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Wilson ready for blitzing Arizona defense, Flynn added to injury report

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm with 58 Comments »
September 7, 2012 10:15 am

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he understands that with him being a rookie quarterback, Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton likely will be bringing blitzes from everywhere imaginable to try and rattle him.

So he’s prepared as much as he can to deal with the many pressures he’ll see on Sunday.

“Well I think you have to focus on both,” Wilson said. “We have to focus on what we can control, but also what they try to do to us, and why they try to do it – knowing the why’s of football and understanding what their purpose is.

“I think more than anything I just try to study as much film as I can and prepare myself in the best way possible, and prepare our football team, and go out there and perform on Sunday.”

Wilson said that he benefitted from facing Kansas City’s 3-4 defensive front in Week 3 of the preseason in preparation for Arizona this weekend.

“It helped a lot,” Wilson said. “A 3-4 defense is a little different than just your normal
four down lineman that most teams run. So you have to be able to adjust, and understand what we’re trying to do.

“The offensive line is doing a great job of understanding what we need to do in terms of protection, and in terms of running the football. So I think that more than anything, just being on the same page throughout the game.”

Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talked about how his defense will deal with Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Part of the issue is the Cardinals move the talented receiver around in order to find the best matchup. Bradley also pointed out that Early Doucet – not Fitzgerald – Arizona’s most targeted receiver on third down last year. So Seattle’s secondary cannot be so consumed with shutting down Fitzgerald that they forget about the other receivers on the field.

“I think he’s had like 16 catches against us in the last two games,” Bradley said. “And he’s been targeted quite a bit. So we have to have great awareness for him, but it really starts with their run game. If they can get their run game going where you have to bring another guy in the box to defend it, now that opens it up for him.”

The Seahawks made a couple roster moves today, releasing offensive lineman Edawn Coughman and linebacker Allen Bradford from the practice squad. Seattle replaced them on the roster with Oregon State product tight end/defensive end Gabe Miller and center Tommie Draheim out San Diego State.

The Seahawks also added quarterback Matt Flynn to the team’s injury report. Flynn was limited on Thursday with his sore right elbow bothering him again. While running back Marshawn Lynch (back) practiced for the first time in over two weeks, but was limited to the earl portion of practice.

Here’s the full injury report for Thursday

Defensive end Greg Scruggs (hamstring), cornerback Byron Maxwell (shoulder) and receiver Golden Tate (knee) did not practice.

Offensive guard James Carpenter (knee), running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and quarterback Matt Flynn (elbow) were limited.

Offensive tackle Brandon Keith (ankle) is out.

Safety Rashad Johnson (Abdomen), linebacker O’Brien Schofield (Knee), OG Adam Snyder (elbow), cornerback Greg Tolar (hip) and receiver Andre Roberts (ankle) were limited.

Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin) and tight end Rob Housler (hamstring) fully participated in practice on Thursday.

Notes from practice
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m more concerned with us slowing down Fitzgerald than Arizona slowing down Wilson.

    Cam, ( as a rookie had 422 yards against Arizona last year in their first game). Bradford had over 200 the year before.
    Fitzgerald just scares the you no what out of me.

  2. Skavage says:

    Boy I hope RW stays healthy. Matt’s elbow thing is starting to worry me. If RW gets hurt we could be down to Portis as the #2 and frankly he didn’t look ready during the preseason.

  3. sluggo42 says:

    Unless Fitz can get open in about 2 seconds he will have a hard time catching anything from Skelton, since he will be getting sacked at that point…

    AZ will have to keep 2 TE’s in for protection and we will have numbers downfield. That translates into INT’s

  4. bird_spit says:

    Man..Flynn needs to get that elbow right. There is high probability that Flynn will be needed at some point. Also, will Bevell be even more conservative with RWs plays..god I hope not. They need to score early and often IMO, then let the run game burn the TOP.

  5. bird_spit says:

    I’m trying to come up with a proper beer selection for the game. BobbyK, any suggestions?

    The battle on Sunday will happen on the lines. Our young OL, vs the experienced DL. Our run stopping line, plus if the pass rush can be done with 4 guys will make or break the game in my opinion.

    I’m thinking something not so hoppy, maybe a Pale Ale..

  6. Don’t you dare not talk about anything non-Seahawks related:) Or the “insider” (self-proclaimed) police will come out in full force (led by people who have had posts that have had NOTHING to do with the Seahawks before!).

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Hell I’m going with Obsidian Stout. Screw the nouveau insider police.

  8. Cornutt says:

    I live right down the road from the Deschutes Brewery, and speaking from experience, don’t go with more than 4 or so Obsidians! They make the next day hurt. Then again, it is some serious man-beer!

    I like a lighter brew for game day myself, otherwise I don’t actually appreciate the games as much. Pale ales, summer ales, or lagers would be good–especially if it’s warm.

    Sorry blog police. My bad.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Skelton had a 30.8 passer rating in the first quarter last year.

