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Morning links: Bringing the pain

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 17, 2011 at 6:29 am with 17 Comments »
November 17, 2011 6:29 am
Seattle Seahawks Heath Farwell (55) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles special teams ace linebacker Heath Farwell, who is second on special teams tackles for the Seahawks in just four games played.

Boling: He was a Pro Bowl special teams performer as recently as 2009, but was cut by Minnesota at the end of training camp and was without work until mid-October when Seattle called.

“It was wild,” he said. “I was just sitting at home playing with my son and trying to stay in shape when I got a phone call (from Seattle). I flew in here on a Tuesday night, took my physical on Wednesday, practiced that afternoon, and we flew to Cleveland on Friday.”

He said he wasn’t only busy trying to learn all the special teams assignments and the defensive schemes (as a backup linebacker), he also was trying to figure out who the guys were in the cubicles next to him.

Here’s my story on James Carpenter, who injured his left knee during a one-on-one pass protection drill in Wednesday’s practice. Breno Giacomini filled in at right tackle. We should have more information on the extent of the injury today.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. offers his scouting report on the Seattle-St. Louis matchup. He predicts a 20-17 Rams victory. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Brian Burke at the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 37 percent chance of winning against the Rams.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at how winning more games could affect Seattle’s ability to draft a franchise quarterback next year.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles Paul McQuistan, who will replace John Moffitt at right guard.

John Boyle of the Everett Herarld writes about fullback Michael Robinson and his contribution to Seattle’s improved running game.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated takes a look at who’s in and who’s out in terms of the playoffs. If Seattle can string together a couple wins they could re-enter this conversation.

Art Thiel of says Seattle’s energized running attack is reminiscent of Ground Chuck of the 1980s.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says that Pete Carroll’s faith in offensive line coach Tom Cable is paying off.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes about Sam Bradford’s bumpy sophomore season, which includes missing two games with a high ankle sprain.

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  1. What the “F” was he thinking when he tried to grab the football last Sunday on that kickoff, I almost threw my Crown and Coke at the T.V.

  2. What is the deal with our team always getting hurt, can we never catch a break, it’s bad enough that it feels like the world is always against. It’s ridiculous.

  3. GrizHawk says:

    TruBlu I thought his move after the ball on Sunday could have been better, he should have reached back and slapped it forward toward the 10yd. line rather than fall on it, BTW the ball was dead,kinda. Once the kicking team touches the ball but the ball is not secure and the whistle hasn’t blown the receiving team can grab it, slap it, run with it, without repercussions.

  4. Dukeshire says:


    Fairly random question: noticed Smith appeared to get dinged on Reed’s second fumble Sunday. Is he listed on the injury report or has he been a full participant? (He was definitely woozy after his helmet clipped Reed’s hip.) Thanks.

  5. HawkyHann says:

    Do we know consider drafting another RT, or picking up in free agency?Do we have a choice? If Carp tore his ACL, this will change up our draft strategy. Where is Locklear? Just joking..

  6. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I love Sando, and he makes some great points about winning games v. draft order. All I know is we have zero control over any of this. Unless we draft #1, you cannot control who drafts where, or which players will be there when we draft.

    Fact is, we need a QB. And we’re better off drafting one from this class, perhaps the best QB class we’ve seen in decades, as even the mid-rounders have what it takes to be a legit starter in the league over time.

    There are very few FA options available–sorry to all those with throbbing hearts for Matt Flynn (aka Kevin Kolb version 2.0). Bottom line is I’ll cheer loud as ever for a win every week, and play the wait-and-see game with regards to the draft.

  7. Carpenter indeed tore his ACL. This team is cursed. Time for my boy Breno to step up!

  8. Don’t worry guys, my man Jackson will be fine with Breno manning the right side (at least in pass protection).

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    Anyone hear anything about the newest OT/OL Jurriel King I think his name was? Haven’t heard much about him since he came off the injury report a couple of weeks ago, but wasn’t he supposed to be an up and comer with potential to play RT?

  10. Carpenter and Moffitt both on IR is the worst news we could have had this year. It was hard to watch rookies starting, but keeping them on the field 16 games together should have really paid off next year. Now, progress of the whole O line will be set back again for awhile.

    I had been thinking we were right on the tail of San Francisco in turing things around. Harbaugh is getting way too much credit in SF. He took over a team that was built and ready to win. Singletary was a joke as a coach, but in 2010 SF added two stud O linemen to a team that already had a stingy defense. That really worked for them, as they came out this year with a solid O line to go with their D, and the QBs job became so much easier that all Alex Smith needs to do is avoid mistakes and he wins. That could have been Tarvaris next yet.

    Now, this O line is set back again for awhile. Is anyone looking forward to watching Breno and McQuistan? Damn, this this isn’t going to be better for awhile.

  11. @HawkfaninMT Jurriel King could be something next year, but he’s a very raw developmental player at this point.

    It took Breno Giacomini three years to get to the point where he could start at RT. I think people don’t realize how special Carpenter was to step in and start his first game at OT at 22 years old, without even a full training camp. Carpenter is not going to be adequately replaced by anybody we have available.

  12. Stevos – its not like Carpenter played anywhere near Okung’s level his rookie year. That was special. Carpenter was and continued to be a starter solely because he was a 1st round draft pick.

    I can’t even tell if his pass protection has improved that much since earlier this season, except that he was somewhat better because he was in better shape and had pro reps. But I wouldn’t call him an average pass protector at this point. He may never be at the RT position as BobbyK has alluded to.

  13. I’m so frustrated right now….so we’ve lost our three top picks only half way into their rookie season. The development of our OL was the one redeeming part of having to watch a pathetic offense this year. Now, we don’t even have that. F&*#!

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Goodness everyone, the hand wringing… Look, bad news? Of course, but it’s not the end of the world. There are so many young players still to watch develop and a lot of assessment left to do. Moreover, Moffitt will likely (almost certainly) be back by the time camp opens next season, so we can take from the rest of the way, which players will be able to contribute at RT and perhaps LG next season (and consequently which holes need to be filled).

    As for the “Seattle is cursed” gibberish: enough please. It’s the rare team in this league that doesn’t suffer significant injuries throughout the season. The ‘Hawks have suffered their fair share the past 4 seasons but “cursed” or whatever adjective one wants to assign is just silly. You pick up and move on and hope to hell these two young and very promising young players return to health.

  15. What are you talking about, Duke? The sky is falling!

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. I must be concussed myself.

  17. Come on, out first two draft picks who just happen to be on the same side and we were banking on them to learn together, you know that whole stability and continuity. One of the contributing factors of keeping carp at RT. Sometimes its just too much. How many years had it been since we’ve had a servicable line.

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