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Morning links: Brock brings pressure off edge

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 29, 2010 at 7:45 am with 16 Comments »
October 29, 2010 7:55 am
Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

Veteran pass-rush specialist Raheem Brock has given the Seahawks a consistent pressure person off the edge opposite Chris Clemons in pass rushing situations.

The former Indianapolis Colt was looking for more of an opportunity to rush the passer after playing behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney for several seasons, and asked for his release in March, only to wind up in Tennessee deep on the depth chart after the Titans drafted Derrick Morgan in the first round.

Brock was released during final roster cuts and wound up in Seattle, where he has three sacks and seven quarterback hurries in six games.

“They’ve been coming up with great game plans throughout the week and calling good plays during the game,” Brock said. “And we’re just going out and executing like we’re supposed to. So everybody’s on the same page, and we’re just out there having fun.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune takes a trip down memory lane and the Raiders glory years during the 1970s.

Greg Johns of writes that players expect a “festive” environment at Oakland Coliseum on Halloween.

Vic Carucci of the NFL Network says that head coach Pete Carroll’s unconventional, rah-rah style is working so far in Seattle.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network writes that Carroll should be in the conversation for coach of the year.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has not thrown an interception in his last 98 throws, as he appears to have taken heed to head coach Pete Carroll’s philosophy of taking care of the ball.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports focuses on the continuation that Mike Williams’ comeback continues.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Grosby breaks down this week’s game at Oakland with former Hawks Ray Roberts and Dave Wyman in this audio link.

KJR’s Mitch Levy talks Hawks with Hugh Millen, Dave Boling and Danny O’Neil in this week’s Seahawks Roundtable in this audio link.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Snohomish native Tom Cable has his dream job as the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Former Seahawks defensive tackle Howard Green is now a backup in Green Bay.

Here’s a pretty good run down of notes from the Oakland Tribune. Former Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall says he doesn’t have much to cull from his time with Seattle because the offense and most of the personnel are totally different. It also looks like Jacoby Ford will get the start opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The Seahawks-Raiders game is blacked out, the 11th consecutive time that has happened, so folks in the Bay Area might want to find a local haunt to watch the game.

Steve Corkran of The Oakland Tribune writes that Darren McFadden is finally busting out in his third season with the Raiders.

More Farrar: In his Smarter Stats piece for the Washington Post writes that if Jason Campbell gets the start at quarterback for the Raiders, watch for a lot of dump downs to tight end Zach Miller.

Stories like this one by Jack Bechta of the National Football Post always interest me. He writes that several NFL players may have been bilked out of millions of dollars by a reckless financial adviser.

Morning links
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  1. BobbyAyala says:

    Interesting in the Bucky Brooks piece that Mike Tomlin is considered ahead of Carroll for coach of the year honors.


    Also typical that the NFL calls for an unprecedented conference call for every single ref in the league following a botched Steelers TD call in Miami.

    Following the Super Bowl, however, the league admonishes Seattle’s head coach.

  2. seahawklovertoo says:

    If we had PC and his Coaches last season, we wouldn’t have had a chance to draft Okung @ 6…. so, in the great scemes of time and etc. we did good for having Mora The Moron and his clowns foe our temporary coaches. What is the big deal about few extra gray hairs in my head….few fights on this blog,at home and at work. As I recall, most mondays were not the best of times to be around me.
    PCs “rah-rah style” is fine with me as long as the Seahawks are winning and I am pacified. Even though I never liked Coach Carroll, I apreciate him more and more each weekend.
    As for the Raiders, I am worried a bit, but since our Coaches are better I think we will win again.
    Maaaaan, I’ll hate the Raiders with passion till I die.

  3. CaliSeahawker says:

    I am more than terrified, and actually won’t be watching the game as I have to help people with screening / stroke prevention. I need to listen to my own advice, because the more I stress about this game, the more likely it is I wake up with a facial droop and slurred speech. Damn these crucial games! :-)

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Tomlin got the Steelers to 3-1 with Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon. Yes, he deserves credit, come on now…

    No question Brock has done a nice job in dime and Bandit (7 DBs) sets, but I do like the fact they still tend to leave Bryant in nickel. In any case Brock keeps playing at this level and Curry will continue to see his snaps reduced in passing situations.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    “…I wake up with a facial droop and slurred speech.” Lol. Sounds like me on Monday mornings after a long weekend of football.

