Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, November 13.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks head into the bye week looking like playoff contenders, “Seattle’s 21-point victory was its largest of the season in terms of the final margin, and gave the Seahawks a 6-4 record and momentum into their week off, the latest bye they’ve had since 2000. The players return to work Nov. 19, and they’ll come back hoping not to salvage the season, but to solidify it. ‘We’re not going to ask more of our guys than what they’ve been doing,’ Carroll said. ‘We want them to come back to continue to play consistent.’ For Seattle’s defense, that means playing the way it did Sunday when it allowed the Jets to drive inside the Seattle 40-yard line only once. For the offense, it means sustaining the improvement it showed the past few weeks. After averaging 16.6 points the first seven games, Seattle has put up 27.3 the past three. And Seattle must start winning on the road. The Seahawks were 1-4 away from CenturyLink Field, those four losses by a combined total of 21 points.”
O’Neil starts a new segment, a video summary of the Seahawks’ Week 10 win over the Jets, which you can watch here.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune recaps coach Carroll’s message to the players as they head into their bye week, “So Carroll’s message to the players before they dispersed was simple: Get some rest. They were given instructions for conditioning drills, but advised not to go overboard. The linemen, though, were reminded about the importance of proper nutrition. Some of them, Carroll noted, can get busy scarfing Big Macs when nobody is watching them, and quickly put on pounds. At that point, in mock-alarm, he questioned whether McDonald’s was one of the Seahawks’ sponsors, and if he should amend that comment. Ba-dum-bum. Seriously, he added: ‘We’ve set a lot into motion right now; we want to make sure when we come back, we’re better than when we left.’ If they’re approaching it anything like their coach, they’ll be relaxed and in good spirits.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald has a look at Carroll’s reasoning for giving the team a full week off for the bye, “That’s a bit different than what head coach Pete Carroll did in each of his first two seasons in Seattle when he had his team practice early in the week before taking some time off, and the reasons for a longer break are twofold. First off, Carroll wants his players to get a break in order to let their bodies recover. The Seahawks had their bye in Week 5 two years ago, and in Week 6 last year, so asking players to get in a few extra practices was reasonable. But having played 10 games in as many weeks, players at this point would almost certainly benefit more from extra days of rest than a couple extra practices. ‘We’re going to really try to rest and rehab and get well,’ Carroll said. ‘When we get back from work a week from today, we’ll have almost everybody, so that’s a really good note this late in the season. … I think we’ve got a chance to get everybody back.’ “
Tim Booth of the Associated Press has his take on the Seahawks’ week-long break for the bye, “Rather than starting to look ahead for their next game Nov. 28 at Miami, Carroll decided after 10 weeks it was best for the Seahawks – winners of two straight – to get an extended break. So following a short team meeting Monday, the Seahawks were sent on their way after Sunday’s 28-7 rout of the New York Jets. The Seahawks (6-4) are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2005 when they won the NFC championship and played in their only Super Bowl. Their final three home games are all against division foes – San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis – but sweeping those three still might not be enough to make the playoffs in the highly competitive NFC. Still, the 6-4 start is the best for the franchise since 2007, the last time Seattle won 10 games. ‘Disappointed in the way we’ve played on the road that we didn’t find a way to get a couple more of those wins. We’ve been in every one of them. We understand all of that,’ Carroll said. ‘I think we’ve been very consistent. I think we understand what we’re trying to do. … I think we’re getting harder to beat.’ “
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com highlights the performance of the Seahawks defense in the team’s Week 10 win over the Jets, “Against the pass.This has improved considerably since the Seahawks allowed opposing quarterbacks to top 350 passing yards twice in a three-week span. They’ve allowed a combined 195 yards through the air in wins over the Vikings and Jets. The caliber of quarterbacks they’ve faced – and the weapons around those quarterbacks – have played a role, for sure. Tom Brady (388 yards against Seattle) and Matthew Stafford (352) both topped 5,000 yards passing last season. Christian Ponder (63) and Mark Sanchez (124) are nowhere near that level. Sanchez was just 9 of 22 and threw an interception on Sunday. Tim Tebow added 8 yards passing, completing all three of his attempts. ‘Our coverage was really aggressive yesterday,’ Carroll told ‘Brock and Salk’ on Monday. ‘There was a bunch of times where guys were in the throwing lanes, we knocked some balls down again and had some more chances for picks. It was a very, very strong day for our guys.’ “
Henderson also brings news of a multi-year broadcast extension between the Seahawks and Bonneville Seattle.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his latest “NFC West Stock Watch“, noting the ability of the Seahawks to control time of possession, “Ball hogs. The Seattle defense forced the New York Jets into five three-and-out possessions. The Seahawks’ offense possessed the ball for 12:05 of the fourth quarter. Seattle has held possession for more than 24 of 30 minutes in fourth quarters over the team’s past two games. Lynch leads the NFL in rushing yards (270) for fourth quarters and overtimes. He had six carries for 60 yards in the fourth quarter Sunday. Lynch finished with 127 yards. His production helped Seattle’s offense finish what its defense started.”
Sando also has ESPN.com’s latest NFL power rankings, where the Seahawks come in at No. 12 – the same spot they ranked at a week ago.
NFL.com’s “Around the League” catches up with wide receiver Sidney Rice after his two-touchdown performance against the Jets in this short video.
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps the activities surrounding “Monday in Hawkville“, with a focus on the team’s bye week, and also has a look at what worked, and what needs work in his “Monday Metatarsal Musings“, “What worked: The defense – After being trampled by the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson the week before and passed silly by the Lions’ Matthew Stafford the week before that, the Seahawks’ now fourth-ranked defense stormed back with a vengeance. It wasn’t just that they prevented the Jets’ offense from scoring; it was how they did it. On half the Jets’ 10 possessions, the Seahawks forced three-and-outs – and the Jets also punted after five- and seven-play series. When the Jets got into Seahawks’ territory, the defense turned in game-turning efforts – linebacker Mike Morgan’s stop for no gain on a fourth-and-1 play; cornerback Richard Sherman’s interception at the 3-yard line; and Sherman’s fumble-forcing sack. They limited the Jets to 185 yards, in large part because the Jets were two of 11 on third downs.”
Tony Ventrella recaps Carroll’s Monday presser and has a look at the the bye week in his “Seahawks Daily.”
Farnsworth and Ventrella review the Seahawks’ 28-7 win over the Jets in this short video.
Lastly, we have coach Carroll’s full video press conference from yesterday here.