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Tuesday practice report: LS Robinson back in fold

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm with 32 Comments »
December 22, 2009 4:27 pm

As head coach Jim Mora stated on Monday, the Seahawks did indeed reach out to Jeff Robinson, signing him to the active roster today. Robinson was back at practice this afternoon. To clear a roster spot, Seattle placed Kevin Houser on the IR.

Houser suffered a collapsed lung in Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said the team is lucky to have a talented snapper like Robinson available so close to home.

“The thing that’s good about Jeff is I know him well and have coached him before,” DeHaven said. “You know what you’re going to get, unless he’s gone to pieces in a year, which he hasn’t. His conditioning looked very good today.”

DeHaven said with the good snappers, the thing that goes first is their ability to snap accurately on short snaps like field goals because it requires the smaller muscles to come into play, similar to a senior golfer struggling with his putting but still being able to drive the ball fairly well.

Robinson had a tryout with Atlanta last week.

You can listen to the conversation with DeHaven here.

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Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said he’s been impressed watching Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. on film. The rookie out of USC leads the Packers with 10 sacks, and play outside backer in Green Bay’s 3-4 defensive front.

Knapp said that although the Packers rank second overall in total defense, he believes they could have success offensively against them, similar to the way Seattle moved the ball on the road against Arizona the second time they played the Cardinals. Arizona also runs a 3-4 defense.

The Packers ranked No. 2 against the run (83.6 yards a contest), and Knapp says that number has a lot to do with Green Bay’s stout, 3-man front.

“Because of the unique pressures they bring and the stoutness of the inside three in their 3-4 package, that to me is the reason they’re doing so well in their run game,” Knapp said.

As far as dealing for cornerback Charles Woodson, who eight interceptions and four forced fumbles this season, Knapp said the 12-year veteran plays with great anticipation, with an impressive ability to predict routes because of film study.

Notes from practice
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  1. Wow, Did Knapp just tee it up or what?

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Knapp is right, they could indeed have success against the Packers. But that will require dramatic turnaround in effort as well as improved game planing, play calling and execution. Something I do not see happening nor have faith we will see Sunday. If they can’t play with enthusiasm at home against a one 1 win team I’m afraid of what we’ll see on the road in Green Bay in December with nothing to play for.

  3. HawkSoop says:

    Although I don’t see it happening, it would say good things about the coaching staff and the players if they came out and fought hard against the Packers.

    I doubt we will see anything like a consistent effort let alone a win on Sunday, but I will be watching for the guys that are playing hard. Game-planning clearly isn’t a strength for Knapp, otherwise our offense would not have sucked so badly in nearly every first quarter this year. On the other hand the ‘Hawks have played well defensively in the first quarter with a couple of exceptions and most glaringly the Houston game, which says that their game-planning defensively is ok.

    I can’t say that anything impresses me about the Special Teams, except Mare. Well, at least they haven’t tried anything like the Redskins tried last night…

    The coaching shows it’s weaknesses the most in the fact that they seem unable to adapt to half-time adjustments. Offensively we abandon the run way to early every time. Last week we essentially didn’t run the ball in the second half and it took the ‘Bucs 3 possessions to put us in a spot where we actually had to run a pass heavy downfield attack to try and get back in it.

    Overall our coaching has to be given no better than a ‘D’

  4. vichawkfan says:

    I will kiss Bradley’s a$$ is he can hold Rogers to a mediocre game. Fantasy championship game, and team I play has Rogers.

  5. variable575 says:


    1) Holmgren isn’t the coach.
    2) Favre is gone.
    With that sad–no more Packer curse.
    3)Mathew wants to show those pack fans a little somethin!
    4)………My wife just woke me up——we lose 42-7

  6. HarbachHawk says:

    Hopefully we leave Colin Cole in Green Bay on Sunday.

  7. Duke – are going to watch the Idaho – Cal game tomorrow night? I am excited to finally see Iupati for myself. I’ve only heard very good things about him. I know you have a buddy who’s been getting you on that kool-aid. If he’s as good as advertised, maybe he’s what we’ll use with our Denver pick? If we keep losing, there’s a chance we could end up with Okung/Iupati. Nobody could complain about OL again for a very long time (I’m excited to actually see more of Okung on Jan 2… haven’t seen much yet… still have mixed feelings… we’ll see…).

