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Morning links: Turnovers leading them

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 23, 2011 at 8:11 am with 34 Comments »
December 23, 2011 8:13 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates an interception by cornerback Richard Sherman (25) with Sherman and Doug Baldwin (15) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. The Seahawks won 38-14. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have one key thing in common driving their success this season – forcing turnovers.

San Francisco leads the league in takeaways with 35, and the Niners also top the NFL with a plus-25 turnover differential.

The Seahawks have forced 18 turnovers in the past six games, most in the league in that time frame. San Francisco is second during that span with 16. Seattle has a plus-8 turnover differential this season, forcing 29 turnovers and turning those miscues into 97 points.

Seattle finished with a minus-9 turnover ratio last season, tied for 27th in the league.

“It’s absolutely the No. 1 philosophy in how you play the game for us,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about his team’s recent turnover streak. “It’s all about the ball, and guys are doing it.”

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks secondary could be one of the best in the league.

Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that Tarvaris Jackson has endeared himself to Seahawks fans with his physical toughness.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that middle linebacker Patrick Willis returned to practice on Thursday and could play this week against Seattle.

Tony Grassi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Seneca Wallace will start at quarterback for the rest of the season with Colt McCoy out with a concussion.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange places Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and former Seattle secondary and current Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Grey on his potential future head coaching list.

Seattle musician Duff McKagen, writing for ESPN, has the Seahawks going to the playoffs on his Christmas wish list.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times writes that USC quarterback Matt Barkley will return to school next season instead of entering the NFL draft.

Albert Breer of writes with Barkley announcing his decision, the focus now shifts to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin’s decision to enter the draft.

Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports gives us his top 10 best NFL twitter accounts to follow. Houston running back Arian Foster tops the list.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports previews the Seattle-San Francico game in the video below.

Morning links
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  1. Nice praise for Darrell Bevell from Len Pasquarelli, but seriously, does anyone doubt that it is Tom Cable who deserves most of the credit for the Seahawks’ offensive turnaround? I really hope he doesn’t get lured off to another HC job somewhere. I think Kris Richard deserves huge credit for the DB corps this year also.

    But aint it funny how coaches suddenly turn into geniuses when they have better players, and vise versa.

  2. the value, and draft position, of Ryan Tannehill and Landry Jones just went up with Barkley staying in school. Smart for him; not good for us.

  3. Tom Cable is the perfect Assistant Head Coach. He does a great job and he will NEVER be an NFL head coach again, especially after the allegations of abuse came out in Oakland.

    An NFL Head Coach is a CEO of a billion dollar enterprise and no one will hire him to be the face of that enterprise.

  4. I hope you’re right about that pabuwal, even though I think Cable was unfairly smeared by Al Davis.

    If this whole coaching staff and team can stay together for awhile, its a great foundation… much like Holmgren was building in the early 2000s.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Did anyone hear Tim Ryan during last weeks game, say that one of the things he likes about Bevell is that he’s not afraid to call the same play twice in a row? That’s one of my least favorite things about him. It was classic. No sooner had he said that, Bevell called the same two running plays back to back. The first gained 8 yards. The second lost 2. lol

    I wouldn’t say Cable will NEVER get another head coaching job again. Success trumps fist fights between coaches. Especially in Oakland.

    The possibility of Landry Jones stock rising is only bad for Seattle if he’s someone they have interest in. No one here knows that just yet.

  6. Their were also multiple allegations of violence against women by Cable.

  7. I don’t remember anyone complaining about Bevell in ’09 when they had a great offense (and great players).

    From what little I’ve seen of Tannenhill, I’d have no problem with him. I think he fits what Mr. Happy wants more than Landry Jones. I’m not saying Tannenhill is a better pro prosptect than Tannenhill, but for what comPete wants he is most certainly. I don’t see anyway Tannenhill is ready next year though.

    Bring back Matt for $4 million after Tennessee commits to Locker, T-Jack to second string, Tannenhill sits and takes notes all year (Portis to jail for another stupid crime).

  8. Tannenhill/Jones…derrr…I want an edit feature for x-mas

  9. Hasselbeck back to the Seahawks or even a starter for any team next year – another item in the NEVER going to happen category.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, Hass is not coming back here. I’ll agree with you on that, at least.

  11. yakimahawk says:

    I hope and pray we DO NOT draft Jones or Tannehill…Reaching for a QB would be a horrible move…See if Tavaris can grow with some pocket presence and draft Moore in the 5th,6th or 7th round which would be a steal…and leave the future 2nd string QB’s of Jones and Tannehill alone! Though trading up for for RG3 i would be ALL IN !

  12. JazBadAzz says:

    Bobbyk dipping in that eggnog early LOL
    JS will not over draft a QB, I believe PC and JS think they can w/o an elite QB. They want a suffocating def and a smashmouth run game with a QB to make a play when asked to…all of those so called big name QB’s from usc where a product of their environmant…surround the QB with great talent and stengy def, he will look like a probowler yr in and yr out!
    Make sure y’all copy this quote becaue it will happen, my promise!