  10. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m going to be drinking a good local NC beer to further my support for Mr. Wilson. Big Boss Brewing Company will make my Monday a little bit foggy. GO SEAHAWKS!

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Cornutt- Don’t be sorry, the no fun police is targeting me of late. Lol

  12. JSRORE61 says:

    i know this is off subject but any seahawk fans in the portland area??
    I’m not seeing the game on fox 12…they are showing the 49ers and GB
    WTF….this is really pissing me off…

  13. jacobhawkr says:

    Any fans in NC raleigh area? I might be the 6th or 7th in the state?

  14. grizindabox24 says:

    Irish Death

  15. I like the Belgian Ales, so i’ll be drinking Lucifer. :D

    I’m looking forward to Sunday! I have a good feeling this will be a bit of a blowout. At least one score on defense, so i’m thinking 30-13 Hawks.


  16. JSROR – I am out in Hood River and it looks like Fox has the Seahawks game on at 1:25 out here on channel 12…

  17. FleaFlicker says:

    Let’s keep everything in perspective. AZ is a mess for sure. But we’re still untested in the regular season. And we have three rookies (RW, Sweezy, Turbinator) to factor into our offense. Cards have a sick defense. Let’s not forget that.

    Certainly a 24-6 win would be great. But I will be damn happy with a 10-9 result, as long as we’re on the W side.

  18. JSRORE61 says:

    Pilot…may have to come out to Hoodriver…

    I’m in mcminnville on DISH and they are showing on there guide the 49s game…

    i will be SO pissed if the HAWKS are not on…


  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    FleaFlicker- 10 to 9 sounds good to me.

  20. Sparky12 says:

    JSRORE61…. I’m in Bend and the Fox here is showing the Hawks. All the pre-season was shown here also.

  21. Metrohawk says:

    Looks like Gabe Miller was drafted by the Chiefs as a LB with speed in 2011 and spent the season on IR. I wonder if the Hawks see him as a jack-of-all-trades type or deep insurance. TE? DE? Possiby another project. I think Flynn will be fine. He will have plenty of time to rest the elbow over the next few weeks. I look forward to making the Cardinals into a one dimensional passing attack, as long as we can keep Fitzgerald in check. I see 150+ yards rushing for the Hawks and a victory.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lots of oregon Hawks fans- good to see!

  23. montanamike2 says:

    I’ll be drinking a pale ale. Can’t wait for sunday!
    I’m sure that Flynn hurt his arm on a longball in pre season.

  24. JSRORE61 says:

    could it be DISH screwing with the schedule???
    any other hawk fans in the area with DISH
    this is making me very frustrated


  25. bignasty says:

    As an aging DE, I love a 10-9 win! Thank you, may I have 15 more? As for Obsidian Stout, I think its more of a playoff draught. A damn good pull, but only when it’s cold outside. The game is being played in a desert, so heffie’s or pilsners are the order of the day. Or maybe a Blue Moon. I have tequila and lime with a low-carb Ultra back layed on for the festivities since I’m diabetic. (sorry Georgia.)

  26. JSRORE61 says:

    sorry for the ranting ..but i figured it out i looks like DISH in Oregon is showing the niner game….
    i have only had DISH for 3 months now might be REALLY regretting the move.
    looks like i need convertor and antenna

  27. Cornutt says:

    Sparky: Woot! I’m in Bend too, we should catch a game sometime.

  28. FleaFlicker says:

    JSRORE61: sounds like you’re going to be spending eight Sundays at Buffalo Wild Wings or a similar establishment. I’m in Tampa right now…going bananas trying to find a place with the game. I feel your pain.

  29. Palerydr says:

    I’m Gluten intolerant and diabetic So my beer of choice is Heineken.

  30. jchawks08 says:

    Ah football season.. Where my hard work during the spring and summer to get in shape goes to die. You know, cause of beer. :D
    A pale ale (Weinhards), or a nice pilsner is usually the beer of choice in my household. Um, I’m not ashamed to say that that new Bud Light Platinum ain’t half bad! haha
    Anyway, 24-7 Hawks this week. Final answer.

  31. trout_hound says:

    I agree with the poster that said implied we need to pray for Wilson to stay healthy. Portis is definitely not ready for prime time. I hope Flynn gets that elbow figured out.
    Speaking of beer, any day is a good day for Obsidian Stout. I’m sure I’ll be quaffing whatever is the dank dark beer special of the day down at the Great Northern, the local sports bar here in Whitefish. Still don’t have cable, and First Row Sports sucks when you are used to HD.

  32. We just moved up to the NJ/NYC area and are subscribed to the NFL Red Zone. I’ll be watching our Seahawks score from there. These Giants and Jets fans are just silly.

  33. chrisj122 says:

    My favorite subject, other than the Seahawks, is beer! My favorite beer would be free and cold but I really prefer a Mac&Jac all day any day.

