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Morning links: Return of the Mac

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 26, 2011 at 8:48 am with 11 Comments »
November 26, 2011 8:51 am
Seattle Seahawks defense Clinton McDonald puts pressure on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

With defensive tackle Alan Branch a game-time decision heading into Sunday’s game against Washington, you likely will see a lot more of Clinton McDonald lined up next to Brandon Mebane.

Seattle received the University of Memphis product in a trade with Cincinnati for Kelly Jennings just before the season started.

At 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, McDonald offers Seattle versatility because he’s stout enough to back up Mebane at nose tackle and quick enough to fill-in for Branch as the pass-rushing defensive tackle.

McDonald said he’s looks forward to a chance for more playing time, and is just trying to continue the high demands set by his teammates.

“Those guys have been great examples and have set the standard for me to come in and make plays,” McDonald said. “To watch what they do and the kind of effect that they have on the game, coming in I feel like I can make somewhat of an impact following their lead.”

This is the first I’ve heard of this, but according to this nugget via twitter by Sports News Radio, Paul Allen could sell the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks in the next 24 to 36 months.

Matt Millen of the NFL Network gives Seattle’s defensive front some love in this week’s NFC playbook. Check out the video here.

ESPN’s Mike Sando shows that Tavaris Jackson’s passer rating is higher when targeting Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Tarvaris Jackson looked better throwing the ball in practice in his Friday practice report.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times hits a similar refrain here.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. offers this scouting report, and likes the Seahawks over Washington 20-17. You must be an ESPN Insider to view the article.

Art Thiel and Steve Rudman of both like the Seahawks to win on Sunday.

Seattle punter Jon Ryan turns 30 today, writes his hometown paper, the Regina Leader. He’s having one of his best seasons in the NFL.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post gives us some individual matchups to watch for on Sunday between Seattle and Washington.

Pat Kirwan of CB Sports previews the Washington-Seattle contest in the video below.

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  1. Sunday’s game could be a little bit like last week’s game – the team with the successful pass rush wins; the team with the most O line breakdowns loses.

    The Rams O line laid an egg last week and Clemons had a great day harassing Bradford. Now, the Redskins OTs are hobbled (including backup Locklear). But can Breno and McQuistan hold off Orakpo and Kerrigan?

  2. This game brings back a sore memory for me. I still remember watching the 2009 draft, when Timmy Ruskell had the fourth pick, and praying that he would trade down to take that young monster Brian Orakpo. Instead, he took the ‘safe’ consensus pick in Aaron Curry. d’OH!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Allen might sell the ‘Hawks?!? That makes me incredibly uncomfortable. The last time a NW icon sold the team, they were nearly relocated to So. California. For those of you too young to remember that, let me tell you, it is one of the most sickening feeling a sports fan can know. Worse than any single game loss, times a million. This is something I’ll be watching closely.

    Breno played well last week so I too will be very interested to see how he responds to this week’s challenge. McQuistan on the other hand… let’s just hope he keeps his head above water.

    And I certainly hope McDonald is able to perform as he says: make an impact “following their lead”. But sadly, from my perspective on my comfy couch, he’s been blown off the ball with regularity, for as much as he’s played. Let’s hope that ends tomorrow.

  4. Branch… There’s a familiar name on the injury report.

  5. GriffinNW says:

    Maybe Steve Ballmer will buy the team if/since he’s not interested in bringing basketball back. You already have the CLink built, all we need is your paycheck Mr. Ballmer… PCJS will do the rest.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Perhaps this tells us more about Allens health?

  7. That report sucks. And, yes, it makes me nervous, too.

  8. Palerydr says:

    Wonder if this would put Mark Cuban in play here?

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Polumbus? I like that name!

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Ballmer’s got deep pockets, no question. But he’s a clown, a showboat. He strikes me as someone who whould be a publicity hound as an NFL owner. But, while not from the NW, he has deep, deep ties here, so that’s encouraging regarding his desire to field a championship and classy franchise.

    Which brings me to Cuban: perhaps both a clown and showboat (although not in the board-room like Ballmer) but I like him. I love his passion. He puts players first. He fights for them. But what the fu@k does he know about what goes on here? Would he be willing to put in the time to actaully understand the NW and what works here and what doesn’t? Because that make a huge difference throughout the community and fanbase. My feeling is yes, he would. And while he’s a native of Pittsburgh, I believe he’d be as passionate and as zealous against our enemies as we are. Outside of a NW family buying the franchise, Cuban would be an incredible owner, IMO. If this rumor is true, a letter ought to be penned to Mr. Cuban, should he not already be aware of such an opportunity.

    On a side note: it would be a travesty and shame if Mr. Allen were to sell (give up) ownership of the Seahawks without lifting the Lombardi Trophy. He has done more for this franchise (and community of football fans) than any single entity or person has ever considered (outside of their inception). Let’s hope there is a magical run before he relinquishes ownership. Whenever that may be.

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