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Morning links: Defense stingy in second half

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 2, 2011 at 7:56 am with 16 Comments »
November 2, 2011 7:56 am
Seattle's David Hawthorne and Brandon Browner wrap up Cincinnati receiver Andre Caldwell. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle has yet to carve out an identity on offense, but defensively the Seahawks are an intense, physical feisty bunch that has done a good job of keeping opponents out of the end zone – particularly in the second half.

Seattle’s defense has allowed two touchdowns in the second half this season, the fewest in the NFL, and has given up just 33 points total in the final two quarters of games.

The Seahawks also remain stout against the run, giving up 3.16 yards per rush attempt, the best in the league. They rank 11th overall in rushing defense, giving up 102.9 yards a game

The key for Seattle as they hit the road to play Dallas will be forgetting about the past and focusing on the future The Seahawks are 2-5 in Dallas against the Cowboys, losing by an average margin of 27.8 points. Seattle hasn’t won in Dallas since 2002.

“We have to come in and make corrections and get over it real quick because Dallas isn’t going to have any sympathy for us – trust me,” Seattle defensive back Roy Lewis said. “They’re going to come in trying to blow us out, period. And we need to expect that. So I think we need to get back to the drawing board, get back to the basics and play Seahawks ball like we know how, focus in and let’s get this show rolling. It’s well overdue.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons let’s his play do the talking.

More Farnsworth: A preview of the Dallas game.

Rod Mar of provides photo’s of the Cincinnati game here.

ESPN’s Mike Sando has Pete Carroll and Charlie Whitehurst’s stock falling in this week’s NFC West stock watch.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Seattle’s 4th and 2 running play that came up short of the end zone at the end of the first half. Huard says that offensive guard Robert Gallery missed his block.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Wyman writes that the Seahawks need to get back to the basics of running the football.

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune writes that the Raiders have signed former Seahawk T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Cleveland Browns have added running back Thomas Clayton, who was with Seattle during training camp.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    2 TDs and 6 field goals total in the second half of games this season (14 quarters)? That’s really impressive. Especially considering how they’ve been dominated in TOP.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    Huard’s breakdown is good but I wish he would show us the play at the end of the segment…

  3. pabuwal says:

    If this team could just find a running game and a consistent OL, they could find their way into the upper echelon of teams. All the other pieces are in place.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Someone who deserves a little praise for their special teams play last week is Heath Farwell. He had some nice tackles and was otherwise disruptive on kickoff coverage. Not sure what he can offer in terms of depth, but a nice special teams contribuitor.

  5. Who was the player that always used to play guitar songs? Craig something?

  6. Craig Terill

    I was listening to Brock and Salk this morning, and they made an interesting comment about our QB situation.

    Towards the end of training camp, they were having lunch with Schneider who mentioned that they still didn’t have their franchise QB. According to them, the way it came out was kind of a slip but a pretty telling one.

    They went on to analyze our current draft position, which would be #8 if the draft were today. Miami would take Luck…but the other teams ahead of us would probably pass on a QB (Cards, Jags, etc).

    I think Indianapolis needs to draft a replacement for Manning, so I would add Indy.

  7. Is Jon Ryan responsible for some of the special teams problems? Is his hang time too short? Just wondering.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    People (pabuwal) have commented on that. While he does have a tendency to boot low scuds on occation, I have a hard time blaming him for the myriad of missed tackles on punt coverage that we saw again last week. But moer hang time would increase the likelihood of more fair catces, at least.

  9. I’d rather have a 45 yard punt with 4 seconds hang time than Ryan’s 65 yard punts with 4 seconds hang time. He has more control than he had when he first got to Seattle, but still doesn’t have enough control to help his mediocre to poor special teams unit.

  10. Here’s a novel idea…how about teach special teams tackle so they can cover 65-yard punts?! Ryan has kicked us out of a hole far more than he’s shanked a punt. Of all the problems we’ve seen on the field, I’d put Ryan towards the bottom of the list.

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Special teams might want to stay in their lanes also.

  12. I don’t remember people complaining about Ryan and his booming punts when we had decent players on our ST and we could actually cover them. It seems rather ignorant, to me, to complain about kicking the ball too far instead of getting mad at the members of the STs who aren’t staying in their lanes (or the lack of talent on the STs). There have been plenty of guys in this league who have sucked at offensive or defensive positions, yet they were really good on STs. A guy like Josh Scobey comes to mind. He got hurt for us one year and our ST production really went down. He may have not have been very good at RB, but he improved the talent on the STs and made them better. The only bad part about that is you have to cut a decent offensive/defensive player who is better on that side of the ball but clearly inferior as a ST member. You can’t go too far one way or you’ll hurt one side of the ball (probably defense), but you can’t ignore good ST performers either but that does seem to be one of our problems right now (rather than complain about kicks being too long). Next thing you’ll know is that people are going to complain that a boxer punches too hard, a pitcher throws too hard, etc.

  13. pabuwal says:

    Apparently Seahawks fans have never heard the term “outkicking the coverage.” It’s a legitimate problem.

    Just comparing this year’s stats with last year’s stats (the ones he has control over) show he’s lost control with his punts this year. He is significantly worse in touchbacks, fair catches forced and returns allowed.

    Last year was his lowest career average per punt and the one good year he showed excellent control. His punts were virtually unreturnable last year. This year he has reverted back to what he has done his entire career – simply booming the “biggest and baddest” punt he can with all the fans going “ahhhhh.”

    If he continues it this year, he won’t be back next year.

  14. What’s outkick your coverage?


  15. HawksKD says:

    Jon Ryan was actually terrible at outkickinghis coverage in the first half of last season. Just back to his old ways

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Pab – There are some of us, and by “us” I mean me, who ripped Ryan on a weekly basis in ’09 after they signed him, after Green Bay cut him. Reason being; if he wasn’t hitting low missiles he was shanking them. But toward the end of that season he improved quite a bit. Last year, he punted well, much to my surprise. And I said as much on this blog. This season he’s reverted but not nearly to the point he was in ’09. With that, blaming Ryan for the breakdowns on punt coverage is absurd. Missed tackles, evacuating lanes, and the inability to shed blocks is why they’ve struggled. Not “out-kicking the coverage”. That implies there is a measure of good coverage. There has not been. And while it can be a real issue. That’s not the predominate problem here, IMO.

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