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Morning Links: Keys to Hawks vs. Jags

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 11, 2009 at 8:21 am with 27 Comments »
October 11, 2009 12:33 pm

Here are a four things the Seahawks need to do to get an important victory over Jacksonville this afternoon.

Contain MJD: If Frank Gore can rush for over 200 yards against this defense, it’s scary to think of what a back the caliber of Maurice Jones-Drew can do. However, the Seahawks were missing key pieces to the defense in DT Brandon Mebane and LB Lofa Tatupu when Gore exploded for his long gains. When those two have been in the lineup, Seattle’s run defense has been much better.

Protect Hasselbeck: This goes without saying really, because if Matt Hasselbeck suffers a big hit the team’s chances of winning decrease. Expect some short drops and quick throws by Hasselbeck, and look for Seattle to help Brandon Frye at left tackle.

Create turnovers: Seattle’s defense only has three turnovers on the year, and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said the team has recommitted to trying to recreate turnovers this week. Having cornerback Josh Wilson back should help in that area. But the Seahawks need a couple big plays by the defense to help put some points on the board.

Big plays in return game: Nate Burleson is due for a breakout game as a punt returner. And Seattle’s kick return game has steadily improved each week. Seattle will need the return game to be strong in order to win the battle of field position.

The Seahawks offensive line injuries this season bring back memories of the rash of injuries the team experienced at receiver in 20008. Hawks head coach Jim Mora said the team could not have foreseen the type of injuries that occurred to the offensive line this season. However, the team had a history of injuries on the offensive line heading into 2009. Should the team have taken an offensive tackle instead of Aaron Curry with the No. 4 overall pick? We set the ground work for you to make that determination here.

Dave Boling of the TNT says if Seattle fails to beat Jacksonville today it’s time to put the Seahawks organization under the microscope, starting with general manager Tim Ruskell.

Greg Johns of SeattlePI.com predicts an easy victory for Seattle.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks host a hot team in Jacksonville.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles Lawrence Jackson, focusing on the improved play from last season to this year.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson is interviewed by NFL.com in this video link.

Photographer Rod Mar of Seahawks.com provides some photos from the Indy game here.

Ryan Robinson of jaguars.com reports that Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio played little league baseball with Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu.

Vic Ketchman of Jaguars.com previews the game here.

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars traveled out to Seattle on Friday to get acclimated to the colder weather and time change.

A Seahawks fan was stabbed on Monday night after the Minnesota-Green Bay game in Minneapolis trying to break up a fight between a Vikings and Packer fan in a local restaurant.

There were some concerns from blog posters here that the Seahawks fan was frequent comment poster BobbyK, who lives in Minnesota.

However, the Hawks fan turned out to be Leif Heide, who frequents Seahawks.net’s message board and apparently is out of the hospital and OK.

BobbyK is alive and well, penning inspirational poetry to get Hawk fans fired up for Sunday. Here’s BobbyK’s offering.

‘Twas the night before Jacksonville, and all through the VMAC
Not a creature was stirring, but a loss tomorrow, and the FO will eventually pack;
Qwest Field was ready for the 12th Man with care,
With hopes of a victory soon would be there;
While visions of three losses danced in their heads;
With fans at the field, and I at home in my cap,
Am about to settle down to watch the playcalling of Greg Knapp,
When out of the tunnel, the Seahawks will hear a loud clatter,
We fans will see Sunday if the rest of the season will matter,
Away with the season, it could do down with a flash,
And then the fans will have Ruskell and Mora to bash,
But a win will give followers a sudden, optimistic glow,
As opposed to a loss and the season buried in snow,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But optimism, and another reason to cheer,
With a grumpy d-coordinator, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment that Gus must be ticked,
More rapid than actual Seahawks his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Mebane! Now Lofa! Now Grant and Wilson!
On Cole! On Jackson! On Herring and let’s do some blitzzen!
To the line of scrimmage to create a big wall,
Now blitz away! Blitz away! Blitz away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to left tackle the blitzers they flew,
With a passion that was promised at a January press conference too.
And then, in a twinkling, I hear through the TV,
The announcer say another turnover and it’s fun for fans like me.
As I drew the remote, and happiness was found,
Down came Garrard, hard on the ground.
He was battered and bruised and knocked out of bounds.
He was dressed in visitor white, but a black helmet and shoes on his foot,
And his uniform was all ripped and looked like ashes and soot;
A bundle of picks he flung from his back,
The ball was thrown before there was time for another sack.
And after the game, as we heard the final whistle,
And away the flew back down the home field tunnel like the down of the thistle,
But I heard Matt Hasselbeck exclaim, as he ran out of site,
“Happy Sunday to all, and to all a good-night.”

