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Morning links: Romo – the good, the bad and the ugly

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:05 am with 21 Comments »
November 3, 2011 7:05 am
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. (AP file photo)

In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks are wondering which Tony Romo will greet them when they travel to Arlington, Texas, to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Will it be the clutch Romo, who played with a broken rib while quarterbacking his team to a come-from-behind, 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco – the 49ers’ only loss this season?

Or will Seattle face the turnover-prone Romo, who lost a fumble and threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the New York Jets?

“He’s a good quarterback,” Seattle defensive back Roy Lewis said. “He’s a gunslinger. He has that mentality. He definitely has that confidence about him that he feels like he can make any throw he wants to – which it works for him sometimes, and it works against him at other times.

“But that’s who he is, and we know that going into this game. I think we’re just going to have to be sound, because he is a big-play type of guy.”

Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne is looking for a better result when he returns home to face the team he grew up rooting for, the Dallas Cowboys, this Sunday. Hawthorne hales from Corsicana, Texas, about an hour’s drive south of Dallas

Sport Illustrated’s Peter King names Seattle safety Kam Chancellor to his midseason All-Pro team. King: “A fifth-round pick who saw limited action last season, the 6’ 3”, 232-pound Chancellor conjures memories of giant Cincy safety David Fulcher. Chancellor hits like his hero Sean Taylor.”

Clare Farnsworth of reminds us that although Seattle is 2-5, this team is rebuilding for long-term success. This story includes some interesting comments about that process from general manager John Schneider.

More Farnsworth: He offers a detailed report from Wednesday’s practice.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that there’s no friction between Seattle’s struggling offense and the defense.

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives the Seahawks a 19 percent win probability in Dallas.

Art Thiel of writes that the Seahawks will have to do a much better job of protecting the quarterback against a talented Dallas defense if they want to escaped with Tavaris Jackson unharmed.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas writes that the Cowboys are concerned Seattle will take the blueprint of what Philadelphia ran successfully on offense and do the same thing against Dallas.

Morning links
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  1. F the Cowgirls, if the Hawks could pull this out, it would literally make my season. Go Hawks, TJ is going to throw some dimes to Rice and Baldwin, not to high to where they get laid out, dimes. Washington is going to take a kick or punt or both to the house. Earl Thomas grabs a pick six, Sherman and Browner get some deflections and picks, Kam lays out Miles and Bryant. Hill lays some wood, and Lynch makes some oil fields errupt, it’s going to be a great game. Oh yeah, Big Red is going to smash that Murray kid. It’s going get get f’n ridiculous.

  2. HawkfaninMT says:

    Congrats to Kam… I know it’s just Peter King, but he’s getting some recognition for some hard work and strong play. Good for him!

    Just read the article with Schnieder. I would love to sit around with him and Pete and see what else they have planned. What QBs they are looking at. What they have their eyes on for this offseason… That would be fun. You may or moay not like the moves that they are making, but you can’t say that they aren’t trying!

    Go Hawks

  3. Very cool to see Kam getting that respect. Our whole defense is starting to get noticed. For me, the tough play of our defense is making this whole season tolerable.

  4. Good article by Clare. I liked the ‘Three Little Pigs’ analogy. I think this team will be a contender with a solid OL (need to draft or sign one more player and get them all to play well together), a stud pass-rusher (Clemons isn’t enough to consistently pressure the QB) and a good QB (remains to be seen if TJ is the answer, but we’ll probably find out by season’s end). We may need a new special teams coach too. The other pieces are all there: Pro-bowl caliber safeties, very promising CBs, solid LBs, good talent at WR, decent RBs.

    Anyone who wants to see Pete Carroll fired is crazy.

  5. Audible says:

    The 49ers think they’re the big bad wolf, and they look at the Seahawks, Tards, and Lambs as the three little pigs.

  6. How true, Audible. Can’t wait until the big bad wolf falls into the pot of boiling water!

  7. daddyluvzdallas says:

    If you think for a second that your beloved Hawks have a chamce against any halfway decent team.
    They are a joke.
    Forget just the Cowboys they can’t win against anyone who could score
    I could put together a better team together with the guys in my office
    GET A f*#KIN LIFE retards!!!!!!!

  8. FleaFlicker says:

    Daddy – Those are some pretty brave words after that game against Philly. After everybody last year insisted that it was all Phillips’ fault, the Cowboys are now sitting at three wins (two of them against teams with losing records). So maybe the real blame is on the players. Maybe the Cowboys are just a mediocre team with a lot of PR.

    Anyway, back to the real Seahawks fans. Maybe we’re being too hard on TJ. Quite an interesting article this morning by Insider alumnus Mike Sando:

    Sando discusses the emergence of Matt Hasselbeck under the Holmgren regime. Everybody had given up on Hass and the only reason he got a second chance to prove himself was due to injuries to Dilfer. At the time, there was a lot of pessimism about Matt’s future, but somehow things just worked out.

