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Wednesday cyber surfing: Carroll content with Wilson’s progress, expects great second half of season

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 24.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks need to throw the ball more in the second half of the season, “Seattle can’t expect to run the ball much better than it has been through seven games. Lynch is 7 yards off the league’s rushing lead, and he hasn’t carried the ball this often in the first half of any season since he was a rookie in Buffalo in 2007. Unless the Seahawks want to continue white-knuckling their way through the final nine games of the season, they’re going to have to start opening up the offense. That means putting a little more on the quarterback’s plate, something that Carroll alluded to Monday. ‘He’s going to continue to improve to the point where we are really expecting to have a great second half of the season,’ Carroll said. ‘We’re looking forward to it.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune outlines coach Pete Carroll’s thoughts on the progress of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, “The Seahawks have been in all seven games, and Wilson had led the Seahawks to a pair of fourth-quarter comeback wins. But Carroll pointed out that Wilson has played poorly on the road, where he has thrown two touchdown passes and seven interceptions and has a 55.7 passer rating. Wilson has thrown six touchdown passes and no interceptions and has a 116.9 passer rating at home. So it’s no surprise Seattle is 3-0 at home and 1-3 on the road. After travelling to Detroit on Sunday, the Seahawks play five of their final eight games at CenturyLink Field, including contests against all three NFC West Division opponents. ‘He’s done some pretty extraordinary things,’ Carroll said. ‘I think he’s played within the format that we have setup for him well. He’s played particularly well at home, not as well on the road, and we noticed that the numbers are quite a bit different there. He’s grown, he’s corrected things, and he’s totally in control poise-wise in the games and in the situation. … I think he can do special things. There are just not very many kids that are as well prepared to take on the workload and the stress of it and the pressure and all of that, as he is. I think he’s done OK.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has knee-jerk reactions following Week 7′s NFC West games, and had this to say about the Seahawks, “Knee-jerk reaction: The Seahawks cannot possibly win anything of consequence without greater production from their quarterback. Russell Wilson went 9-for-23 against the 49ers the other night. Enough already! Reality or not?: Seattle plays five of its final eight at home, where Wilson has six TDs, no INTs and a 65.8 Total QBR. There’s a good chance the Seahawks will contend for at least a wild-card berth while their rookie QB gets needed experience.”

Sando also points out several silver linings from the Seahawks’ loss to the Niners, “The Seahawks allowed one touchdown in four red zone possessions, picking off 49ers quarterback Alex Smith on one of those possessions. Jason Jones and Greg Scruggs recorded sacks. Seattle allowed zero receptions to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who had caught at least one pass in 58 consecutive games.”

Here at Seahawks.com, Pro Bowl voting is officially underway and you can vote for your Seahawks here. And in case you’re not sure who is worthy of your Pro Bowl vote, our Insider Clare Farnsworth has a look at some notable Seahawks contributions through the first seven weeks in his “Tuesday in Hawkville.”

Farnsworth also has a look at the team’s red zone production, “Forget the light at the end of the tunnel. Is there a light out there that can lead the offense into the end zone more often? ‘You’ve got to be optimistic about it,’ Robinson said. ‘I think we’re going to start to get in the zone more just as (Wilson) starts to see the field more. But again, it’s just frustrating not getting in the zone. The whole point is to put the ball across the goal line, and we haven’t done that enough.’ With one more completion here, or one more broken tackle there, the Seahawks would be finding the end zone more from the red zone. And they could have picked up another win or two by doing it. ‘All three of our losses, it left a sour taste in our mouths where we felt like we should have won the game had a couple of different plays went our way,” Robinson said. “I do definitely feel like we could have won every game, so we have a lot of room for improvement and we have to make those improvements. We have to start finishing games off.’ “


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