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Morning links: Stopping Brandon Marshall

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 30, 2012 at 7:42 am with 30 Comments »
November 30, 2012 7:43 am
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) gives a stiff arm to Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson (24) in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The focus of my story today was how the Seattle Seahawks will defend one of the most productive receivers in the league in Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.

Marshall is among the league leaders in receptions (81), and yards (1,017). His 124 targets dwarf the second-most targeted receiver on the team, Earl Bennett (40). And at 6-4 and 230 pounds, Marshall will be one of the most physical receivers Seattle cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman face this season.

“I’m impressed about their swagger, and they present some challenges just because of that, Marshall said. “I’m excited about the matchup and getting this opportunity to compete against them.”

However, Browner and Sherman have done a good job of limiting talented, big receivers this season, holding Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (four catches for 63 yards), Dallas’ Dez Bryant (three, 17) and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (three, 46) all under 100 yards receiving.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks are looking to rediscover the team’s elite defense, which seems to be missing in action the last, few weeks.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that former Chicago Bear Frank Omiyale is pleased he decided to sign with Seattle in free agency this offseason, rather than return to his former team. “It’s not a big deal, but I’m excited to see some of the guys,” Omiyale said about his return to Solider Field. “Other than that, we’re trying to win a game. So that’s what this week is all about.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at the Seahawks offensive numbers against the NFC North this season, with the team travelling to Chicago on Sunday.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. breaks down the game here. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kretz likes Chicago 24-20. Kretz expects the Seahawks to lean on Marshawn Lynch. Kretz: “After watching Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson gash the Bears for 108 yards on 18 carries in Week 12, look for a heavy dose of Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch. Chicago has given up more than 100 yards rushing for five consecutive games after holding opponents to an average of 71 yards for the first six games. Coach Pete Carroll will want his Seahawks to sustain drives and use up a lot of clock as they try to keep the ball out of the hands of Jay Cutler and his explosive passing attack.”

Mark Potash of The Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Bears have respect for Russell Wilson. ‘‘He’s got our attention,’’ Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago writes that the Bears will try and limit Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks running game.

Michael Rushton of The Sports Network previews the Seahawks-Bears matchup here.

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle does not expect Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman’s looming suspensions to serve as a distraction for the rest of the team.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports that Monte Kiffin will step down as USC’s defensive coordinator, where his son Lane Kiffin serves as the head coach, after the team’s bowl game. Kiffin said he stepped down to pursue opportunities in the NFL. One of Pete Carroll’s mentors, Kiffin seems like a natural to return to the NFL as part Carroll’s staff.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Kiffin for Bradley would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know that was ambivalent.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    Ultimately, PC is responsible for all of the game day decisions. I hope he either hires better help of loosens his stranglehold on the offense if that is a problem.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Monte Kiffin is 72, not sure he has the energy to be a DC (and frankly, I questions whether his able to adapt. The game looked to be passing him by some, before he left.). That said, Kiffin is Carroll’s guru (and he worked with Bradley in Tampa) so, maybe they extend an advisory position to him. I’d be all for that.

    Brandon Marshall is exactly the type of receiver that Browner and Sherman were brought in to handle. Those will be fun matchups. And, as always, the best way to stop BM? Put Cutler on his ass all game long.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    *he is* able to…

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    I don’t think Marshall will be much of a factor in this game.This team knows how to take away a team’s best receiver.It’s the guy Marcus Trufant covers that you have to worry about!

  6. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Stopping Brandon Marshall…hmmm maybe
    getting in Cutlers face and notching some sacks!
    It’s time to call out Seattles front seven.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    Cutler on his ass. Same recipe for any QB, as you said. Chuckler will panic much more than Rodgers, Brady, or Manning would IMO.

  8. bbnate420 says:

    I’ll take Monte Kiffin at 72 over most others for 2-3 years as DC. That’s assuming he would take the position, a big if.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Mark Potash makes a good point here imo. And to me this applies pretty much to the defense too, because they are so young at key positions.
    If this were a veteran team stuggling like they are on the road I would be way more concerned, however at least we know that this team is still discovering what they can do best.

    Like bbnate420 said I hope they do make it to the playoffs this year if for just the playoff experience and building confidence for this young team. And you never know, anything can happen in the playoffs with a young team that grows up fast and has nothing to lose.

    Mark Potash-

    “So even if you prepare for everything against Wilson and the Sea-hawks, you still have to be ready for anything. The Seahawks are still discovering their possibilities with a quarterback learning on the fly. A few weeks ago, they started running read-option plays with Wilson.”

  10. bbnate420 says:

    I’m with you, Georgia. And I was one of those that thought they would be better off if they had missed the playoffs in 2010. Who knows, who cares now? This team would benefit because the core of the team will hopefully be here for another 5 years at least. I didn’t think the same in 2010, and it turned out to be true.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wilson already has an NFL rookie record with 16 straight completions and another league record by a rookie with three straight games of a 125-or-better rating.
    What are the chances that Wilson can set the rookie record for tds in a season? I think he has a very good chance of doing it. Especially since if our WRs continue to stay healthy.

    BTW- isn’t it great to see Rice healthy and not have to ,( what seemed like ) always sacrificing his body to make a catch like last year?

