Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Oct. 5:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers five observations after reviewing the video of the Seahawks’ two-point loss to the Falcons on Sunday. No. 1 on his list: “Right tackle James Carpenter looked good. He drove the Falcons’ John Abraham across the formation on one play, then landed on him the way offensive linemen love to do when imposing their physical dominance on defenders. Carpenter sometimes looked like the Seahawks’ best tackle in this game. That is partly because left tackle Russell Okung still doesn’t appear fully comfortable planting hard on his ankles to anchor against strong pass-rushers. Abraham beat Okung to the inside and hit Tarvaris Jackson in the lower legs on the first play of the game. Okung responded by pancaking Ray Edwards on the next play. The line did not allow a sack, so this was improvement across the board and a confidence-builder heading into a road game against the New York Giants’ defensive front. But if Okung can get back to how he played when healthy in 2010, the line will take another giant step forward.”
Eric Williams at the New Tribune looks at Doug Baldwin, the rookie free agent who leads the team in receptions. Says Williams: “One thing that impressed Seattle coaches is the toughness Baldwin has shown in making catches across the middle of the field, and his ability to read the soft spots in zones and run crisp, precise routes. Baldwin steadily moved up the depth chart during training camp, and now is playing ahead of Seattle’s second-round selection last year, Golden Tate, and the team’s fourth-round selection this year, Kris Durham.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times examines the Seahawks’ past success against this week’s opponent, the New York Giants. Offers O’Neil: “Seattle will travel across the country this week, hoping to summon some momentum as it faces a Giants team that is riding a three-game winning streak. ‘If you want to do it big, you’ve got to do it in New York,’ coach Pete Carroll said.”
Christian Caple at PI.com has a recap of Tuesday’s roster moves. Says Caple: “The Seattle Seahawks placed linebacker Matt McCoy on injured reserve on Tuesday, signing linebacker David Vobora to take his place on the 53-man roster. In addition, the Seahawks released fullback Eddie Williams and signed defensive end Jameson Konz off the practice squad.” In addition, Williams was signed to the practice squad.
At SI.com, Ann Killion takes a look at the NFC West-leading 49ers, who beat the Seahawks in the season opener and visit CenturyLink Field on Christmas Eve. Says Killion: “The team is 3-1 a quarter through the season, with an early lead in the very forgiving NFC West and a clear shot at the division title. The 49ers have been 3-1 before — under Mike Singletary in 2009 — but this seems different. It isn’t just coming back from a 20-point deficit in a hostile environment. It’s the feeling involved. ‘Just top to bottom, collectively,’ quarterback Alex Smith said. ‘It’s a completely different mindset, a different attitude.’ ”
Speaking of Smith, former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman looks at the quarterbacks in the division at mynorthwest.com. Wyman on Tarvaris Jackson: “T-Jack now has four interceptions but in my mind he only ‘owns’ one of them. Two of his picks were ‘Hail Mary’ passes at the end of a half and one was a ball that was knocked out of tight end Zach Miller’s hands. Consider this: Every interception costs a quarterback roughly three points at this stage. Take away those three picks and Jackson would have a QB rating that would put him in the top half of the NFL.’
Here at Seahawks.com, we also look back at Sunday’s game from the unique perspective of Ben Malcolmson’s “From the Sidelines” and another exceptional photo blog from Rod Mar. We’re also got some first-quarter-of-the-season awards in “Hawkville,” including free safety Earl Thomas as the best player; and a look at this week’s opponent in “Up next.”
At NFL.com, former Seahawks scout and NFL receiver Bucky Brooks passes out first-quarter awards for the league, and his selection for MVP might surprise you.