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  1. Bobby…you’re a football genius, dude…your poetry, however?! LOL Nice work…I was cracking up…I read it to my girl who’s trying to sleep…I don’t think she gets you.

    Go Mebane, Go Curry, Go Lofa…let’s get to Blitzzen.

    Eric…”frequent poster” doesn’t describe our pal from Minnesota very well at all.

  2. Audible: I’m listening if you’d like to provide a more accurate description of BobbyK.

  3. BobbyK is our resident Offensive Lineman scout, with a specific emphasis on Guards.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    “Football genius”? Let’s take it easy. Lol

    There’s no secret to what it will take to win this game. Seattle ranks 27th in rushing D but those numbers are skewed thanks to the 9er game. And as Eric points out they were without Mebane and Lofa. Couldn’t agree more with his assessment; got to contain MJD. That and keep Hass upright and things will be fine.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Yeah Eric, at least Ryan gave me “long time and frequent commenter”. If I end up going to Minn to watch the ‘Hawks game with him, I’ll see if a better moniker can be dubbed.

  6. Kudos to our Poet Laureate.

    Two teams that love to throw the football. Two teams that have trouble stopping the pass. Either team could burn the other deep and often. With Wilson and Tatupu back on the field for the Seahawks, I say the Jags can’t do it this week, but I think Hass and Co. can.

  7. OutSydeDog says:

    How to describe our friend Bobbyk?
    Well, there is just one way.
    Passionate and hardcore fan,
    With an admitted thing for the Hutch man.
    That he shares with about a 50 posts a day.

    LOL….I need more coffee.

    GO HAWKS!!!

  8. seahawklovertoo says:

    Duke is jealous about all of the attention to BobbyK !!! LOL

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Indeed. I’m Jan to his Marsha.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Jarred Allen is a freak. 50+ TD fumble recovery TD today.

  11. RichmondHawk says:

    That’s a slight understatement that the run D is better with Mebane in there. Eliminate the game Mebane didn’t play. They would be in the top ten in the league for least rushing allowed per game and opposing backs would average around 3.6ypc also in the top ten. Lofa really has no impact on the run D versus Mebane. Tubbs use to have the same impact.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t agree. Linebackers most certainly impact run defense. There are times when a player like Mebane will either command a double or refuse a guard from getting to the second level, but without a player like Lofa getting his nose in there while that is happening and engage the RB, Mebane would also have to make the tackle. That is asking too much from one player on a consistent basis. They absolutely work in tandem vs. the run. They need one another.

  13. RichmondHawk says:

    Lofa also didn’t play against Chicago which Mebane played in, Seattle held Chicago to 85 yards rushing, 3ypc, and zero touchdowns.

  14. RichmondHawk says:

    Lofa’s a huge disappointment, yeah he’s great at calling the signals blah, blah, blah. But as far as making a hit or impact on D he’s very average. Look at Hawthorne he gets 16 tackles subbing for Lofa. I can understand why Bradley was yelling at him in the Indy game. He’s the supposide leader and the guy who’s getting the $’s so prove why you’re worth it.

  15. RichmondHawk says:

    “I don’t agree. Linebackers most certainly impact run defense. There are times when a player like Mebane will either command a double or refuse a guard from getting to the second level, but without a player like Lofa getting his nose in there while that is happening and engage the RB, Mebane would also have to make the tackle. That is asking too much from one player on a consistent basis. They absolutely work in tandem vs. the run. They need one another.”

