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Morning links: Jackson, Bevell familiar with Bears

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 17, 2011 at 8:28 am with 37 Comments »
December 17, 2011 8:28 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson warms up before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

In my story today, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talk about facing Chicago twice a year during their time in Minnesota, and say that experience should help in Seattle’s preparation for the Bears.

“Whenever those guys are healthy, they’re a top-10 defense,” Jackson said. “So it helped me a lot being up there and preparing for them twice a year. Even during OTAs (organized team activities) and stuff, we used to always kind of add those guys in – our division opponents – so we’ve always got a little extra time in as far as studying.

“So the past five years I think it’s helped me tremendously as far as getting ready for this game.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that fullback Michael Robinson has been named to the all-fundamentals team by USA Football, which honors 26 players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth football players to emulate.

Brian McIntyre of Mac’s Football Blog reports that Marshawn Lynch was fined $5,000 by the league for violating the NFL’s uniform policy. Lynch wore lime green socks during the St. Louis game.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald notes that for the first time since suffering a torn pectoral muscle against the New York Giants in Week 5, Jackson did not have to answer questions about his health this week, a sign that he’s close to full strength. previews the Seattle-Chicago contest.

Dave Krieg’s Strike Beard brings some clarity to Seattle’s playoff situations. According to his playoff scenarios, the Seahawks get in if they win three straight and Detroit loses two of its last three games.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that former Seahawk center Chris Spencer has a beef with Pete Carroll. Spencer never received an explanation why Seattle didn’t extend him a contract offer.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton has a chin injury and likely will not play on Sunday.

Former NFL Scout Greg Gabriel writes for the National Football Post how the College Advisory Committee does its work in evaluating potential NFL players coming out of college.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seattle-Chicago game in the video below. He likes the Seahawks to win.

Morning links
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  1. WTraveler says:

    So, tell me T. Jack, how has that knowledge worked for you the past couple games with Chicago?

  2. Soggybuc says:

    i believe Jackson was 2-0 as a starter against the Bears.

  3. Just a quick note for Chris Spencer…. No extension offered because you just weren’t intelligent enough to make the lone calls consistently. THAT was your number one issue your entire time here.

  4. *err LINE calls, not Lone. Apparently I’m not intelligent enough to proof read! :)

  5. Palerydr says:

    Or maybe he meant the Hawks last 2 games against the Bears which Jackson wasn’t a part of either way I think he might have his facts confused….

  6. We played the Bears twice last year, too.

    Chris Spencer is one of my most hated Seahawk players of all-time. He may have been a good guy, as all indications pointed to (the T-Jack of Centers), but I truly hated his “performances” on Sundays. I’m so glad he’s gone!

  7. I posted about TJack’s games against the Bears the other day, and I suggested that since his last two games against the Bears were in 2007, they really have no meaning anymore based on how he’s playing these days and who he’s playing with. I think its clear that TJack is a more consistent and mature QB than he was back then.

    That said, I should probably keep my mouth shut and knock wood. If I start opening my big mouth and predicting TJack will have a good game, then he’ll probably start throwing INTs again, sure as shinola. I’ve enjoyed rooting for TJack lately, so I’ll just wish him good luck and shut up.

  8. bird_spit says:

    Why the hate on Spencer? The guy played hard, but injured. If Spencer would have considered a career as a guard, you want him on your team. I think Spencer has all of the strength and skills to be your number one RG.

  9. The Seahawks would be a better offensive line this week if they had re-signed Chris Spencer. He would be starting at RG at this point, if not all year.

    Still, I’m glad Spencer wasn’t here because John Moffitt needed to get playing time, and Gallery was needed for leadership and teaching Cable’s system. But I agree with Bird, the guy played through a lot of injuries that would have kept other guys on the bench. and he deserves more respect.

  10. Again, nothing against Spencer the person or his toughness as a player and the pain/injuries he played through. Rooting for these “feel good” stories b/c people are nice, even though they lack the proper production on the field, is 100% of everything Ruskell and you can’t have it both ways. If it makes sense, I like/respect Spencer the player, but I hate Spencer the on-field member of the Seattle Seahawks. If I had to have a next door neighbor, I’m sure I’d much rather have Tarvaris or Spencer than Jerramey Stevens or Ken Hamlin (not that I think Stevens or Hamlin are/were superior players, but you get the point).

