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Morning links: Ware, Cowboys’ pass rush eye Hawks

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2012 at 6:40 am with 38 Comments »
September 14, 2012 6:42 am
Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware (94) puts pressure on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace during the second quarter Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)

In my story this morning, the Seattle Seahawks could see a replay of last week when they face the Cowboys because of the team’s inability to effectively handle the blitz.

“That would be probably the smart thing to do,” Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “If you watched that game, whenever you leave yourself open for things like that, as we always say, it’s a copycat league. And until you prove you can stop it, then somebody’s going to continue to (try to do) that.

“So it just falls right back on us to make sure we’re right with our communication, and all the things we’re trying to do to go along with that.”

The Cowboys have one of the best pass rushers in the game in DeMarcus Ware, who had two sacks against the N.Y. Giants in the season opener.

Jon Machota of the Dalllas Morning News talks with Ware, who says Seattle will use a lot of two tight-end sets to make sure Russell Wilson is protected.

Clare Farnsworth of provides more information on defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo, recently added to Seattle’s practice squad.

710 ESPN Seattle’s Liz Mathews talks with Golden Tate, who believes if healthy he could have been a factor on Seattle’s final drive last week against Arizona. “Yeah, obviously just me being a competitor and me wanting to be out there so bad and the camp I had. I felt like – we all would have felt like – I would have made the catch, or some of those catches.”

Every one of the Cowboys’ media contingent that covers the team for ESPN Dallas picks the Cowboys to beat Seattle on the road this week.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle is picking the Seahawks over the Cowboys, 24-17. Last week Moore correctly picked Arizona over the Hawks.

The experts at CBS Sports are split down the middle.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports likes the Cowboys 24-17.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that you either love or hate “America’s Team”, the Cowboys.

ESPN’s John Clayton wonders if the offenses around the league can keep up with the record-setting pace. In Week I 791 points were scored, an opening-week record.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telgram writes that Dallas tight end Jason Witten expects to be more of a factor this week. Witten still is recovering from a lacerated spleen.

Morning links
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  1. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    the game will either be close and up for grabs or a blow-out

  2. “I felt like – we all would have felt like – I would have made the catch, or some of those catches.”

    Yeah because Sidney Rice, Braylon Edwards, and Doug Baldwin are such losers.

  3. yellaman says:

    The article by Clayton about scoring is something that caught my eye in week #1. I feel for a team to be successful in this keague your team has to consistantly score 20-30 point range to win in this league. The hawks as an offense need to be more product even if their defense is a top 10. Teams who can’t break the 20 point barrier will have losing records. Something to keep an eye on as the season goes along.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    With Moffitt back at RG, it’s unlikely we’ll see many of those delayed A and B gab blitzes this week. So long as Okung and Breno can protect, I think Wilson will have much cleaner pockets. The second part of that is for him to take advantage of them and not evacuate so quickly. He said the game wasn’t too fast for him, last week. That’s fine, but *he* needs to slow down. Like the old John Wooden saying, “be quick without hurrying”.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    yellaman – I agree with that, completely. There are going to be very few teams in today’s league that are going to win consistently, by getting into slugfests, week after week.

  6. I really think we have to get the run game going strong this game. It seems to me this team is built to run.The 12th man has to really bring it and they will.There will be plenty of Cowboy fans in the stands it would be a great game attend wish I had tickets.

  7. bird_spit says:

    “That’s fine, but *he* needs to slow down”

    Could not agree more..his whole second half, the pressure was less (ok..still an issue, but) and had he worked thru his progressons, he would have moved the chains more effectively.

    Looking forward to the game, win or lose. (Win would be better) I am looking for this team to bounce back, and show they have learned a thing or two. Also, it has to be better. Communication on the line of scrimmage will be in the hawks favor with the 12th man.

    hawkfaninoklahoma – I think that covers it..

  8. time in the pocket, or lack thereof, really takes its toll on the QB’s psyche over the course of the game. watching some of the game last night, you could see it happening to Cutlet, who I think is a pretty decent quarterback. when you are under pressure the entire game, it’s hard to turn off the instinct to hurry even when the pressure isn’t there on a particular play. maybe the best of the best qb’s avoid this, but you could see it happening with RW last week.

    another thing I noticed in yesterday’s game – the pocket doesn’t have to be the 3-yards in every direction that Brady seems to get – Rodgers was often throwing from the tightest squeezed pocket, but he was still in a clean pocket, and able to wait for downfield throws.

  9. shoot, that’s a bad typo, Cutler, not Cutlet . . .

  10. GeorgiaRay says:

    Actually, I think the Cutlet “typo” was a nice slip….

  11. Considering that Golden Tate had zero drops last year (best in the league), I think he would have certainly helped on that last drive in Arizona. Hopefully he’ll catch a few against the Cowboys.

  12. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    birdspit, lol that post was before coffee. let me clarify. close can go either way or cowboys wipe up the field with hawks in blow out. i don’t see the hawks blowing out dallas. that said i think the hawks get way up for this keep it close. hopefully this week we get the win on last play.