    Money quote from Sando piece: “There’s a tendency to recast unplanned events as planned ones when things work out. The fact that Seattle eventually succeeded under Holmgren doesn’t mean all the early failures were necessary ones. Holmgren seemed to have turned the page on Hasselbeck, who might not have gotten another chance with the team had Dilfer avoided injuries. But because Hasselbeck succeeded ultimately, it’s as though Holmgren and the rest of us knew it would happen all along. We did not know that.”

    Let’s keep Mike’s words in mind with regard to our run game. These guys just might reaching cruising altitude eventually.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    FleaFilcker – I have a lot of respect for Sando and he covered the team in those days as closely as one could. But I believe that’s a bit of revisionist history here. While it’s true Hasselbeck played poorly, Dilfer only came in when Hass pulled a groin and later separated his shoulder. It was the ‘Skins game that a “healthy” Hass was pulled in favor of Dilfer. And he played well down the stretch. That’s why they re-upped him, in part, after the season. Dilfer may have been named the starter in ’02 and it may have been the achilles injury that got Matt back on the field sooner, but considering how much Holmgren gave and invested to get him here, to say Holmgren “turned the page” on Hass after one injury plagued season, seems like hyperbole. I don’t believe that’s quite right.

  10. hawkfan777 says:

    I am so glad that “daddy” posted on here today. I really needed a good laugh. I especially loved how he called all posters on here retards and then wrote the word “chamce” in the next sentence. Not to mention the grammer and wording he used two sentences later when he says “Forget just the Cowboys they can’t win against anyone who could score”

    Priceless… I cant wait for the guys in his office to run the ball against Red, Brandon and friends.

  11. I think ESPN should have a series called Put Up or Shut Up – Arm Chair QB Edition.

    You take a guy like DaddyDoesDallas, and let him try to complete a pass or run the ball against a bunch of NFL Players or former players.

  12. Hawkfan, we’re you really surprised about his spelling an grammatical errors? He’s from Texas…you can’t expect much from Texas.

  13. Here’s what I take from the Sando piece: Everyone likes to think that because Holmy was a genius, he knew that Hass would turn into a good QB and take the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. He hoped Hass would, but wasn’t absolutely sure of that and was willing to give Dilfer a shot too.

    In the same way, PC isn’t 100 percent certain what he has in TJ. Could TJ be a guy like Rich Gannon who starts out mediocre and transforms himself into an NFL MVP? It’s possible. Nobody thought Kurt Warner would amount to anything when he got the start in ’99 after Trent Green got injured. He had already been with the Packers in ’94 and Holmgren let him go for nothing. Surprises do happen in the NFL and coaches need to be open-minded.

  14. How does a coach miss that type of talent? I believe Kurt Warner was one of the most accurate passers in NFL history.

  15. Well, in Holmy’s defense, he also had Favre, Mark Brunell and the immortal Ty Detmer on his roster. But if he had kept Warner as a backup, it might have been Warner whom he traded for in Seattle, not Hasselbeck. And he might have become the first head coach to win Super Bowls with two teams.

  16. Its so tough to take someone seriously who says “U R ALL RETARDS!!!!!!!!”

    Get a fucking life? Because the NFL scheduled SEA@DAL, none of us have lives?

    Go troll elsewhere, where you may actually upset someone, you gay little kid.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Why is anyone feeding this troll again?

  18. I don’t remember it that way either (the team moved on from Hasselbeck). Everybody knew that Dilfer wasn’t the long-term answer, even when he was starting.

  19. MikePDX says:

    I Agree with Duke that Holmes did not “turn the page” on Hasselbeck. I remember when Hass first came here that the press was on him like crazy and Holmgren’s quote was “apparently even the fate of my newborn grand-child all rests on Matt Hasselbeck” or something like that.

    The other quote I remember is when people were getting on Holmgren when Matt was playing poorly was “You have to just trust me on this, he will be good one day” or something like that. So Holmgren was committed to Matt AS he was playing poorly and inspite of intense criticism at the time from the press and the public.

    Matt was not playing well and everybody icluding me said “we have a better chance to win” with Dilfer. So Holmgren had no choice but to go with Dilfer. I thought it was because of poor play from Matt but I don’t remember the injury situation clearly and it sounds like that played a role too based on Dueshire’s comments. IMO Holmgren never once gave up on that long term vision of Hasselbeck being good, even when Dilfer was given the starting job. At the time it was painfully clear to all that Matt was not ready but if you go back and look at Holmgren’s quotes they were all the same. “He will be good, trust me” or similar.

  20. SandpointHawk says:

    In the beginning Hass was being too much of a cowboy, not doing what Mike told him. Mike sat him down. Hass buckled and got his job back when Dilfer got hurt. Dilfer was never more than a backup in Seattle that Mike had no choice to turn to. Hass was always Mikes QB.

  21. mojjonation says:

    I still say we should trade Whitehurst to Dallas for a special teams player or two. Since Romo is notorious for not being able to finish games, maybe Whitehurst can come in during the fourth quarter and give Romo a breather. Or maybe Whitehurst can start and Romo can come in later. The guy does not put a lot of comeplete games together, so either sit him late in favor of CW or start CW and have Romo come in during the second half. Pure genius. Oh the sarcasm.

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