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Morning links: No distractions for Sherman

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 29, 2012 at 7:48 am with 45 Comments »
November 29, 2012 7:48 am
Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman carries the ball in the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Seattle. After a series of significant injuries to teammates Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond, Sherman is now being rewarded as the first-team cornerback for their upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals scheduled on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

In my story today, while reporters huddled around Richard Sherman’s locker with a Seahawks media relations person looking on, the Seattle cornerback remained up-beat about playing this weekend at Chicago.

Sherman said he won’t let the possibility of a four-game suspension for his alleged violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy serve as a distraction.

“Not at all,” Sherman said. “It doesn’t affect me at all. It happens like that a lot. There’s always a misunderstanding and mishaps, and all you can do is continue to go about your job the same way you’ve been going about it and let things play themselves out.”

And others like Golden Tate are following Sherman’s lead.

“Honestly, I personally don’t have time to think about, ‘What if we do have guys? Or what if we don’t have guys?’ ” Tate said. “I’ve got to prepare myself to help this team win, and that’s the only thing I’m focusing on. I pray for the best for the situation for those guys, and that’s the only thing I can really do.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune has second thoughts about proclaiming this year’s defense as one of the best in franchise history. Boling: “Perhaps the most relevant numbers are these: Last year, the Seahawks held opponents to 3.8 yards per rush. This season, the average is 4.6. The inability to stop the run changes almost everything about how the defensive scheme can operate.”

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the league’s convoluted substance abuse policy is partially to blame for Browner and Sherman’s situation in Seattle. Brewer: “o be fair to the accused, the NFL wants the process to be private, but it is available for all to scrutinize now. Little about the process is clear or welcome for explanation. And so, in a crazy twist, Browner and Sherman are victims who might soon be outlaws.”

Clare Farnsworth of talks with a sore-footed Red Bryant, who says he’ll find a way to make it out onto the field on Sunday.

ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that all of Seattle’s remain opponents except for San Francisco are among the league’s bottom feeders in completed passes outside the numbers, where Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner reside.

Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago writes about Bears passing game coordinator Jeremy Bates matching up against the person that fired him as offensive coordinator in Seattle, Pete Carroll. “It was just time to move on,” Carroll told Chicago-area reporters during his Wednesday conference call. “We made changes in what happened with our running game and the whole staff so it just fit better to do what we’re doing now. We wish him the best.”

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 52 percent win chance on the road against Chicago.

Adam Jahns of The Chicago Sun-Times writes that Bears first round draft choice Gabe Carimi is currently slated to start at right guard for the first time in his career. That should be a good match up for Brandon Mebane.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Sherman sounds guilty as sin, to me. “Misunderstanding”..? Everything reads like he’s just trying to get the suspension “deferred” until the start of next season.

  2. bayareahawkfan says:

    Re: Carimi’s move to guard, I wonder is this is Chicago admitting he’s a failure at OT, or if it has more to due with trying to keep their leaky OL ship afloat game to game.

    Curious to hear BobbyK’s take, as he was so high on Carimi as an elite OT prospect vs. Carp last year.

  3. Looks like Carimi is there due to injuries and if not for those, he would be riding the bench.

  4. RDPoulsbo says:

    I don’t want to bring up the Carimi/Carpenter debate again, but one thing that I’ve been wondering about is why was Cable looking for big road grater types like Carp and Moffitt when he’s using a zone blocking scheme? Zone blocking has a higher premium on more mobile, athletic types of o-linemen so they can make their block and get downfield to the 2nd level. The big road graters are better fits for man blocking so they can just dominate the guy in front of them. Seems those 2 picks run counter to what they’re trying to do up front.

  5. I actually think the Seahawks have as good a chance of winning this game as they did last week’s game. In other words, it’s a pretty even contest, and will probably come down to the last drive. The key is getting pressure on Cutler. If Irvin and Clemons can do that, the Seahawks have a good chance of winning. A few turnovers would help too.

    As far as the playoffs are concerned, it’s better to win in Chicago and lose in Toronto.

