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Morning links: How about that defense?

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 1, 2012 at 9:16 am with 53 Comments »
September 1, 2012 9:44 am
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, left, tackles Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Art Thiel of writes that all the Russell Wilson talk has overshadowed the real storyline this preseason for the Seahawks – the defense is pretty good.

Thiel: The arrival of Wilson has tended to obscure the club’s biggest virtue: the defense’s grumpy, agile ferocity. Wilson can’t help his giant, 5-foot-11 shadow, of course, nor can a comprehensive verdict on the Seattle defense be rendered when the opposing offense is as feeble as that of the Oakland Raiders, who spit up copious amounts of mess upon themselves Thursday night at the Clink.”

Clare Farnsworth of breaks down Seattle’s 53-man roster.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports provides video of Red Bryant chipping his tooth while celebrating with defensive tackle Jaye Howard after the rookie tackled Oakland running back Mike Goodson for a safety on Thursday.

Michael Robinson has a new Real Robinson report out, which features Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman. Check it out the video below.

Seven of the eight CBS Sports expects pick Seattle to beat Arizona next week. The lone dissenter? Pete Prisco. Love it. I’ve met Pete a few times back in Indianapolis while covering the NFL scouting combine. He’s a good dude, but hard to move once he takes a position. You have to admire that.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes that one of the myths of the 2012 season is Matt Flynn will ride the bench all season.

More Burke: He predicts the Seahawks will finish 8-8 in this NFC West preview.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s roster cut downs. He believes Seattle’s most significant move is cutting quarterback Josh Portis.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that former Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace was cut by Cleveland.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes that Deion Branch is out in New England. Former Seattle linebacker Niko Koutouvides also was released.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that former Seattle fifth round pick Mark LeGree was one of the final cuts for the Bears.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that former Seattle defensive end Nick Reed was cut by the Vikings.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Isaiah Trufant, the younger brother of Marcus Trufant, made the Jets initial, 53-man roster.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that former Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry was placed on Oakland’s PUP list to begin the regular season.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that John Skelton was named the Cardinals starting quarterback for the season opener against Seattle.

Former Seattle offensive lineman Steve Vallos was among the Eagles final roster cuts.

Former Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s former Bellevue home is listed on Zillow for $3.495 million.

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports that former Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made the Bills final roster.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Looking at all those former hawks that were cut shows just how far this team has come from a talent perspective.I absolutely hated Steve Vallos.Was a decent depth guy but terrible starter.Jim Mora loved his for some specific reason.Loved Niko during his time here,Deion Branch is a good guy but his name never sits well with me even though it wasn’t his fault he was overvalued by a bone head gm that gave up a 1st round pick for him.Smh…so glad this team is finally being lead by a good FO.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not objective in any way when it comes to the Seahawks, but it’s really hard for me to see any way they don’t win this division, regardless of record.

  3. ruminator1 says:

    They might but SF still the favorite. Can ‘t bet against the Hawks, but if I were not a fan, …. You are usually so cautious.

  4. Ewalters7354 says:

    Duke,I agree.I also am not objective about the hawks.They have everything needed to have success this year.Hopefully they can actually put it all together and play the football needed to win games consistently.That’s been a real problem that has plagued the hawks for as long as I can remember.This team talent wise can win anywhere from 10-12 games.Barring any major injuries I really can’t wait to see what happens.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agreed Dukeshire.

    We didn’t get dominated by the 49ers last year, just some special teams break downs, and poor qb clutch play.

    I just don’t see us losing two games to them this year, and their team, (imo) has the more difficult schedule.

    We have a young team though, (mistakes), so we will see.

  6. psoundpowerhouse says:

    I’m gonna be cautious. Wilson might struggle in a “real” game. I’m leaning toward Az. with the 3 pts.
    But this game has push written all over it.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    We match up well with SF but we have the better qb’s. I also don’t see them being able to replicate last year, they have great starters but overall i don’t think they’re as deep as we are.

  8. This Seahawks team won’t be afraid of any opponent that they face. We’re a team that gets off on punishing the opposition whether on offense or defense. With some seasoning this is potentially the most loaded roster we’ve ever had.

    I agree with you Duke on Seattle winning the division minus the “regardless of record” portion. 2 wins might not get it done, lol.

  9. raymaines says:

    “According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on the Hasselbeck home would be $12,442, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.”

    So that’s what 3.5 million dollars looks like? Even if I found the down payment under a rock or someplace, I couldn’t afford the first months payments.

