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Seahawks 20, 49ers 17 — Postgame reader thoughts thread

Post by Ryan Divish on Dec. 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm with 95 Comments »
December 7, 2009 12:25 pm
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I really don’t know what to say. There were times when that game was impossibly boring including a string of 12 straight punts.

And I don’t know why Julius Jones played so much and Justin Forsett didn’t.

But I do like Josh Wilson. He’s tough. He makes plays. And he’s probably the Seahawks best DB.  Also it’s good to see Deon Butler making a play and actually being used.

But the Hawks won the game, and they’ve won two in a row.

Are you enthused? Are you inspired? Are you hopeful?

Go ahead and post your thoughts on what the Hawks did right and what they did wrong.

Give out game balls, call out mistakes and poor play.

This is your thread to vent, to cheer and to post your feelings and thoughts.

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  1. elkhorn says:

    Meanwhile, Knapp is so unaware that he is STILL calling screens and runs up the gut as we speak.

  2. bird_spit says:

    Mora – “Continuous progress. There has been progress that is hard to recognize by the avg fan.” Now that is an understatement.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    … all to Jones or Griffith.

  4. nighthawk2 says:

    That has to be the most boring game I’ve ever seen. It was a fluke, but it’s fun to beat the Whiners. I’ve had more enjoyable experiences with root canals than watching this game. The off season can’t get here fast enough.

  5. elkhorn says:

    Defensive games are rarely all that entertaining. I am only defending the defense, that offensive game was awful.

  6. Well – a win is a win.

    I was pretty much yelling at the tv though – b/c at times we looked like crap on both sides of the ball.

    Tapp/Jackson continue to be invisible. Vernon Davis made Curry look very ordinary athletically. I guess our secondary had a decent game, esp on 3rd downs. And I did appreciate that our D-coordinator did some things to give us a pass rush, and not rely just on the front four.

    On offense, jesus, Willis is terrible, he was consistently beaten all day. Locklear isn’t much better. And, there have been times when i’ve seen Carlson referred to as an elite-level TE on this board – he’s not.

    Hass made one real poor throw, missing Burleson deep that one time, but otherwise, it’s hard for me to tell if it’s arm strength (as some on here say), or just a complete lack of confidence that he’s going to have any time to throw the ball that leads to all these 5-8 yard patterns. He did make two good long throws at the end, the one to Branch (should have been caught), and of course, the one to Butler that won it.

    Pretty obvious who the best player on the field was though – man is Willis good. Probably the best athlete on the field too.

    But, i don’t want to be too negative – it’s a win over a team that desperately need to win – so, nothing wrong with that. Too bad about that Bears game, way earlier in the year – this year would look at least a bit different if they’d pull that one out.

  7. thursday says:

    i kept yelling at the tv when jones got the ball. it was a mistake to give it to him more often than not.

  8. Oh also – re Crabtree – he looks good I guess – but doesn’t look like a #4 overall pick to me. And he did totally alligator arm that one pass over the middle on their last FG drive. Just a one game sample I know – but I don’t see a reason to regret not picking him.

  9. You figure Forsett was too hurt to play much? Otherwise, not giving him more touches makes ZERO sense to me.

  10. JJ couldn’t see the holes that were there and couldn’t make anything happen when they weren’t. Yet we won’t play Little Big Man. Don”t get it.

  11. elkhorn says:

    Who knows how hurt he is…

  12. tylakewalker says:

    Not only does justin forsett have better strength and acceleration than julius jones he has much much better vision.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Tell me Babs isn’t one of the more frustrating players to watch on the team. On consecutive plays he takes a horrible angle, the result of terrible effort, in the 9ers backfield, completely whiffs on the tackle, followed by punching the ball out for Wilson’s recovery on the next. He is so frustrating.

    Tapp; where have you gone? And I don’t know what dirt Terrill has on ‘Hawks brass but enough is enough. They have him playing NT in dime packages for god’s sake. I do not get it.

  14. pabuwal says:

    Give this one to the Seattle crowd as usual. The 49ers are the far better team from QB to RB to TE to OL to LB, but they don’t have the 12th man.

    I’m still looking for the 7-9 finish I called for at 3-7. I don’t think finishing 4-2 means the team is any better than the team that started 3-7.