  13. GeorgiaRay says:

    And as far as the continuing saga of Sidney Rice…..Didn’t he play in the SEC?!?!? Never seen a hit, or a sideways fall to the turf before?

  14. psoundpowerhouse says:

    It’s simple.
    Will the ancient Indian curse be lifted, or not.

  15. Whoa whoa whoa I hope we aren’t using Jay Cutler and his performance last night as an example for Seattle’s QB play…

  16. Did you guys know that the Cardinals have won 8 of their last 10 games? Including wins over the Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, and 2 against the Seahawks? Maybe some of the stuff not going as well as we would have liked to see it last week had something to do with those guys, especially their defense, being pretty good. I’m betting they give the Patriots a pretty good run for their money this week too.

    If you follow the national media (ESPN, NFL Network, etc) you would get the idea that the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks don’t even play in the NFL but I have the feeling that the NFC West is going to make a statement for themselves this week. The 49ers made a nice statement last week when they beat the Packers but they are not the only NFL team playing in the NFC West. This will be the week when they all start to make a name for themselves. Who knows maybe the Rams can even beat the Redskins at home and slow down a little of the RGIII love. They gave the Lions a pretty good run last week.

  17. ruminator1 says:

    last night it was cutlet, well done.

  18. mojjonation says:

    Cutler was his typical whiny self during and after the loss. He’s had a bad attitude since he entered the league. The Cutlet freudian slip was awesome. At 7 sacks, he must of felt liked chopped liver.

    RG3 got a lot of props for leading Washington to a win. Washington beat the Giants twice last year so they have had some game. New Orleans defense sucked last year and apparently still sucks this year. Wilson, Luck, Weeden, and Tannehill, played against some tough defenses while RG3 feasted on team turmoil.

    I just hope Dallas doesn’t bait Wilson into running right prematurely and get squashed by whatever d lineman is hanging out in the flat.

  19. “Cutler was his typical whiny self during and after the loss. He’s had a bad attitude since he entered the league.”

    Yeah, I totally agree with that. I do think he’s got the tools for the position (he was rolling last year at the time he got hurt), but everything else about him screams that he’s a d–k. He’s this generation’s Jeff George. Would never want him as the Hawks QB.

  20. Sparky12 says:

    I trust RW and the O-line will fare better this weekend. However, Bevell will call in his usual timid game and will not let RW open it up. And given our injured and already suspect receiving corp’s are in for a long day.

    I just don’t get what PC sees in Bevell. He was bad in Minnesota, and he continues to stink it up here. Sure don’t see any improvement in his play selection. I know Cable is heading the offense, but Bevell has a huge input and selection on play calling. Unlike Pete and Gus on defense, he does not use the strengths of his players well and sticks with his game plan until the hawks are so beat-up and behind, they need desperate plays to get back in the game.

    Bevell needs to go!

  21. When blockers block who they’re supposed to, and runners run where they’re supposed to, and QB’s throw where they’re supposed to, and receivers catch what they’re supposed to (not to mention run where they’re supposed to), Offensive Coordinators look a lot better at their jobs.

  22. mojjonation says:

    Bevell was annointed a “genius” when Favre showed up. Other than handing the ball off to AP, was he really worth anything before that?

  23. mojjonation says:

    Here’s my own personal pipe dream…

    Pete Carrol gets fired as head coach. Bevell gets fired as offensive coordinator. Mike Holmgren is fired as GM of the Browns. Bill Cowher comes out of retirement and takes the Seahawks head coaching job. Holmgren comes back as the offensive coordinator. Goog god could you imagine the possibilities? With the defense that is already there, and Cowher tweeking it, teams would be lucky to get 13 points off os us. I think Holmgren could turn this offense into another version of 2005 with Wilson being infinitely more mobile than Hasselback with a stronger arm to boot. We already have a running game. Edwards or Tate could be the focal point if he can stay healthy and stay away from Top Pot. This team is a lot closer to being dominant than the one Holmgren took over. It would only take a few pieces to turn it into a true juggernaut.

    Oh well.

  24. Here is my personal pipe dream… I think more realistic…

    Pete Carroll wins multiple superbowl championships as coach of the the Seattle Seahawks.

  25. HeinieHunter says:

    I am sick of Tate and his big mouth and bigger ego. Shut up until you put up! IMO you’re a lot closer to a bust than you are a star for this team!

  26. Dukeshire says:

    mojjonation – That scenario sounds more like a horrific nightmare to me.

  27. I still think Carroll coming here was a great thing for the franchise, a close loss on the road in the season-opener isn’t going to make me lose faith quite so quickly. Let’s not forget where the team was when he took over just two years ago.

  28. Carlsonkid says:

    I have to admit , I’m not a big Bevel fan either – but he is a step up from Knapp and Bates … not that that’s saying much .

