Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Nov. 30:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune looks at Chris Clemons, or “the best Seahawk player about whom you know the least,” as Boling puts it. But he’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-really-need-to-know force at defensive end: “The man plays with such unrelenting energy that he’s an example of what’s known in the league as a high-motor guy. Revving up at the red line on every play.”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams looks at Sidney Rice, who got a concussion in Sunday’s game and isn’t expected to play against the Eagles on Thursday night: “ ‘We have to take care of him,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘There’s not a helmet that he could put on his head that he could play with this weekend.’ Carroll all but ruled out Rice for Thursday’s game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, saying he’s more concerned about the go-to receiver’s long-term prospects in Seattle.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the Seahawks’ other starting receiver, as Mike Williams is coming off a no-catch performance in the loss to the Redskins: “The question of whether Mike Williams gets back is more metaphorical at this point. He finished without a catch Sunday for the third time this season and played sparingly in the second half because of a sore shoulder. What has happened to the player who was the Seahawks’ most unexpected success in 2010? He had 10 or more catches in three different games last season, but hasn’t caught more than four balls in any game this year. ‘I feel like I prepare the same way,’ Williams said. ‘I work just as hard. People who think, ‘Oh, well he was hungry in 2010. He was more hungry last year.’ I don’t think that’s it.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has his weekly “NFC West Stock Watch,” and Williams is among those “falling”: “The team’s leading receiver from 2010 dropped passes and did not adjust to his scrambling quarterback during a 23-17 home defeat to the Redskins. Williams’ career revival made for an appealing storyline last season. Lately, though, Williams is more closely resembling the disappointing player he became earlier in his career. He finished with zero receptions against the Redskins.”
Sando also has a look at dropped passes among the division’s receivers.
With Rice likely out, the Seahawks turn once again to Ben Obomanu, and we check-in with the versatile wide receiver here at Seahawks.com. Says QB Tarvaris Jackson: “You can always count on him. He always does everything right. He can make plays for you. In my eyes, he’s like a starter. Whenever Mike is down or Sid is down, he can step in and we’re not really losing a lot. In some things, he may even do better.”
And because it was Tuesday, there’s also a look back at Sunday’s game with Rod Mar’s photo blog and Ben Malcolmson’s “From the Sidelines”: “It was theirs for the taking. A win, a continuation of positive momentum and a strong statement to start a three-game homestand — they were all not only options, but clear in the Seahawks’ grasp. And then they weren’t. A 16-point barrage by the Redskins in the final 10 minutes turned a feel-good victory into a heartbreaking defeat for the Seahawks, who fell to 4-7 after the 23-17 loss on Sunday. ‘There’s a game in our hands and then we lose,’ Coach Pete Carroll said to start his postgame speech in the locker room. ‘It hurts. These are hard lessons.’ ”