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 NFL.com, 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 Seahawks.com 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.