Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 28:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the not-so-funny thing that happened to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter of what was an expected victory over the Redskins on Sunday: “The victory was going to show just how far these Seahawks have come in their second season under coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks led by 10 points with 12 minutes to play, a young team ready to show it was coming of age against Washington. Instead, Seattle showed just how far it has to go. A game that began with the Seahawks taking issue with Washington’s players stomping on their logo at midfield ended with Seattle kicking itself over a 23-17 loss. ‘We can’t let games like this slip away,’ fullback Michael Robinson said. ‘That’s another characteristic of a young team. It’s about time we start growing up.’ ”

Jerry Brewer at the Times writes that the loss was a painful reminder that you can’t assume anything with the Seahawks: “For the first time this season, the Seahawks invented a way to lose a game that they deserved to win. The initial reaction is to call it uncharacteristic, but it’s not like the Seahawks have a history of success. They haven’t been in this situation enough to develop a characteristic. Ahead by 10 points with less than 10 minutes remaining, the Seahawks were eyeing a three-game winning streak. They were about to improve their record to 5-6, just one victory from reaching .500 for the first time this season. They were on the cusp of making you wonder if you had dismissed them too soon.”

Also at the Times, Steve Kelley says that Tarvaris Jackson was no match for what the Seahawks needed from him with the pressure on in the fourth quarter: “In a defining fourth quarter Sunday, after the Seahawks’ defense uncharacteristically squandered a 17-7 lead and the team needed a lift, Jackson gave them nothing, not even a first down. ‘When we got into going-quick mode at the end, we weren’t very efficient getting our stuff done,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘I would think we would be better than that. T-Jack is doing everything he can, but we need to look at the film and see how he played and his decisions and things like that. But I know he’s trying his tail off to get it done.’ ”

John McGrath at the News Tribune says there was plenty of blame for everyone after this fall-from-ahead defeat: “It takes a village to assemble a fourth-quarter flop like that – linemen, defensive backs, receivers, the quarterback, the coaching staff – and nobody escaped blame. ‘There were too many things that happened at the end of the game,’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, ‘that shouldn’t have happened.’ ”

Dave Boling at the New Tribune says Carroll has to find a way to penalize the repeat offenders as penalties continue to pile up: “The truest of the postgame quotes came from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: ‘We have to coach better; I need to do a better job with these guys.’ While crediting Carroll for building an aggressive and intense group of players who will take no abuse – even if it’s during the coin toss – he and his staff have been wildly ineffective at stemming the weekly avalanche of penalty flags.”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams leans on wide receiver Mike Williams for where this team goes from here: “The Seahawks don’t have much time to put this one in the rearview mirror with Philadelphia, 38-20 losers to New England on Sunday, traveling to Seattle for a Thursday night game. ‘Regardless of what anybody’s record is, if you give a team enough chances they can come away with a win,’ Mike Williams said. ‘So it just sucks, man. We really practiced and prepared hard to come in here and get our third win in a row. But with a short week, we’ve got to try and swallow this one and go get ready for Philly.’ ”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Carroll shouldered the blame for the fourth-quarter loss: “With so many mistakes plaguing his team, particularly penalties — the Seahawks’ nine penalties Sunday gives them 55 in their past five games — Carroll said the blame should fall on him, but also that changes to the lineup could be coming. ‘I take it, I don’t have any problem taking it,’ Carroll said. ‘I’m not getting it done. It has to come to a position where we make the right choices. We’ll figure it out. But, I told them, it’s me. … Sometimes you just have to put other guys in the game. If the same guys keep making mistakes, you have to put other guys in. We’ll have to take a look at that.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his “Rapid Reaction” on the Seahawks’ loss, including this item: “Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant blocked a field-goal try for the third time this season, this one when the game was tied in the second quarter. The block was key because the Redskins were dominating time of possession and had little to show for it. Bryant blocked an extra-point try after a Redskins touchdown put Washington ahead, 20-17, with 6:18 remaining.”

Sando also takes a deeper look at the problems that ail the Seahawks and offers this conclusion: “The final five games of the season should help us figure out to what degree such issues reflect youthful aggression. Carroll’s occasional lapses in game management – lapses even Carroll anticipated – suggest coaching is also playing a role. There is room for improvement all the way around.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how the ingredients were there for a third win in a row, but the team’s best unit couldn’t finish: “Marshawn Lynch ran for 100-plus yards for the third time in the past four games, and scored a touchdown in his seventh-consecutive game. Red Bryant blocked his third field-goal attempt of the season, and then got a hand on a PAT attempt as well. Cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman both intercepted passes. Just the kind of three-phase effort the Seahawks needed to run their winning streak to three games entering Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. One problem: The Washington Redskins outplayed the Seahawks in the fourth quarter rallying for a 23-17 victory on Sunday to snap their six-game losing streak. This wasn’t how this afternoon was supposed to go, as any momentum gained from the Seahawks’ two-game winning streak evaporated in a downpour of penalties and a flurry of missed opportunities.”

We’ve also got recaps in “Game at a glance,” Tony Ventrella’s video review and a photo gallery.

For a look at the rest of the league, there’s John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com; Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com; and Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com.


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