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Morning links: Getting Rice more involved

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 22, 2011 at 6:34 am with 21 Comments »
November 22, 2011 6:34 am
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, front, celebrates as teammate Mike Williams looks on after catching a 14-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The Seahawks accomplished something they’ve been working on all year the past three weeks, rushing for over 100 yards the past three games.

But another important step in coach Pete Carroll’s overall philosophy on offense has yet to develop – creating explosive plays down the field.

The Seahawks have 18 catches of 25 or more yards this season, 20th in the league.
Receiver Sidney Rice was signed to be Seattle’s deep threat, but the Seahawks have not consistently worked Rice into the offense.

Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Rice is tied for the team lead with 32 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns, an average gain of 15.1 yards per catch.

But just seven of Rice’s catches have gone for 20 yards or more. Further, Rice has been targeted 55 times, which fails to crack the top 20 in the NFC.

Seattle’s go-to receiver was targeted just three times against St. Louis, finishing with three catches for 35 yards, including a 14-yard score.

“Sidney’s a great player,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “I think he’ll have more impact when he’s getting the ball seven or eight times a game. That’s where we’d like to get him – in that mode and sometimes more.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated gives Seattle punter Jon Ryan some props, naming him special teams player of the week for his performance against St. Louis.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle takes a closer look at the play of defensive end Red Bryant. And Wyman also wonders how good are these Seahawks?

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that teams are starting to try and spread Seattle out defensively because of the lack of success running the ball against the Seahawks’ stout run defense.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look at what went well and what needs work from Sunday’s game in St. Louis.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a solid B grade for their efforts on Sunday.

Scott Johnson of The Everett Herald continues his The Game of My Life series with a profile on one of my favorite Seahawks players growing up, fullback Dan Doornink.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that Redskins left tackle Trent Williams could miss Sunday’s contest with Seattle with a knee injury. That means that Sean Locklear possibly could see time at left tackle if Williams, who has an MCL sprain, can’t make it back this week. And Tyler Polumbus started at left guard for Washington last week.

Former Seahawk Josh Wilson has a mild hamstring strain, but could be ready for Sunday. And former Seattle defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer also plays for the Redskins.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers some observations from re-watching Sunday’s Seattle-St. Louis contest.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I totally agree about getting Rice more involved (along with Miller), but what we’re really talking about here isn’t the game plan, it’s the play of the QB. Jackson simply needs to do a better job of identifying matchups and getting the ball to that player. We’ve talked a lot this season about getting different players involved in the offense, and aside from getting Lynch 20+ carries a game, I’d place most of the blame here on Jackson, not Bevell (or the staff in general.)

  2. mojjonation says:

    Getting Rice involved is a priority? What about Williams? The guy is non existent this year.

  3. Palerydr says:

    The Hawks are a flawed team we know that. Most of the flaws are on Offense. I’m a defensive kind of guy I love a D that can play smash mouth football. I love watching Sherman, Bryant, the Heater, and Chancellor play. The Dline overall is playing very well with the exception of putting a consistent pass rush on.

    I agree with Duke QB play is gonna be the deciding factor in the next 3 games. We have a legit chance to win them all if we can start creating explosive plays down field. If we can’t develop that threat then teams are just gonna put 8 in the box. I believe everybody saw that stat which shows how often Jackson throws to the right he really needs to find his second and third options. I constantly see Miller chip his man on the left side then drift into the flat. A pass to him might only result in 4-5 yds but those are the kind of plays that keep the chains moving. Frankly this is the exact type of play Bobbyk has been telling us about and now has been echoed by many others. I really want to watch this team win but I’m not gonna get too jacked up cuz I see the very real possibility of them losing these next 3 games as well.

  4. Soggybuc says:

    Eric, whats going on with Paul Fainaka? Is McQuistan out performing that much in practice or is his starting more to do with his being a ” Veteran’?
    To echo Duke would love to see them give the nod to LJP and see what we really have in these young guys.

  5. WTraveler says:

    1. We must find a QB that can actually find open receivers.

    2. Maybe we could use Rice as the QB. He’s 1 for 1 this year.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I totally agree Dukeshire! It’s all on Jackson. Imagine what brady would do with Rice?
    I’m just hopeing that Jackson will manage the game, and not lose it for us in the upcoming winnable games. Anything better from Jackson will be a pleasant bonus.Imo.

  7. It’s like no one here has ever seen a Seahawks QB play much better at home than on the road.

    Jackson isn’t good enough to miss most of the week of practice and go on the road and play at a top level. It would be a different story if he could participate in the full week of practice. But he will look much better at home, even without a full week of practice.

  8. Soggybuc: Paul Fanaika is more of a developmental prospect still learning his way. He’s probably more talented physically and a better run blocker, but McQuistan knows the scheme better and is more game ready.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I believe Jackson WAS a full participant last week in practice.

  10. FleaFlicker says:

    Does anybody know if Stan Gelbaugh is still available?

  11. I read that he had “mental reps” two days and he was a participant just 1 day. Maybe Eric can clarify this.

  12. I meant to say Jackson had “mental reps” two days and he was a FULL participant just 1 day.

  13. Boling posted a column on Friday indicating Whitehurst took all the reps in practice on Friday with this comment from Carroll –

    The effects? “He misses the opportunity for the installation at the end of the week,” Carroll said. “He has to kind of think through the routes and read through them standing behind the quarterback. It’s just not the same but we still feel confident in his factor helping us win. He looked really good a day ago, so that’s how we’ll go. It’s not the way you’d design it at all; he needs the work and it’s going to accumulate somewhere but hopefully we’ll be able to play through that.”

    I tend to agree with that, but would add simply he’s not good enough to miss what Carroll is calling a fairly critical practice and play at a high level on the road.

    I also took that the reason he practices on Thursday and not Friday is to give him enough time to rest up for Sunday. I don’t understand how a right hand QB can play at an NFL level with a partially torn right pectoral.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Yeah, that very well could be. According to E, “Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) and Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) also were full participants.” on Thursday, so that makes sense.

  15. That photo makes Rice look like a two-headed monster with four arms—Awesome!

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It does Audible. Funny! He has two hands behind his back as he watches himself celebrate.

  17. Has anyone noticed that Okung has quietly become a great player as the year has worn along? There have been a few stupid penalties (he fits in), but he’s really been playing well. Sure, it’s what most of us expected, but it’s nice to see. Knock on wood… but it’s nice not to hear anything about him and ankles either!

  18. ChrisHolmes says:

    Whether Jackson is at practice or not almost doesn’t matter – the guy doesn’t have the tools to play at a high level in the NFL. It’s like trying to teach a penguin to fly.

    PC and staff can talk all they want about getting Rice or anyone else “more involved” in the offense. But until we get a QB it’s all moot.

  19. Okung has looked like a stud this year. I asked Eric if he thought he was in the top 3 LTs in the NFC in the weekly chat. He didn’t think so, but I think he’s in there or just outside of it.

  20. I thought he seemed slowed by the ankle injury early in the year, but he seems to be getting better and better as the year has wore on. He’ll never be Walt, but if he “only” is consistently a top 3 tackle in the NFC, I’ll gladly take that. I think his play now puts him very close to top 3 tackle in the NFC (if he’s not there already), whereas it wasn’t a couple of months ago (when he had the bum ankle).

  21. SandpointHawk says:

    No one will ever be Walt. The best I ever saw play and I don’t give a rats a$$ what the east coast says about Ogden or Pace.

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