  15. nighthawk2 says:

    This wasn’t some defensive battle, it was two inept offenses. It was just painful to watch. I think Carlson is a very good player, but he never gets used by that idiot we have for an offensive coordinator. You have to throw the ball to him. The sooner Mora and his staff are gone the better. There are a lot of players that need to be weeded out.

  16. tylakewalker says:

    I agree with you dukeshire Babs is bad against the run.

    Regarding Forsett. I forget to add he also has the ability to make people miss and he has more heart than jones

  17. pabuwal says:

    Tapp bulked up way too much. He moved up to 6-3 and 270 and lost way too much speed. He’s good against the run – in fact the entire team is great against the run. Just one 100 yard rusher allowed this year and 4 or 5 total the last 2 years.

    But stopping the run is almost meaningless in today’s NFL when every QB sets some type of personal record against you each week.

  18. tylakewalker says:
  19. “Tapp; where have you gone? And I don’t know what dirt Terrill has on ‘Hawks brass but enough is enough.”

    Jackson too. Mebane is the only keeper in that bunch. And Kerney, slowed down as he is, still gets way more pressure than any of our other DE’s.

    At least we cut their run game down to basically nothing. We get some credit for them going what, 1-14 on 3rd down conversions.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    I agree, this was an awful offensive showing, not a defensive struggle.

  21. guywhothinksheknowsitall says:

    San Fran is a good team defensively, we all knew that before the game even started. Defense and special teams did their job and made the right plays at the right time to give the offense a chance to win the game.

    Vernon Davis makes pretty much everybody look ordinary.

    Looking ahead we have a decent shot at finishing 8-8. Houston is pretty good but beatable. Tampa Bay at home is a good chance at a win. @ Green Bay will probably not be a win. Even if we lose 2 of the next 3, at this point a 7-9 finish doesn’t look too bad.

    So glad we didn’t draft Crabtree, especially after that play in the 4th quarter where he was thrown to in the endzone and instead of trying to make a fairly easy catch he throws his arms over his head like a little girl about to get hit.

  22. “The 49ers are the far better team from QB to RB to TE to OL to LB, but they don’t have the 12th man.”

    You give them too much credit, they’re 5-7 just like us, they’ve had plenty of games to prove they were far better this year, and haven’t.

    They do have some nice building blocks in Willis and Davis. Their OLB manny lawson killed us all day today too.

  23. CYRREEN says:

    I watched this game with several friends and we all agreed at the end of the game that Mora is a Moron, and Greg Knapp is an idiot. This guy does not even recognizes the strength and weaknesses of his offense. Man, Do I miss Holmgren’s offense.

  24. freedom_X says:

    I’d say, based on this game, Seattle’s limitations are personnel based, not coaching based.

    Where’s the deep passing game? Well, where are the players that can get open deep? When I see Hasselbeck missing open targets deep, I’ll blame him. Branch has to make that catch if he’s a top receiver. That he didn’t, shows he’s not.

    Locklear and Willis were terrible in pass protection. If Hasselbeck doesn’t check down, he takes a lot more than 5 sacks. And, I do believe Hasselbeck is now checking down at times too soon. The lack of protection, combined with the fact his receivers aren’t reliable deep, are causing him to get rid of it faster, perhaps too soon. The reward of hanging tough in the pocket and risking a sack or interception to throw deep isn’t worth the risk anymore.

    On defense, the 3rd down success indicates that the scheme was reasonable. But the defensive line was useless. Might as go 3 man line, if 4 or 5 can’t get to the QB either. When you can’t pressure the QB, you have to go “bend but don’t break.”

    Mora thinks Trufant is coming along, but my amateur eye sees Trufant as declining. He appears to me to have clearly lost a step or more. I’d be tempted to bench Trufant.

    If they can firm up the tackles and fix the defensive line, that could put this team back in contention, though not dominance. They have more holes than that, but these to me are the most glaring weaknesses.

  25. We have terrible players at every OL position (Willis is not terrible in a smash mouth RT, but he is in our current Mickey Mouse system).

    However, not all is lost. Lock may not be very good at LT, but at least he’s a fine RT.

    Unger is a R and a bad RG, but at least he’ll be a fine C in year 2 (starting next season). At least he’s improving. That’s two positions that are okay.

    Willis would be better than Unger at RG (is that really saying much?). Sims has improved, but he’s still not overly good. And with Lock at RT (where he should be) that means LT is a mess.

