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Morning links: Hawks still thinking playoffs

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 23, 2011 at 7:06 am with 28 Comments »
November 23, 2011 7:06 am

The focus of my story today is, believe it or not, the Seattle Seahawks still think they have enough gas in the tank to make a run at the postseason.

At 4-6, the Seahawks are three games behind NFC wild card co-leaders Detroit and Chicago (7-3).

And one reason for Seattle’s confidence in completing the arduous task ahead is because the Seahawks already accomplished the unexpected last season, becoming the first 7-9 team in league history to advance to the playoffs.

The Seahawks snuck in after beating St. Louis in the final regular season game. A week later, Seattle surprised the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild card game in Seattle.

So Seattle coach Pete Carroll can use last year as an example of what can happen when players remained committed to the task.

“There are a lot of games out there,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of wins to be had if we can do it. If we stay on course with what we’re doing right now, we’ve got a formula that can get us close in every game we play.

“It doesn’t matter who we play. I don’t care what their record is or where they come from. It doesn’t matter right now. That’s a good feeling in here. How that works down the stretch, we’ll find out.”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald throws cold water on anyone thinking the Seahawks have any chance at making the playoffs.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports takes a division-by-division look at the NFL playoff picture. San Francisco could clinch the NFC West with a win over Baltimore and a Seattle loss against Washington.

Rod Mar of offers these photos from Sunday’s game at St. Louis.

Clare Farnsworth of previews Seattle’s upcoming game against Washington.

More Farnsworth: Carroll explains the reasons for keeping Leroy Hill around, who has flourished in his second chance with Seattle.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at where Pete Carroll sits compared to Mike Holmgren in his first two years in Seattle and finds a similar record.

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  1. Sarcasticus says:

    Focus on Washington. Thinking about anything beyond that is not a valuable way to spend the time.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Making the playoffs is a by-product of the process. This team has no earthly right to think playoffs. 3 games back of the wild-card with six to go is hardly the driver’s seat. Cliche or not, one game at a time and we’ll add it up at the end of the year.

  3. I think even if they go 10-6 they will miss the playoffs. But it’s about next year and finding a way to go 13-3 at this point.

  4. Meaning anything the team does this year is about creating building blocks to compete for a title next year.

  5. I’ll be happy with an 8-8 or better season, whether or not they make the playoffs. An improvement over last year’s record would be great and give them some confidence going into next year.

    If they’re 10-6 (highly unlikely) and miss the playoffs, that would be painful. So if they’re going to miss the playoffs, I’d almost prefer that they be 9-7.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    pab – Wow. You really are on board now. Welcome ;)

  7. Today’s idiocy from Mike Florio: “49ers coach Jim Harbaugh knows how to get the most out of his team. He also knows how to get the best of his brother. Look for both to happen on Thursday night. John Harbaugh is a very good coach, but Jim already is a great one. And that will be the difference.”

    Put Jim Harbaugh in the Hall of Fame!

  8. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, The Tez has a great chance to get in this year!

    The 26 semi-finalists are Bill Parcells, OL Will Shields, safety Steve Atwater, running back Jerome Bettis, receiver Tim Brown, receiver Cris Carter, coach Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, center Dermontti Dawson, owner Eddie DeBartolo, defensive end Chris Doleman, linebacker Kevin Greene, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin, linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, receiver Andre Reed, tackle Willie Roaf, safety Donnie Shell, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special-teamer Steve Tasker, cornerback Aeneas Williams, G.M. Ron Wolf, and G.M. George Young.

    Only a couple of guys on the list are arguably more deserving than Cortez.

  9. Kyle or ton just got released. Any use for us here.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I am certainly not giving up hope for the playoffs this year, however I will be very satisfied with the continued improvment of the running game, the soon to be top ten defense, and the resilient attitude of the team!
    Now going forward this year I would like to see us cut down on the penalties and mistakes, continue to improve on creating more turnovers, and see improvement on Jacksons decision making and big play offense.
    Is that asking too much? Lol.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Canfan – While I agree that Tez is as deserving as any eligible player not already in, but there are too many high-profile names on that list, more deserving or not, sadly. It’s going to take someone in the national media, someone well respected, to beat the drum for him. It hasn’t happened yet. The fact he’s not yet in is an absolute travesty.

  12. Nice video, BobbyK. Not many fans of 4-6 teams would be talking playoffs. But a three-game home stretch against sub-mediocre teams will do that for you.

    Anyone who’s upset about the Seahawks not getting Andrew Luck should watch this video:

    It’s got Mel Kiper raving about JaMarcus Russell, saying he’ll be an elite QB in a few years and has skills that compare to John Elway.

  13. Duke, Tez was a finalist the last two years and on the cusp last year. I think the voters will remember that. I really believe that it’s a matter of “when” not “if.” He was among the top three DTs of his era and John Randall is already in.

  14. I think Kennedy will make it this year.

    Duke – I’ve been riding the wagon hard since that Atlanta game and been preaching the mantra of 10-6 for the past several weeks. Although, I have to give you credit in that you’ve been preaching about the upcoming improvement of this defense and this supposed great, young secondary since the offseason. I doubted it until that Atlanta game. Looks like you had it nailed.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    Can – Preaching to the choir…

    Pab – 10-6 would be a hell of a finnish. But yeah, the second half of that Atlanta game showed some of the first, real growth for this young team. I’m still so frustrated by the Cleveland game after the bye…

  16. To bad I got to root for the those bastard Cowboys now to give the Hawks a better shot of getting in. Oh well, Hawklife baby.

  17. Packers and Niners are in. Most likely the Saints. I think the Cowgirls will emerge from the East. That leaves NYG, ATL, Detroit and Chicago as the teams ‘to catch’.

    It’s possible, not probable. Giants are pretty dysfunctional, Atlanta doesn’t have that swagger, Lions are inexperienced and the Bears just lost Cutler for a while.

    I’ve seen stranger things happen. And yes Duke, I’m with you…that Browns game still makes me pretty sick!

    Here’s to Sunday not getting here soon enough…


  18. chrisj122 says:

    I don’t mean to urinate on anyone’s Cornflakes but there is no chance of reaching the playoffs this year. The Niners are running away with the divison, no team in the NFC West stands a chance at catching them. As much as I hate to say it the Niners look for real. I don’t see any realistic senario where a Wildcard team comes of the NFC West.

  19. Shouldn’t have dropped the games against cleveland, and atlanta. Then shouldn’t have gaffed the first niners game. I think that win got them rolling, and now here we are.

  20. If we want to bang the “what-if?” drum… what about the Leon Washington punt return in that Cleveland game?

  21. Or, where would the Seahawks be if Jackson didn’t get hurt?

  22. We’d be talking 1st round bye with a real NFL caliber QB.

  23. And tell me how the Seahawks could have picked one up the last few years?

  24. Don’t change the subject. I stated a fact that an average NFL QB on this team would have made it a lot better. It’s not a debate of who to have gotten, when, and how.

  25. HawkfaninMT says:

    I would call TJack average at this point.. Especially if he gets healthy. Average would mean more than 16 QBs you wold take ahead of him. I’d say that’s about right

  26. screw the playoffs. Give me some offensive linemen who keep improving every game and a high first round draft pick to get our next QB. In 2013 I’ll start expecting playoffs.

    Winning one playoff game in 2010 was good for morale building under the new coach. But until we are built to win all the way through the playoffs, what’s the difference.

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