Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 21.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times details wide receiver Golden Tate’s emergence in his third year as a pro, “Tate has become the kind of explosive player that Seattle envisioned when it drafted him. He was the 60th choice overall, but the Seahawks thought so much of Tate that they had a first-round grade on him. In his third year, he’s starting to show why. ‘We want to get the ball in his hands as much as possible because he does things with it and he’s exciting,’ Carroll said. ‘It took longer than we hoped, but the fact that he’s going now and he’s a big part of it so we want to keep him involved.’ After two years of wondering when he would find success, Tate has a new challenge: sustaining it. ‘I’m still going to continue to work,’ Tate said. ‘I’m very happy with the patience this organization has had with me in sticking with me and finally it’s coming together, and I feel like I’m becoming an effective player for this team.’ “
O’Neil also held a ‘Hawk Talk chat with Seahawks fans yesterday afternoon which is available for review here.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with Seahawks defensive tackle Jason Jones, who hopes to finish the season strong after being brought to Seattle as a free-agent on a one-year deal over this last off-season, “Jones has not produced eye-popping numbers, but Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has been pleased with the rangy defensive lineman’s ability to create consistent pressure from the interior of the line when he’s been in the game. ‘He has this way about him to get into cracks and stuff that helps everybody rush better,’ Carroll said. ‘Our pass rush is at our best when he’s out there, so hopefully we can get him going and allow him to be a factor.’ “
John Boyle of the Everett Herald highlights the ability of Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond to keep a positive attitude over the years as he has dealt with injuries, and hints that he see action this Sunday in Miami, “How Thurmond will be used this weekend and for the rest of the season remains to be seen. Trufant has been playing in the nickel spot this season, a change for the veteran, and while he has handled the move well, the Seahawks view Thurmond as the long-term answer at the position. Thurmond also gives the Seahawks a very capable backup should starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner or Sherman suffer an injury. ‘We’ll see,’ Carroll said when asked how Thurmond will be used. ‘He’s been battling Tru at the nickel spot, but he’s been battling to play outside so we’ll see. He’s a special football player so we’d like to get him involved some. It might be in some dime situations as well, so we’re looking for a spot for him.’ Whatever his role, Thurmond can’t wait to see game action for the first time in 13 months. ‘I’m ready to get back out there,’ he said. ‘It’s been over a year now, so I’m trying to get back out there and actually get into some live action. I’m patiently waiting, and I have my pager waiting for the call.’ “
Brock Huard of 710Sports.com and 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” says Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll and 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh have a very similar approaching to coaching, despite their very different outward appearances. You can listen to Huard explain why in this short video.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a look at the recent production of NFC West QBs.
The Seahawks come in at No. 10 on the AP Pro32′s latest rankings, and you can view several of their comments here.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has his latest NFL Power Rankings and the Seahawks move up two spots to No. 9 on his list, “They come off their bye with a real chance to be a playoff team. Now they have to prove they can play on the road.”
Don Banks of SI.com points to the Seahawks’ Week 13 matchup in Chicago and Week 16 matchup at home against San Francisco as key games to watch for playoff bubble teams down the stretch. On the Niners game, Banks writes, “With a 5-0 record at home, and three of their last four games to be played at CenturyLink Field this season, the Seahawks are in position for a December to remember. The division rival Cardinals, 49ers and Rams will all visit Seattle in the season’s final four weeks, with only a trip to Buffalo in Week 15 breaking up that run. So even if Pete Carroll’s guys should falter in their next two games at Miami and at Chicago, dropping to 6-6, Seahawks fans should keep hope alive. A 10-win season and a playoff berth will remain within reach.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his first look at the Miami Dolphins, brings a recap of “Tuesday in Hawkville“, and reviews the Seahawks’ ability to effectively utilize the zone-read option offense with quarterback Russell Wilson.