Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 29:

Eric Williams of the New Tribune puts the “One Mississippi, two Mississippi …” clock on Tarvaris Jackson in taking another look at how little time the Seahawks’ QB has had to pass in the preseason. Says Williams: “The 28-year-old signal caller has taken several big hits because of breakdowns in pass protection, but he has chosen not to use his running ability to get out of trouble. Instead, he has stood tall in the pocket with the hope that one of his big receivers – Mike Williams or Sidney Rice – springs open down field.”

Danny O’Neil has his “three things we learned” recap of the loss to the Broncos on Saturday night, and three guesses what No. 1 is? That’s right, the pass protection. Offers O’Neil: “1. Quarterback is not the biggest question on Seattle’s offense. Seattle’s fourth-quarter touchdown drive showed starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson can cut up a second-string defense just as efficiently as Charlie Whitehurst did the first two exhibition games. The question is whether this offensive line can give anyone enough time in the pocket to have a reasonable chance of success this season. Seattle has allowed eight sacks in three games, and while that’s tied for eighth most in the NFL, it doesn’t give a true indication of the pass pressure that has been constant and unrelenting.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com uses a reader question about the 49ers’ O-line to also look at what’s going on with the Seahawks. Says Sando: “The talent on these offensive lines — specifically, where that talent stands in its development — is another factor. The Seahawks’ rookie right tackle, James Carpenter, projects as a road grader in the running game, not as an elite pass protector. He’s having issues in protection. He wasn’t in the best condition when he reported to camp. The lockout hasn’t helped him or some of the other young players on these lines, including Seahawks rookie right guard John Moffitt. It’s fair to say Seahawks center Max Unger is getting his bearings after missing nearly all of last season. The Seahawks were projecting when they made him their starting center without Unger winning the job. At left guard, free-agent addition Robert Gallery still projects as an upgrade for Seattle, but he has struggled some. And Okung remains out.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take another look at Doug Baldwin’s 105-yard kickoff return against the Broncos – just the biggest of the plays the rookie free agent has been making. Says coach Pete Carroll: “That (kickoff return) was a huge play. But he’s looked good on the other stuff he’s done, too. In every game, when we’ve got the football to him, he’s been effective. So he’s making a loud noise about ‘I need to be on this team.’ And good for him.”


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