  12. Ewalters7354 says:

    Both Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are hot heads.Hopefully Sherm can work some of his magic in his last game…

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The only way nate that I would have thought that missing the playoffs in 2010 would have been better than making it was if their draft position would have been low enough to draft Locker.
    I was stongly for making the playoffs in 2010, however a part of me wanted Locker.

    As it turned out I am glad they did make it to the playoffs that year. The Saints playoff game is one of my favorite games of all time.

    I do wonder though how different things would have been if we didn’t make it in 2010. Like what draft position we would have had? Would we have been able to draft Locker? Who else would we have had a chance to draft that year?

    Perhaps we wouldn’t have Sherman, Wright, or Baldwin as well as several others if we had a higher pick. I think overall it turned out well. Now if Carpenter and Moffitt can continue to develope and avoid injuries it will have turned out very well imo.

  14. rramstad says:

    It would be FANTASTIC to get Monte Kiffin up in the booth, working with a young coach on the sidelines. Best of all worlds… someone who has literally seen it all working with someone who is young and energetic and hands on with the players. I don’t care if Monte Kiffin is the DC or if the guy on the sidelines is the DC, it’s just a title…

  15. rramstad says:

    Georgia, I’m right there with you. I think the Saints playoff game was fantastic, very defining, and frankly helped put Seattle on the NFL map again. The Beastmode run will be on highlight reels for as long as football is being played… and while we can play the woulda coulda game with the draft, our draft worked out just fine, thank you very much.

    Long story short, I feel the same way about this year, I’d be pumped for the team to make it into the playoffs, even if they go one and done on the road, just for the experience, and let the draft happen however it happens. PC and JS will do fine if we’re picking 20th or 12th.

  16. Once again Dave Wyman nails it.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Wilson needs 10 TD passes in the last 5 games to break the rookie record. I would say there’s a “very good chance” at all, but it’s certainly possible.

    And by the way, I get a kick out of whether it’s a good or bad thing to make the playoffs. lol. What the hell does everyone think we’re doing here, if not to get into postseason?

  18. Dukeshire says:

    *wouldn’t* say…

  19. Playoffs – are we talking about Playoffs?? YES – and I love it!! I would always rather be in than out,

    I think these suspensions will make it tough to get there – not impossible but much tougher than it already was. I am worried about the trickle down effect if they are gone.

    hopefully the team decides they want to proved a point and come out and play the best game on the road for the like the last decade and REALLY help their chances of getting into the playoffs

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Not bad being in contention for the playoffs the last three years even though we are rebuilding from what was one of the worse talented teams in the NFL.

  21. I fully expect the same thing to happen vs the Bears as happened in Miami and Detroit–Bradley will double Marshall, and have his corners play off instead of press, and the Bears will know what we will do, and they will send Marshall and the other outside WR on deep clear-out routes, leaving the slot guys to go against our LB’s and Trufant. And they will be open like 7-11, 24 hours a day…Same thing happened in the lions game with Megatron–they forgot to worry about Titus Young, and in Miami, where they worried about Hartline and ignored Bess. And Bess beat us.

    Of course Marshall should be double covered, but Seattle needs to press the WR’s, and they need to figure out a way to help Chancellor, the LB’s and Tru out, because right now none of them can cover worth a damn.

  22. Kiffin is old and tired and has lost it. But I wouldnt mind him being a consultant to Seattle. Perhaps an outside unbiased opinion on how to fix our defensive problems is needed. Im not sure Kiffin is the savior, but he’s better than not trying anything. ANd our coaches have proven they dont have a clue on how to fix things.

    Just so long as they dont stay in Cover 2 all day, which was Kiffins style. The Ruskell years proved that wasnt a good strategy..its innovate or get beat.

  23. Dukeshire says:

    How does one double a WR *and* play off coverage? The fact of the matter is Seattle rarely if ever this season, doubles a receiver. They will either press Marshall *or* play off, in single coverage. Most likely press, as they’ve done with all the #1 receivers most of the season.

  24. PugetHawk says:

    What position should the Hawks address first in the 2013 Draft?

    I am thinking WR or OLB depending on best available. Help at corner is a must too. That way Trufant can move to back-up safety. Maybe grab a solid TE to grow into a replacement for Miller.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    To me, right now, a 3 down DT (ideally 3-tech) and WR or Corner.

  26. DUke–Simple: they keep a corner, playing off-man, on him, and a safety pretty much dedicated to him as well.

    Thats what they did vs Detroit. Vs Miami, they left the slot guy open all day long as well.

    I expect Thurmond to make more mistakes than Tru, but his physical superiority (speed/agility) I fully expect will more than make up for his rust and lack of experience. Thats not to say I think Thurmond will play great in the slot–he wont. Just better than Tru. Or at least I hope so.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    That’s not what they did vs Detroit and Miami. They played off at times, but the slot was always covered. The slot has nothing to do with it. If you’re doubling a WR, you press him at the line and rotate a safety over him. Giving free release while playing off only to then try to get two players on him defeats the purpose. (And I’m not trying to be rude, it’s just what you are saying is incorrect. Unless you’re in zone, then you flood the zone which is much different than schemes Seattle runs.)

  28. Duke–watch those games again. They played off almost continually in Detroit, and had a safety pretty much dedicated to the guy as well. They’ve done this for years. It made no sense to me either when I watched it happening, but there you go, Im not a DC in the NFL so what do I know?!

  29. In Miami they kept Tru way off Best, and Best ran circles around him, just as anyone with any brains expected.

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