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Morning links: Clemons the playmaker

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:24 am with 24 Comments »
November 30, 2011 7:24 am
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons sacks Tennessee QB Chris Simms (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons. The man of few words plays against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time since Seattle traded Darryl Tapp in exchange for the Georgia product and a fourth round pick.

Boling: “In his first six seasons in the NFL (at Washington, Oakland, Philadelphia) as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia, Clemons started just three games and compiled a total of 20 sacks.

But in the past 27 games for the Seahawks, he’s had 19 sacks – 11 last year and 8 thus far this season.

As coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider studied players around the league when they arrived before last season, they sought a player who would fit their “Leo” position, a 4-3 defensive end who plays like a 3-4 linebacker.

“We really saw him much in the mode of guys we had at SC,” Carroll said. “He looked very much like (Brian) Cushing, very much like (Clay) Matthews. You could see him rushing and see him drop, he had to cover backs and tight ends at times. So we saw him in a real versatile type role. Although he wasn’t an every-week starter, we thought in the same system, he could fit (in) with us and be a regular.”

In my story today, Carroll discusses the reasons Sidney Rice most likely will not play on Thursday, leaving others like Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate to step up.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Rice out, Seattle’s going back to Obomanu once again.

Rod Mar of has photos from Sunday’s Washington game.

Pete Carroll makes an appearance on the NFL Network in this video link.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that Seattle’s big receivers are not having an impact.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that drops have become more of an issue for Seattle.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that QB Mike Vick is a long shot to play in Seattle on Thursday.

More McLane: Former Seahawk Jason Babin is looking for revenge against the team he says mistreated him while he was here. This is interesting because most people don’t even remember Babin playing in Seattle. Along with the fact that the man responsible for bringing him here, Tim Ruskell, is now in Chicago serving as the director of scouting, and the man responsible for not playing him, Mike Holmgren, is now running things in Cleveland. But if that’s what it takes to get you motivated in a 4-7 season Jason, so be it.

Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Owen Schmitt also has some extra motivation facing his former team.

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    The comments in the article on Jason Babin are too funny. Eagle fans are none to enamored with him i’d guess.

  2. So the Seahawks are starting Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu this week? Just based on this year’s performances, this could be the worst starting WR duo this weekend. Even the Rams are better because they have Brandon Lloyd who is a quality starter.

    I really hope Obomanu can flash some of the big play ability he showed last year because only Williams’ year is preventing Obomanu from being the biggest disappointment of the WR crew.

  3. williambryan says:

    The only thing preventing Williams and Obomanu from having great years is the quaterback situation. Those guys have proven they can play and play at high levels.

  4. I do not think Obomanu has proven he can play at a high level, I think he is merely average, if not below average. Williams is big with good hands, but he is not going to get much for seperation. My theory on Williams down year is that Tavaris has to see his receivers open to throw them the ball. Hasselbeck is a superior passer, who knew how/where to throw the ball to Williams. I don’t remember many passes Williams caught where he was wide open. I wonder if Williams can play tight end.

  5. Half of Williams production last year came in just 3 games. 2 of those games were against Arizona (was Rod Hood the CB??).

    He was bad last year and he is worse this year.

  6. Stop dissing my favorite player, pabuwal. :-)

    I remember lots of good catches he made last year, including against the Saints (both games). Sure, he’s having a down year, but let’s not give up on him yet.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Obomanu is nowhere near “below average”. Here’s a guy that can run every route on the tree (precisely) and from all 4 receiver positions. He’s not a number 1, I’ll grant, but simply because he’s been on teams that have had some of the worst receiving corps in the league, and has been forced to play at split-end (not his best position), he shouldn’t be judged negatively as a result. He is a very solid receiver and I would take him over Williams every day. He and Baldwin are the team’s best WRs right now, IMO.

    As i see it, Williams’ issue this season is little more than his inability to hang on to the ball. He’s never been a guy that has gotten seperation from corners so that shouldn’t impact his play this season. But the drops… those have been an issue. And I understand Jackson’s play has effected his production, not devaluing that, but when he’s has opportunities, he’s done little with them.