  6. mojjonation says:

    Any truth to the rumor that Sherm’s Twitter handle for this week has been changed to Adderall Prime? Funny how the first three letters are A-D-D.

  7. How much does this hurt Sherman’s chances for the Pro Bowl? He deserves a spot, but it might keep him out.

  8. If he’s suspended, I think it kills it. The Seahawks might have only Thomas and Lynch make the squad now.

  9. Palerydr says:

    If a player is suspended for drug use they cannot go to the probowl as a player course they can watch from the stands.

  10. mojjonation says:

    Can…probably not much. The year that San Diego’s roid boy Merriman was suspended for actual steroid use, he still got voted into the pro bowl.

  11. @RDP

    What you are referring to is the Alex Gibbs method for running the ZBS. Cable runs it differently, as does pretty much every other team in the NFL. Cable’s been doing it this way for years with a good amount of success. He learned the system from Gibbs, but obviously he found that going with bigger offensive linemen can work just as well, if not better.

  12. mojjonation says:

    Merriman was actually a starter on the 2007 AFC Pro Bowl squad for the 2006 season (for which he was suspended for four games). After that, it was instituted that anyone who violated the leagues policy regarding PED’s would not be allowed to play in the pro bowl.

  13. I hope it’s true that he’s not distracted. Hard to believe he and the team wouldn’t be affected by this. Sunday is the biggest game of the year to date.

  14. mojjonation says:

    Maybe Browner and Sherman could take an entire bottle of Flintstones chewables or get hopped up on vitamin C and see if they can sustain or raise their level of play.

    Sherman and all the others can claim this is not a distraction. As long as someone sticks a microphone or recording device in front of their faces, and asks the question, it is a distraction.

    This is a winnable game. But it is on the road. In the Eastern time zone. And the kickoff is at 1pm (10am here). While the easties claim this is a trap game for Chicago, it screams another let down for the Seahawks. I really don’t think the winning or losing is up to Sherman and Browner, but knowing that this may be it for them (more than likely) until the playoffs (if we make it), should give them some added non PED oomph for this game.

  15. HeinieHunter says:

    This teams playoff hopes crashed last Sunday. They looked bad on offense and even worse on defense. Then Sherman and Browner get busted for drugs. They will lose in Cicago and Buffalo. Optimism is fine but I’m seeing this team as the East Coast views it. Not a contender, just another .500 team. Game over!

  16. Look, whether or not Sherman is guilty, it doesn’t change the fact that he is still one of the league’s best. This idea that he can’t play unless he’s on Adderall is really quite laughable. Pro athletes are always looking for an edge, or the next new nutrient or supplement that isn’t on the NFL’s banned list. It’s been this way for years, and it will continue to be that way. If Sherman is doing it, and Browner is doing it, then you’d better believe that there are even more players in the league right now that are doing it but are yet to be caught.

    Lawrence Taylor is perhaps the greatest defensive player to have ever played in the NFL. He was a player that basically set the bar for everyone that came after him. He used PED’s. L.T.’s PED of choice: cocaine.

    The NFL is a brutal game. These guys put their bodies through car wreck, after car wreck in the name of the game and the demands of competition. Then we as fans sit back and judge because, oh, someone’s been fingered for using drugs to help counterbalance the strain that it takes to achieve.

  17. rramstad says:

    The injury situation for Chicago is nearly critical at this point (see: Stealers) and our chance for victory on Sunday will largely depend on who plays for the Bears.

    It is absolutely possible to run a zone blocking scheme with large offensive linemen, as long as they have good feet, and ideally, the group moves together at one speed…

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Sekolah – Yes, “even more players” are doing it. 16 have been suspended so far this season, simply through random drug testing. Clearly it’s prevalent league wide.

  19. Bears O-line is notoriously bad. If we can keep guys in Cutler’s face all day, and avoid turnovers on offense, this game can be had.

  20. “Playoffs? You want to talk about playoffs?” This team, in its current state, is not built to go very deep into the playoffs. Which is why a lot of this p*ssing and moaning about impending suspensions for Browner and Sherman is really for just the sake of p*ssing and moaning.