  13. yakimahawk says:

    JazBadAzz…I hope so..Jones is soooo overrated

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Isn’t reaching for any player a bad move? I don’t understand why QB is any different.

  15. Yeah, the next QB drafted by Carroll will be very lucky to come into a system that does not depend on the QB to win games by himself.

    I would agree that Tannehill fits the mold as a great project for Carroll and Bevell to develop as their next QB. I also cannot see Landry Jones as the QB for Carroll’s system. RGIII would look really really good in a Seahawks uni, but I think I’m dreaming again.

  16. Eric– Thanks for re-posting the Duff McKagan column from ESPN. Always one of the highlights of my week. I appreciate his Seattle sports fan slant on all things sports. Hopefully ESPN lets him continue his column into the future. Awesome!

  17. So we should purposely NOT draft a QB because he might be too good and takeaway from a smash mouth defense or running game because taking one single LB or OG would prevent us from having a smash mouth defense or running game? Instead, we should stick with a game manager that has more turnovers than TD passes?

  18. Bobby, pass some of that over here. ;-)

  19. boycie99 says:

    Who has more Interceptions than TD’s ?
    Oh you must mean Charlie, No Bobby he’ll be gone once the seasons done

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – I was thinking the same thing. Bobby’s fiesty this morning. lol

  21. hawkfan777 says:

    I agree with Bobby. You get the best QB you can get period. They are not going to pass on a great QB to get a game manager. They will get a great QB if possible and let him slowly adjust to the NFL.

    I am surprised with the comments about Landry Jones not being good? Have you guys watched him play? I dont think RG3 will be better.

  22. silverado110 says:

    The only reason I see hass, coming back is to retire ,after he signs..
    I hope that happens it would be the right thing..

  23. I think the Seahawks should draft a QB they deem a great value.

    As far as Jackson, he is missing 5 of his 10 offensive starters and is playing his best football of the year. When other teams load up to stop the run game, he makes them pay.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Making them pay… Well, he’s not exactly Brady or Brees, but he’s played well the past 3 games.

  25. piperfeltcher says:

    TJack is way to inconsistant for my liking even in the games that he has played well there are stretches were he has struggled. The Hawks offence did nothing in the 1st half last week but the defence kept them in it. The Hawks have most of there salery and high draft picks invested into the offence yet it is the defence that is carrying this team.

  26. I really don’t want us to draft Ryan Tannehill. I’m not too worried about it, though. I don’t think Schneider or Carroll will touch him with a ten foot pole. Same goes for Landry Jones.

  27. JazBadAzz says:

    A lot of QB’s struggle during games, hell look at Rodgers last week or Brees against the lambs haha… TJack problem is going through his reads, pocket presence and downfield accuracy. We do need a Qb but not as bad as some of you think. When our group goes through training camp together and digest some more of this system we will see significant improvement from an offensive points scored perspective.

  28. Well none of us thought they would go James Carpenter in the first round last year.

    I have only seen Barkley and Luck play many times. I like Barkley! I think he is going back so he can be #1 next year.

    From what I have seen – Jones struggles with pressure – Have not seen Tannehill play – RG3 may be great but what can he do in an NFL offense rather than a Spread. that is a huge question.

    Still what about Foles? Has an NFL arm but does he have what else it takes.

    We know we have Tjack from one more year at least, so they can afford to let someone learn and grow for a year.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    I think the concerns for RGIII coming out of a spread are overblown. He appears to look safeties off and appears to go through progressions. I think he’s far more polished than many do.

  30. Duke – agree and understand – but I am just looking at the history of Spread QB’s in the NFL and the lack of any real success they have had.

    I am not saying I would be against him being drafted just I hope they do more looks than the standard – he can throw the ball a mile and he is fast – scouting. That is why there are a bunch of flops in the draft (IMO) the teams get soo caught up in the measurables that they overlook things like playing ability!

  31. JazBadAzz says:

    the evaluation of players coming out of college has changed immensely due to the fact its now a pass happy league. Spread Qb’s have a lot better chance at success now and even better moving forward.

    On another note, can you believe the juebos on this guy!

  32. raymaines says:

    I want the last game of the year against AZ to be for a playoff spot. This Saturday I’m cheering for the Chargers against the Lions, the Cardinals against the Bengals, and the ‘Hawks against the 49ers.

    Then on New Years day I’ll be pulling for the Packers against Detroit, but the Cardinals can go ahead and beat the SeaHawks and go to the play offs. I mean, who would want to see their favorite team, the hottest team in the entire NFL, in the post season at the exorbitant price of getting bumped down a few slots in next years draft? That could mean the difference in getting Tannehill or settling for some no-name guy we’ve never heard of.

  33. boycie99 – good to see you can read, or something. Scroll up and read where I said that he has more INTs than TDs. Do it. If you go back, which I doubt you will, you will read that I CLEARLY said he had more “turnovers than TD passes.” In case you don’t know, lost fumbles count as turnovers, too.

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