  8. drmossguy says:

    We want the ball and we’re gonna score!

    Or something…

  9. These days it’s simply we want the ball and we hope not to lose any yards before we punt. That’s better than a turnover. We’ve hit bottom. At least I think we have.

  10. drmossguy says:

    No, bobbyk, bottom is what the Redskins did in the last play of the first half against the Giants. Youch.

  11. HarbachHawk says:

    I agree BobbyK. We have hit bottom. You know, they one thing I have noticed for the past two seasons is our lack of passion, especially on defense. They all just go through the motions. ( IE Deon Grant missing god knows how many picks that land right in his chest, lack of pass rush by everybody except for Nick Reed, when he gets to play, Kerney virtually being invisable as well as Colin Cole, the list goes on). We need a player on the defense that teams FEAR. I will get laughed at for this, but look at what that rookie for the Lions, free safety Louis Delmas. This guy plays with passion and wants to win, you can see it in every game he plays. He is not afraid to get in the face of Adrian Peterson, Jay Cutler, ect. He gets up jawing after every tackle. Our guys are AFRAID to tackle. IMO, we need to build off of Trufant, Wilson, Nick Reed, Mebane, Curry, Hill, Hawthorne and Tatupu in a 3-4 scheme. The rest of the defense is lazy and plays with no drive or passion. I wont express opinions on offense, because that would take more time than I have right now. TAMPA 2 = NON EFFECTIVE since the early/mid 2000’s.

  12. variable575 says:

    I wish we could see some exotic blitz packages(like you might see in philly–and as of late AZ on occasion). When we blitz it’s always obvious and looks somewhat awkward.

  13. variable575 says:

    Let me explain “obvious”.

    what I meant to say was obvious as to where the blitz would be coming from.

  14. madpunter88 says:

    I wonder how Kelly Jennings feels about the Seahawks signing Robinson? He’s suddenly relegated to the bench again.

  15. Nick Reed has played quite a bit and has been quite invisible when he has played He has a long way to go to develop into an NFL player.

    I’m surprised Green Bay’s defense hasn’t gone to hell with the loss of Colin Cole. Losing him must be the same as losing the Tez in his prime.

    One of these statements is sarcastic.

  16. i hope knapp mora and bradley all get a collapsed lung and retire this year so we can get a real set of coaches.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – First off let me say, let’s HOPE they’ve hit bottom. There’s no guarantee. (Although I can’t imagine how it could possibly get worse but I sure as hell don’t want to find out.) And yes, I’m excited about the Idaho / Cal game. It’s my cousin that goes to Idaho and he’s been jocking Iupati for 2 years. I hope he plays well.

    pabuwal – Unger’s going to have his hands full with Raji. (the Cole comment made me think of this)

  18. Sure Knapp, whatever you say… your offense “can have success” against Green Bay. (Good thing you no longer have to face that Fierce Tampa Defense!!!)

    I’m betting that two weeks from now, we’ll never have to hear from Greg Knapp again.

  19. Soggybuc says:

    Why all the hate for Cole?? IMHO he’s done the job he was brought in for. if you held the illusion that his job was to be a Haynesworth type pro-bowler blowing up the line then i’m sorry because you mis read the intention of his hire.

    He was brought in to be a big body middle stuffer that this team has lacked since Tubbs was on the field. you know that thing you haters bitched about for the last 2 years. in that respect he’s done well. i see many comments on this blog about how well Mebane is playing this year and i think thats a direct result of having cole there with him.

    Look at the D run numbers and you will see thats the one place this team has improved this year and he has been a part of that improvement.. so please stop the hate. while not a world beater! the guy is solid and does his job. lacking a significant upgrade I’d keep him in a heartbeat

  20. Stevos – I predict you will hear from Knapp again… the next time you’re at a drive thru it may be his voice asking “Would you like fries with that?”

