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Morning links: Dealing with Manning

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 1, 2009 at 9:16 am with 11 Comments »
October 1, 2009 9:16 am


The Seahawks will have their hands full on Sunday trying to figure out a way to stop Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, which was the focus of my story today.

Blitz Manning and he’ll be licking his chops, looking for a way to get to his hot routes and one-on-one matchups along the perimeter.

Chose to stay back and only rush four and the defense dies a slow death, as he methodically picks away at the secondary for an inevitable score.

Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was asked about the decision to blitz or stay back in coverage during his press conference on Wednesday, and had this to say:

“I think you have to do both. I think you’re hitting it perfectly in terms of if you’re not disciplined, and if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, he’s going find you.

“But at the same time, you’ve got to make him figure it out a little bit as he goes. So you’ve got to show him some things that maybe you haven’t done. But that’s the same really with every quarterback. Or offensive line or tackle or however you’re attacking the protection. So you’ve got to do both.

“But I think first and foremost of those two taking care of your own shop and being disciplined and tackling well and being in the right spot in coverage and those type of things. That’s first and foremost. And you know what? With this guy, you could do it all exactly right and he can still make the throw.”

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post says Peyton Manning’s value is going through the roof after his performance in the last 12 games. Lombardi says Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, will sit down with the Colts in the near future to renegotiate a new deal for his client

Our own Ryan Divish writes about the Walter Jones situation, along with updating all of the injuries and the addition of running back Louis Rankin to the practice squad here.

Our own Dave Boling says defense end Lawrence Jackson is finally living up to his draft status.

Greg Johns of talks with left tackle fill-in Brandon Frye.

Clare Farnsworth of offers this practice report from Wednesday’s practice.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle discusses the importance of turnover margin as it relates to a team’s success on the field. Seattle’s turnover margin is -3 so far this season, which puts them tied for 27th overall.

Dave Boling talks with KJR’s Elise Woodward about the Hawks in this audio link.

I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness about the Walter Jones situation and other Hawks news in this audio link.

Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne joins Furness to talks about last week’s game in this audio link.

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, defensive end Dwight Freeney, who has a strained right quad, says he’s a fast healer.

Morning links
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  1. I am not a football coach, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn. So I can say that there are three main ways to slow Manning down. 1. Keep him sitting on the sideline with long drives. 2. Pressure him up the middle with a strong rush and blitz packages. 3. Take away Dallas Clark, Manning’s safety valve.

  2. All smart ideas stewu2. Got to get pressure on him, for sure. But he’s the best in the business, I expect he’ll have a big game no matter what we do. Will see if our offense can keep pace.

  3. Forfeit. This will be the easiest game for Indy all year. Jordon Babineaux are you serious?

  4. I have always wondered why some people think that keeping an opposing offense sitting is a winning strategy. That only works if you also keep them out of the end zone, otherwise at best, you stay tied. Proof point is the Miami game in which the Colts offense was on the bench 3/4 of the game and still won.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    There’s no doubt that the Seahawks are going to have to put it in the end zone if they are going to win. But obviously the fewer chances someone like Manning has to score, the greater your chances become. And for what it’s worth, I agree with stewu. Wayne and Garcon are going to get open, but keeping Clark and Addai in check underneath will be key. And yes, must get pocket pressure, he simply must be not be allowed to feel comfortable back there.

    I think I’m one of the few here that is looking forward to Sunday’s game.

  6. azhawkman says:

    Agreed on pressure being key. If you look back at some times when Manning wasn’t on his game it was because he was forced out of the pocket. He is definitely not good when he is on the run. If we can keep him guessing as to what defense we’re in, I think we have a shot to make it a game. Other teams have found a way to force him into mistakes so why can’t we? Now, the question is if Seneca can actually lead the team to the endzone and not have to settle 6 times for friggin FGs! That is irritating and making me think I should at least capitalize by getting Mare in my Fantasy league!

  7. Why is it every time theirs a quote section in it’s own box, everything under it is missing the firts letters, it’s so annoying.

  8. I’d say keep pressure hard core on manning. Rex Ryan did it to Tom Brady, and it made him look human. Stay out of prevent and keep the pressure rolling hard core.

  9. HawksKD says:

    Pressure from the front 4 would be nice… Mebane could play the most pivotal role on next weeks game.. Lets hope he gets to 100% by Sunday and can slice some pockets in half.

  10. OutSydeDog says:

    I too, am looking forward to this game. I hope the boys are up for beating a team everybody says we can’t beat. That would be sooooooo sweet. :)

    GO HAWKS!!!

  11. Colts punt the ball less than once every three drives. They usually score, averaging nearly 2.5 points per drive.

    Blitz: Wait till PMs under center and then blitz towards him from the side his back is turned to (blindside) and gotta get there before he gets turned back around. 4 total negative plays for PM so far this year, 2 picks, 2 sacks, out of 98 passes. Forget blitzing from shotgun.

    J.Addai does not run up the middle (play action) more than once every five running plays (rare). PM does throw it to him often short over the middle, though, watch that. Indy’s RBs have run, so far, 7 times around their left end, 23 times around their LT, only 13 times between their center and guards, 13 times around their RT, and 9 times around their right end. If D.Clark helps C.Johnson block C.Redding needs to stay home some vs the run.

    Lofa needs to play deep center field in the T2, covering Dallas Clark (23 catches, 284 yds, 2 TDs) mainly on post and seam routes. That leaves Cole (?) covering J.Addai on the short over the middle stuff (N.G.).

    Passing – besides PM passing to R.Wayne for an average of 18 yds per pass v AZ, there’s also Pierre Garcon who caught 3 balls for 64 yds v AZ, and A.Collie who caught 3 balls for 47 yds v AZ, and Hank Basket hasn’t even played much, yet. Not sure if A.Gonzales is gonna play.

    Get the FG attempts blocked if possible. Vinatieri was hurt earlier, don’t know how good he is to go now.

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