Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 6.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks defense has shown signs of decline over the last few weeks, “It wasn’t just that Seattle allowed 17 points in the first half, matching the most it has given up before halftime this season. It was more than just the fact that Adrian Peterson rushed for 182 yards, the most by a Seahawks opponent since Pete Carroll became coach. The biggest problem is that it was a continuation of a decline that began in the second half of Seattle’s Week 6 loss at San Francisco, ran through a 28-24 defeat in Detroit and continued Sunday. ‘We’re seeing a lot of complexities in the last month,’ Carroll said. ‘And some of the stuff has been harder for us. We haven’t executed as well, and that calls for us to make sure we’re really on our stuff.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune also calls out the inconsistency of the Seahawks defense, “The Seahawks had been holding teams to an average of 70 rushing yards entering the Week 7 game in San Francisco, good for No. 2 in the league. Peterson’s total of 182 rushing yards on Sunday was the most a Pete Carroll defense had allowed an individual runner during his 3-year tenure in Seattle. The Seahawks have allowed just four players to run for over 100 yards in the past two years – Peterson and Gore (131 yards) this year, and Dallas’ DeMarco Murray (139) and Washington’s Roy Helu (108) last season. Carroll said his defense is playing inconsistently up front. ‘It wasn’t similar style of runs,’ Carroll said about his defense’s struggles against San Francisco and Minnesota. ‘But it was similar in that we made errors. So the good part for us is that they’re really easily corrected.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald has an update on the concussed LB K.J. Wright and G James Carpenter, “A day after his team beat the Vikings 30-20, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not know if either player will return this week. That’s the nature of things in the more safety-conscious NFL, which requires players to go through a league-mandated protocol and be cleared by doctors before they can return to action. ‘We’ll know later,’ Carroll said when asked about Wright. ‘We’ve got to give him a couple of days to figure it out. The process is already underway, the testing and the stuff that’s going on, and we’ll know more on Wednesday.’ The answer was pretty much the same on Carpenter, who was ruled out Saturday after being listed as questionable on Friday’s practice report because of an illness. Carroll explained Sunday that they weren’t sure how or when Carpenter’s concussion occurred, but that it could have happened in Seattle’s previous game in Detroit, or in practice Wednesday.”
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Monday segment of “Brock and Salk” in which head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the progress of Russell Wilson and the offense, “It was the Seahawks’ best offensive performance of the season, one they needed after a brutal first half from their defense. And it further validated coach Pete Carroll’s decision to go with Wilson – not high-priced free-agent addition Matt Flynn – as the starter. The Seahawks are 5-4, and their latest win showed how far their rookie quarterback has come after some predictable struggles earlier in the season. ‘He looks poised and comfortable,’ Carroll told ‘Brock and Salk’ on Monday, ‘and I think we’re just gonna see this guy keep getting better.’ Wilson’s three touchdown passes Sunday gave him 13 on the season, 10th-most in the NFL and the most among rookie quarterbacks. It also established a new franchise rookie record. His 87.2 QB rating ranks 11th in the NFL, second only to Washington’s Robert Griffin III among rookies.”
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss what to expect from the Seahawks offense moving forward in this short video.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Sunday’s win over Minnesota was a good definition of “finishing” that coach Carroll would like to see from his team, “After carrying the Seahawks through the early part of the season, Seattle’s defense has now given up at least 20 points in three of the past four games. And if Christian Ponder had been at all effective throwing the ball, the Vikings would have become the fourth straight team to top 300 total yards against the Seahawks. ‘That’s why finishing is so important,’ Carroll said. ‘We did all of the right stuff to get out of that game with a big win for us at the end.’ “
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Monday’s Carroll press conference, noting the Seahawks expect to have wide receiver Braylon Edwards back at practice this week, and hope the same is true for defensive tackle Jason Jones. Edwards has missed the team’s last two games with a knee injury and Jones has been absent for the same duration with an ankle.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his “NFC West Stock Watch“, pointing to the rise of Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ receivers, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, “1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB. Wilson turned in another solid performance as the Seahawks’ starter, tossing three first-half touchdown passes to keep Seattle in the lead against Minnesota even though the Vikings were racking up rushing yardage. Only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) have higher Total QBR scores than Wilson (83.1) over the past three weeks. 2. Seattle wide receivers. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice accounted for three Seattle touchdowns against the Vikings. Rice also completed a 25-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a touchdown. Wilson has completed 21 of 25 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns when targeting Tate and Rice over the past two weeks. Those plays have produced 13 first downs. 3. Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator. Bevell called an excellent game against his former team. He is playing to the strengths of the offense and his quarterback specifically. Seattle has mixed deep passes with short throws with zone runs with quarterback options to keep defenses guessing. This was a diverse offense on display against the Vikings.”
Sando also takes a look at how Wilson fared in QBR in the Seahawks’ Week 9 win, “Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (82.8 QBR, 127.3 NFL rating): Wilson completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and one sack. He rushed nine times for 27 yards and three first downs. He was cited for a fumble on a backward pass that went out of bounds. Seattle suffered from three dropped passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Wilson, with an 83.1 QBR score over the past three weeks, trails only Peyton Manning (91.6) and Aaron Rodgers (89.0) over that span. Tom Brady (81.8), Matt Ryan (77.9), Drew Brees (75.1) and Andrew Luck (74.5) are next.”
The staff at ESPN.com has their updated NFL power rankings, and Seattle comes in at No. 12 on their list.
NFL.com names Golden Tate’s game-winning touchdown over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 as the No. 1 play of the entire first half of the NFL season. You can view their list of the Top 10 plays of the season’s first half here.
Peter King of SI.com has his midseason All-Pro team and Seahawks center Max Unger makes his cut. King also names Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner his midseason defensive rookie of the year, “Rangy second-round pick is No. 2 on Seattle with 72 tackles. Plugged a huge hole.”
NFL’s “Around the League” chats with wide receiver Golden Tate in this short video.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his “Monday Metatarsal Musings” with a look at the play of offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and linebacker Mike Morgan, who stepped in for an injured Max Unger and K.J. Wright in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
Farnsworth also recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville“, with notes on the concussed Wright and Carpenter.
Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” looking at the Seahawks impressive performance in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
And finally, we have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from Monday available here.