Friday cyber surfing: Expect blitz-heavy Cowboys on Sunday

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 14.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that stopping the Dallas Cowboys blitzes will be key this Sunday, and the Seahawks know they have to give quarterback Russell Wilson better protection, “But rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is also going to be looking for opportunities, because the likelihood of steady Dallas blitzes will create some chances. ‘They bring different types of pressure just like Arizona did,’ Wilson said. ‘We just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there’s a lot of green grass behind it so we have to capitalize on it.’ “

O’Neil also says that according to an appearance by head coach Pete Carroll on 97.3 KIRO FM yesterday, wide receiver Sidney Rice is expected to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune believes that the Seahawks could be in for a repeat of last week in terms of the amount of pass rush that the Cowboys will bring, “The twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan is in his second season with Dallas. And similar to Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Ryan doesn’t mind dialing up a blitz or two. ‘These guys are out to come after you,’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about the Dallas defense. ‘The Ryan family is pretty famous for blitzing, so we’re not going to be surprised if that happens.’ “

Scott Garbarini of The Sports Network previews Sunday’s Seahawks-Cowboys matchup, “While the defense and a raucous home crowd should give a reasonable chance to avoid an 0-2 start, the offense will have to produce more than the 254 total yards it did a week ago and execute better within the red zone — where Seattle scored just one touchdown in four trips against Arizona — to make that scenario a possibility.”

Alejandro Dominguez of the Everett Herald introduces us to Seahawks fan Colleen Storm, who was visited by a pair of Sea Gals in her room at the Marysville Care Center.

Liz Matthews of mynorthwest.com catches up with wide receiver Golden Tate, who hopes to add a spark to the Seahawks offense this Sunday after missing the regular season opener with a knee injury, “Tate was unavailable against Arizona, still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the preseason. He didn’t travel with the team and watched the game from home. ‘It was painful just because I’m around these guys every single day,’ he said. ‘I’m with these guys, whether it’s hanging out at home or even here. Just to see those guys take the field and play without me it, it hurt me personally. I could not wait to get back and motivate me and just to rehab so much harder to get back.’ “

Bill Swartz of mynorthwest.com has his notes from Thursday’s practice session, “Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley told us following practice the Seahawks have great respect for Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, who stung Seattle’s defense last year. ‘They create some leverage issues for us and force to get those things corrected,’ he said. Bradley is also concerned about quarterback Tony Romo’s ability to keep pass plays alive with his footwork. ‘We saw a play against Pittsburgh where he got hit, spun around, and threw the ball with his left hand,’ Bradley said. ‘Our guys have to keep him in the pocket, don’t let him get out and make plays on the run.’ “

Jim Moore of mynorthwest.com predicts a 24-17 Seahawks victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, expecting improvement in Wilson’s second start, “My biggest concern revolves around the pass-rushing Ware, who could have his way with second-string left tackle Frank Omiyale if Russell Okung doesn’t play. Other than that, I feel like Wilson will play better this week at home than he did on the road. Why? Do I have some sort of football sabermetrics I can reference as rationale? Heck no, I don’t have any of that stuff. I’ve got a gut feeling that he’ll play better at home in his second start. Defensively, the Seahawks will be super-charged by the 12th Man, offsetting the many advantages Dallas has on offense. Frankly, Romo scares the hell out of me – he’s one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL as far as I’m concerned, but he’ll be inconsistent at the deafening Clink.”

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his notes from Thursday, including thoughts on Wilson, “QB Russell Wilson was calm and collected as he took to the field with the Seahawks trailing by four in the closing minutes. The moment wasn’t too big for him as his preparation and past experiences from his time in college at Wisconsin and North Carolina State let him know what to expect. Wilson led the Seahawks on an exhaustive 18-play drive to give Seattle a chance to win in the rookie’s debut as an NFL starter. However, a pass sailed through the hands of WR Braylon Edwards on fourth-down as the Seahawks lost 20-16 to the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener…Wilson has already shifted his focus to the next game and the Dallas Cowboys, who come to Seattle for the Seahawks’ home opener on Sunday. ‘I’m past that now, that was the first game, now it’s on to the next one and staying focus on what we can do to win the game. I think that’s got to be our focus,’ Wilson said.”

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says that John Moffitt’s return to right guard should help the communication along the offensive line, “Moffitt isn’t exactly an ocean of experience himself, starting as rookie a year ago but lasting only nine games until a knee injury cost him the rest of the season. Then he had a minor elbow operation that kept him out of most of preseason. But he knows more the Sweezy, and everyone in Renton knows the Cowboys are better than the Cardinals.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com points to an area of concern for the Seahawks – the health of wide receiver Sidney Rice and left tackle Russell Okung, “One game into the season, Rice and Okung are not right. A knee injury kept Rice from practicing Wednesday and Thursday. Okung practiced Thursday on a limited basis after a bruised knee suffered in the opener kept him out Wednesday. How the Seahawks list both players Friday — probable, questionable, doubtful or out — will be of interest.”

Here at Seahawks.com we bring you Russell Wilson’s full press conference and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s full press conference from yesterday, Tony Ventrella rehashes Thursday’s storylines in his Seahawks Daily, and Clare Farnsworth talks with newly signed practice squad player Hebron Fangupo, and also details Wilson’s approach to Sunday’s home-opener with the Cowboys.