    I agree that Spencer should be playing guard in the NFL, not center. I have a gut feeling that he wanted to be a center so bad that that’s why he was put there, in part, to start last season, even though Unger is clearly better (or at that time, the better prospect, IMO). We also heard from Eric that Spencer made it clear his desire to play center, not guard, several times. No effort was made to resign him. That tells me something, too.

  11. I have more love for Spencer than Locklear, who got his contract, and became an apathetic underperformer.

  12. Chris Spencer had high expectations, that probably weren’t fair, to live up to.

    He played hurt, and for the most part he played well. Consider the players he was surrounded by (and the circumstances surrounding the coaching staff and scheme) the last few years. He ground it out, and did the best he could. In the NFL, that’s about all you can ask of these guys on a week to week basis.

    It’s the players who do not give it 100% that frustrate me the most. Second to that, it’s the guys who don’t seem to show progression or those who simply throw in the towel whenever adversity presents itself.

    Guys like Chris Spencer (who we would have all been thrilled with as a third or fourth round pick) are valuable in this league. They aren’t sexy, they aren’t the most talented, but don’t tell them that – they’re busy grinding it out.

  13. But I never thought he was good. He became serviceable, but not good and there’s a big difference. Mentally, as has been noted many times, he struggled and has continued to do so and that’s huge for a center (there’s so much more to playing that position than physically blocking someone). I think he should be an above average NFL guard though. I agree about being frustrated by guys like Lock who got paid and the production fell off. Good point. I’d take Spencer over him as a neighbor, too.

  14. A great story of the game tomorrow for me will be watching the two running games. With Forte out, Marion Barber starts for the Bears. Ever since I started watching Marshawn Lynch, he’s always reminded me of Barber. I think they run very similar with wide-set feet and a relentless, thrashing running style. I’ve never seen these two battling back and forth to carry the rock during a game. Its going to be fun to watch.

  15. Yes. It is. It’s kind of like us trying to tackle Ivory last year in that first Saints game. I wouldn’t want to try to tackle any of those guys. I’d look like the girl that Tracy Porter proved to be on the Lynch run last year in the play-offs. The only advantage for us is that we can stack another guy in the box to stop Barber before he gets a head of steam since they don’t have Cutler. But, yeah, it should be fun to watch some power football. Who would have thought that the Seahawks would be known for some serious “power” football by the rest of the league? I like it!

  16. So, how about that fine on Lynch for wearing socks that were team colors? $5000, roughly in the neighborhood of the $7500 for ending Okung’s season after the whistle. WTF? Are these guys completely on crack!!!

  17. Lynch was fined for socks? What next, fines for Skittles?

    Remember when Jim McMahon wore the headband that said “Roselle”? lol. Lynch and Kam Chancellor should celebrate the final game this year wearing handbands that say “My fines are putting Goodell’s kids through college”.

  18. yeah man, Seahawks will be able to stack 8 in the box to stop Barber and dare Hanie to throw the ball. The Bears may try to do the same, but Jackson, Baldwin, and Miller should ruin that plan.

    I smell a low scoring game tomorrow. Field goal kickers, start your engines.

  19. It’s amazing that a sock can cost 5 grand but ending the season of an important player from an opposing team by a cowardly action doesn’t cost much more. That’s about as f’n “stoopid” as can be.

  20. Lynch got smaller this year, gained some shakes and wiggle and somehow kept his power.

  21. I didn’t notice any shakes and wiggle the first few games when there were no holes. I have noticed it after there have been holes for him to run through though. Funny what blocking will do for a back.

  22. LOL BobbyK!

    I was just watching some of the Seahawks Daily videos I didn’t get a chance to see yet this week ( and couldn’t help but notice that there was only about an inch or two of lime green showing. Now I’m even more PO’d.

    I’m okay with the league fining players for gross violations, but they need to keep them in perspective and use them of things like unnecessary acts toward players’ safety–i.e., cheap shots after the whistle not a guy wearing team colors!

  23. Please everyone read Farnsworth article on #26:

    Let me apologize to Mr. Robinson – I blasted him this season and the FO for keeping him because of his versatility.

    I will toot my horn on this…. My big deal 6 games ago was lack of identity of offense.. Our identity was “no huddle” when it was supposed to be run first…. We constantly used a single set back which drove me F-ING bananas! Our line improved but the change happened when we started using #26 as a lead block… We actually started using I-Formation….

    I unfairly accused #26 as being unable to block because he was previously praised for being versatile…. But boy oh boy can he block.. I’m very happy that Robinson is getting his due and I’m eating my words and cramming some crow down my throat…..

