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Friday cyber surfing: Offense showing improvement in red zone; Week 10 previews

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 9.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times highlights a story we had earlier in the week on all three Trufant brothers playing at CenturyLink Field this weekend, “Desmond is going to be another chapter to this story of three brothers who play the same position. This is a once-in-a-generation kind of story for the Trufants and the city they come from. ‘Sure, I’m proud of them,’ said Don Clegg, football coach at Wilson High School. ‘But Mom and Dad are real proud of them.’ Clegg has been at Wilson for 25 years, coaching all three brothers. He watched Marcus come back after suffering a broken ankle his freshman year in high school on through the Cougars’ decision to recruit Marcus after Washington passed. And Clegg was the coach in a playoff game against Kentwood when Isaiah went head-to-head with Mike Karney, who would go on to play first at Arizona State and later in the NFL. Well, on this play Karney went to block Trufant, who got his pads low and let physics put Karney on his noggin. ‘Just flips him upside down,’ Clegg said, ‘because he got underneath him.’ “

O’Neil details the improvement of the Seahawks’ red zone offense, “In the past two games, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilsonhas thrown four touchdown passes from inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, matching his total in red-zone situations from the first seven games combined. That’s not an accident. ‘That’s definitely an emphasis,’ said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. ‘We’ve always talked about that our philosophy down there is touchdown to check down. We want to be able to take looks into the end zone. We’re continually growing. We’re trying to get better every time we go out there, and Russ has been able to do that.’ “

O’Neil also has yesterday’s Seahawks-Jets injury report.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has a look at the media spectacle that are the New York Jets, “In four seasons with the Jets, Ryan has compiled a 31-25 record. Known for his fiery nature, Ryan’s developed a reputation for being a players’ coach. ‘From the moment Rex entered this building, he’s always had his players’ back,’ Mangold said. ‘And as a player, you really appreciate that. You want to go out there, and you don’t want to disappoint him, or prove him wrong.’ Added Seattle return man Leon Washington, who played for Ryan in 2009: ‘He’s a players’ coach all the way. I remember the meetings before the game on Saturday nights, and how passionate, and how emotional he was before the game. So he’s a players’ coach, so you know when they come, the players will be ready to go out and play for him.’ Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman isn’t buying the hype. ‘It doesn’t make any difference,’ Sherman said. ‘They’re just another team. Big market, small market, there’s a lot of good teams out there. Whether you’re the most talked about or the least talked about, it’s the NFL.’ “

Lyle Fitzsimmons of The Sports Network previews Sunday’s Seahawks-Jets matchup, “A morale-boosting effort — if not a chest-thumping victory — at New England in Week 7 was cause for Gang Green celebration, right up until a flaccid home rout at the hands of Miami just seven days later in New Jersey. Mix in a bye week and some storm-related tumult and it’s anyone’s guess which Rex Ryan team shows up in Seattle. Problem is, unless it’s one that can immediately tighten the defensive clamps on one of the league’s best runners, it might not matter. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seahawks 23, Jets 14″

Bill Swartz of 710Sports.com has his practice report from Thrusday, “Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley spoke with the media at length about the unique and multiple ways the Jets will use Tim Tebow in their offense. Bradley said Tebow sometimes lines up at quarterback, other times as running back or tight end. Being ‘gap-sound’ will be critical for Seattle’s defense to prevent Tebow from executing explosive plays like he did in Denver last year, according to Bradley. Bradley noted defenses which have turned up the pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez have forced him to throw completions, and lately more interceptions. Bradley doesn’t believe the Jets will use too many gadget plays even though they’re coming off a bye week and had an extra day or two to prepare.”

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com has a video of Dave Grosby and O’Neil discussing how the Seahawks’ depth will help when their injury luck runs out.

Curtis Crabtree, writing for the Associated Press, says that coach Pete Carroll looked at the tape of the Washington Redskins’ zone-read offense with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, and has translated some of those zone-read concepts to the Seahawks’ offense with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, “Seattle has used more zone-read concepts in recent weeks to augment their traditional zone running scheme. It has given Wilson the opportunity to keep the ball and run and for the Seahawks to use play-action to take shots down the field. ‘It gives guys space to let them make some decisions and get free,’ Wilson said. ‘It’s just a change-up really more than anything.’ The changes have helped Seattle improve their production on third down and in the red zone as Seattle has scored touchdowns on six of the last eight red zone possessions the last two weeks. ‘There’s some things we’ve taken, some things that we haven’t,’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. ‘(Griffin) and Russell are two different style quarterbacks as well. Not saying that they both can’t do the same things but there’s some things that he can do that we wouldn’t ask Russell to do and there’s probably things that we ask Russell to do that they wouldn’t ask him to do.’ “

Crabtree also has his report from Thursday’s practice session.

Brock Huard of 710Sports.com has his latest “Chalk Talk” video, as he breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 3-yard touchdown run in the Seahawks’ Week 9 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman of 710Sports.com comes to the defense of the Seahawks defense, and points to areas of improvement that must be satisfied if the Seahawks defense are to make the jump to an “elite” defense.

Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com highlights Wilson, “Due his well-documented struggles through Seattle’s first four games, Wilson has an 81.1 passer rating for the season on third down. Although not as lofty as Tom Brady’s 110.2, or Aaron Rodgers’ 109.1, or Manning’s 103.3, it’s higher than Robert Griffin’s 80.7, Drew Brees’s 79.2 and Eli Manning’s 65.8. Equally impressive — and maybe more so — is that the Wisconsin rookie has a 120.2 passer rating at CenturyLink Field, where Wilson is 4-0 with nine touchdown passes and no interceptions (Wilson is one of just three quarterbacks without an interception at home). Not even Manning has a higher home passer rating. These are the best home marks as the NFL heads into Week 10.”

The staff at SportsPressNW.com has a look at another honor that is coming up for Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, “Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, feted Sunday at CenturyLink Field when he was inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame, will be honored again in next Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Co. in Los Angeles as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program that salutes the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest players.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com says the Seahawks won’t miss Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday, “Revis, widely acknowledged as the NFL’s best cornerback when healthy, will not play until 2013 after suffering a knee injury during the Jets’ second game of the season.  This can only be a good thing for the Seahawks’ improving pass offense. The Jets run a complex defense putting additional pressure on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson to figure out the scheme. Not having to worry about Revis has to help. ‘It’s a very difficult scheme on defense for our offensive guys,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters this week.”

Dan Riccio of ESPN Stats & Information previews Sunday’s Seahawks-Jets matchup, “Gang Green will need to be on high alert against the deep ball from Wilson, who throws well at home. Five of Wilson’s nine touchdowns at home have come on pass attempts that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, which leads the NFL. Wilson has completed 60.0 percent of throws that deep at home, good for second in the league, and holds a share of the lead with a perfect 100.0 Total QBR.”

NFL Films has their video preview of our Week 10 matchup with the New York Jets.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps “Thursday in Hawkville” with a focus on the newly-activated cornerback Walter Thurmond, and also calls attention to the play of wide receiver Golden Tate.

Tony Ventrella has his “Seahawks Daily” featuring the progress the Seahawks offense has shown in the red zone and on third down in recent weeks.

Team photographer Rod Mar has a look at the week of practice in photos.

And we have coach Bradley and Wilson‘s full video press conferences from yesterday.


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