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Wednesday cyber surfing: Offering up offensive solutions; Pass rush break down; Cowboys coming in

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, September 12.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his “Rookie Report” following the Week 1 loss at Arizona, “DE Bruce Irvin – First round, No. 15 overall: Played 35 of Seattle’s 64 defensive snaps. Also on field for 6 special-teams plays. Irvin was credited with no tackles, and he didn’t have a sack, though he did have one quarterback hit. ‘Bruce played solid,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘Didn’t get at the quarterback, but was around it. Played a lot of plays in this game and was a big part of the plan. We’ll see him continue to get better.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says that in addition to scouting the Dallas Cowboys this week, coach Pete Carroll and his staff will be scouting the work of the replacement referees, “The Seattle head coach said his coaching staff traditionally studies every officiating crew in the league to get a sense for how each group calls a game – whether a crew is more likely to call holding or pass interference or will let teams play more physically. The coaching staff then passes that information along to the players as part of the team’s preparation each week.”

Williams also has some quick notes on some practice squad moves from Tuesday.

Dave Grosby and Bob Stelton of “Bob and Groz” discuss the Seahawks pass-rush in this short video on mynorthwest.com.

Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com brings us his first edition of “Chalk Talk,” as he rehashes the Seahawks final play from scrimmage in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals.

Huard also offers up some potential solutions to aid the Seahawks offense in this short video.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com breaks down Week 1′s “pressure stats” – a look at how often teams brought five or more rushers in their home openers. The Seahawks ranked ninth across the NFL, while their Week 1 opponent – the Cardinals – ranked second. The Seahawks’ Week 2 foe – the Cowboys – came in at 21st in the League.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth has a look at the Dallas Cowboys, the Seahawks’ Week 2 opponent, “Burning question: Are the Cowboys as good as they looked in their opener? They not only beat the defending Super Bowl Giants, they went to the Meadowlands to do it. The Cowboys rolled up 433 yards, and limited the Giants to 269. They sacked Eli Manning three times, two by DeMarcus Ware. DeMarco Murray picked up where he left off as a rookie by rushing for 131 yards. Kevin Ogletree exploded onto the scene with eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.”

Farnsworth also has a feature on defensive end Chris Clemons, who had a sack of Cardinals quarterback John Skelton in Week 1, “The relentless Clemons now has 23 sacks in 33 games since being acquired in a 2010 trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to fill the Leo end spot in coach Pete Carroll’s defense. He has produced a dozen while playing the Seahawks’ NFC West rivals – 6.5 against the St. Louis Rams, five against the Cardinals and half a sack against the San Francisco 49ers. ‘Clem really did a nice job, he was very effective,’ Carroll said on Monday, when he also lamented Clemons missing a second sack when he separated QB John Skelton from the ball but the play was ruled an incomplete pass.”

Finally, Farnsworth has his recap of “Tuesday in Hawkville“, with a focus on Seattle’s home-opener this Sunday, “Is there a better get-well venue in the NFL than CenturyLink Field? ‘Here we go with Dallas coming in, that’s going to be a major matchup,’ coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. ‘We’re happy that we’re coming home.’ The team’s success in home openers has been an indication of what they’ve been able to accomplish over the course of the season. The current 8-1 run started in 2003, when the Seahawks began a stretch where they advance to the playoffs five seasons in a row and won four NFC West titles.”

Coach Carroll is scheduled to address the media in his customary Wednesday press conference at noon. Be sure to tune in here for a live look.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Most improved defense in 2012? Seahawks get a mention

Good morning. I hope everybody had a safe and fun Fourth of July. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 5.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. sees the Seahawks as being one of the four most improved defenses of the 2012 season, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. An ESPN Insider subscription is required, but Horton offers this on the Seahawks, “This defense plays with a swagger, and is the most physical group that I have seen on film. They have great variety in their skill sets, which allows the coaches to create exotic schemes. Above all, though, they are a young defense that will be good for a long time.”

At CBSsports.com, Jason La Canfora asks us to stop the speculation and controversy when it comes to teams’ quarterback situations – Seattle included – and to let the battles and competitions play out for themselves come training camp, “Give it a little time to breathe,” said La Canfora. “The coaching staffs will be accumulating as much information as possible before making their determinations. No decision maker is going to get too high or too low about a few weeks of spring ball. Some veterans might shine more than the novices, sure, but in these rare situations where there truly is uncertainty about who is going to be under center, the pecking order will change, and in many cases change significantly.”

Here at seahawks.com, we continue with our Rookie Spotlight segment, as Seahawks General Manager John Schneider talks with Tony Ventrella about Seahawks 2012 third-round draft pick QB Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin. “I’m not sure how good a baseball player he was,” said Schneider. “But I know he likes football, so we’re really happy about that.”

Finally, over at NFL.com Marc Sessler pays tribute to Al Davis, who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday yesterday on our nation’s 236th birthday. “Davis, in many way, reflects some of the qualities of our nation’s Founding Fathers,” said Sessler. He was a visionary and more than willing to ruffle feathers to bring his ideas to life. Davis was never boring. Sometimes outrageous. Flawed but unforgettable. Davis had enemies and loyal friends, but those close to him recognized his legacy to be a lasting one. He was an original. Our best wishes to the Davis family.”