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Archives: Nov. 2011


Seahawks Insider podcast — Week 13

Should the Seattle Seahawks consider sitting Tarvaris Jackson down for the rest of the season?
How has he success of Tim Tebow and Cam Newton changed the way NFL teams evaluate the quarterback position, and Seattle’s pursuit of a franchise quarterback?

Should Seattle consider drafting a Mike Wallace-type of receiver in the first round?

And how will the Seahawks contain an explosive Philadelphia offense on Thursday?

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune and Rob Rang of tee up those questions and others in this week’s Seahawks Insider podcast.

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Carroll: Sidney Rice placed on IR

The news delivered by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after this afternoon’s practice was a bit surprising, but understandable.

The Seahawks will place receiver Sidney Rice on season-ending, injured reserve for the remainder of the season after back-to-back concussions in two of the past three games.

Carroll said linebacker Michael Morgan will be elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, and receiver Deon Butler likely will be active for the first time this season since being added to the active roster from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

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Morning links: Clemons the playmaker

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons sacks Tennessee QB Chris Simms (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons. The man of few words plays against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time since Seattle traded Darryl Tapp in exchange for the Georgia product and a fourth round pick.

Boling: “In his first six seasons in the NFL (at Washington, Oakland, Philadelphia) as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia, Clemons started just three games and compiled a total of 20 sacks.

But in the past 27 games for the Seahawks, he’s had 19 sacks – 11 last year and 8 thus far this season.

As coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider studied players around the league when they arrived before last season, they sought a player who would fit their “Leo” position, a 4-3 defensive end who plays like a 3-4 linebacker.

“We really saw him much in the mode of guys we had at SC,” Carroll said. “He looked very much like (Brian) Cushing, very much like (Clay) Matthews. You could see him rushing and see him drop, he had to cover backs and tight ends at times. So we saw him in a real versatile type role. Although he wasn’t an every-week starter, we thought in the same system, he could fit (in) with us and be a regular.”

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Hawthorne, Sherman limited

The Seattle Seahawks practiced outside today without helmets for about two hours.

Receiver Sidney Rice (concussion) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (illness) did not practice.

I forgot to mention in the previous post that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told us that Maxwell had pneumonia the past couple weeks, but is getting better.

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Rice all but ruled out for Thursday

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave his most definitive statement on a player not suiting up for an upcoming game during this afternoon’s conversation with reporters, all but ruling out receiver Sidney Rice for Thursday’s contest against Philadelphia.

Rice suffered his second concussion in three games early in the second half against Washington.

“There’s no recovery time here,” Carroll said about Rice. “You need to get all the way until Thursday on the testing cycle to have a chance. So he doesn’t really have a chance to get through all of that. He won’t practice today. He won’t do anything today, and so this format basically rules him out. He doesn’ta have much of a chance at recovery here.”

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Hawks-Eagles stats

2011 Stats Seahawks Eagles
Record 4-7 4-7
Total Yards Gained 3,235 4,621
Total Offense (NFLRank) 294.1 (30) 420.1 (3)
Rush Offense 97.7 (27) 159.4 (2)
Pass Offense 196.4 (25) 260.7 (10)
Points Per Game 16.8 (26) 23.4 (14)
Total Yards Allowed 3,746 3,791
Total Defense 340.5 (14) 344.6 (15)
Rush Defense 100.9 (11) 110.3 (15)
Pass Defense 239.6 (21) 234.4 (16)
Points Allowed/Game 21.1 (15) 22.8 (21)
Possession Avg. 27:15 32:07
Sacked/Yds. Lost 36/258 19/90
Sacks Made/Yds. Lost 20/140 30/175
Interceptions By 12 11
Penalties/Yds. 105/814 75/572
Punts/Avg. 69/48.3 39/41.9
Turnover Differential 0 (T16) -9(29)

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Morning links: A history of yellow flags

Seattle Seaahawks head coach Pete Carroll. (Dean Koeppler/TNT)

My story today focuses Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s issues with yellow flags starting back in his days at USC. The Trojans led the Pac-10 in penalties two of his last three years at USC.

USC led the Pac-10 in penalties in 2007 and 2008, with an average of eight a game.

From 2004 to 2009, Carroll-led teams were the fourth-most penalized team in the Pacific-10 Conference, averaging seven penalties per game for 61.44 yards.

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WR Rice sits out walk-through; Vobora placed on IR

The Seahawks conducted a short, walk-through practice on this afternoon.

Receiver Sidney Rice, who left Sunday’s game against Washington with a head injury, did not participate due to a concussion.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral), defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle), linebacker David Hawthorne (knee), cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (illness) were all limited participants

Also, the Seahawks placed linebacker David Vobora on the season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury on Monday.

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