    Yes that’s what MLB’s do, look at Hawthorne’s 16 tackle game to see why Lofa isn’t the only MLB in this league who can play on a Sunday. A huge problem with Lofa is he can’t shed a tackle to get to a back etc. I’d take a guy like Urlacher in his prime any day. Lofa’s intangible thing is starting wear very thin, too small, too slow, too weak…

  16. thursday says:

    is that link to the Boling story right? it doesn’t seem to match the description, lol

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Listen, I’m not discounting how important Mebane is to this team. I said earlier this week that after Hass he is the team’s most important player. Not the Ds, THE TEAMS. You may want to tone it down a bit and re read what I said. You seem to be projecting all the issues you have withe Lofa on me because I feel he and Mebane work well together. I too like Hawthorn and he had a great game. One. And as for taking Urlacher in his prime over Lofa… No sh*t. Where the hell does that even come from? You’d take a “guy like Urlacher in his prime any day”? I should hope so, he’s going straight to Canton when he’s done. Please show me where I made that comparison. If you have issues with Lofa, that’s fine. I do as well. His tackling has taken an alarming turn for the worse. But for this team, right now, I want him AND Mebane in there.

  18. RichmondHawk says:

    Relax.

    My point has mainly to do with what Eric wrote:

    “Contain MJD: If Frank Gore can rush for over 200 yards against this defense, it’s scary to think of what a back the caliber of Maurice Jones-Drew can do. However, the Seahawks were missing key pieces to the defense in DT Brandon Mebane and LB Lofa Tatupu when Gore exploded for his long gains. When those two have been in the lineup, Seattle’s run defense has been much better.”

    Lofa really has little impact these days.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    That’s fine, but you quoted me directly so I don’t think it was a stretch to think you were directing your comments at what I said.

  20. RichmondHawk says:

    Well when you say “like Lofa”, you’re inferring he’s in a certain group. That group could’ve been the top 3 MLB’s in the league all they way to 99% of all the MLB’s in the league. Considering my previous comments till then its not a stretch to assume you meant something close to the latter. You should’ve used a generic term like “MLB”.

    As I said earlier, its not a big deal. I was originally to Eric’s entry.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    That’s understandable. However, with “like Lofa” I am implying a better player. An above “average” MLB. Certainly the best MLB on his respective team, which I believe he is, Hawthorn’s game not withstanding. I did not mean to imply that he is now nor has ever been in Urlacher’s (prime) company. Or even in the top 3 in the league (top 10 perhaps) now. But, as you say, not a big deal, moving on…

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Kerney inactive today. More Tapp and Reed.

  23. Here’s this weeks links to watch and listen to the game online live.

    Watch the game live:
    http://www.justin.tv/franglll

    Listen the game live on KIRO Radio: http://www.thestreamcenter.com/search.asp?name=KIRO

    Go Hawks!

  24. BobbyK, Dukeshire, and chuck_easton all deserve a special designation for their contributions to this blog over the years. Stevos, nightwulf, pdway pabuwal, and oceanic have also earned a higher status…without that group of guys, we wouldn’t have much of a blog here…and that’s a fact…you can disagree with them but you can’t really argue with the fact that they make this blog interesting and keep it rolling.

    It’s too bad this blog doesn’t keep track of the number of postings, sign up dates, etc…to distinguish these guys.

  25. Tapp, Jackson, Redding, and Reed against two rookie OTs for the Jags. If ever this team was going to show they can rush with 4 down linemen, its today.

    And for all the back and forth about Lofa, I don’t think anyone can dispute he is an essential part of the game plan for stopping Jones-Drew today. Let’s just watch and see.

  26. Time to crank it up!!!

  27. nightwulf says:

    Audible, don’t forget to include yourself in that group (unless you’re smart enough not to want to be associated with us:) )

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