In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks defense hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory on the road late in games this season.
Three times this year, at Arizona, Detroit and Miami, Seattle had a lead in the fourth quarter, but the team’s strength – its defense – failed to make it hold up.
While I agree that it’s reasonable to expect the offense to come to the rescue at times, and Seattle failed to move the ball into field goal position late in the game against the Dolphins, the identity of this team is the defense. And if the Seahawks are going to make the playoffs and win games in the postseason, the defense has to get back to the way it was playing earlier this season.
Particularly disturbing has been the fact that we have not seen many, game-changing plays in the fourth quarter by Seattle’s best players defensively.
I talked with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob Skelton and Dave Grosby about the Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman situation, which you can listen to here.
Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at the Seahawks-Dolphins game. Elsayed: “This wasn’t a game where the Seahawks safety duo of Kam Chancellor (-4.2) and Earl Thomas (-2.4) covered themselves in glory. Thomas pretty much put points on the board for Miami with that roughing the passer penalty, while Chancellor missed a terrible three tackles. You get a mixed bag of playmaking and mistakes with this duo, but against Miami they were definitely more of the latter.”
Brady Henderson of ESPN 710 Seattle takes a closer look at Russell Wilson’s impressive performance against Miami.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at Leon Washington eighth career kickoff return for a touchdown against Miami.
The Seahawks also drop to No. 13 in the AP Pro 32. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports: “The Seahawks can’t be taken for real until learning to win consistently on the road. A 24-21 loss at Miami was a major setback.”
Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post provides a nice breakdown of some of the impact plays in the Seahawks-Dolphins game. It’s worth looking at if you’re wondering how Devone Bess was so wide open down the middle of the field.
Check out the latest Real Mike Rob Report in the video below.
ESPN Chicago’s Michael Wright reports that the Bears signed veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode to bolster the team’s paper-thin depth along the offensive line. Chicago also worked out former Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry, who was cut by Oakland last week.
Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune expects the Bears to run the ball against a Seattle defense that has given up 775 rushing yards in the last five games.
Jorge Castillo of the New Jersey Star-Ledger offers a pretty in-depth story on the reasons for the increased use of Adderall in the NFL.
David Leon Moore and Jim Corbett of USA Today also delve into the Adderall issue in more detail.