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Morning links: Bates headed back to Mile High

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 17, 2010 at 6:25 am with 16 Comments »
September 17, 2010 6:25 am
Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

In my story today I talk with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates on his return to Denver for the first time since leaving there after the 2008 season, when Mike Shanahan was let go.

Bates was an offensive assistant for the Broncos for three seasons, including handling play-calling duties his final season in Denver, when quarterback Jay Cutler guided one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

Even though Denver has a new coach in Josh McDaniels and several new players, Bates should have a handle of some of the personnel on both sides of the ball.

Greg Johns of profiles Hawks defensive end Red Bryant, who has grown into his new role as an edge rusher.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s energy has won over his players.

Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian offers this interesting profile on Seahawks defensive tackle Junior Siavii.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the NFL and the NFL Players Association reached a settlement in which San Diego restricted receiver Vincent Jackson will only have to miss he first four games of the season if he his traded by 4 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. Seattle had shown interest initially, but it appears Minnesota is the frontrunner now.

Dave Boling of the TNT, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times and Hugh Millen of KJR get together for their weekly Seahawks Roundtable in this audio link.

Denver Broncos

Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post writes the Broncos are trying to push the ball down the field more in the passing game.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos running game could continue to struggle against Seattle.

San Francisco

If you haven’t seen this interview with San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary conducted by Dennis O’Connell of CBS Sports’ San Francisco affiliate KPIX, you need to watch this.

I love Singletary, but the way he has responded to his team’s disappointing performance at Seattle last week has been interesting, to say the least.

Singletary is somewhat combative in the interview when O’Connell asked about Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports’ report about communication issues within the team involving offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, and things do not get better from there.

Check out the video below.

Part of the reason Singletary was upset in the interview is because he had already answered questions about the incident during his weekly press conference, which you can read about here.

Singletary basically came to the defense of Raye, who has been at the center of some of the reports because quarterback Alex Smith said some of the plays got in late during the game against Seattle.

By the way, the Niners play the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

And, oh yeah, there was a fight between linebacker Ahmad Brooks and cornerback Shawntae Spencer at the Niners’ practice on Thursday.

San Francisco will retire Jerry Rice’s No. 80 on Monday.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that rookie receiver Stephen Williams could have more of a role in the Cardinals’ offense with Early Doucet possibly out with sports hernia.

More Somers: He says quarterback Derek Anderson staying in the game after taking a shot to the chest last week against St. Louis reminded him of the toughness Kurt Warner showed during his time with the Cardinals.

Darren Urban of notes Arizona’s defense played 81 snaps against St. Louis.

St. Louis Rams

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is returning to his aggressive roots and blitzing more in his second season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that running back Steven Jackson should get more carries this week against Oakland. Tennessee piled up 205 yards on the ground against the Raiders last week.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams should welcome WR Vincent Jackson with open arms.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    The moment Raye’s name is mentioned, Singletary crosses his arms and you can know it’s going to be good. “What’s the truth…???” Lol. Thank you Eric, great morning laugh. That was incredible.

  2. tylakewalker says:

    Mike Singletary will not make it thru the season. He can not handle the responsibilities, emotions and the stress that comes with head coaching. He is also a jerk and I bet you most of his players resent him.

  3. tylakewalker says:

    The guy interviewing mike singletary is just doing his job and singletary needs to respect that. He also needs to understand that he is not a linebacker anymore and trying to intimidate everyone around him is no longer acceptable in his role as head coach.

  4. wabubba67 says:

    I used to find Singletary refreshing, now I just think he’s a prick. “I don’t want to talk about that.” I would have loved it if the reporter had answered, “Mike, this is my interview and I’ll decide which questions to ask.”

  5. rramstad says:

    Yeah, wow. He’s lucky he’s in SF. If he tried to behave like that in any of the more hard nosed sports cities (Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, and many others) he’d be run out of the city on a rail. I don’t even think he’d last here, in Seattle, because of how rude he’s being. When someone asks you a question about scheme — how are you going to try to run, how are you going to try to pass — and your response is “we’re not going to try, we’re going to do” — shades of Yoda — it’s just disrespectful and wrong. If you don’t want to talk about it, say “I’d prefer not to discuss the details, because it has to do with our strategies and plans for the game, but we feel we can run the ball” and most folks will just let that go by. The attitude is really unnecessary.

    He strikes me as the kind of head coach that if everyone bought in, they’d run through brick walls for him, but conversely, all it takes is a couple of guys off on the side snickering at how much of a hard head he is, and the whole team will be undermined.

