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Morning Links: Hawks at the bottom looking up

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 13, 2008 at 10:45 am with 22 Comments »
October 13, 2008 10:45 am

Six weeks into the regular season the Seattle Seahawks find themselves in the unfamiliar position of bringing up the rear in the NFC West standings. At 1-4, and with St. Louis getting its first win of the year against Washington, the Seahawks are tied for last place with the Rams.

San Francisco’s loss to Philadelphia makes the 49ers a ½ game ahead of the Hawks at 2-4. And with Arizona’s solid win over Dallas at home, the Cardinals lead the division at 4-2, 2 ½ games ahead of Seattle.

We’ll have more Seahawks news this afternoon after Seattle coach Mike Holmgren’s press conference, including injury updates on Matt Hasselbeck and Deon Grant. Here’s today’s links.

Seattle Seahawks

With Seattle at 1-4, Dave Boling says the good times are over for Seattle.

Holmgren says the Seahawks are facing "a test of sorts" in Holmgren’s final season, Frank Hughes reports.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will have more tests on his injured knee, but there’s no guarantee he’ll play this week.

Seattle’s defense could not get off the field in two, long Green Bay drives that ended in touchdowns for the Packers.

John McGrath writes about a suspect holding call on offensive lineman Mike Wahle that negated a 51-yard run by Julius Jones, erasing a big play and changing the momentum of the game.

Aaron Rodgers rebounds from a big hit by Patrick Kerney to lead Green Bay to a win, stopping a three-game losing streak for the Packers.

One of the few highlights on the day was Gary Payton raising the 12th Man flag. Payton says he’s working with a local group that hopes to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle by 2011.

Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald reports that safety Deon Grant could have a torn MCL. Grant injured his knee in the first defensive play of the game.

Here’s the Associated Press game story from Gregg Bell.

Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian offers his take on Seattle’s performance here.

Ex-Seahawk Rob Tobeck and Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant talk about Sunday’s loss with KJR’s Mitch Levy and Hugh Millen in this audio link.

Yahoo Sports columnist Jason Cole writes about the adversity Holmgren is dealing with in his final season.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette quotes Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings saying his team felt they could have a big game against Seattle’s secondary.

San Francisco 49ers

The Eagles score 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia hangs a 40-26 loss on San Francisco, reports San Francisco Chronicle’s John Crumpacker.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Gwen Knapp says San Francisco’s fourth-quarter collapse is worse than all of the blowout losses the 49ers have suffered in recent history.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat asks if San Francisco’s season is lost? He also provides an injury report and some analysis on the 49ers loss to Philadelphia.

Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee writes that the 49ers ignored running back Frank Gore when they needed him most.

Think Seattle’s defense is playing bad? San Francisco’s defense is giving up the most points in the NFL with 167 points through six games.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals earn a dramatic, 30-24 overtime win over Dallas on a blocked punt by Sean Morey, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says Arizona’s victory over the Cowboys shows they’re ready to be a playoff team.

More Somers: he says the play of Arizona’s front four was even more impressive after watching the replay on TV.

Darren Urban of says Arizona’s ability to find a way to win against Dallas shows this team is ready to compete for a playoff spot.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune writes that the Cardinals overcame a couple controversial calls.

St. Louis Rams

Ex-Seahawks kicker Josh Brown delivers in the clutch again, nailing a 49-yard field goal for the Rams first victory of the season, a 19-17 win over Washington.

Rookie receiver Donnie Avery made a clutch, 43-yard grab to put St. Louis in position to win the game.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says the Rams delivered for new head coach Jim Haslett.

The Rams grade report for this week is much better than in week’s past.

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  1. chewy724 says:

    Since Ruskell only knows how to pick up players from either Tampa or Atlanta, I’m going to help our idiot GM out a little. Here’s the Top 5 draft prospects for the ’09 draft:


    My vote is for a QB

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Any list that doesn’t contain Taylor Mays, S,USC in incomplete. That’s my vote and at this rate, the Seahawks should be able to get him with their top 5 pick.

  3. Trade that damn top 5 pick away. We have too many holes and too few draft picks to turn this thing around quickly. We’ve got to get younger!

  4. QB not needed!!

    They won’t take an ILB because they have soo much money invested in Tatupu.

    They will need a OLB when they let Hill walk.

    Safety would be good. a HUGE DL guy would be nice but are any available?

    I don’t think we are that far away IF you can get some good leaders in key areas, and by leader I mean a dominate player at a position.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Just me, “a HUGE DL guy would be nice” Like Red Bryant?

    BobbyK, That sounds really good. Are you able to support it with any specifics? You act like this is some archaic group, whe that’s just not the case. They are old at specific positions but not across the board. Holes? Yes Turn this around quickly? Perhaps, with well placed, QUALITY players (like safty, interior D line to name two) Just getting a mass of younger players does nothing but get younger, not necessarly better.

