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Morning links: Sexy Rex leads Jets circus to town

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 9, 2012 at 7:18 am with 18 Comments »
November 9, 2012 7:18 am
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow shake hands in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In my story today, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is bringing the NFL’s most talked about team to CenturyLink Field on Sunday.

Although the Jets have lost four of their last five games and are in last place in the AFC East, cornerback Antonio Cromartie predicted on the NFL Network that the team would make the playoffs this year.

The team’s most popular player, backup quarterback Tim Tebow, has been in just 55 plays through eight games, and is not happy with his part-time role. Even more displeased is the team’s fan base, which would like to see Tebow supplant an ineffective Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback.

The Jets boisterous coach, Rex Ryan, guaranteed his team would make it to the Super Bowl last season before they missed the playoffs at 8-8.

While Ryan has been more reserved this year, he was voted the most overrated coach in the league in a recent players’ poll conducted by The Sporting News.

“I look forward to the challenge,” Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said about playing the most talked about team nationally this season. “I’ve always seen Rex on TV and see how he is. I’ve seen him on ‘Hard Knocks’ (the HBO behind-the-scenes documentary show in 2010) and things like that. So I’m kind of excited to play against him. I’m kind of excited to see some of the trash talk that I hear from some of their players, so it should be fun

John McGrath of The News Tribune gives the Seahawks kudos for once again hitting on unconventional draft selections in this year’s draft. McGrath: “Of the top 20 rookies Gil Brandt ranked the other day for, the Hawks landed at No. 9 (linebacker Bobby Wagner, who rated 63rd on Brandt’s pre-draft “hot list”), No. 12 (defensive end Bruce Irvin, rated 58th on the hot list) and No. 19 (quarterback Russell Wilson, 112th on the hot list.)”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Golden Tate, who leads Seattle in touchdowns receptions with five, has done it with flair this season.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times notes that Russell Wilson has had more success getting his team in the end zone inside the red zone of late.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung has the most penalties among players in the NFC West with 10.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. likes Seattle over the New York Jets 24-17. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kretz: “New York’s best shot at coming out ahead in this game is by giving the Seahawks’ defense a lot of different looks. When Seattle’s defense knows what is apt to be coming and knows where the launch point is apt to be on passing downs, it is one of the best at pinning its ears back and attacking the pocket. A good mix of Wildcat formations along with multiple personnel packages could help create confusion and slow down Seattle’s reaction time.”

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. lists two Seahawks in his top 50 NFL players at midseason – Marshawn Lynch at No. 45 and Earl Thomas at No. 50. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Pete Carroll was mic’d up for last week’s Minnesota game. Check out the video here.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle provides a chalk talk of Marshawn Lynch’s 3-yard touchdown run last week against Minnesota. Check out the video here.

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle comes to defense of the Seattle defense. Wyman: “On every running play, each gap is accounted for by a particular player. The good news for the Hawks is that I’m not seeing players getting overpowered or beaten at the point of attack. It’s more about assignment and subtle adjustments in technique like staying low, attacking blockers and not over-running plays. This is a fixable problem and I’m sure that coaches like former Pro Bowl linebacker Ken Norton, Jr. will get that problem squared away.”

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York wonders if the Jets have the stones to use Tim Tebow for an entire series or two against Seattle.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Really looking forward to this game.Gonna be tough early on I believe and if the hawks don’t finish, and allow this team to hang around,they may come away with an L.Gotta execute and dictate to the Jets what this game is gonna be.

    Stop Shaun Green and make Sanchez and Tebow try and beat you.If that happens, I like our chances.Go Hawks!

  2. trout_hound says:

    Thanks, Georgia. Nice Wilson interview from this morning embedded in that link. Go Hawks!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Okung’s false starts and holds lead me to believe his previous injuries are presenting issues for him. That is, he’s lost lateral quickness. I hope that’s not the case and it’s a confidence issue, because he’s had stretches where he’s played really well, like against Allen last week. Although he had another false start…

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Wow Georgia the comments from their fans would indicate that there’s a general consensus that the Jets really suck. PC knowing all of Sanchez’s weaknesses will make the plan a good one and with the 12th man no less.

  5. Re the Gil Brandt draft list – – it’s an interesting question, and maybe it’s a little too early to be asking, but if the NFL draft were held today, where does Wilson get picked?

    Got to think he would go somewhere in the 1st round.

  6. I hope they use Tebow alot this week. Seahawks are going to embarress the Jets, can’t wait to hear what Rex has to say with both his QB’s getting beat down and his team boat raced out of Seattle. I haven’t been able to watch the previous two games or this one coming up due to some incarciration issues, but what’s the deal with Okung, hope it’s not linguring injuries.

  7. montanamike2 says:

    I wonder if our practice squad could beat the Jags?

  8. Helenahawk says:

    Our practice squad wouldn’t have the beat the Jags. They beat themselves.

  9. Southendzone says:

    Barnwell of Grantland / espn has a pretty scathing article about the Jags GM posted today. He points out several VERY bad personnel decisions from drafting, to trading, to free agency.

  10. Dave Wyman is awesome!

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    All the experts are picking the Hawks. You know what that means?

    I sure hope the players aren’t as convinced as the experts are.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I’m baffled as to why so many think the Jets will be a pushover. I’m guessing it’s like the “Cardinals syndrome” to start the season: unfamiliar with who they’re playing, outside the rhetoric. Seattle may blow them out, but it’s anything than a given.

  13. pope411 says:

    This game isn’t going to be easy. The Jets have a very easy schedule coming up and they are looking to use this as a springboard after their Bye. Meanwhile the Hawks are going into their Bye and feeling good after a W. Don’t sleep on them.

  14. freedom_X says:

    Nothing is a given, but if Seattle is actually a contending team, they should not lose at home to a struggling one. If you’re losing to “teams you should beat”, then your team isn’t that good.

    Seattle fans are hoping we have a playoff-contending team, not an average or below average one. The Cardinals and Rams losses wouldn’t sting so much if those guys were still better than .500 teams. The fact that they aren’t, makes those losses that much worse as far as judging Seattle’s true ability.

  15. HeinieHunter says:

    Must win game for Hawks. Lose at home to the rudderless Jets? If you can’t trounce them….you are not a legit playoff team, just a wannabe.

  16. NYHawkFan says:

    Re: Okung, everyone is dinged up a little at the point in the season. That may partially explain his false starts, but there’s got to be something else there. I’m just happy his ankle issues seem to have quieted down and he’s still playing. I remember there was a lot of talk about how fragile he was his first season or two because of being out with injuries.

  17. NYHawkFan says:

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