    How many times have I analyzed the OL? Too many! I’m sick of it. Even after a win, I’m an irate fan (last night didn’t help) who is sick of mediocrity. What is important? Winning a game or winning a championship? Uhhh!!!

    Is there really any reason to analyze any other position? Until the OL imporves it’s not going to matter anyways!!!

  26. “Locklear and Willis were terrible in pass protection. If Hasselbeck doesn’t check down, he takes a lot more than 5 sacks. And, I do believe Hasselbeck is now checking down at times too soon. The lack of protection, combined with the fact his receivers aren’t reliable deep, are causing him to get rid of it faster, perhaps too soon. The reward of hanging tough in the pocket and risking a sack or interception to throw deep isn’t worth the risk anymore.”

    Agree with all that.

    Agree on Trufant too – when is he going to get back to the player he was? Doesn’t make sense for the play of a near-pro-bowl-level guy to drop this quickly. Wilson is clearly such a better DB right now.

  27. nidhighe says:

    A win is a win, and killing the playoff chances of a division rival is always nice.

  28. Lefty24 says:

    How ironic that the week Ruskell gets the boot, Branch misses a potential game winning catch followed by Grant dropping the pick. We won today DESPITE Ruskell’s blunders.

  29. The reason there aren’t many deep passes is because the OL can’t hardly block anyone that long to allow the play to develop. Therefore, the play isn’t called to throw deep.

  30. madpunter88 says:

    This team has lost 19 out of the last 28 games…so a win is most definitely sweet no matter what. I think we can save the complaining until tomorrow at least.

    Look, throw out the Minnesota and Indy games because every other team in the NFL would have lost those, and this team is 5-5. That’s something, right? OK, maybe not…

  31. freedom_X says:

    As for Forsett not playing more, it was a pretty cold day in Seattle, and he did have the groin injury. It may have been wise to lower his workload in this game to make sure he didn’t aggravate or tear something. In Atlanta, a lot of people think they gave Michael Turner too great a workload too soon after his injury and he hasn’t been the same.

    More I think about it – Hasselbeck is checking down, Knapp is calling lots of flare and screens and other short stuff, Hasselbeck is even scrambling and running – and Hasselbeck still gets sacked 5 times?

    That’s why they’re calling all the short stuff. Count how many of Hasselbeck’s sacks were because he was holding onto the ball too long. That tells you about how well the line is playing. If they called more long plays, Hasselbeck would be on a stretcher after every game.

  32. They didn’t say anything about protecting Forsett after the game.

  33. madpunter88 says:

    I think we need to revise the Orlindo Mare for Pro Bowl discussion. If the season ended today (it does not though) he is probably the NFC Pro Bowl kicker. Rather ironic considering how he is still the only player publicly criticized on a team that has a lot of players who could be called out.

  34. FireRuskellNow says:

    Aaron Curry is HORRIBLE!!! Gives up pass after pass!!! thanks for the parting gift ruskell you dimwit

  35. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t know what Mora has said today but he was adamant that when Jones returned he would be the starter. Yup. The odd this is that he also mentioned on Wednesday that they would see throughout the game, who was running better and that would determine how the carries were distributed. Well it was clear Forsett was the better runner yet Jones got 20 carries. Forsett is the better back in every way, he proves it every time he plays and they still find reasons to not play him.

  36. “Aaron Curry is HORRIBLE!!! Gives up pass after pass!!!”

    Well, he couldn’t stay with Davis – but is there a linebacker in the league who can? Maybe Willis, but he’s on the wrong team . . .

  37. What a difference a year and a new QB makes – just checked Sidney Rice’s stats – last year 13 games played, 15 catches, 10 yds per catch . . and now he’s on pace for 1,400+ yards this season.

  38. pabuwal says:

    The 49ers went into Minnesota and Indy and had the lead in the 4th quarter in both games. They lost both games by 7 points TOTAL. The Seahawks lost by 43 total. They went into GB and lost by just 6 a few weeks ago. Who here thinks the Seahawks will keep that game within 20?

    The 49ers have had just 1 loss by over 7 points. I think we all wish we could say that playing teams like at Indy, at GB, Tenn, at Minnesota and at Houston.

  39. FireRuskellNow says:

    “How ironic that the week Ruskell gets the boot, Branch misses a potential game winning catch followed by Grant dropping the pick. We won today DESPITE Ruskell’s blunders. ”

    dont forget Curry giving up that huge td to davis and giving up multiple huge receptions!!! and that nimrod chris spencer’s false start at the most crucial point of the game!!

