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Tuesday cyber surfing: Record-setting rookie continues to impress

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 27.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has a look at three things we learned and three things we’re still trying to figure out after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, “Russell Wilson is the most consistent thing the Seahawks have right now: Hard to imagine that would be the case back in September when the biggest concern among fans was whether this rookie quarterback was holding his team back. He completed 16 consecutive passes in one stretch of Sunday’s game, an NFL rookie record, but that’s only part of the story. In his last four games, which include two on the road, he is 74-for-105 passing for 821 yards and nine touchdowns. He has been intercepted once. That’s a passer rating of 118.”

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a conversation between 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” and Seahawks return-man Leon Washington, who called his NFL-record-tying kickoff return for a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins “bittersweet”..”Washington returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter on Sunday. It was the eighth time in his career he’s returned a kickoff for a score, tying him with Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs for most all-time. ‘Coming into the season I knew I was behind Joshua Cribbs. My goal is to be the all-time leading returner in TDs, so I was definitely aware of it, and that’s something I expressed to [special teams coach Brian Schneider] and some of the leaders on special teams,’ Washington said. ‘Guys [have been] so desperately trying to get me into the end zone over the last few years, and we have done a really good job of doing it. So just hats off to those guys.’ Sunday’s touchdown came at a critical moment for the Seahawks. Miami had just tied the score at 14 when Washington helped Seattle reclaim the lead. Washington caught Dan Carpenter’s kickoff with a running start at the 2-yard line, about 5 yards left of the hash marks. He veered left toward a giant hole at about the 12-yard line then cut back to the right near the 22, following a block from Jermaine Kearse. A head fake left Carpenter grabbing for air and gave Washington a clear path to the end zone. ‘We take pride in the design of the play,’ Washington said. ‘It was executed to the tee.’ “

Mike Sando of ESPN.com points to several silver linings from the Seahawks’ Week 12 loss in Miami, “Seattle converted half its 14 third-down chances and won time of possession by nearly four minutes. Wilson, who had not played as well in third quarters this season, led a 12-play, 95-yard touchdown drive to open the second half for Seattle’s offense. Seattle allowed only two sacks, including zero to Cameron Wake. The Seahawks remained in position as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race when Tampa Bay and Minnesota also lost.”

Sando passes along postgame comments from Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin on the Seahawks’ Wilson, “Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins coach, one day after a 24-21 victory over Seattle: ‘You know, he didn’t do anything for me to think anything less of him. I was watching him in pregame and I looked over and I said, ‘Geez, he is small.’ You look at him and he’s not very tall, not impressive physically. But I was watching him move and they were taking him through a progression of throws and he’s really smooth. He’s got good velocity on the ball. In our game, it wasn’t his downfield throwing that hurt us, he found the back, check the ball down a couple of times. He made a couple of good throws in the game, but he’s just one of those guys that finds a way to win. He competes and we were fortunate at the end of the game that we were able to get to him. … I think he’s going to be a very fine quarterback.’ “

Sando also has his QBR ranks, highlighting the Week 12 performances of Wilson and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, “Seattle’s Russell Wilson (league-high 90.7 Total QBR) and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick (72.3) repeatedly made ‘wow’ plays, both with their arms and their feet. Wilson showcased instincts, elusiveness, arm strength and accuracy on a third-and-12 play at Miami. The Dolphins attacked with five pass-rushers. One of them rushed up the middle unblocked. Wilson spun away, scrambled to his left and threw a pass across his body 26 yards past the line of scrimmage. Sidney Rice caught the perfectly placed ball along the sideline for an improbable first down. Few NFL quarterbacks can make that play. Kaepernick probably could. His feel for the pocket might not be as fine-tuned just yet, but Kaepernick showed against New Orleans he can escape trouble. The Saints pressured him, but they could not sack him even once. When Kaepernick did escape the pocket, he completed 5 of 7 passes for 54 yards with one touchdown and four first downs. Wilson was similarly effective outside the pocket. He completed 8 of 9 passes for 68 yards with one touchdown and six first downs on these throws. Pro quarterbacks still must operate inside the pocket to succeed. Wilson and Kaepernick were just as good or better inside than outside the pocket Sunday. Both can move, but that doesn’t make them running quarterbacks or even wholly unconventional ones. Wilson completed 13 of 18 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown from inside the pocket. He also scrambled twice for 28 yards. Kaepernick completed 11 of 18 passes for 177 yards and his lone interception on these throws. His QBR score was higher inside the pocket (85.0) than outside it (69.2).”

Here at Seahawks.com our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella review the 24-21 setback in Miami in this short video.

Farnsworth has a look at what worked and what needs work after the Seahawks’ Week 12 road loss to the Dolphins in his Monday Metatarsal Musings.

Farnsworth also recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville,” with a focus on the play of the rookie quarterback Wilson, “With his 125.9 passer rating against the Dolphins, he also has a three-game streak where his rating has been at least 125. Wilson had a 131.0 rating in the pre-bye week win over the Jets and was at 127.3 the week before against the Vikings – both victories in games played at CenturyLink Field. Put those three games together and Wilson’s numbers inch closer to top-of-the-chart status, not for a rookie QB but any QB: 128.6 rating, 70 percent completions (49 of 70), 585 yards, seven touchdown passes, no interceptions.”

Ventrella recaps coach Carroll’s Monday press conference in his “Seahawks Daily.”

Lastly, we have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from Monday available here.


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