  34. PDXCOP80 says:

    Another Portlander here. Gotta go light beer during games. Love me some IPA, but I’m getting old and can’t take it Monday morning. Flynn has me a bit worried too, but if it was worrisome, they would never have dealt TJack.

  35. OCHawkFan says:

    Rainier Beer for sure! Have to represent WA!
    Any Hawks fans in Southern California?

  36. Dukeshire says:

    Cornutt – Do you live in Portland or Bend. I Portland , we should get together. I work an live blocks from Deshutes.

  37. I’ve been to the Great Northern in Whitefish, however way down here I will be drinking a Firestone Double Barrell Ale for the game. Also, NFL Distribution Maps is a good way to see what game you are getting on network TV, Portland should be getting Seahawks on FOX:

  38. UltimateHawk says:

    Also in SoCal – Santa Monica to be exact.

  39. ChrisJ what’s a mac&jac.

    OChawk, I’m in Hermosa Beach.. Can you buy Rainier down here?

  40. Macabrevity says:

    If Flynn has tendinitis in his elbow he’ll continue our track record for higher-priced free agents. I had high hopes for him, but this type of lingering problem isn’t easily fixed. I’m pretty nervous about this situation.

    @mocarob Mac & Jack is an amber ale that if I remember correctly, you can only get on tap. It’s not as bitter as say a Redhook, very smooth. Nice brew, probably my wife’s favorite Seattle beer.

  41. HAWKS949 says:

    I feel like ive been waiting for this season to start for ever. Thought this seen might just be a building step for the next. I know it was just preseason but I sure have a lil more hope for this year after the four preseason games. If there are any oc hawk fans around here in Aliso Viejo most likely be at buff wild wings and the only hawk fan there.

  42. SandpointHawk says:

    If you’re speaking about Mac & Jack’s, it’s a brewery in Redmond. They make at least 6 different styles of beer….Amber, Wheat, Porter, IPA, Dark Ale, & a Barleywine that will put you on the floor.

    As for Obsidian Stout, I drink stouts year round, I live in the Rockies and it’s cold 300+ days a year and it’s also what’s on tap currently at my house.

    If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and I’ll bye you a round.

  43. SandpointHawk says:
  44. montanamike2 says:

    I like a murphys stout but only in the can with nitro balls, same as guiness, love the cans but hate the bottles. For all other beers it’s bottles for me. I love that hawks fans from all over are on this blog.

  45. montanamike2 says:

    I grew up in BC and drank Molson, labatts, moosehead. The alcahol was high but after drinking american beer i can’t stand the aftertaste of Canadian beer. At my 20th grad. we drank the Canadian budweiser and it wasreally good with a canadian punch, it’s made by labatts and doesn’t seem to have an aftertaste, however; i can’t stand the American bud.
    My old neibors give me a lot of crap for drinking that fancy forein beer(samual adams) my favorite and they drink bud light out of the can.
    Funny i don’t remember budweiser signing the Declaration of Independance. Oh yeah GO Seahawks!!!!

  46. montanamike2 says:

    i know i spelled foreign wrong.

  47. Dukeshire says:

    montantmike – Ypu ever have Boddingtons? It’s a “blond” or lighter version of Murphy’s and Guinness. Sold in the same 4 packs. It’s good too

  48. Cattlemans.
    O Line and “D” front will determine game, this game will be won in the trenches. I see us running all over CArds setting up play action nicely. 27 – 9 is my prediction for score.

  49. sluggo42 says:

    I see a huge day for RW because the Tards will not take our running game lightly and they will stack the box to try to control the running game, and they will make/force the rookie to beat them, because he hasn’t proven anything. They will blitz often too. They will probably get RW a few times as well, but, they will soon see that the young man is POTENT, and Our all-star trio of Rice/Edwards/Baldwin is SICK.

    Dane-Ja will throw darts and then we will run again, and AZ will never know what hit them.

    Oh and I wouldn’t be surprised to see RW waste one pass into Docketts crotch at about 80 MPH, and drop that big A-hole to his knees… ooops! did that hurt?

    Shock-top shady lemon beer, perfect!

  50. DFloydd says:

    Fish Tale Pale Ale….from Olympia, WA….can’t wait for Sunday…

  51. NYHawkFan says:

    pfah – I live in NYC, so you’re not the only Hawk fan in the NY/NJ area!

  52. Cornutt says:

    Duke: I’m in Bend, just down from the dowtown brewery location–I forgot thay have one in PDX too! How long has that been there for?

  53. OCHawkFan says:

    Macarob: Where are you watching the game on Sunday? I’m down in Huntington, but make it up to South Bay on Sunday’s every once in awhile.

  54. UltimateHawk says:

    FYI, there’s a Seahawk Bar in Culver City, CA:

  55. OCHawkFan says:

    Thanks UH. I may have to cruise up and check that out. I’m thinking we’ll have a few more Hawks fans out now that we’re fielding a legit team!

  56. @NYHawkFan…Sweet! Nice to know there are more of us here!

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