    “Well, he couldn’t stay with Davis – but is there a linebacker in the league who can? Maybe Willis, but he’s on the wrong team . . . ”

    maybe lance briggs but that is the point, that is why ruskell should not have drafted a linebacker so early and wasted our first round pick!!! oh my god

  40. Dukeshire says:

    Crabtree shows some courage in the end zone and this is a different story.

  41. Dukeshire says:

    That false start was mind boggling. He has the ball, where the hell did he think he was going?

  42. FireRuskellNow says:

    even despite the dropped TD crabs would be the best wr on the seahawks! our wrs arent bad but dont get consistent separation, why do you think matty is holding on to the football so long even when he gets some time?! he would be better than that useless deadweight olb we have right now!!!

  43. madpunter88 says:

    It is time to change your name FIreRuskellNow.

    I think it is an enormous overstatement and ridiculous claim to say Crabtree is better than any Seahawks received right now. He may have bigger long term potential but WR is not the Seahawks’ weakness. Hasn’t been all year.

  44. pdway – instead of looking at the stats, please understand that Rice had a very good R season. When it looked like he was going to improve on it in ’08, he had an injury plagued season. That’s a big reason for the lack of improvement/production. Granted, his numbers last year would have been better with a better QB.

    But, in year 3, as with many WRs, that’s the year they explode… if they do (normally, again, not in every case)… And, obviously, having the team around them puts them in the best possible position to succeed (as with this years stacked Vikings team — and he’s now a reason they are “stacked”).

    With respect to Vernon Davis being fast. Yes. He is. No LB in the NFL can run with him in a 60 yard dash. But this is football and he’s like our own D. Butler to a certain degree. He’s great running a long ways, but he can be covered in shorter spaces. There are plenty of LBs who can run with him for awhile (ie they are faster/quicker in smaller areas).

  45. pabuwal says:

    I wish we had access to the footage to see what the WRs are doing on the many plays Hasselbeck holds the ball too long. Are the WRs just not open or are they in areas Hasselbeck can’t hit?

    Maybe the people at the games have some information they can provide?

  46. Dukeshire says:

    As far as Davis goes, here’s a thought; Don’t let him get off the line uncontested. By the time he makes his break, untouched, it’s too late to catch him. Disrupt him somewhere before he gets a head of steam. (Or get to the QB so often that they have to keep him in to chip and pick up a blitz. Yet another benefit of QB pressure.)

  47. FireRuskellNow says:

    “It is time to change your name FIreRuskellNow.”

    to what?

  48. Dukeshire says:

    FireKnappNow

  49. CYRREEN says:

    anyone watching Minnesota-Arizona game. We use to have an offense as good as this two teams.

    Watch Arizona beat Minnesota.

  50. CYRREEN says:

    I agree. Change it to Fireknappnow. Then, change it to firemoronnow.

  51. freedom_X says:

    I agree the 49ers are a better team than Seattle. Their defense is far superior, especially on the line, and if they had a better offense, the defense would look even better. That isn’t the gimmick D of the previous 4 years. It’s a geniunely tough and punishing one, probably an elite cover corner away from being top-10.

    Maybe Seattle realized this was going to be a plodding game – no cutback lanes or missed gaps – and they knew they’d have to just pound the ball. I didn’t really see any plays where I thought Jones missed a hole or lane. The 49ers filled everything up very well. I’d rather spare Forsett the beating in that case and let Jones absorb the workload. Forsett actually didn’t run any better than Jones today. He had the nice TD reception though.

    Give Antonio Davis his due. He leads the league in TD catches, and those all weren’t against Seattle. If you think it’s Curry’s job to shut down Davis 1-1, then you need to look more closely. I would say Hawthorne had more coverage responsibility on Davis than Curry, and neither were particularly effective. Don’t mistake the guy at the end of the tackle as being the primary cover man either, and the guy that got beaten.

    I think Hawthorne was shocked on one of the Davis receptions over the middle, he couldn’t believe Davis got by him so quickly. On a deep throw the LB should have some help over the top, if there’s no pass rush (which there wasn’t.)

