Friday cyber surfing: Wilson, Luck, RGIII excelling in rookie seasons

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 16.

Three NFL divisional bloggers at ESPN.com, which include the NFC West’s Mike Sando, AFC South’s Paul Kuharsky, and NFC East’s Dan Graziano, share a conversation they had on the play of three rookie quarterbacks – the Seahawks Russell Wilson, the Colts Andrew Luck, and the Redskins Robert Griffin III – and on who has been most impressive thus far, “Sando: ‘Wilson has gotten less attention as he’s played better, it seems to me. There was quite a bit of buzz around him heading into the season simply because people following along from afar expected Matt Flynn to win the job. The idea that a head coach would willingly go with a 5-foot-10 rookie third-round draft choice over a $19 million free agent made waves. Wilson didn’t play all that well early in the season, however. Part of that was because Pete Carroll pulled back the reins on the offense in an attempt to bring along Wilson slowly. That wasn’t really anticipated given how effusive Carroll had been in his praise for Wilson’s readiness to perform right now, not just in the future. Meanwhile, RG3 was sensational out of the gates. The Wilson buzz went away. I think that’s going to change as Seattle continues to make a playoff push and Wilson continues to become a bigger part of the reason why.’ … ‘The Seahawks did not ask Wilson to do nearly as much early in the season. They’ve asked him to do more in recent weeks and Wilson has responded. He’s improving quickly and ranks among the NFL’s top seven in QBR and top five in passer rating since Week 6. Wilson has a real chance to finish this season as the best rookie quarterback in the league.’ “

Sando also has a look at how NFC West QBs are performing in late-game situations.

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” discuss the Seahawks’ chances at claiming the NFC West title over the San Francisco 49ers in this short video.

Brock Huard of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” has his latest “Chalk Talk” video, as he breaks down the effectiveness of the Seahawks’ zone-read option and it’s ability to gain “easy yardage” – as coach Pete Carroll described it earlier this week.

Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman, contributing to 710Sports.com, highlights the John Schneider-Pete Carroll personnel and coaching staff, “Personnel: Like the honey badger, Schneider will crawl into a bee hive to find winning talent. Wilson is too short. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate are not traditional, Calvin Johnson “Megatron”-style receivers. K.J. Wright and Kam Chancellor are simply too tall and lanky to get low enough on defense, where leverage is so important. Richard Sherman only played two seasons in college at cornerback. Yet these are some of the best players at their position in the NFL. I could go on and on. Who turns a college defensive tackle like rookie J.R. Sweezey into an offensive guard? They have a former running back in Allen Bradford, who scored 16 touchdowns in college, playing inside linebacker on the practice squad … and he’s good. It’s just different. Coaching: Tom Cable, the mastermind behind the zone blocking scheme, was a unique hire. Cable came to Seattle off of a tumultuous stint as head coach of the Raiders. Somehow he fits in perfectly with Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Every offensive lineman I’ve spoken to this year, from Paul McQuistan to Max Unger, gushes over Cable’s ability to explain offensive line play. He’s a tough guy who was born to coach and will do it from anywhere, including a hospital bed. Last year he underwent critical back surgery that took him off the field for a couple of weeks but he was able to coach via Skype from his post-operative location. Last Sunday in the Seahawks’ win over the Jets, Cable made a change during the game that was critical to the running game and more than doubled its production in the second half. He determined that the line’s aiming points were slightly off and a little ahead of where they needed to be in order to block the Jets’ defensive line and linebackers. Garnering that information during a game and at ground level is as difficult as it gets. It’s nearly impossible to see from the sidelines so you must rely on the feedback you get from five different players and the coaches up in the press box. Somehow Cable was able to alter the offensive line’s blocking angles and improve the Hawks first-half run production from 52 yards to 122 yard.”

Jim Moore of 710Sports.com says the NFC West title is still within reach for the 6-4 Seahawks, “In my NFC West-Division winning scenario, the Seahawks need to go 5-1 the rest of the way to finish with an 11-5 record and edge the Niners. I’m counting on a win in Miami; the Dolphins lost their last home game 37-3 to Tennessee, and I’m pretty sure the Seahawks are better than the Titans. I also have them losing in Chicago and ending the season with a four-game winning streak. While all of this is happening, I’ll be hoping for the ultimate pipedream to come true. That involves a first-round bye, given to the two division winners with the best records. So why not root for the 6-4 Giants to keep struggling and win the NFC East with a 10-6 or 9-7 record? Why not root for the Bears to finish 11-5 and lose on a tiebreaker to Seattle? Or heck, the way they looked in last Sunday night’s loss to Houston, maybe they’ll finish 10-6. I’ll give Atlanta the No. 1 seed, but as for the No. 2 seed, why can’t Seattle make a run at it? At this point, aren’t all things in play for the Seahawks?”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth catches up with former Seahawks wide receiver Ronnie Harris, who is now a pastor at Woodinville Alliance Church, “What he’s doing: Harris, 42, worked in pharmaceutical sales for six years after his NFL career ended. But he is now a pastor at Woodinville Alliance Church and working on his Masters in Biblical studies through Western Seminary in Portland. Harris attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., before going to the University of Oregon, where he played football and ran track. ‘Faith was always a part of my life,’ he said. ‘Once I got out of college I was part of Athletics in Action. And every team I played on, including the Seahawks, I was part of the core guys who would have not just the chapels before games but actual Bible studies. Once I got into the work world, I just kind of said, ‘Is this what I’m meant to do?’ Ultimately, doors just kind of opened and I ended up stepping on staff (originally as a youth pastor) at my church. I really feel this is what I’m meant to do. You kind of find a sweet spot in life, and this is definitely it for me.’ “

Tony Ventrella takes a look at the Seahawks wide receiver passing attack, asking who is the better passer? Golden Tate, or Sidney Rice?

Lastly, Seahawks fan Chuck McGowan has his latest “12th Fan View” video series, as he documents the Seahawks’ Week 10 win over the Jets from his seat at CenturyLink Field.


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