Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 3:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the similarities and dissimilarities between the Seahawks and this week’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. Offers O’Neil: “The game Sunday in Dallas is between two teams on very different trajectories and two franchises that have taken very different approaches in building a team. Seattle is one of the youngest teams in the league, with the average starter being 26. The Seahawks took a chain saw to the old growth in the locker room to clear way for the youngsters to grow. The Cowboys are hoping this season hasn’t already passed them by, believing that Tony Romo, now in his sixth season as the starting quarterback, is going to find some consistency.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a longer look at Romo, and which QB the Seahawks might face this week. Says Williams: “The Seattle Seahawks don’t know which Tony Romo will greet them when they travel to Arlington, Texas, to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Will it be the clutch Romo, who played with a broken rib while quarterbacking his team to a come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco – the 49ers’ only loss this season? Or will Seattle face the turnover-prone Romo, who lost a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the New York Jets? ‘He’s a good quarterback,’ Seattle defensive back Roy Lewis said. ‘He’s a gunslinger. He has that mentality. He definitely has that confidence about him that he feels like he can make any throw he wants to – which it works for him sometimes, and it works against him at other times. But that’s who he is, and we know that going into this game. I think we’re just going to have to be sound, because he is a big-play type of guy.’ ”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks at how the Seahawks’ stout defense is supportive of the struggling offense, rather than complaining about a lack of support. Says linebacker Leroy Hill: “It’s frustrating, because at the end of the day, whether you’re the No. 1 defense or the No. 2 defense, you want the ‘W.’ That’s why it’s a complete team effort — offense, defense special teams — but all we can do is just go out and keep doing our thing. We’re not pointing fingers or anything like that. We know it’s a team sport. We know there’s talent on offense, and everybody will pull together and do better. … We all know what we’ve got to do. We’re all grown men, and it is what it is right now. All we can do is keep going and play our side of the ball.”
Tim Booth of the Association Press, via PI.com, says Marshawn Lynch is shouldering the blame for the Seahawks’ lack of production in the running game. Says Lynch: “I’m the only one running. Who else’s fault could that be or who else’s responsibility could that be?” Says Booth: “It wasn’t the lowest point from a production standpoint since he joined the Seahawks, but it was impossible not to notice Lynch’s frustration last week against Cincinnati. Often with little room to run, Lynch finished with 24 yards on 16 carries. His 1.5 yards per carry was the worst of his career in any game where Lynch got more than 10 carries. Lynch flung his arms in disappointment and later was seen animatedly jawing with coaches on the sideline. ‘That means he cares. That’s what we want,’ center Max Unger said. ‘I’m not going to get mad at him for being (upset).’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly injury situations that matter for the NFC West teams. For once, the Seahawks are relatively healthy: “Tarvaris Jackson is getting most of the practice snaps and will start against the Cowboys, barring a setback in his recovery from a pectoral injury. Jackson was much better than backup Charlie Whitehurst last week. He gives the Seahawks’ their best chance in the passing game. Receiver Mike Williams was a surprise game-day scratch against Cincinnati. He remains limited with a hamstring injury. Whether he plays matters less than it would have last season given how the passing game has been running through Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu. Tight end Cameron Morrah is resting a knee injury. Depth behind Zach Miller has been a bit sketchy. Anthony McCoy has struggled. Update: Linebacker Leroy Hill (knee) did not practice.”
Sando also has a look at which backs in the division draw the most eight-man fronts.
Here at Seahawks.com, we examine the way coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider are building the Seahawks, and how a little patience is needed during the process. Says Schneider: “I always liken it to the ‘Three Little Pigs.’ You can build it with straw or stick. Or you can work your tail off and know that you’re doing the right thing and kind of do it the old fashioned way and have a big, strong, sturdy foundation. Then, you can weather all the storms.”