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OL Chester Pitts, TE Chris Baker placed on IR

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm with 27 Comments »
January 4, 2011 2:57 pm

Seattle made a couple roster moves. Tight end Chris Baker (hip) and offensive lineman Chester Pitts (head) were placed on the season-ending injured reserve. The Seahawks have not made any moves to fill those spots on the active roster.

The Seahawks also signed running back Andre Anderson and tight end Nick Tow-Arnett to the practice squad. Running back Chris Henry (leg) was placed on the injured reserve and Linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka contract was terminated to make room for the new practice squad members.

Arnett played at the University of Minnesota when Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch was with the team earlier this year and knows the offense.

A lot of the talk this afternoon centered on how to deal with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. The Saints signal caller did what he wanted against Seattle earlier this year, finishing 29 of 43 for 382 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks did force two interceptions, but Brees finished with a 106.9 passer rating.

“We know we have to give him some different looks and things like that based on situations,” said Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. “But the biggest thing we can do is get some rush when it’s his time to pass, and cover well. It sounds like it’s simple, but it’s really that.”

Looks like the Seahawks also got some help, as New Orleans placed Chris Ivory on the season-ending injured reserve with a leg issue, and signed running back DeShawn Wynn.

However, Pierre Thomas is expected to play this week, along with Reggie Bush. Neither of those runners played in the first game against Seattle.

According to the team, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst split reps during today’s practice. Because this is a Tuesday practice and teams generally do not practice on this day, the Seahawks are not required to offer an injury report, so we cannot report who practice and who was absent, other than the release information by the team.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will talk to reporters on Wednesday, and hopefully at that time we will have more definitive information on where he is leaning at the quarterback position.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great! Ivory just killed us in the last game! I bet Trufant is breathing a sigh of relief!

  2. Audible says:

    Carroll is going to be non-committal about our starting QB, which is good because it will add another wrinkle to NO’s game prep this week.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That is right Audible! I have a feeling about this game, and it is not good for the Saints!
    Where are all the negahawks?

  4. Agreed Georgia – Ivory was a big problem in game 1 – pierre thomas is not the tacklebreaker Ivory is – plus we are healthier on the D-line.

    Brees, and all his receiver weapons, that’s the issue. But no Ivory is a good break for us.

    Getting psyched for this one – – can’t wait until gametime.

  5. Audible says:

    I wonder if we’re going to cherry pick a couple of practice squad players from other teams, just to fill out our training camp roster heading into the offseason (next month :) ?!

  6. krisboose says:

    I just saw elsewhere that the Saints will be coming out to Seattle on Thursday and having a walk-thru practice at Qwest on Friday. Is this normal for a visiting team to have access to the field like that or are we just being really nice to them? Seems we wouldn’t want to have them getting used to being in there at all. Struck me as weird!

  7. Audible says:

    Shhh. We’re not being nice. Gus Bradley’s wife gave him a new video camera for Christmas. It was her idea.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The fact is that it doesn’t matter whether we are 7-9 or 13-3, we will never get the respect that we deserve!

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Coach Gus is right, sounds simple but not easy. Winning football really doesn’t have to be complicated, but damned if it’s not hard to execute when a team like the Saints present so many difficult matchups.

  10. vichawkfan says:

    I watch the Saints every week since Brees is on my fantasy team. He’s not the same QB he was last year…..has made some big mental mistakes. If Clemons and all can give him some pressure with 4 man fronts, I like the odds he’s held under 300yrds and 2 or less TD’s.

  11. “I watch the Saints every week since Brees is on my fantasy team. He’s not the same QB he was last year…..”

    He’s still formidable, but numbers-wise you’re right – last year 34 tds 11 picks; this year 33 TDS and 22 picks – that’s a big uptick in INT’s.

    Thought it does seem like the Saints were struggling a bit earlier in the season, and found their groove in the 2nd half.

    Basically it’d be a crazy upset if we win .. but you never know, sometimes games break your way, and special teams and turnovers can always win a game.

  12. Brees throws 25% to RBs, 21% to TEs, & 53% to WRs.
    Jeremy Shockey‘s back.

    SEA throws 22% to RBs, 20% to TEs, & 57% to WRs.