  6. We need a FS, OLB (probably lose Hill), DE, DT, G, RB (JJ is fine, but we need a compliment with speed; Forsett probably isn’t the answer, but you never know), and perhaps a good, young WR. It would also be nice to have a CB who was at least 5’11. Last I looked, we only get one pick per round. We have more holes than picks. It would be nice to add some picks.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    We don’t know about Hill, so let’s hold off on calling that a need, for now. You think JJ is fine, and I agree, but again, only for now, that leaves 4. I’m still waiting to see what Bryant is going to be, if he is anything, that fills a big need there. My point is, I guess, that I think a physical S that can help out in coverage and run support (a Sanders, Landry type) improves this current D as is, immenesly.

  8. CowboysP says:

    “It would be nice to add some picks.”

    Where did I hear they were available? Maybe…. the grocery store?…..

    Ooops. That was tooth picks. Not draft picks….

    Sorry, I’m not much help…..

  9. Dukeshire says:

    By the way, if I really knew what I was talking about, I’d working for a NFL team, so…

  10. mingweezy says:

    I’d rather cut peterson and re-sign hill. that’s how you stay young.

  11. knutson_11 says:

    mingweezy, thats actually a very good point, I do not know off the top of my head, but how much longer is Peterson signed through? At this point of the contract i would not think the salary cap hit would be very big if we were to cut him?

  12. We need a receiver a damn site more than we need defensive help.

    We have Engram (free agent next off season, 95 years old), Branch (terminally injured) and Burleson (currently recovering from a very serious injury). Whatever you think of our O Line and secondary, no position on our roster needs more help than the receiving position.

    If we’re picking high, we HAVE to take a stud like Michael Crabtree.

  13. Mays is overrated…he’s good, yes, and somday could be great, but still overrated. He’s more of a workout warrior and doesn’t play up to his ability. If he actually did, he’d be insane (so that’s why he has a chance to be amazing). But if you want to see a true safety out there that will make a difference the second he steps on the field, look no further than Mr. Ballhawk himself, William Moore out of Missouri.

  14. oh and do you really want to try another QB from Georgia???? Remember what happened last time we took that coveted QB from GA who broke all the Bulldog’s records????

    B U S T

    (I know it’s not the school, its the player…but just say’n)

  15. nighthawk2 says:

    DSAhawker, I had the same thought myself when I saw that about Stafford.

    As mentioned, we are getting older at some key positions, particularly LOT and QB. My hope would be Ciron Black, who’s a true LT, enters the draft this year and we take him. I’m really wondering what Walter Jones wants to do after this season, he’s 35 in January and with a new staff coming and the team in an apparent rebuilding mode, maybe he decides it’s time to hang it up. Would Locklear move to the left side and Willis take the right? Would Womack be put at LT next year and if so what is done at RG since Sims just is not a starting caliber player?

    And Frank or Eric, that Cowboys troll needs to be banned immediately.

  16. CowboysP says:

    nighthawk, What is your deal? You just can’t stand opinions different from your own?

  17. I know our WRs suck, but I don’t think they will suck so bad after the ninety-five of them come back next year.

    I don’t think that position will dominate with all those guys back, but I don’t think they will be horrible.

    That brings me back to S. There seem to be 3-4 stud players at that position coming up in the draft (assuming Rolle comes out). If we can trade down to where we still get one of them and add extra picks, that would be great.

  18. BrianBlades says:

    Hey CowboysP – things aren’t exactly rosy over your way, you have time to wallow in our mire? You are welcome to, of course, but aren’t you anxiously awaiting the new on your latest headcase? I hope the NFL doesn’t do anything to Jones…bring on the karma.

  19. CowboysP says:

    “That brings me back to S. There seem to be 3-4 stud players at that position coming up in the draft (assuming Rolle comes out). If we can trade down to where we still get one of them and add extra picks, that would be great.”

    That makes a lot of sense. You can get a good Safety in the 20’s, as they are not in demand like the CB’s or Defensive Ends are.

    The only problem is that if the Hawks have a top 8 pick (not saying that will happen), it is very difficult to trade that pick for any value due to the “Rookie Salary Requirements” for the top picks.

  20. bigpimpin says:

    Time for Allen to shell out the $. BILL COWHER IN 2009. Tell Mora Jr. to go to UW!

  21. ProblemSolved says:

    Yeah, let Mora go to UW, or somewhere else. We need a big-time coach. We have a big-time owner, the Hawks should bounce back faster than most teams and in the NFL, a lot of teams bounce back quickly.

  22. BobbyK… when the receivers get back? The thing is, Bobby is out of contract, Branch seems destined to always be injured and Burleson is recovering from a very serious knee injury.

    Even if Burleson comes back and the other two don’t, we’re hoping Obomanu, Payne, Taylor, Kent etc all step up which in all fairness, we’ve been there and got the T-shirt with that situation.

    We can talk about getting a replacement for Walter Jones, or Brian Russell. How about actually filling a big fat hole. Not so much a replacement but an actually player to come in and start!

    Man for man our D is better than Arizona’s. Right now, they have an explosive offense. Our offense sucks, and it’s time for some weapons.

    That means – draft a WR.

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