  52. FireRuskellNow says:

    “FireKnappNow ”

    i cant in good faith blame knapp for the fact that ruskell has vetted the team of any offensive talent.

    i mean seroiusly did you guys see leonard weaver today? he was beast!!! There was no reason we should have let him go besides the fact ruskell was in love with that fat toad duckett! then we signed edgerrin, man every time I think about ruskell i get mad, how could Lewike let him be surrounded by yes-men who approve of such idiocy!

  53. freedom_X says:

    I’m going to have to watch the replay, but Crabtree didn’t look like a “big” (i.e. exceptionally tall, Moss/Fitzgerald type) receiver to me. He looked like a normal sized WR. Maybe it’s just the uniform?

  54. guywhothinksheknowsitall says:

    “How ironic that the week Ruskell gets the boot, Branch misses a potential game winning catch followed by Grant dropping the pick. We won today DESPITE Ruskell’s blunders. ”

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see Ruskell go, but don’t forget about the good stuff. Don’t forget Ruskell’s draft pick is the RB who we all know is our best RB even though he is a backup. Don’t forget Ruskell’s draft pick who made the clutch catch that put us in FG range for Ruskell’s kicker to kick the game winner.

  55. FireRuskellNow says:

    “Maybe Seattle realized this was going to be a plodding game – no cutback lanes or missed gaps – and they knew they’d have to just pound the ball. I didn’t really see any plays where I thought Jones missed a hole or lane. The 49ers filled everything up very well. I’d rather spare Forsett the beating in that case and let Jones absorb the workload. Forsett actually didn’t run any better than Jones today. He had the nice TD reception though.”

    I witnessed lots of stretch plays that had gaping cutback holes that i am sure forsett would have reached for at least 4-5 yard gains that jones didnt see at all. he is not a fit here and another dumb ruskell signing trying to cheap out on the offense

  56. pabuwal – I can say with certainty that Hass had NO time to throw at the MN game. And the very few times he did, the WRs seemed to be covered like glue. There was a couple of instances, as there is in any game, but their margin of error was very small…

  57. “The 49ers went into Minnesota and Indy and had the lead in the 4th quarter in both games. They lost both games by 7 points TOTAL. The Seahawks lost by 43 total. They went into GB and lost by just 6 a few weeks ago. Who here thinks the Seahawks will keep that game within 20.”

    Right, but they’ve lost games to Houston (5-7), Tennessee (5-7), and now Seattle (5-7), as well as the 45-10 blowout loss to Atlanta at home. They’re improved, but it’s not like they’re in a different league from Seattle.

  58. “pabuwal – I can say with certainty that Hass had NO time to throw at the MN game. And the very few times he did, the WRs seemed to be covered like glue. There was a couple of instances, as there is in any game, but their margin of error was very small.”

    Maybe our receivers are not as solid as we think? I’m watching Breaston look great tonight – and he’s their #3, are any of our guys better than him?

    Not another hole to fill . . .

  59. madpunter88 says:

    I could agree with FireKnappNow.

    If (and it is a big IF) Holmgren comes back in some capacity he may not fire the coach, but he will almost certainly call for a return to a true WC offense. Unfortunately, Knapp doesn’t fit that bill.

    I just watched National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Greg Knapp looks remarkably like the actor who plays Griswold’s co-worker. You know what I’m talking about…

  60. Lefty24 says:

    @guywhothinksheknowsitall
    “Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see Ruskell go, but don’t forget about the good stuff. Don’t forget Ruskell’s draft pick is the RB who we all know is our best RB even though he is a backup. Don’t forget Ruskell’s draft pick who made the clutch catch that put us in FG range for Ruskell’s kicker to kick the game winner.”

    You mean the RB that Ruskell cut and then re-signed only because nobody could return punts for us last year? I love the little man, and am among his biggest fans, but the only reason why he is the best RB on our team is because his competition (all Ruskell guys) is terrible.

    And Mare is hardly his kicker. His kicker was the one that he drafted and then kept on the team all of last year despite Mare’s continued success. This is the same kicker that still has no job.

    I’ll give you Butler, and while Ruskell has made other good moves, he has made MANY more bad moves, which is why he is no longer running our team.

    Regardless, the Hawks picked up a huge ‘pride’ victory today. It was ugly, but it was a win. To answer Divish’s questions, no I am not enthused, inspired, or hopeful, but at least I am no more depressed than I was before the game (a rarity). My only game ball goes to our best kicker AND punter, Mr. Olindo Mare.