    This defense cannot stop the run. Teams that run the ball in this league the way the Seahawks do will not win consistently when their defense is yielding more yards on the ground than their offense can gain. The wheels have fallen off. Smoke and mirror show over. Something happened in that game against Minnesota game that opened the eyes for the rest of the league to see.

    This defense is still struggling to consistently pressure the QB; another trademark of a team that is unequipped to go far in the playoffs.

    Offensively, I think this team is just good enough to make a push in the playoffs, but not w/out this defense getting back to the way it played during the first 4 weeks of the season.

    One and done would be my guess about this current team’s playoff chances.

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    This Sunday should be a game where we should expect more blitzes. It might sound counterintuitive, but it’s better to blitz against bad lines than good ones. Good lines know how to pick up blitzes and then you have 1 less man in the secondary for the QB to get the throw to the open man. Bad lines are just thinking of the guy in front of them, so the blitzer is more likely to come through untouched. Add in Cutler thinking of his injury and you can get him jumpy and making bad decisions.

  22. PugetHawk says:

    As pesimistic as I have been since last Sunday’s loss, I cannot shake this feeling that the Hawks win in Chicago. They are a damaged offensive line and Browner and Sherman should be able to contain Marshall.
    We will still not make the playoffs with our conservative defense in the fourth quarter and Bevell is so stubborn that his ego may run this season into the ground.
    It is insane to keep running Marshawn into a defensive line that is dominating the offensive line.

  23. montanamike2 says:

    It is a winnable game, too bad for Sherman because i thought he should be in the pro bowl based on his game 1 interception where he kept his toes inbounds, or the game where he got into Steve Smiths head so much he body slammed him to the ground, talked trash to Brady, so on so on so on.
    from the last blog this morning via chris holmes:

    “I want this guy out of here even more than I wanted them to fire Knapp and Mora…”

    Nah, I wanted Knapp and Mora fired more
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    This offense scores less that 20 pts a game, and struggles to run the ball on the road. How is it prepared to “make a push in the playoffs”?

  25. Chicago is in the Central time zone, not Eastern. Kick off is at 12 noon Chicago local time.

  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    That’s still 10a Pacific time. I kind of wonder why they don’t start practice at 9a during these early game weeks to get them used to the time difference.

    Chicago generally does have trouble scoring 20 pts in a game, so I do think this is a winnable game. And yes, I do think they can continue to push toward a playoff spot given their remaining schedule.

    I’m not so worried about the team making a serious push for the SB this year. There’s a lot of player development left to go for that, most especially our rookie QB. Still, I’d rather they make the playoffs even if they lose in the WC round just so these young guys can get some playoff experience to build off of for the future.

  27. Seahawks22360 says:

    I think this game will come down to the defenses. Both the Hawks and the Bears have similar offenses. We definitely need to pull our heads out and stop Forte. If he is stopped the Bears become a one trick pony. Cutler to Marshall is all they have.

  28. mojjonation says:

    If the season ended today we would play the Bears. Incredible. Maybe we can get into Cutlers head and have him start shoving his line around when he gets rattled.

  29. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    sekolah, i think the problem with our run D is simple,Big Red is hurtin. until that foot get’s fixed up i don’t see it getting better.

  30. “This offense scores less that 20 pts a game, and struggles to run the ball on the road. How is it prepared to “make a push in the playoffs”?”

    So you just ignored the part I said about: “but not w/out this defense getting back to the way it played during the first 4 weeks of the season.”

    This offense has for the most part proven that it is capable of generating points or at the very least is capable of keeping things close. The defense on the other hand has failed to respond over, and over again when given the lead or any sort of pts. period.

    Don’t tell me about an offense and its woes on the road after having logged 11 games. I’m more interested in Russell Wilson’s performance over his last two road games, where he’s been well above 70% in pass completions, thrown 4 TD’s to only 1 INT. If the defense supports Wilson in either of those games, the way they’re expected to, then we’re talking about 8-3 now instead of 6-5 and and clinging to playoff hopes.

