quarterback, but it is just so tough to win games without scoring a lot of points or being able to consistently throw the football. That being said, I am still extremely high on Wilson, and before long, I expect him to be a legitimate starting NFL quarterback who can handle the entire workload. I very much believe Wilson is at his best in an up-tempo approach, often from the shotgun. But we only see that very late in games, when Seattle is scrambling for points. … Again, this young man will be a fine NFL quarterback before long.” And on Irvin, Williamson offers, “Everyone saw what Irvin — and the great Seattle defense — is capable of on Monday night. Whether the Seahawks deserved to win that game or not is a totally different issue, but that doesn’t diminish Irvin’s impact, particularly in the first half. Knowing that OT Marshall Newhouse would struggle with Seattle DE Chris Clemons (did he ever!), Green Bay had to leave Bryan Bulaga matched on Irvin one-on-one most of the night. Irvin beat Bulaga with speed, which we knew he had in spades, but also showed the ability to turn speed into power and bull rush Green Bay’s very good right tackle. Irvin doesn’t play every down. In fact, he is just a pass-rush specialist, but that is how Aldon Smith initially made this report one year ago.”
Early this morning, Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke with reporters on a conference call at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Fisher offered some praise for Lynch, ” ‘One of the better running backs, if not one of the best running backs, in the National Football League,’ is the way Fisher described Lynch this morning during a conference-call interview. He’s very, very explosive and he’s got outstanding vision and change of direction. He’s hard to get down. He’s a complete back.’ ”
And finally, defensive end Chris Clemons, who sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times in the second quarter on Monday night, has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the League announced this morning.
Carroll’s weekly Wednesday press conference, which is usually scheduled for 12 p.m., has been pushed back to 1:10 p.m., as practice has been moved to 2:30 p.m. Stay tuned to Seahawks.com for a live look at Carroll’s press conference and for notes and video from today’s practice session.