  61. pdway – I think the Vikings game was an unusual example though. As for the WR thing… I think this years situation is fine, but TJ is getting old, Branch is as good as out next year, Burleson will be entering a FA year, and the jury is still out on Butler. Still, if the OL were good enough… this WR situation is fine this year…

  62. Weaver was a MONSTER today!!! To bad Timmay’s two year plan didn’t allow for good young players.

  63. pabuwal says:

    There were quite a few plays where Hasselbeck had time to throw in the Minnesota game where he took a checkdown or a sack. When this happens, I can imagine one of two things are going through his head:

    1). These WRs get even less separation than Engram and Jackson or
    2). I just can’t put the ball where it needs to be so why bother

    Unless we get one of those scout opinions or get a hold of the coaches tape, it’s impossible to tell. But if these WRs couldn’t get open for decent gains against the Lions, they all should be cut.

  64. “Quite a few”

    give me a break

    did you see Jared Allen on NFL.com

    he ended up with zero sacks but could have easily had many

    and I was at the game where he didn’t have many places to throw…

  65. FireRuskellNow says:

    We need to draft a QB with our first round pick!!

  66. Audible says:

    If Holmgren comes back, I’m not sure he would use a first rounder on a QB.

    – Joe Montana a 3rd rounder
    – Steve Young was originally a 1st rounder but was picked up by the 49ers in a trade with Atlanta (2nd and 4th) after they gave up on him and considered him a bust.
    – Brunell was a 5th rounder.
    – Hasselbeck a 6th rounder with GB before Holmgren worked a deal.

    If history is our guide, GM Holmgren will either pick up a player in FA or draft a QB later in the draft. Given his track record with QBs, I would trust him to do that.

  67. FireRuskellNow says:

    but i want jake locker :(

  68. If Knapp lost play calling duties and a job in Oakland what makes anyone think that he can do anything better than what he is doing now. and why is he out of SF – CAUSE HE SUCKS!!!

    If Holmy comes in and starts going back to the WCO you might as well be prepared to SUCK for the next 3-5 years as we blow out the players that we have now that don’t totally fit that system.

    That is why Ruskell was such a moron – he brought in HIS guys instead of guys that fit the system we were running. ALL successful franchises get guys to fit the system that fits what they are running – but not Ruskell thats why he had to go!!

    I would love to see Holmgren as the President (only) and a different GM – kind of what Parcells did in Miami. He can still put his spin on the franchise and mold it but you have a person in between to help be an impartial body to balance what might be what Holmgren wants and what the team really needs!!!

  69. BobbyAyala says:

    locker’s goin to st. louise

  70. seahawklovertoo says:

    Amen xcman, that is what I posted yesterday and on that $hity bleacher report.
    I tike Holmgren back,but I believe he needs to be balanced with a defensive minded coach and all around GM. Since I think I trust Holmgren more than anyone else, that is why he should answer only to Mr. Allen and not have someone else (like that idiot Ruskell) tell him what to do.
    Once again, my FO “dream” line up would be : Holmgren as Prez, Eric DaCosta as GM and Dungy or Billick as coach (both strong defensive minds). Even though I like Gruden, him and Holmy is not that great of a duo for the Seahawks.
    They are to much alike.

  71. seahawklovertoo says:

    BobbyK, I am sorry for the loss last night. They were so close to making my day.
    If Suh stays healthy, he should and will be #1 pick. And yes, I am with You on Suh bandwagon. I’d give our top 2 picks for him and a 3rd rounder (there will be at least 40-45 great seniors plus all the juniors that will come out early for this draft, so even an early 3rd rounder can be an awesome player).
    Really, I kind of waited for the Texas game to make up my mind on him and ( my goodness) he just tore up Texas’ OL. What a dominant player.

  72. Mora said on TV that Forsett’s limited playing time was due to minor injury.

    I missed the game. Why did Mare punt twice? Were they both trick plays?

  73. yes, I to am shocked that Ruskell let Leonard Weaver walk (too). That guy….oh nevermind, we fixed that issue! BRING ON THE WALRUS!!!

  74. jriggio78 says:

    Does anyone know why there were no defensive or offensive individual player announcements before yesterdays game? I found it quite odd, especially because that helps to get the home crowd amped up.