  31. @hawkfaninoklahoma

    I suspect as much too. That’s got something to do with it. Leroy Hill sure as hell looks like he’s having his issues as well. I am still a bit amazed that Carroll and co. have not found a legit replacement at that 5 technique spot behind Red. I guess Red Bryant really is that good at what he does? Every time this guy breaks down physically it’s like the entire front seven begins to unravel.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    I didn’t ignore it, I disagree with it. This defense can play as it did this forst 4 weeks (where there will still reason for concern: offenses sustaining long drives, inability to get off the field on 3rd and long, breakdowns in coverage…) and this still isn’t a team that has a reasonable chance to go deep in the playoffs. Make the playoffs? Yes. But they’re still a year away, ideally, from this seep push, IMO.

  33. SaigonSun says:

    We will win in Chicago. This game is more important than Miami. Barring a future disaster we’ll go to the playoffs and win the first road game. (After that….my crystal ball just went on strike.)

  34. SaigonSun says:

    No matter what happens I don’t like Bevell. /

  35. The Seahawks defense right now is Jeckle and Hyde at best. Pass coverage, even w/out a consistent rush still seems to be a strength (minus the parts where Leroy Hill is involved), but even scrub teams are running against the ‘hawks with fairly decent success. I am not sure if I am following you, but are you actually saying that you think that’s all somehow about to change? This Seahawks defense will be lucky to even get back into the top 10 in rush defense over the next 5 weeks.

    Now, if by some miracle this all changes, and the Seattle Seahawks are suddenly being talked about as among the elite again, then I am fairly excited about the team’s overall chances. Wilson’s increasing signs of progress tell me that yes, this offense is good enough to grind out a win on the road, in the playoffs. It all starts on defense though. This offense is not where it needs to be to shoulder the load alone, but it can sustain as long as the defense is keeping pts. off of the board.

    The defense is teetering every so closely though to nightmarish proportions

  36. Dukeshire says:

    Sekolah – Was that directed to me? Change? Yes, it will change as they add talent at LB (Will as you mention) and on the defensive line, especially, and as players continue to develop. But I didn’t suggest they will “suddenly” begin to play better this season. Whay I did say is that even when they were playing well, they still showed some significant weaknesses.

  37. @Duke

    Misunderstood you then. Thought you were suggesting that some kind of turnaround is imminent. You never know. Could be. I’m not seeing it yet. They’ll have to improve regardless, at least a notch or two if they want to even make the playoffs.

    And yeah, they need to find someone to replace Hill, but I don’t know that they’ll invest much. Might have to be that Malcolm steps up, or that Korey Toomer busts out next year.

    As for more D-line, it’s getting to the point now that either they find Red’s future replacement or it might be time to alter the scheme some. That and this team still does not have enough on the side of interior d-linemen that can push the pocket.

  38. princeaden says:

    This whole Adderall thing is nothing new. We can call it a ADHD medicine (which it is) or we can call it what it REALLY is. Pharmaceutical Crank. I have a real hard time accepting that this many people in the NFL, let alone on the Seahawks are afflicted by this Mental Health disorder. Talk to any long haul truck driver and you will find out how many drivers wish they could get this diagnosis to be able to feel fresh and strong 10-12 hours a day. I haven’t been following along the blog this week in disgust about the current state of affairs, so I apologize if I’m repeating a previous post.

  39. DanielleMND says:

    I’d rather we take the hit of losing Sherman and Browner this season. If it gets pushed to the start of next season, I think it will hurt even worse.

  40. Danielle–Word!


  41. Interesting to see Carimi struggle just as hard as Carp lately…

  42. I’d rather see them take the suspensions next season.
    Maybe some new names on the team and/or more time for the 2nd stringers to get prepared for playing. They can make the playoffs this year. Esp if the 2 CB’s can play..

  43. Ok, I’m pessimistic, and I really think we’re losing this weekend. If we do, does anyone think we’ll hang on to make the playoffs?

  44. princeaden says:


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