    Vs SEA week 11, Brees got back to his best. It didn’t matter if Brees was blitzed or not, he just went to town on the Seahawks’ secondary with a virtuoso display. He actually completed more passes (75%) when pressured compared to when he wasn’t (64.5%) as he displayed all the tools of a Super Bowl MVP. Because of their good QB and less good LT, NO is very similar in pass protection to IND. Drew Brees makes excellent reads and has a big influence on that, and Jermon Bushrod is the key weakpoint on their OL. NOs leaves in blockers probably more than they would like but still less than most (10th-ranked). Difference between NO and IND is the fact that, for all his brilliance as a runner and receiver, Pierre Thomas still has work to do in pass pro and though he is a far better overall back than Joseph Addai, he isn’t yet the same caliber of blocker. NFCW division winner Seahawks saw Drew Brees steamroll their defense week 11 en route to an emphatic victory. Hawks, haven’t beaten good teams, besides CHI. Mike Williams got deserved praise for that game, but Ben Obomanu maybe even did better? Obo played all bar 6 snaps and caught 5 of 6 balls thrown his way for 87 yds and a TD. Obo’s most impressive play was a nice adjustment on a deep route that saw him come down with a jump ball. Maybe the best performance from that game for SEA was Raheem Brock’s. Brock played well for SEA. Week 11 he played as good as ever: 6 QB disruptions and a defensive stop. CB Walter Thurmond came in for injured Marcus Trufant and allowed 8 of 9 throws to be completed for 135 yds and a TD. Big dropoff, but a step on the rookie’s learning curve. On the other side of the ball, SEA targeted Jabari Greer deep, and for the first time in a long while he couldn’t deal with it. He was beaten by both Williams and Obo deep and ended up giving up eight of the nine balls thrown his way for 169 yards. Really bad day at the office, and one that can’t be a trend considering the consistent lack of pass rush the Saints generate. Defensively, NO’s safety pairing of Roman Harper and Usama Young had an excellent game. Harper, as the in-box safety, made two big defensive stops and sniffed out some run plays. Young, the deeper of the two, allowed one reception for 3 yds and broke up 2 passes. Malcolm Jenkins and Darren Sharper will both be back for this WC game. Russell Okung gave up three pressures at left tackle. Earl Thomas had a mixed day: 8 tackles, but only 3 defensive stops and a further 2 tackles missed. His late INT skewed his stat line after he gave up a TD. With Jeremy Shockey out for that game, Jimmy Graham saw more action, catching five of the eight balls thrown his way and picking up 37 yards after the catch. Shockey is back for this game. Saints hit Matt Hasselbeck only once in week 11. Lofa made 2 tackles, but missed 3. SEA missed 16 tackles total.(Glad Ivory isn’t playing).

  13. IdahoHawk says:

    Really where do find all this?

  14. Palerydr says:

    You can find any number of stats by just googling nfl stats and go to town.