  29. HeinieHunter says:

    If the Defense doesnt develop a consistent pass rush (with the QB’s they are going to be facing in the next few weeks) they will get picked apart!
    If the Offense can’t prove that they will burn you deep if you contine to send everyone after the QB it’s going to be a very very long season!
    Seattle has to show that they are a playoff team this week against Dallas by winning convincingly. You don’t go the playoff by going 0-2 with GB, NE, and SF on the horizon.

  30. HawkfaninMT says:

    I don’t know if I would say he is a step up from Bates. With the exception of the 3rd and 4th down fade routes, I didn’t hate Bates.

    I will say that there are 2 HCs that could be looking for jobs at the end of the year that i would love the Hawks to snag if the opportunity presents itself. Jason Garrett and Norv Turner would be a huge upgrade in my opinion. Or if we are going with pipe dreams, Garrett as OC and Norv as QB Coach

  31. “Seattle has to show that they are a playoff team this week against Dallas by winning convincingly”

    I don’t know about convincingly, but we do need a win, and I’ll take another flubbed FG win if that’s what goes down – – with GB coming into town next week, if we can’t beat Dallas, we could be looking at an 0-3 start, which would really put a damper on the season expectations . . . .

  32. jchawks08 says:

    Yea I don’t care if we win by 1 or 100, this team needs a win desperately on Sunday. 0-2 and $hit gets real in a hurry around Seahawks land. This board will lose it’s minds even if some of you say you’re content with a yet another rebuilding year. I’ve let my feelings known that I’m not among you on that front. Ugh, color me apprehensive for this Dallas game..

  33. With a rookie QB and the O-Line not up to snuff like we all thought, a #1 WR who’s made of glass and can never fuly practice, a RB who keeps having back problems, all of our “good up and coming” players having to sit out practices consistently the past few weeks I could absolutely see the Seahawk’s going 0-4 to start the season. I am sorry. Not trying to be gloom and doom but if 1/2 the dang offense can’t practice (Baldwin, Rice, Lynch, Tate, etc.) how are they going to get into any kind of groove? Preseason means noting, obviously, but the regular season schedule this year is brutal. There will be no easy games at all and that is due to the fact that we have a rookie QB. I am not cashing in my chips for this year but I don’t see seattle making the playoffs until they can go at least 8 games with the same O-line, Lynch healed and practicing and playing and the same goes for Rice. I have just about had it with Rice. Tate too. Complete underachievers compared to how they were advertised. Ridiculous. And like most everyone else has said, Where in the holy hell is our pass rush we heard so much about being upgraded this year? Kolb proved it was non-existent!! KOLB for godssake!! UGH! I really do not like the Cowboys so I am hoping for a win. Romo is a nerd, I cannot stand to look at Miles Austin’s ugly mug and Dez Bryant is a total wanna be thug….Please beat “America’s Team”…..oh and Jerry Jones is an ass-hat….Thank you..

  34. Lynch played fine; and our defense got a lot of pressure on AZ after making some halftime adjustments (w/the big exception of that one Kolb drive) . . .but yeah, our receivers and our O-line, it would sure be nice if they were really strong so our rookie QB would have a bit of an easier time breaking in.

    Still and all – I’m expecting a stronger game from RW on Sunday.

  35. gltrip99 says:

    It interesting that if the guy that Seattle brought in to catch the ball,(Edwards) would have caught the ball. He paid enough to make that play and it was a good pass, than all this complaining about RW being a rookie would not even have happen. RW drove the team down the field and put the his team in position to win. I blame the play calling of the OC(fad pass to the corner don’t get that) and Mr Edward for not making the play.

  36. Singularitarian says:

    seriously gltrip, it’s like people don’t even watch the game. We played a underrated Cardinals team (maybe even more under rated than seattle) on the road, with a rookie right guard who was a defensive lineman in college, who play like a 7th round rookie tackle who was a defensive lineman in college. Then Wilson mythoically marches the field and the reciever drops the ball in the endzone. With pressure all day, I would say it was a nice cherry popper for Wilson, and that rarely feels good the first time. seeing how he bounces back and plays at home is exciting. All you “fans” who get all pessimistic after 1 close divisional road loss need to rethink the situation. Give it a few weeks

  37. Last season, week 9 it was DAL 23 (QB T.Romo) SEA 13. In ’09 it was DAL 38 (QB T.Romo) SEA 17, in ’08 it was DAL 34 (QB T.Romo) SEA 9, and in ’05 it was DAL 10 (QB D.Bledsoe) SEA 13. In ’04 it was DAL 43 (QB V.Testaverde) SEA 39, in ’02 it was DAL 14 (QB C.Hutchinson) SEA 17 and in ’01 it was DAL 3 (QB Q.Carter) SEA 29.

    Will ’12 season Week 2 be DAL 20 SEA 17, or will our new QB begin to influence SEA more like T.Romo influenced DAL when he became their starter? So far I’ve only seen Schlerith ‘expert’ pick SEA to win this one, but I’d love to see an upset here.

  38. whatthehell says:

    put your $$ on dallas they will win

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