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Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 38-15 loss

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 27, 2010 at 9:08 am with 9 Comments »
December 27, 2010 9:08 am
Tampa Bay running back LeGarrette Blount hurdles Lawyer Milloy on his way to a 48-yard gain (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara).

Here are some links to check out this morning.

Even though Seattle lost for the seventh time in nine games, they still have a chance at the postseason if they can somehow manage to beat St. Louis on Sunday.

Mike Williams says that he has confidence Charlie Whitehurst can get the job done if Matt Hasselbeck can’t return from a hip injury.

The Hawks-Rams game has been flexed to Sunday night on NBC. Hasselbeck says even though his team has not been playing, they need to seize the opportunity.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the Seahawks struggled to contain Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman.

Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times says the Seahawks loss to Tampa Bay sucked all of the joy out of Sunday’s division title battle against St. Louis.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has this to say about the Hawks and their postseason chances. Cole: “The fact that Seattle has a chance to make the playoffs still is akin to saying it’s great that 84-year-old Hugh Hefner just got engaged to a woman 60 years his junior. The images are just not comforting.”

Chris Harry of AOL’s NFL Fanhouse writes that the Hawks somehow have a chance to make the playoff while a more deserving team like Tampa Bay likely will stay home.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated explains the NFL’s rationale for flexing the Hawks-Rams game.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Hawks got gangster-slapped by the Bucs and that there’s now way the Rams should lose to Seattle, even though they are playing at Qwest Field.

Matt Maiocco of provides details on San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary’s firing.

Morning links
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  1. I’ve been looking for the Seahawks to claim the first 7-9 division title in NFL history since week 2. But now, that this prediction might just come true, I don’t think it is a good idea at all. If the Seahawks lose they can pick in the top 10 and if they win, the choice comes in around number 21 – someone correct me if I am wrong. The Seahawks will win draft tiebreakers with all other 6-10 teams because their strength of schedule was fairly weak.

    The team is a mess at QB and on Defense. Picking around number 10 gives the team a much better chance of picking up a good QB. Getting rid of broken vets like Trufant, Jennings, Milloy and Tatupu (as well as Gus Bradley) can start the defensive rebuild that is painfully necessary as well.

  2. No to mention, if we are picking in the top 10 range, we could always trade down and pick up a second or third. This team needs new players and we definately don’t deserve a playoff spot. Also, the Seahawks fans don’t deserve to be embarrassed on the National TV come playoff time.

  3. A 7-9 season would be considered a successful one in Pete Carroll’s first year. However, because the rest of the division is so terrible (like the Seahawks), a 7-9 season will mean making the playoffs and, apparently, embarrassment.

    Funny thing is, if the Niners had won the division at 7-9, I don’t think their fans would be as embarrassed as Seahawks fans already are. They’d be pumped about finally making the playoffs after a 7-year drought. Same with the Rams.

    If the Seahawks beat the Rams (a slight possibility unless Hass plays), I’ll be excited that Year 1 of the PC era is a success. And I won’t consider a playoff win out of the realm of possibility. Any given Sunday.

  4. I completely agree with you on this one, pabuwal.

    There was a time when I foresaw this 7-9 showdown game with the Rams as the culmination of a good rebuilding year. At this point, I see it as the difference between picking a QB at around #10-12 in the draft, and missing that opportunity.

  5. From Jason Cole’s article: “Before the game, several writers sat watching San Francisco lose to St. Louis in a mistake-filled game that was emblematic of the division this season. At one point, one writer suggested that if you combine all four teams from the NFC West and used the best players still active, you might have a hard time fielding a team capable of winning a playoff game.”

    That’s utter garbage. Sure, you will not have a great QB, but imagine what a dominant defense you could field.

  6. In the 49ers case, going 7-9 would have meant finishing the year 7-4 rather than finishing 3-7 like the Seahawks. They also played very close games against upper end NFL teams like the Eagles, Saints and Falcons which probably gives them hope. The Seahawks, on the other hand, can’t even cover the spread.

  7. Good point, Pabuwal. I think we can all agree that the Seahawks are not even remotely a playoff-caliber team, that they could indeed be the worst playoff team in NFL history. But if they somehow beat the Rams, they will still have earned the right to be called NFC West champs and to host a playoff game. As the players say, they don’t make the rules.

    I see it as a win-win situation. If they win, they’re a playoff team and I’m not going to turn my nose at a playoff berth. If they lose, they get a higher draft pick and could get a franchise QB.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    “The Seahawks, on the other hand, can’t even cover the spread.”

    Seattle and SF are both 6-9 ATS this season. Seattle has one cover vs a team with a winning record (Bears) and SF has two (NO and Atl). Only as a point of clarification.

  9. Duke owned pabs on that comebacker.

    But, pabs, your point is taken about the 49ers being competitive. If they can hire a good coach AND if they can get themselves a good QB… they don’t have many other pieces to add. If they are willing to spend good money, I don’t know why they can’t land a big name coach. I would think any smart coach would look at their roster and see some major talent.

    Then again, York is a moron (I wouldn’t want to work for him if I were a Gruden or Cower) and he’d rather lose than spend big money on a great coach. lol

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