I wrote in my story today about the Seattle Seahawks offense coughing and sputtering on Sunday against Cleveland. Plenty of that had to do with the offense missing four starters. But besides Tarvaris Jackson being out, the most critical element missing in my opinion was Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks do not have another physical runner like Lynch on the roster, something head coach Pete Carroll is aware of and might be looking to rectify in the future because of the bruising runner’s lingering back issues.
“We like our guys,” Carroll said. “They all do good stuff. But it’s nice to have the combination. For years, I’ve always utilized that, so to not have it was obvious.
“We didn’t have much time to prepare for that this week. So we just had a moment’s notice. It would be like if you went out the first play and got hurt. Then, now what are you going to do?”
Dave Wyman of 710 Seattle says to don’t overreact to Charlie Whtiehurst’s poor performance.
ESPN’s Mike Sando also says to not write off Charlie Whitehurst after three starts, comparing his performance to how Matt Hasselbeck played in his first three starts for Seattle.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews Seattle’s upcoming game against Cincinnati.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com has some great photos from the Cleveland game.
Jim Moore gives us eight thoughts on the Cleveland game. Moore gives a thumbs up to Jim Mora’s analysis of the Cleveland game, and he jumps off the Whitehurst bandwagon.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald continues his series of looking at former Seahawks greatest games of their lives with a profile on Eugene Robinson.
I meant to post this earlier, but check out Seattle fullback Michael Robinson’s The Real Robinson Report in the video below, with interviews of Seahawks from the bye week. Worth a chuckle or two.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Inquirer writes that the Bengals have two rookie of the year candidates in quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes that helmet-to-helmet penalties need to be reviewed because too many subjective calls are getting through. I agree with his point of view. I think the rule is causing players to be tentative when they make tackles, and the murky rulings are coming at critical times during the game.