  21. variable575 says:

    I’d be reeeaaally surprised if Knapp is released after the season. He’s here as long as Jimbo is our HC.

  22. variable575:I’d be reeeaaally surprised if Knapp is released after the season. He’s here as long as Jimbo is our HC.

    Yep, you’re right. Mora would never fire Knapp. Those two guys are joined at the hip. If Mora stays then everybody will stay and you’ll wind up seeing the whole ugly mess all over again next year.

  23. BORNHAWK says:

    I don’t think Mora will keep anyone around if his job depends on it, its a kill or be killed world and he wants to live, even if it will be for only one more season.

  24. BORNHAWK says:

    I would prefer if we just took him out behind the barn and put him out of his misery after the last game.

  25. Luckily Knapp, Bradley, Mora etc. are all Ruskell guys.

    A new GM always wants to make an immediate impression – and the Hawks need that. I know Leiwekie already said that he wanted someone to join the Hawks. Holmgren did not want that.

    But if the best man for the job says – I want my own coaching staff. He should get it!

    One way of looking at it is: They’ve only been here 1 year, give em a break and see what they can do over time.

    The other way is: I’m the new GM and our coaching staff sucks. Let’s start again!

  26. vichawkfan says:

    in his defense, Deon Grant has a frickin cast. I will take him over Ken Hamlin 90%.TR has constructed the D, give it to him.

    If there were a GOD, then Hasselbeck will sit inside the Lambeau Field bones before kickoff and ask himself were he was and where he is, and come out and kick some Packer azz. It would have meant more if Holmgren came back this week, but hey.
    Problem is the D will reek. Oh well.

  27. bulldog80 says:

    I would find it hard to believe that any new GM worth a sh!t would welcome keeping this existing coaching staff. If our FO is making that a requirement then we are only going to get a yes man to fill the GM slot. I think that it’s gonna be obvious that this is the situation if we end up with Webster as GM. He is probably the only one of the candidates that would be ok with keeping Jr. and his staff.

    Another year of this crap is gonna push me over the edge. We’ve had too long the taste of success

  28. Dukeshire says:

    “If there were a GOD, then Hasselbeck will sit inside the Lambeau Field bones before kickoff and ask himself were he was and where he is, and come out and kick some Packer azz.” I’ve read and reread this several times. I have no idea what this means. What are the Lambeau Field bones, and how the hell do you sit in them? So confused. lol.

  29. It took Holmgren seven years to win a playoff game in Seattle. He came in and blew up the old system, had new coaches, and we were ready to throw him and his handpicked QB (Hasselbeck) under the bus after a 6-10 season in 2002. Instead, they took away his GM title. He got the time he needed to get his players that fit his system. Mora has proven NFL coaches that have had success in the league. But nobody wants to give him the time that they gave the Big Show. Lets withhold judgement until the new GM comes in and we see how things unfold.

  30. Wonder what Tyler Schmitt is doing these days? Did he ever have surgery on his back, or was the problem correctable?

  31. nighthawk2 says:

    “Joining the Hawks” means doing what Tod Leiweke, who wouldn’t know a football from a watermelon, says. And this clown has said Mora’s back next year from what I understand. So unless Leiweke gets his walking papers, we can all figure on this same bag of crap next season, and another sub-.500 season.

    Cal isn’t playing Idaho Bobby, they’re playing Utah. Idaho plays Bowling Green (ironically in their arch-rivals stadium at Boise) on the 30th. I’ve seen Idaho on tv a couple of times this year, Iupata looks like an excellent guard. Hopefully our interim GM isn’t made permanent, so we’ll have someone who can actually judge o-line talent doing the draft. Okung is from a run-and-shoot offense at Okie State, if we’re stuck with this crapola coaching staff again next year, I have to wonder how well he’s going to work in that zone blocking scheme that’s failed up to this point. Brian Bulaga, the junior guard from Iowa who’s presumed to be entering the draft, might be a better choice if that’s the case because Iowa runs the ZBS.

  32. Thought Bulaga was an Iowan T?

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