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Archives: Oct. 2010

Oct.
29th

Morning links: Brock brings pressure off edge


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.”

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Oct.
28th

Thursday injury report: Jennings, Mebane don’t practice

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said during his Wednesday press conference with reporters that he was hopeful defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) and cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) could practice on Thursday, as an indication to see if either could play on Sunday.

Well, both were spectators at practice today, leaving some doubt whether they will be ready to go on Sunday. And with Walter Thurmond (head) missing a second straight day of practice, the Seahawks are looking thin at cornerback, with Marcus Trufant, Roy Lewis, Nate Ness and Kennard Cox the team’s only healthy corners.

Also sitting out on Thursday

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Oct.
28th

Hasselbeck on Halloween in Oakland: “It should be interesting”

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck talked about the amount of speed Oakland has in the secondary and how his team’s offense will deal with that on Sunday.

“They’re secondary is very fast,” Hasselbeck said. “Their safeties, their corners, their nickel backs are all very fast. It seems like that’s partly how their team is built. But we’ve got some pretty good speed on our team as well, but not like that. We’ve got things that we do well, but they’re playing good football right now.”

Oakland’s speed allows the corners to play aggressive, bump-and-run coverage on the outside, a trademark of Raider defenses over the years. That scheme should allow for the Seahawks to spring some big plays in the passing game if they execute.

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Oct.
28th

Morning links: A homecoming for Lynch


Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks).

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch returns to Oakland for a first time as a professional. But when asked about his affinity for the Raiders growing up, Lynch didn’t have much to say.

“The anticipation of going back is huge,” he said. “But like I said before, it’s a business trip. You still have to go ahead with a clear mind, stay focused and not let outside things – as far as I’m going to have family attending the game – play a factor in this.”

Lynch has had a measurable impact on his new team. In four games before the trade with Buffalo, Seattle averaged 79.5 yards a game on the ground. In the past two games with Lynch, Seattle is averaging 127.5 yards a contest.

That’s bad news for the Raiders, who are giving up an average of 139 yards per game on the ground.

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Oct.
27th

Wednesday practice notes: Thurmond sits out with head injury

There was a little surprise when today’s injury report came out, with rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond listed with a head injury. We did not see him practice today, but I assumed it was more of a preventative measure coming off of major knee surgery over a year ago with as many reps he played against Arizona.

But Thurmond appears to have been dinged up enough that he did not practice on Wednesday. And with Kelly Jennings also out because of a hamstring issue, Nate Ness got plenty of reps with the first unit as the team’s corner on the outside. And he looked solid, both in team and individual drills.

“He’s really progressed nicely,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “Watching him on the one-on-ones he got a lot of reps today, so it will be interesting to see how he did. Some guys are out right now, so this will be a good opportunity for him. We’re excited about it.”

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Oct.
27th

Carroll: Okung day-to-day

Here’s what Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had to say in terms of injuries for this week.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung (high-ankle sprain) is day-to-day and will not practice today.

Carroll said receiver Brandon Stokley has a rib issue and the team will wait and see how he practices. Fullback Michael Robinson will not practice because of a hamstring issue. Linebacker Matt McCoy also has a hamstring issue and will not practice.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) and cornerback Kelly Jennings (hamstring) will try and go on Thursday.

Carroll also said he will hold a couple guys back in practice as a maintenance issue, including offensive guard Ben Hamilton and defensive end Chris Clemons to make sure they stay healthy.

Carroll said none of those guys are ruled out for Sunday.

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Oct.
27th

Cable on Hawks: “They’ve got the right pieces going”


Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney).

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable talked with Seattle-area reporters this morning. Part of his conversation included his thoughts on Mike Williams when he was there in 2007. Cable joined the Raiders as the offensive line coach in 2007 and later became the head coach in 2009.

“I knew of him in college,” Cable said, who served as UCLA’s offensive coordinator in 2004-05. “He was a big guy that could be dominant and knew how to use his size and body. He kind of surprised you with how well he ran. He could catch everything, so to me he was a guy who could take over a game.

“And when he got to this level I really don’t know what happened to him. I was a line coach then, so I really wasn’t involved with him that much at that point. Obviously he wasn’t the player he was in college, but he certainly has gone back to being the player he was in college at Seattle. He’s a big guy that can really play.”

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Oct.
27th

Morning links: Hawks 24th in red zone efficiency

The Seattle Sehawks have not done a good job in putting the ball in the end zone. This week Seattle is tied for 24th in red zone percentage, scoring touchdowns when they are inside the 20-yard line 40 percent of the time. The Houston Texans lead that category at just over 70 percent.

One of the reasons Seattle has struggled is they have a young receiver group that is still building chemistry with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. But head coach Pete Carroll expects the offense to continue to improve in that area as the season grinds one.

“We’re going to keep working at it,” Carroll said. “I think that’s still part of our game with newer guys that we’ll improve at. I think we can count on getting better.”

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