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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
28th

Morning links: Feisty Finnegan

St. Louis Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan (31) is guarded by Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) on a Washington Redskins touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

In my story today, The St. Louis Rams corners should present a tough test for Seattle’s receivers on Sunday.

Seven-year veteran Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins aren’t as tall and lanky as their Seattle counterparts Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. Both are about 5-10 and 190 pounds, but are feisty playmakers that play physical out on the perimeter.

Finnegan is tied for second in the league in interceptions with three, including one returned for a 31-yard scored against Detroit in Week 1. Finnegan also kicks inside in nickel situations, and is known for trash talking around the league.

“You want him on your team on the football field, because the way he plays with that feistiness,” said Seattle defensive lineman Jason Jones, who played with Finnegan for four years at Tennessee. “He definitely knows how to get under your skin, do little things and talk to you. He’s definitely going to talk to you.”

Jenkins has 17 tackles and an interception on the year. Together, they’ve helped the Rams hold teams to just two passing touchdowns on the year, tied for first in the league. Seattle is last in the league in passing, averaging 127.7 yards a contest.

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Sep.
27th

Seahawks Insider pick ‘em – Week 4

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, second from right, celebrates with Seahawks' Michael Robinson after defeating the Green Bay Packers 14-12 an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Four folks lead the Seahawks Insider pick ‘em contest after three weeks of the regular season.

12thmanfaithful, JazBadAzz, mdboucher and wabubba67 all picked 24 correct after three weeks.

JazBadAzz rose up the ranks by picking an impressive 14 correct to lead Week 3.

After a solid Week 2, I struggled once again with only seven correct in Week 3, falling way down in the pack with 19 correct so far this season.

Check out the results or come join us here. And get your Thursday pick in quickly, with the Browns-Ravens game set to start in less than an hour.

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Sep.
27th

Giacomini, Moffitt miss second straight day

Seattle could be starting a new right side of the offensive line when the team travels to St. Louis this weekend.

Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and right guard John Moffitt did not practice for a second straight day.

Giacomini is out with a pectoral issue, while Moffitt has an injured knee that has kept him out.

Frank Omiyale would be the likely replacement for Giacomini at right tackle, while Paul McQuistan or J.R. Sweezy could slide in at right guard. Second-year pro James Carpenter is slated to see his first play time this season at left guard if he makes it through this week’s practice okay.

Linebacker Leroy Hill (calf) and defensive tackle Jason Jones (knee) also did not practice today.

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Sep.
27th

Wilson says offense can create more explosive plays

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talked about his team’s struggles throwing the ball through three weeks of the regular season.

He acknowledged that he left the pocket early a few times last week against Green Bay, and that’s something he’ll continue to try and improve in the coming weeks.

“I definitely felt like I did that two or three plays in the game where I could have stayed in the pocket longer,” Wilson said. “It’s something I’m always focusing on and working on.

“I know I have the ability to make plays with my feet, too. But I’d rather stay in there and make throws. That’s the first little note I made myself personally as soon as we watched film – just that I make sure to stay in the pocket a little longer, trust it a little longer. And that will develop with time and just the more experience I get.”

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Sep.
27th

Seahawks Insider podcast — Week 4

How will Seattle’s receivers match up against St. Louis defensive backs Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins? How will the Seahawks defense Rams possession receiver Danny Amendola? And is this week’s contest at St. Louis a trap game for Seattle?

Eric Williams of The News Tribune and Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, discuss Seattle’s upcoming contest at St. Louis.

Download link (25.9 MB)

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Sep.
27th

Morning links: Seahawks looking for some respect

Seattle Seahawks' Brandon Mebane, left, closes in on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In my story today, after a controversial, last-second win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks believe their effort against the Packers, particularly on defense, has been overshadowed by a questionable call by replacement officials on a national level.

Seattle dominated on defense, holding Green Bay to 87 yards of total offense in the first half, sacking Aaron Rodgers 8 times and holding him without a touchdown pass for the first time in 20 games.

Through three games, Seattle’s defense is No. 1 in points allowed (13 a game), No. 2 in rushing defense (58.7 yards per game) and No. 4 in total defense (272.3 yards per game).

“Regardless of the outcome of the game, we’re not going to get the respect that we feel like we deserve,” Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. “But it doesn’t really matter to us because we keep it in-house. We keep it about us.”

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Sep.
26th

Blame Carroll for putting a lid on offense

There’s been many complaints from the Seattle Seahawks faithful about the team’s conservative play calling on offense, with many directing their ire toward offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Seattle is last in passing yards for a second straight week, averaging 127.7 yards a contest. The Seahawks are averaging 19 points a contest, tied for 26th in the league.

But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll took the blame for Seattle’s struggles on offense.

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Sep.
26th

James Carpenter Seattle’s starting left guard?

As he alluded to last week, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that last year’s first round draft pick James Carpenter will play this week at left guard, which means that there could be some juggling around again on the offensive line this week.

Carpenter started at left guard the first game of the 2011 season against San Francisco, and then moved to right tackle when Robert Gallery was available in Week 2. So offensive line coach Tom Cable has seen Carpenter at both positions, and prefers him inside. And at left guard playing next to Russell Okung, the Seahawks have a chance to create a powerful, run-blocking combination they have not had since Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson.

“We really thing the best place for him is to be inside and be a monster in there,” Carroll said. “We saw that last year, and we did both with him if you remember. And he feels most comfortable on the left side, just in his background.

“So you look at Russell and James together, that’s a great side for us if we can put this thing together. And it could happen this week, too.”

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