  6. Well, it has to help us that they are missing 2 of their 3 starting WR’s. Just make sure to cover Miller, and otherwise, stack up against McFadden. Feels like we should be able to make things tough for their offense.

    Not too confident about our offense though, esp w/out Okung – we’ll see.

  7. I’d just like to note that

    a) the officiating in Steelers games is atrocious.
    b) Josh Wiiiiiiiiillllllllllsssssssooooooooonnnn!
    c) Matt Hasselbeck is mediocre. That may be good enough.
    d) Beef Moe!
    e) AaronCurryisBUST!

    Also, I <3 Mike Williams.

  8. bird_spit says:

    I re-watch the game last night. Interesting observation was Brock’s sack, Curry was lined up on the tackle, and occupied him. Brock blew past the occupied lineman unabated, as Clemons occupied the LT and RB. That scheme worked perfectly.. I love what Seattle is doing on defense. Basically, if you are big and/or strong and fast, we will use your talents.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Great call, I noticed that after re-watching it too. That seems to be their dime front, for now; Brock, Curry, Terrill, Clemons. Curry did some dirty work there, allowing Brock to plant Hall into the turf. That will be fun to watch moving forward.

  10. chuck_easton says:

    Interesting tidbit in my local (Calgary Herald) paper today. The guy they have that picks the ‘winners’ for the upcoming weekend has the score:

    Oakland 28 Seattle 14

    Ok, I can accept his opinion. I do take issue with his reasoning which is:

    “Oakland’s offense should have a field day with Seattles Soft D. And the four teams that Seattle beat aren’t good anyway.”


    Oakland has won a total of 2 games. Seattle’s SOFT D is ranked 2nd in the NFL in Run Defense and 5th in points allowed.

    Somebody didn’t do his homework here.

    Yes, I’m expecting a nailbiter but my take is it comes down to our O’s performance and not our D.

  11. “Yes, I’m expecting a nailbiter but my take is it comes down to our O’s performance and not our D. ”

    I agree. And maybe our special teams will do something that tips this one our way.

  12. I like what Coach Carroll had to say about Brock in his press conf. Something about Brock having such a variety of moves and techniques that he provides a great teaching example to the younger guys. I really hope Aaron Curry is learning from Brock in practice.

    Carroll also talked about using his rookies a lot, but only putting them in position to do a couple of things they do well. He talked about not overwhelming them in their first year. This also reminded me of Curry. Seems Mora and Bradley could not decide what to do with Curry last year and they overwhelmed him. Now his role is more limited. I hope he’s catching on to things in practice. In last week’s game, he still wasn’t showing much feel for the run game.

  13. sherminator says:

    I think PC’s style reflects his true personality, which is why I think it can last. Rah-Rah connotes kind of fake attitude, and I don’t believe Coach Carroll is a fake. And like Carucci said, what is truly important is that the coaching staff knows its stuff. If Pete and his guys show the players they know football, the players will buy whatever personality their coaches have, as long as it is genuine.

    My favorite boss was a guy who could be a real a$$hole, but he had everything he owned mortgaged to the hilt, and he loved designing & building machinery. In other words, he was “all in” himself, and despite his a-hole moments, he wasn’t fake, and I liked building machinery for him. I believe PC is “all in” too, and it will work for the ‘Hawks.

  14. Chuck Easton, I agree the Calgary reporter isn’t doing his homework. Sounds like he’s talking about the Seahawks 2009 D, not this year’s D.

    I hear people worried about whether Mebane will play, but I think the biggest key to our defense right now is Red Bryant and Colin Cole and their ability to frustrate Oakland’s zone blocking on 1st and 2nd down. Those two guys are what allows our other defenders to make tackles in the box. When they stuff the run on early downs, the opponent starts passing and then our nickel, dime, and bandit defenses start wreaking their havoc. Key to beating the Raiders will be stopping their run and then forcing mistakes. All the better if Mebane is there to help, of course.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    If Jennings can’t go, it’s unlikely we’ll see much Bandit this week. That said, I couldn’t agree more about forcing them into passing situations. Making Campbell throw, despite Seattle’s poor pass d stats, is key. Getting the ball out and keep it out out their running backs hands will allow Thomas to have some fun in centerfield.

    I do hope Mebane is able to go, however. His ability to occupy two blockers really frees up those around him, IMO.

  16. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    How UNQUESTIONABLY PATHETIC is it that a 32 year old CAREER BACK-UP DE is a MUCH BETTER pass-rusher than our 4TH OVERALL BUST OF A PLAYER!!!


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