  75. Just Say No to Drafting Jake Locker in the first round..
    He needs another year in college to learn how to throw the ball with touch. He has flashes of touch but is not a Pro QB today, too inconsistant
    Will he get drafted yes, he’s a heck of an athlete, but he should stay in school 1 more year to develop.
    !st round Draft 2 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN or 1 O line and 1 Beasty D lineman.
    The lines are the problem boys n girls Tim Ruskell couldn’t figure that out and has been forced to resign

  76. Any new news in Seahawkland today?

    Don’t drink and blog :)

  77. I think the only reason Julius is getting the ball is because the Seahawks are trying to give him a chance to keep his job, which we all know isn’t happening. There was one play where he did this slow, half spin move in the backfield and backed into the line. I threw up a little in my mouth.

  78. Randolley says:

    Branch stays hurt and he can’t catch. Do not bring him back next season. Get some decent linemen. Get a QB to replace the two that can’t win games. The whole team needs to be made over. Get hard nose tough players. Stop getting the pretty boys who don’t want to get dirty or have grass stains on their uniforms. Look at getting a better coach. Going 4-0 in pre-season meant nothing. The entire make-up of the team is terrible. It’s painful to watch a team that can’t do anything right. Four yards of offense is unacceptable. Get rid of all the coaches and start over. That Notre Dame coach is available . He did well for New England. Detroit almost won the game against Seattle. Unacceptable. Fire the coaching staff and get better players NOW.

  79. HawksKD says:

    Randolley – You are right you do need a new team to root for. How about you go find one?

  80. Dukeshire says:

    I’m looking forward to the Houston game Sunday. Houston is a very young, very talented team that is underachieving. The Seahawks have now won two straight but haven’t played particularly well (understatement). In context of this season, this would be a huge win. A win on the road, against a quality opponent would actually show some of the “progress” that Mora continues to talk about. In order to do that though, the offense will have to find a way to sort themselves out. It’s hard to imagine them slowing down Mario Williams and rookie Brian Cushing (playing a lot closer to what we thought Curry would be than Curry actually is) from destroying this baffled o line. And they have got to end the J Jones experiment. Forsett is so clearly the guy, just start him already and give him the 20 carries and Jones the 5. This is an opportunity for this team to move forward. We’ll see.

  81. At one point all of us have gotten extremely frustrated with this team and have had to vent…

  82. seahawklovertoo – I would do that trade… both our first rounders for the team with the #1 pick, if they would include their 3rd rounder too (as you mentioned)… It would give us a pick in each round, like everyone else, but it’d allow us to grab the person, who IMO, will be the most dominant player in this draft.

  83. FireRuskellNow says:

    “Locker’s goin to st. louise ”

    No, st lewis will get Jimmy Clausen!! He declared today, so did Golden Tate

    “He needs another year in college to learn how to throw the ball with touch. He has flashes of touch but is not a Pro QB today, too inconsistant”

    Guy what are you talking about, go youtube Jake Locker highlihgts from this season, every pass has great touch, he is complete 180 from last season

  84. Dukeshire says:

    I see that Ndamukong Suh is a Heisman finalist. If the award is really given to the best college football player for that year (which in reality, it is not) how can he not win? The first defensive player to ever win the award would be fitting.

  85. Audible says:

    I sure wish Denver had totally choked this year…can you imagine if we could draft Suh straight up with one of our #1 picks?!

  86. jpierce says:

    Hey Divish,
    First off, going back to your post about the old school uni’s. I was surprised and I must say impressed with the uni’s that our Hawks showed up in yesterday. The dark blue bottoms looked COOL!!

    What a game, I love games like this…. when they are over and the Hawks win. Either way a win is a win and the 49ers are tough, Willis is a BEAAASTT!!! We again had opportunities to score touchdowns and they blew it again as they have all year. By far the best play was Forsetts TD, I wasn’t sure he would make it and then BOOM!! TD!

    My hope for this next off season that whomever is in the President/GM seat can take advantage of the 2 first round draft picks and then maybe trade away some of the older less productive vets (Redding, Grant, Branch, Housh, Locklear who is injured to much, J. Jones & Terrell) and turn up some more great young talent. It is no secret this team needs O-line help, more beef on the D-line, speed on the D-ends, taller faster CB’s damn it!!!, a REAL HB & FB, taller & faster WR’s & that QB of the future. Man can anyone say major re-build coming up??? WOW!!!!! Good luck to the new GM in turning what he has into somehting like Denver did this year, only with the Hawks it’s the over paid, unhealthy, underachieving offense. Denver did the same thing on defense and it paid off. They blew up the D and re-built it into a top 10 defense. It can be done, but we’d have to part with some ageing popular vets.