  24. Yeah. Robinson is definitely better than the “stone hands” version of last year. He seems to be a bit better blocker than last year, too. He’s an example of a guy getting better. I hear ya!

  25. “Lynch got smaller this year, gained some shakes and wiggle and somehow kept his power.”

    exactly right.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    I would take Chris Spencer over Rob Sims any day of the week. That said, I’m glad they’re both gone.

  27. pabs – did Lynch get smaller from earlier this season when you were making comments like this:

    Sep. 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    2). The running game gave us the same as we have gotten the past 5 years – which is about nothing. At some point, the Seahawks are going to have to find a true number 1 RB instead of the journeymen crew.

    Sep. 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    When will the Seahawks ever get a high end NFL quality RB?
    We were spoiled with Warner, Warren, Watters and Alexander for decades. Now we have nothing.

    Oct. 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    This team actually isn’t that far from putting it together but I have no idea what they can do at the CB and RB positions.

    Oct. 3, 2011 at 9:58 am
    I’d definitely feel more comfortable with a RB who can produce and a CB who didn’t give away free 3rd down conversions to teams with the higher end QBs, 2 good WRs and good running games.

  28. I went back and read all the comments from the season so far (it’s a good thing I’m a fast reader) and forgot the hate against Chancellor after the Pittsburgh game, too.

    It’s funny that after we started winning that there haven’t been any nighthawk sightings. Hello? Same as ACIAB (after the trade).

    pabs and Stevos were pretty spot on in their love for Baldwin early in the year though.

  29. Duke – I would have probably went on the Rob Sims rampage (like old times) if we had been playing Detroit this week:)

  30. Dukeshire says:

    Oh man. Damn those archives…

  31. We’ve all got good and stupid comments, some more than others, but it’s funny.

    I had no optimism for Baldwin b/c of the crap we heard about Jordan Kent, Courtney Talor, etc. Granted, I had never seen him, but after you’ve been burned with these low pick or undrafted free agent types, you can only handle so much (especially when Ruskell allowed a season to be destroyed, in part, by his stupidity for the WR position in ’08 or ’09). Stevos was even talking about how good he looked at training camp.

    It’s also funny how some people didn’t mind the Carlson injury because McCoy was such a good prospect and this would get him on the field. lol

    pabs did say Tatupu wouldn’t be starting in the NFL by week 8.

    I have always been high on Unger but I even questioned him right before this running game got going. Doh.

  32. I will say that pabs was about the first person to predict this team coming together when some of us were still hoping to suck enough for Luck. Of all the bad things I said about Jackson, I still think (actually I know) he’s in the bottom quarter of starting QBs in the NFL (and clowns who are starting in Indy and Chicago aren’t real starters, b/c their starters are hurt). Funny stuff if anyone gets bored and wants to take a look. The best is how a player may be viewed as so-so one day and then one game he turns into a bum or a stud of studs. The reactionary game day stuff is the best.

  33. I still remember all the problems Spencer had making line calls. And then he’s po’d because he wasn’t offered an extension? Give me a break! I am SO glad that the Chicago O-line took a step BACK when they chose not to resign Kreutz and settled for Spencer.

  34. Damn Bobby, you need to stop digging through the archives. Don’t you know that random sports predictions mean never having to say you’re sorry?

  35. BobbyK – you forgot to pull all your posts from earlier this year when Hasselbeck had a good first few games and you were proclaiming he was back. You were laughing at all of the Hasselhaters.

    Those will look even sillier tomorrow when he loses to the Colts. Maybe he will actually break 200 yards tomorrow with some garbage time throws.

  36. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hasselbeck imo was our best option for this year! With him 7-6 or 8-5 and playoff bound.
    And Locker would have been our best option for the future imo! Looking back we could have traded down to get Locker.
    I hope we don’t make the same mistake with Barkley!

  37. Pabs – I remember you posting yesterday (you wrote it earlier this year, but I read it again yesterday) that Kenny Britt was a stud and when he got hurt, so did Hasselbecks numbers from those early games; as you correctly predicted. So, on one hand, you say that Hasselbeck needs Britt to be good (surrounding talent), yet Jackson is bad all by himself but he’s entitled to better surrounding talent than Hasselbeck and when he does get it – you proclaim him good. That’s what’s most frustrating to me. I do give you credit for being a smart football guy but it’s those double standards that drive me nuts.

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