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 Seahawks.com writes that Rice out, Seattle’s going back to Obomanu once again.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com 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.