  10. “who spit up copious amounts of mess upon themselves”

    That line cracked me up.

  11. HeinieHunter says:

    Remember when the Seahawk had a reputation of being soft? Those days are looooonnnnggg gone!

  12. As well as the “D” looked this pre season, the long scoring drives by Denver and K.C. worry me that could show some weaknesses in our depth on “D”. I am aware they had some back ups mixed in w/ starters and were “vanilla”, just saying they need to shut down / lock down teams when they have them down and not give them any thought of hope coming back.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Somehow with this team even Mora could find a way to suck.

  14. Soggybuc says:

    9’ers are still going to be a good team and a formidable foe but there is no way that D can replicate what they did last year. it really was impressive as hell but no way the have +30 turnover ratio 2 years running!
    I really hope they Sherman or Moss mic’ed up when we play them. that going to be some Jawing i’d pay to hear.

  15. HeinieHunter says:

    Lockette tweeting that he’s heading to VMAC and quoting Tez “God Bless the Seattle Seahawks”. Looks like PS?

  16. montanamike2 says:

    good news.

  17. Soggybuc says:

    Cool to hear, people need to keep in mind that Ricardo’s “arrogance” is really just him being funny.

  18. raymaines says:

    I was toughly annoyed with Lockette The Rocket UNTIL I saw the Real Rob reports. He seems like a real good guy when you can hear the voice and see the face behind the quotes. Now he just needs some good old fashion Stickum for his hands.

  19. Soggybuc says:

    If you talked to all 32 coaches in the league the would all tell you they would love to carry 75, the cut from 90 to 75 is where they shed the guy’s who just really dont have it.
    PC love’s the players from 53 to 75 or else they would have been flushed out first.

  20. grizindabox24 says:

    Danny O’Neil ‏@dannyoneil
    #Seahawks will sign OT Edawn Coughman to the practice squad.

  21. Lockette was another that did too little too late to make the team. Glad to see him make the practice squad…

    It was nice to see him muscle out those two slant plays thrown from Flynn against the raiders. Especially two plays in a row. It really does show the development considering the only previous game time receptions I’ve seen from him were long bomb touchdowns. If Lockette can continue to develop and build upon the base of those two different plays he can become a “big time” Reciever. Not sure what really caused him to fall off half way through camp (perhaps injury), but he began pretty strong. I count our lucky stars that we have him back.

    (no I was never a Jordan Kent fan, nor Courtney Taylor)

  22. sluggo42 says:

    As this thread is about the “D”, let’s go there.
    Nobody will really run against us, and every team can get passed on if the QB has any time. So, it’s all about our pass rush. Will Jone,Irvin, and Clem be able to get it done? Thats kinda what it all boils down to. The sooner they punt the longer Danger and “O” have the ball. The more times they do, the score will go up.

    Rob reports clip with Sherman giving the love to Danger really showed what our team thinks of the guy. Sherm does not give out that love easily, and you could see how when at the end that “That boy is goooood!” SHerm plays against him every day, and I have to believe that part of the reason that Danger is getting so good is that he has to play against Sherm and ET on a daily basis. I believe that they help coach up the kid too on ways that he can inflict damage upon them, thereby the other team come gameday.

    With Irvin beginning to “get it”, along with some schemeing, I think Skelton is in for a rough game, hurried throws, and INT’s for us. I do think AZ is tougher than everyone thinks, but their pass game feeds off their running game, and I don’t see their “O_line” can suppress our rush enough to allow them to impose their will on us, even though they have good RB’s.

    My prediction is 35 – 10 final score

  23. The other thing we have not seen is that all 3 of our LB – I think – have the ability to get to the QB.

    With this D about the only people I don’t see them bringing on some sort of blitz – somewhere/sometime – is Browner – Sherman – or ET.

    The thing I really like about this defense is the versitility in the front 7 – guys can move all over and play well.

    I am hoping to see Skelton get pressured and shaken all day long!

  24. Will there be a better matchup in any NFL division this year than the Seahawks and 49ers?

    Both defenses believe they are the baddest in the league.
    Both teams have powerful rushing attacks.
    Both have TE-focused passing attacks.
    Both have Special Teams with speed to burn.
    Two QBs with plenty of doubters.
    Two coaches with a grudge.

    Only one team has a 12th Man.

  25. well said Stevos – well said

  26. WiscCory says:

    I’d like to know what editing program Michael Rob uses – it’s pretty slick.

  27. raymaines says:

    I think AZ is in for a long day because they have a crummy O-Line that can’t either run block or pass protect. Their defense isn’t too bad though, and I don’t know anything about their ST.