  8. So you think Obomanu is better than Rice this year?

  9. I would like to see Portis at QB for a couple of games.Lets see want he can do?

  10. Dukeshire says:

    I do. As I said a couple days ago: “At this point, Obo and Baldwin are the team’s best receivers. That is, they are playing the best. I still believe Rice is one of the league’s premier receivers, but injuries and drops are really disappointing, thus far.”

  11. Work Butler in series. Use Tate only as a last resort.I hare his entitled attitude.. Pretty selfish when he scores his TD,only to show boat & cost the Team 15ydrs. Besides he`s from Notre Dame..Remember Rick Mirer

  12. About Thursday’s game, the Eagles Trevor Laws says –

    “Watching the film, I think it’s an easily winnable game. If we play our game, we should blow these guys out. That’s just how I feel. Short turnaround, but we’ve done it before. Get the bodies right and hopefully play well out there.”

    I would add the road team has won the last 6 games in this series.

  13. williambryan says:

    Golden Tate entitled? Are you serious?! He has been greatly humbled and I think it’s apparent in his play and from the reports out of practice this year. His celebration wasn’t selfish and it surely wasn’t deserving of a penalty (I understand how the rule is written and enforced) There’s nothing wrong with celebrating good plays. He has obviously been working hard and it is showing up in his snap counts which have increased each week for over a month I believe.

  14. Sidney has just been put on IR…

  15. I was wondering if he would play this year given he had 2 concussions in just 3 weeks.

  16. Deon Branch Part Duh. Awesome, freakin’ awesome!

  17. Dukeshire says:

    That sucks but he’s not Branch 2.0. He’s one of the most talented receivers in the league. Branch is not. Let’s just revisit this next season before we hit the panic button on his signing.

    And I think Tate’s getting more time simply because of the injuries at the position.

  18. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Putting Rice on IR is a smart decision. Not popular, but smart. He is a long-term solution, and the investment is large. The team is all-but-out of playoff consideration and has good depth at receiver. While it sucks to have him on the sidelines for the rest of the season, this is the right move.

  19. This may sound strange, but I’m relieved to have Rice go on IR. After last week’s loss, the chances for postseason evaporated. Get Rice healthy and like Duke said, wait ’til next year.

    Branch 2.0? Not even close. If it wasn’t for Brady, NO ONE would make Branch look good.

    I’ve been patient with Tavaris through his injury, but really can’t wait until next year (now). I hope they can improve and remain competitive but more than anything hope they’ll find a long-term solution/project at QB in the draft or via free agency.

    Let the off season chat begin…or should I say, continue.


  20. Both Rice-a-roni and Branch had one really good year, followed by a big payday and a cross-country move.

    Like Branch’s first season, Rice will miss most of this season due to injury.

    And, by the way, lots of guys have insane talent…being consistent and staying healthy are just as important as talent, and perhaps more so…you can’t do s*#@ if you’re on IR.

    So, forgive me if I”m skeptical about our latest superstar player. I want to think he’s going to have a long and successful career here, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  21. “Branch 2.0? Not even close. If it wasn’t for Brady, NO ONE would make Branch look good.”

    Branch has been tearing it up again in NE. You’re saying it’s Brady? Hasselbeck may not be elite but he’s no hack either.

    Branch still has to run routes, get separation, catch the ball, and protect the ball. If your assertion is true, then Brady is so good that they could just mix and match practice squad players at WR…perhaps even get some of the coaching staff in a pinch.

  22. I’m trying to recall and I may be wrong (again, what’s new?), but has there been a WR during Brady’s time in New England that left the Patriots and flourished elsewhere? I can’t think of one.

    Rice is fast and has incredible hands, but injuries have dominated his career. He is young and could come back, we’ll see.

    Branch was good 1st time around w/Pats (I know, Superbowl MVP), but the Patriots now have a couple of tight ends and welker that afford Branch good match ups. Hasselbeck is no Brady. Not a hack, definitely the best our franchise has ever seen, but I think it’s a little early on Rice.

    And yes Audible…I’m still saying it’s Brady. ‘NO ONE’ may have been a little harsh. I’m sure Brees, Manning, Warner and Rodgers could find Branch, but now we’re just talking about the other Superbowl winning elites and we all know how rare they are.

  23. Skeptical? Here? On this blog?

    Never heard of such a thing.


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