Friday cyber surfing: Zone-read adds another dimension to offense

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 23.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times details the Seahawks’ ability to utilize the zone-read option with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, “The Seahawks typically run the play out of the shotgun formation like they did on the final play of the third quarter in their Week 10 victory against the Jets. Wilson kept the ball that time, running outside for an 18-yard gain after Jets linebacker Bart Scott committed wholesale to chasing Lynch. ‘I wouldn’t call him a running quarterback but he has the ability to run,’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. ‘Then it just gives you another dimension. Any time you put the ball in front of Marshawn or any of our backs, they have to honor that.’ “

O’Neil also has Thursday’s practice report, noting that defensive end Red Bryant sat out with a sore foot.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with backup quarterback Matt Flynn, “Flynn signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seahawks, including $10 million guaranteed. But, as Flynn admits, Seattle coach Pete Carroll was upfront in telling him that he would have to earn the job as the starter. ‘They told me I’d be coming in and competing,’ Flynn said. And a surprising thing happened during training camp – the five-year veteran was beaten out by third-round draft pick Russell Wilson. Flynn has not played a single snap for his new team in a regular-season game. But Flynn said he does not have second thoughts about his decision to move to Seattle. ‘I try to have the motto of living life with no regrets,’ Flynn said. ‘I wouldn’t take anything back. I think I look back at the things I looked at, and the personal things I decided on, and I think I wouldn’t take anything back. I don’t have any regrets about it, but it was a tough decision, for sure.’ “

Liz Mathews of 710Sports.com has her practice report from Thursday, “In just his second day of practice, guard James Carpenter was a full participant. Carpenter was limited on Wednesday after missing two games with a concussion. Carroll said he will wait and see how Carpenter performs throughout the week before deciding if he will get the start at left guard on Sunday against the Dolphins. Running back Marshawn Lynch, still listed with a back injury, continues to be a full participant in practice. Carroll was asked about Lynch’s durability during the Wednesday press conference. ‘Our guys have managed him real well on our days, and building him back up each week,’ Carroll said. ‘He’s looked fit and fast and everything looks great. He looks like he’s in great shape right now. So it’s going fine and I’m not worried about it at all honestly. I told him we’re going to give it to him more.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a look at injury situations around the NFC West, and has a few notes on the relatively healthy Seahawks, “Guard James Carpenter has been cleared to return from a concussion. He could start at left guard against Miami. Carpenter was limited Wednesday. Seattle, like San Francisco, appears mostly healthy following a recent bye. The team continues to list running back Marshawn Lynch (back) on its participation report. He practiced fully. Linebacker K.J. Wright is back at practice after missing time with a concussion. He’s expected to start against the Dolphins.”

Sando also picks the Seahawks to win by four over the Miami Dolphins this Sunday, “Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET My theory is that Russell Wilson has been playing better regardless of venue and it will show late in the season. More on that in our “Final Word” item later Friday. The Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill has one touchdown pass with six interceptions on third down this season. Sando’s best guess: Seahawks 24, Dolphins 20.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his recap of “Thanksgiving Day in Hawkville“, and chats with free safety Earl Thomas about his new daughter, Kaleigh Rose, “Kaleigh Rose was born Sept. 24, just before kickoff on the Monday night when the Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Needless to say, life has not been the same since for Thomas or Nina, Kaleigh Rose’s mother. ‘It’s just crazy to see her grow every day,’ Thomas said. ‘It seems like something changes every day. She looks just like me, and I didn’t ever think I could create something beautiful like that. It’s just a blessing.’ “

Tony Ventrella has his Thanksgiving Day-themed “Seahawks Daily”, talking with defensive end Red Bryant, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Leon Washington on what the day means to them.


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