    Heck, I don’t even know anything about our ST. Is BI going to be the gunner? Can any of them actually tackle? Can we kick a 50 yard FG?

    I might be blind and stupid, but I think the Seahawk defense is simply going to make a mess of the AZ offense. CC might get 11 sacks in this game alone. Well maybe not, but I expect to be happy drunk by the fourth quarter.

  28. boucherm says:

    Danny O’Neil’s Twitter says Kory Toomer and Josh Portis to practice squad, too. Really happy (and rather surprised) Toomer cleared waivers. Really hoping he can develop and contribute later.

  29. You know every year we think there is a guy that we will lose – but someone summed it up yesterday – there where like 800 cuts yesterday – unless you are looking for a specific guy, I think most teams will go with who they know.

  30. So far then Portis, Toomer, Lockette, and ????

  31. FleaFlicker says:

    Anybody hear about Tater Tot’s knee? Is he going to be ready to go on 9/9?

  32. JZombie says:

    Portis, Toomer, Lockette, Coughman and McGrath so far.

    Hoping Law sticks, with 3 spots left. Probably going to claim one or two from other teams.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Eric, so Prisco likes losers, is that what you’re saying?

  34. IBGoofy says:

    Stevos: Will there be a better matchup in any NFL division this year than the Seahawks and 49ers?
    Nice!!! ;-)
    And… this article about our “D” a bit overlooked is right on Eric! Our interest & excitement in Wilson gets even bigger attention because pretty much all of us realize the defense has sooooo much potential! With a strong QB and our Defense, add the 12th man, then hard not to harbor a thought that we could be unstoppable….

  35. piperfeltcher says:

    “Winslow was cut by Seattle on Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports”

    I had high hopes for Winslow this year.

  36. This surprises me – did fine in the preseason – is this an injury issue or attitude?

  37. TomlPDX says:

    What! Winslow?! Are they going to bring someone else in then?

  38. Helenahawk says:

    Albert Breer of NFLN also reports that KW was cut by the Hawks!
    So who are they going after?

  39. TomlPDX says:

    I was just about to post that I was glad that McGrath is on the PS in case Winslow gets hurt…

  40. TomlPDX says:

    I didn’t see any attitude from him all summer. This is a surprise to me

  41. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Yeah, what’s going on with Winslow? Why would they cut him? Did they find someone better?

  42. Ya just never know what is going to happen with PC/JS!!!!

  43. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Damn, I wish I had Pete Carrol’s phone number. I’d call him up and ask him to confirm or deny this rumor. Lol.

  44. Seahawks2620 says:

    Well, Danny wrote that he declined to take a pay cut. Probably didn’t think he was worth the 3.3 million he was owed with the heightened risk of injury that he brought.

  45. Soggybuc says:

    WOW, of all the moves that I predicted we would not make, releasing KW was the last thing I saw coming!

  46. piperfeltcher says:

    Sounds like they like McCoy better and he is way cheaper.

  47. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I doubt Kellen Winslow will last the weekend before someone picks him up. If JS released him over an insignificant amount of money then maybe JS isn’t as knowledgeable as I thought he was. Moreover, if I was Jeremy Bates I’d be pissed off. He probably had a lot of two TE set plays planned. McCoy is good but I doubt he’ll be able to do for this offense what Winslow would have. Damn, oh well, what can we do?

  48. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    ^^^ I meant Bevell, wish they had an edit button :)

  49. Soggybuc says:

    His knee’s must be worst off than we thought they were.

  50. piperfeltcher says:

    Makes sence though if McCoy had passed him on the depth chart as he makes a lot and is not going to be happy as the 3rd TE.

  51. raymaines says:

    2620: Bingo.

    Just a wild guess, but I’m thinking if an assistant coach is “pissed” at anything PC does he’ll keep it to himself

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  53. I don’t have a clue how to peg how this season will eventually turn out for the Seahawks…but their depth certainly appears to likely be a notch better. Far too many unknowns though, like too little known-stability on the O-line still, and who knows what really about these new QBs…except both seem cool, talented and RW especially seems like he should move the chains, assuming he’ll only get better than worse with more real-game experience. But, frankly, unless the D is in fact top-10 again, 8-8 overall is probably best smart money still to Vegas, with a hedge (perhaps) toward 9-7 at very best. But, like Duke, I’m irrational at base about these Seahawk matters and really hope all their new size, speed, youth and intent-focus simply pops up to another level on Offense too.

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