    Box Score
    Seattle Seahawks (5-5-0) New Orleans Saints (7-3-0)
    Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
    M. Hasselbeck 32/44 366 1 0
    Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
    M. Lynch 7 36 0 17
    M. Hasselbeck 1 12 0 12
    J. Forsett 8 10 0 9
    L. Washington 1 0 0 0
    Receiving REC YDS TD LG
    M. Williams 6 109 0 68
    B. Obomanu 5 87 1 42
    B. Stokley 6 76 0 18
    J. Forsett 5 33 0 11
    D. Butler 2 19 0 11
    M. Lynch 4 19 0 8
    J. Carlson 3 14 0 7
    L. Washington 1 9 0 9
    Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
    M. Lynch 2 2 0 0
    Kicking FG LG XP PTS
    O. Mare 4/4 43 1/1 13
    Punting NO AVG I20 LG
    J. Ryan 2 39.0 0 41
    Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
    L. Washington 3 24 0 28
    C. Morrah 1 13 0 13
    Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
    L. Washington 0 0 0 0
    Defense T-A SCK INT FF
    D. Hawthorne 10-2 0.0 1 0
    W. Thurmond 9-0 0.0 0 0
    E. Thomas 6-2 0.0 1 0
    L. Milloy 5-0 0.0 0 0
    A. Curry 4-2 0.0 0 0
    R. Brock 3-1 0.0 0 0
    L. Tatupu 3-1 0.0 0 0
    K. Jennings 2-0 0.0 0 0
    B. Mebane 2-3 0.0 0 0
    J. Siavii 2-0 0.0 0 0
    K. Balmer 1-3 0.0 0 0
    K. Chancellor 1-0 0.0 0 0
    W. Herring 1-0 0.0 0 0
    R. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0 0
    J. Richardson 1-0 0.0 0 0
    C. Terrill 1-0 0.0 0 0
    M. Trufant 1-0 0.0 0 0
    J. Babineaux 0-1 0.0 0 0
    C. Clemons 0-1 0.0 0 0
    Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
    D. Brees 29/43 382 4 2
    Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
    C. Ivory 23 99 1 24
    R. Meachem 1 8 0 8
    J. Jones 4 4 0 5
    D. Henderson 1 1 0 1
    Receiving REC YDS TD LG
    M. Colston 8 113 2 23T
    J. Graham 5 72 0 27
    R. Meachem 3 50 2 32T
    L. Moore 3 43 0 29
    L. Betts 3 37 0 25
    D. Thomas 2 26 0 14
    D. Henderson 1 17 0 17
    T. Humphrey 1 12 0 12
    J. Jones 2 8 0 5
    H. Evans 1 4 0 4
    Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
    R. Harper 0 0 1 0
    S. Shanle 0 0 1 0
    Kicking FG LG XP PTS
    G. Hartley 0/1 0 4/4 4
    Punting NO AVG I20 LG
    T. Morstead 1 40.0 1 40
    Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
    C. Roby 1 25 0 25
    Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
    L. Moore 0 0 0 0
    Defense T-A SCK INT FF
    S. Shanle 9-3 0.0 0 1
    J. Greer 7-1 0.0 0 0
    T. Porter 5-1 0.0 0 0
    R. Harper 4-2 0.0 0 1
    U. Young 4-0 0.0 0 0
    A. Brown 3-1 0.0 0 0
    D. Clark 3-1 0.0 0 0
    L. Torrence 3-0 0.0 0 0
    J. Vilma 3-0 0.0 0 0
    W. Smith 2-0 0.0 0 0
    R. Ayodele 1-3 0.0 0 0
    J. Charleston 1-0 0.0 0 0
    S. Ellis 1-0 0.0 0 0
    T. Hargrove 1-2 0.0 0 0
    Total First Downs 21 Total First Downs 26
    By Rushing 4 By Rushing 5
    By Passing 17 By Passing 20
    By Penalty By Penalty
    Third Down Efficiency 7/12 – 58% Third Down Efficiency 11/15 – 73%
    Fourth Down Efficiency 0/0 – 0% Fourth Down Efficiency 0/1 – 0%
    Total Net Yards 424 Total Net Yards 494
    Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 61 Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 72
    Average Gain per Offensive Play 7.0 Average Gain per Offensive Play 6.9
    Net Yards Rushing 58 Net Yards Rushing 112
    Total Rushing Plays 17 Total Rushing Plays 29
    Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.4 Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.9
    Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 3–11 Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 3–8
    Net Yards Passing 366 Net Yards Passing 382
    Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 0 – 0 Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 0 – 0
    Gross Yards Passing 366 Gross Yards Passing 382
    Pass Comp-Att-Int 32 – 44 – 0 Pass Comp-Att-Int 29 – 43 – 2
    Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 8.3 Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 8.9
    Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 5 – 4 – 3 Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 6 – 3 – 1
    Punts (Number-Average) 2 – 39.0 Punts (Number-Average) 1 – 40.0
    Blocked 0 Blocked 0
    Net Punting Average 39.0 Net Punting Average 40.0
    FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0 FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0
    Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 5 Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 0
    Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 0 – 0 Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 0 – 0
    Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 4 – 87 Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 1 – 25
    Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 2 – 5 Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 – 0
    Penalties (Number-Yards) 8 – 79 Penalties (Number-Yards) 3 – 24
    Fumbles (Number-Lost) 2 – 2 Fumbles (Number-Lost) 0 – 0
    Touchdowns 1 Touchdowns 5
    Rushing 0 Rushing 1
    Passing 1 Passing 4
    Interceptions 0 Interceptions 0
    Kickoff Returns 0 Kickoff Returns 0
    Fumble Returns 0 Fumble Returns 0
    Punt Returns 0 Punt Returns 0
    Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 1 – 1 Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 5 – 5
    Kicking (Made-Attempted) 1 – 1 Kicking (Made-Attempted) 4 – 4
    Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 0 Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 1
    Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 4 – 4 Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 0 – 1
    Red Zone Efficiency 1/3 – 33% Red Zone Efficiency 2/5 – 40%
    Goal To Go Efficiency 0/2 – 0% Goal To Go Efficiency 1/2 – 50%
    Safeties 0 Safeties 0
    Final Score 19 Final Score 34
    Time of Possession 26:15 Time of Possession 33:45