  6. madpunter88 says:

    Singletary is doing everything in his power to turn a bad loss into a panic for the 49ers. Rather than calmly reassuring the team and the fans that everything is under control and that was merely a bad loss to start the season, he is demonstrating how chaotic the team’s coaching staff actually is while arguing the opposite. He seems to be overmatched by the position and his immature, hostile, and reactive answers only reinforce his lack of actual control. You’d expect a rookie player to come up with answers like that…not the coach of a team touted to be good enough to make a deep playoff run. It will be a long season in San Francisco and a short season for Mike Singletary.

    No matter how good their defense may be…bad quarterback + bad coach = losing season.

  7. Wow. What a dumb—. How smart and savvy does PC look next to Singletary? And there’s a difference between being upbeat and being blindly arrogant – ‘we’re not going to try and stop drew brees, we are going to stop drew brees’ – good luck with that . . .

  8. I really hope this drags out with him…because we’re back on top of the divisions as long as he’s coaching the 9ers!

  9. bird_spit says:

    Singletary’s video is classic. That will generate a commercial or two.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    The 9ers knew they were getting a volatile guy when they hired him. What he did here is mildly embarrassing and easy to tease him for (and pretty damn funny) but it’s not a big deal. There’s not a franchise in the league that would fire him for what he did here. He’s an old school football coach, comes with the territory. Hell, O’Connell was giggling while he was being all indignant.

    And while it’s true personalities like Singletary’s can wear thin quickly with players if they aren’t successful, it is also what gets them to buy in. It’s a thin line for sure and hopefully this is the beginning of things imploding down there. But this in and of it’s self isn’t a big deal.

  11. snydro22 says:

    Before we pile on toooo much, Carroll did act similarly a few times, though not to the extent of Singletary, when he was being grilled about the USC sanctions during his book tour over the summer..

  12. I don’t want to talk abut this only NO, but when they try and talk about NO you bring back the old topic. Moron!!

    “We will stop Drew Brees” . . . . uh I think not – slow down, limit maybe, STop no way. You couldn’t stop MH how you gonna stop DB?

    if you are done with it don’t bring it back up!!!

  13. Did Singletary really say of his offensive linemen, “We had a couple of babies that were throwing up, but they’ll be fine.”….?

    Man, that interview was like dancing with the Statue of Liberty.

  14. raymaines says:

    That kind of talk is OK if you can back it up, but I’d give my next weeks allowance to be at his next press conference and listen to him try and explain how Brees passed for 250-300 yards and N.O. won the game by 14 points.

    Mike Singletary is a fine, upstanding, honest man, but he’s a fish out of water. His head and his heart is still in the ’80’s and he hasn’t learned to relate to either the press or players of this generation. I feel kind of sorry for him at a personal level, but this sort of dysfunction couldn’t happen to a nicer team.

    Go ‘Hawks!!! Atlanta and N.O. are my second and third favorite teams this week.

  15. SharkHawk says:

    I’d hate to see Singletary melt down and for the team implode. Far from it. I want the 9ers to become a great team. Same with the Cards and Rams. I just want the Hawks to always be a bit better than the others. Why? Because if we can win in a tough division, then all of a sudden the team receives more respect, players want to come here, coaches stick around, the division gets more tv games, so do the Hawks. It’s a win-win.

    Do I vote for the 49ers? No. Not at all. But I’d love it if each team in the division grew into something that I actually enjoyed watching. Remember how much fun AFC West matchups were through the mid to late 80’s when pretty much everybody was good at some point or another? I do and it was awesome. Even if LA/Oakland had off years, they had great ones too. San Diego was typically the weak link, but had some impressive offense and always seemed to be a tough game. KC had their ups and downs, but Arrowhead was always brutal to play in. The years where Okoye was running over people made the matchups fun. Denver was pretty much always good, and the Hawks were as fun of a team to watch as there was, even with Knox sticking to the run constantly. Those Catlin defenses were a thing of beauty.

    I’d love to see Singletary work things out and the divisional rivalries to mean something. I hate seeing the division winner in the NFC West winning by default practically every year, with the exception of the Hawks in 2005 and the Rams a couple of times in the Vermiel/Martz days. I want a division full of teams like those Rams, the 49ers from the Steve Young era, the Hawks in 2005 form, and the Cards like they played through the playoffs a couple of years ago. Anything less is a disappointment. Can you imagine how cool it would be to have the best division in football and have the Hawks beat everybody down? What if the Hawks went undefeated in division or even like 6-2 and the other teams split with each other and won the majority of the rest of the games. It would be one fantastic ride.

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