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Morning links: Tale of the tape – Tannehill vs. Wilson

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 22, 2012 at 7:09 am with 19 Comments »
November 22, 2012 7:09 am
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 in Miami. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Happy Turkey Day everyone. Hopefully you get your fill of football today. The Seahawks practice at 12:15 today, and I’ll have a short report after practice.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson matches up with one of his fellow rookies from this year’s draft class for the first time this season when he faces Miami’s Ryan Tannehill on Sunday.

Of course, the two quarterbacks won’t have anything to do with stopping each other. But with Tannehill selected at No. 8 overall, and Wilson the only one of the five rookie quarterbacks starting this season that was not selected in the first round, it’s interesting to note where the two quarterbacks are in their development, as Dave Boling of The News Tribune delves into here.

Boling: Wilson’s competitive drive is manifest in his manic preparation. While the team was given last week off for the bye, Wilson returned to the practice facility Friday, Saturday and Sunday ‘… just to get back into the routine of things,’ he said.

Judgments on the value of these rookie quarterbacks are better reserved for a time when more evidence is available.

But if Miami for some reason made a straight-up offer to swap its first-round quarterback for Seattle’s third-round quarterback, I doubt that the Seahawks would be interested.”

From my notebook today, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is looking forward to playing against his old Penn State teammate, Cameron Wake, who had to make his way through the CFL before turning into one of the best pass rusher in the game for Miami. “In college we all knew he was loaded with talent,” Robinson said about Wake. “We just wish he had a little bit more dog in him and he found it. Good for him. I’m glad to see he is doing well.”

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that the Dolphins chose between Wake and fellow CFL product Brandon Browner during a tryout in 2009, and Browner had to go back to the CFL for another season.

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle writes the Seahawks must take their show on the road if they want to make the playoffs. Wyman: “To be safe, they must win one or both of those games if they want to ensure themselves a spot in the playoffs. That point was made clear Monday night after the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers put a 32-7 beatdown on the Chicago Bears.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando also takes a closer look at the Tannehill-Wilson comparison.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that linebacker K.J. Wright is pleased to be back on the field. “This game is really special to me,” Wright said. “When I was standing there on the sideline, I saw how much I wanted to be out there.”

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel provides some matchups to watch for Sunday’s game – WR Davone Bess vs. Marcus Trufant in the slot, and Marshawn Lynch vs. LB Karlos Dansby.

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins will face a Seattle team that likes to lay the wood on both sides of the ball.

Brian Burke writing for The New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 61 percent win chance at Miami.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. likes the Seahawks over the Dolphins, 17-10. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson: “In the first half of last Thursday’s loss to the Bills, the Dolphins had more penalty yards than offensive yards. Seattle’s defense doesn’t have a weakness. The Seahawks are better at home than on the road, but they’ll be a tough challenge for Tannehill.”

Mike Florio of reports that Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan’s name has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacant Carolina Panthers general manager job.

Jack Bechta writing for the National Football Post shares the five best things about being a sports agent. Interesting read.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Wilson’s work ethic really is impressive, and I don’t think there’s any question who this team’s leader is. Early in camp this summer, I thought all the leadership talk was just that. Euphemism for intangible. I was pretty clearly wrong about that.

    I’m not surprised to hear McCloughan being considered for another GM spot. He did brought a lot of that talent to SF that is playing so well now. And I think with Singletary flaming so badly, it help him get a pass on that team’s underachieving.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Michael Irvin is going to have to un-RIP the Seahawks coming up in the next segment on NFL Gameday. lol.

  3. sluggo42 says:

    Gobble gobble Duke

    Nothing more to say than blowout. I just don’t see Miami having a chance, and I think they will be lucky to score a td. I think we put up somewhere between 28-35. The week off game planning will be huge, and I think the play action just kills Em.

    War hawks

  4. Dave: Great quote(It says it all):

    “But if Miami for some reason made a straight-up offer to swap its first-round quarterback for Seattle’s third-round quarterback, I doubt that the Seahawks would be interested.”

    Happy Turkey day all!

  5. I wish the Colts would make that offer!

    Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

  6. I remember when the Cardinals had no chance week 1 either.

  7. Carlsonkid says:

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone !

    … it’s a road game . We’ve won one all year long , because Cam Newton threw what should have been the winning touchdown to his tight end in the dirt .

    The next two games will determine whether we go to the playoffs basically . We know what they can do at home – time to take it on the road .

    GO HAWKS !

  8. Dukeshire says:

    I agree that this will tell us a lot about Seattle. At home, I too think they thump Miami. On the road, across the country…? We’ll learn what to expect moving forward, IMO.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    I hope the extra work Wilson has put in translates to a win on Sunday.

  10. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I hate 10:00 a.m. games. And a 10:00 a.m. game off of a bye is even worse. Hopefully Carrol and the Hawks will break that nasty trend and ally my fears. Anyway, I’m glad the bye is over; Sundays aren’t the same without a Seahawk game!!!

    Happy Turkey day everybody.

  11. I’ll just take a 1 point win here as long as it’s a win.

    They need to start somewhere with these 1 PM Games. We will see how much the last 2 games of perceived improvement was simply playing bad teams at home or taking that next step.

  12. We have been close in all our road games but we have to step up and WIN – and not hope for the other team to implode.

    It starts on the defense – IMO they don’t play as well on the road either and our whole team philosophy relies on them to play very well every week. if they don’t it puts more pressure on our offense to be perfect – they are not ready to be perfect. good yes, great not yet

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Lol, they’re all 1 PM games (unless it’s a Monday, Thursday, or Sunday night game). I presume you mean East Coast starts. So far this season, they’re 1-2 in Eastern time zone starts.

  14. The one win this year was a 4 PM ET start.

  15. Wow – Houston gives up 1st -2 rushing TD’s of the season today – that is crazy

    Detroit is starting to wake up – I don’t like that!

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Right you are…

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Good lord, JJ Watt knocks down more balls than I’ve ever seen from a defensive lineman. 3 more today.

  18. J.J. Watt is a machine. 14.5 sacks, 54 tackles, 10 TFL, and 13 PD’s; with 5 games left to go. There are some DB’s in this league (you know, guys that are actually paid to deflect passes from the hands of opposing receiver’s) that don’t rack up numbers like those in a whole year. If anyone deserves defensive player of the year, it’s that guy. He doesn’t get it done by being cheap or dirty the way Suh does either. He just plays clean, hard, dominant football.

  19. Got a chance to see Watts for the first time today for a whole game! Pretty impressive!!

    I think he will be Defensive player of the year – too many stats across the board to get ignored. I love how upset he was when he gave up a TD on a play.

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