  15. Palerydr says:

    The stats that jump out at me are NO punted only once, Marshawn Lynch fumbled twice, we lost both and NO was 73% on third down sorry if it’s hard to read it looked different easier to read when I copied it in.

    here’s a link to the same page

  16. hambone08 says:

    I was just thinking of what you all thought as far as “Key to Victory” this week. Here’s what I came up with…

    1. Win 3rd downs (especially 3rd & longs like we did in Week 11)
    2. More successful blitz (see Brees’ completion percentages in klm’s post above)
    3. Stay in it early (don’t make it a boat race and make your offense become one-dimensional)

    1. Establish a run game (would help to finally have someone break the 100 YD mark)
    2. Must score TD’s, can’t afford to settle for FG’s
    3. Win TOP (keep the ball out of Brees’ hands and give the defense a break)

    Eric, I’d be very interested to see what your thoughts are.

  17. hambone08 says:

    *especially 3rd & longs; we gave up a lot in Week 11

  18. Dukeshire says:

    klm – “…he just went to town on the Seahawks’ secondary with a virtuoso display.”

    There is no way you wrote that sentence, lol. (I presume that was taken from a NO site, as other comments are equally laudatory.) All the info is great, put PLEASE provide links. As Palerydr says, it doesn’t always paste the way it looked when it was copied and often much more difficult to read.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we play just as well as we did in the first game against the Saints,(minus the two fumbles), we will win!

  20. Dukeshire says:

    hambone08 – For what it’s worth, I totally agree about running the ball. Lynch needs a big game which leads into the TOP key, which is also right on, IMO. They lose a shootout. They’ll need to put up points regardless, but they have to dictate to the NO defense by moving it on the ground.

    On defense, Brock and Clemons need to provide pressure without the assistance of blitzs. They can’t afford to take players out of the secondary. But when they do blitz, they have to get home, as you also alluded to.

    And yes, the defense has get off the damn field on 3rd down.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “As we continue are rise to the top of the heap,The Saints will all fall while the negahawks weep”!

  22. vichawkfan says:

    if it comes down to FG’s….Hartley is a nightmare. He can miss from 20 in a dome.

  23. IdahoHawk says:

    I agree with all your comments, but the offense must sustain drives. This offense is not consistent enough to keep the defense off the field. That’s why you have close games at half time. The defense then over pursues, takes chances on pass routes and gets burned. That’s the bottom line to the Seattle Seahawks (IT HAS BEEN SINCE THE S.A. SHOW DIED). THE OFFENSE MUST SHOW UP. THEN THE D WILL DO THIER END OF THE DEAL.
    Looked what happened last sunday.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Did anyone else here know Raheem Brock’s dad uses to play for the ‘Hawks? Zach Dixon. He returned kicks in ’83. I remember the nam but had never read that before. Really cool.

  25. That’s interesting, Duke. Are they the only father-and-son tandem to play for the Seahawks? Probably.

    Anyone watch the Sugar Bowl? Here’s one guy’s not-so-positive opinion on Ryan Mallett:

  26. NO signed 9ers RB Deshaun Wynn & promoted him to the active roster.

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