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Brian Russell’s field advice

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 1, 2007 at 11:01 am with 11 Comments »
November 1, 2007 11:01 am

Besides the obvious advice about tendencies of Cleveland players both on offense and defense, Brian Russell has told the Seahawks that the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium tends to get a little soft and torn up. Not quite like the field at Wembley Stadium but certainly not firm. “They have longer grass that gets torn up real fast, it’s right on Lake Erie, so if there is moisture the field gets torn to shreds, so you end up wearing these long spikes that I’m wearing here, in fact that’s why I’m breaking them in, so little things like that might help, might help our kickers and stuff,” Russell said. “You don’t want to fall down against Braylon Edwards or Kellen Winslow, that’s and easy touchdown for them."

To that end, Matt Hasselbeck said the equipment managers are outfitting the players with removable spikes so that if they need longer spikes for more traction they can easily do that.

"You can wear different sizes of detached cleats,” Hasselbeck said. “Most guys, in bad weather, wear a 7- stud detachable cleat, you can wear ½ inch, 5/8 inch, and ¾ inch. I’m sure there’ll be some guys that are stubborn, it’s usually the fast guys, that won’t wear a detach, they’re just wear a molded cleat, I can guarantee they’ll be the ones falling down all game. Coach (Mike) Holmgren will talk about it, he’ll say ‘hey, wear detaches’ and he’ll probably recommend the 5/8, so we’ll see."

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  1. The behind the scenes discussion of cleats, this really is the Seahawks Insider……..

  2. The funny thing is that these little pieces of information are the things that negate home field advantage. I’m sure the coaches had some thoughts as to the condition of the field in Cleveland, but Russel’s input can be very valuable. This might only stop one player from falling, but if that player scores a touchdown instead of slipping, it’s well worth it.

  3. I would hope that Holmgren would have an idea of what the field is like in Cleveland as well….not to mention the rest of the coaching staff.

  4. Frank – you mentioned Holmgren’s record before the bye a couple weeks ago…do you have his record AFTER the bye? Just curious.

  5. TOUCHmeDOWNthere says:

    after the bye he is 2-6. the 2 wins have come the last couple of years… and only after he started giving the team the full bye week off…

  6. I can’t wait until cleats go METRIC!!!

  7. navy_at_3 says:

    Russell said. “You don’t want to fall down against Braylon Edwards or Kellen Winslow, that’s and easy touchdown for them."

    Hell yeah it is and it will be easy for them against our smaller but quick secondary. D Grant and B Russell are going to have a really busy day helping out K Jennings!

  8. PapaHawk says:

    In case you wonder about our guys falling down, all you need to do is look at the Pittsburgh tape. Trufant fell down to leave Heath Miller wide open. If Tru doesn’t fall down, then the pass is likely broken up, or even intercepted, you never know! I think that the players will listen more closely to Russell because he played there for two years and is known as a cerebral player. So, while its easy to say to coaches, “whatever” and disregard their advice…you are unlikely to distrust a teammate who has actual experience playing there.

  9. Fredline says:

    Anybody else got a bad feeling about this game?
    I hate to be a pessimist but…

  10. Surf Hawk says:

    This game could be a lot like the Bengal game, but instead of at home it will be away. I see our DB’s doing a very good job but the Clowns still eating up a lot of yardage. The trick will be keeping them from converting those yards into TD’s.

    I worry about our offense though. I just don’t think they can keep up in a shootout game. The good news is the Clowns only have 7 sacks this season. Will they add another 50% to that on Sunday?

    It will probably once again be up the to Defense to keep the Hawks in the game.

  11. nighthawk2 says:

    What’s with the “Clowns” bit? They have the same record we do and in a lot tougher division. At least they scored on Pittsburgh, that’s more than the Seahawks can say.

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