  87. Charles Woodson won it as a defensive player (CB) but he also returned kicks so, in a way, he was allowed to do some offensive things too. But, hey, Suh also has scored from the defensive side of the ball too.

  88. It will be hard to trade a guy like Redding because he’s going to be a UFA in a couple of months.

    Nobody is going to want to overpay $4 million for Grant, while also giving up a pick to get him.

    And I’d like to find the GM who would give up something for Terrill.

    Getting rid of guys is easier said than done. How would we feel if the Seahawks traded a pick for some crappy player? Think Keary Colbert. Trades like that don’t get made very often (lopsided).

  89. You can put a highlight film on you tube for just about anyone that makes them look like a super hero.
    What was the huskies record? Not even .500
    Which prestigious bowl game did they go to
    hmmmm NONE.
    Yea they are better than 0 and whatever they were last year but Locker needs work.
    There are better college QB’s out there right now.
    Do I like him, yes, it’s always great to see the local kid do well.
    Just don’t think he’s the next Payton Manning, Drew Brees, or whoever, YET
    The boys got talent but is simply not there.
    Besides we don’t need a QB first, we need an O Line first or whoever we get will get killed or look like a fool because he doesn’t have time to throw the ball

  90. bird_spit says:

    I agree with Duke above . The Houston game is all about can the Seahawks break the hex regarding road games. Seahawks must show up and win it. They need four quarters of playing ball. I need to come out early and quiet the crowd. Do this, and I could start drinking the kool-aid again.

  91. jpierce says:

    Re: BobbyK.

    Yes BobbyK you are right about all those players, I didn’t realize Redding was coming up on being a UFA anyway… Interesting. But regardless the Hawks need to get younger on the defensive side of the ball…. Look at the Packers game last night (Monday night game vs. Baltimore) they looked like the dominate defense last night not Ray Lewis and his band of ageing vets who are still better than what we have. But my point is, youth, speed and hunger… Yes hunger, the hunger to get that next big pay day and then like the Steelers of all teams to compare to (Stupid SuperBowl game) but they of all teams have been able to develop talent and keep the turn over year after year without losing too much. Another example, Gruden stated that since Sharpe the Packers have had the ability to draft later round WR’s and develop them. So lets see how our new powers to be will fair because the Hawks keep getting into that sign the next over paid FA bust to be, and it’s getting tiresome.

  92. Jake Locker honerable mention Pack 10 QB (thats 3rd string) if he was so great he would have made 1st Team
    Maybe next year he’ll make 1st team

  93. yellaman says:

    I was at the game on Sunday and besides freezing my butt off the hawks were lucky to win the game. 49ers defense was pushing our O-line around all game and if Vernon davis catches 2 dropped TD’s we would have lost. The Hawks offense was terrible but did just enough to win despite branches dropped pass. The defense was good but this is still the 49ers offense we are talking about so you can’t be too impressed. I would like to see curry play all 3 downs on defense and not be put into pass coverage like sunday the hawks had him covering davis and he got burned. Curry should be rushing the passer even in nickel situations. take Tapp or Reed out of the game and let Curry rush the QB from the end spot he is a high energy guy and the team would benefit more to have him play and putiing him situations he can win.

  94. yellaman says:

    The packers are the #1 defense in the NFL and guess what defense they just switched to this year- The 3-4 defense with Dom Capers as the DC. The Seahawks shoud do the same and go to a 3-4 defense next year. Our LB core is as good as anybodys in the NFL. All the hawks need is to drafted a BIG NT or via FA pick up. Then move Mebane/ Cole to DT and LB would be Curry, Tatupu, Hawthorne, & Hill. Secondary we would another CB and big time safety (posiibly draft one)

    This is my ideal defense

  95. peceembagma says:

    The response to local and national disasters is awesome but it’s a real shame that so many citizens take advantage of the negative situations.

    I mean everytime there is an earthquake, a flood, an oil spill – there’s always a group of heartless people who rip off tax payers.

    This is in response to reading that 4 of Oprah Winfreys “angels” got busted ripping off the system. Shame on them!
    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/19/crimesider/entry5251471.shtml

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