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Archives: Nov. 2012


OC Bevell on airing it out: “We’re a running team.”

Seahawk offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has heard a steady diet of this question most of this season – when are you going to open up the offense?

Well, apparently he’d had enough, because Bevell was the most animated I’ve seen during his weekly interview session every Wednesday.

“I don’t know if that just means throwing it all over the place, and throwing it 15 times in a row,” Bevell said. “If that’s what it means – probably not.

“It’s not who we are. We’re not New England. We’re not going to turn it into – unless you’re down 20 points – where you’re just going to throw it 20 times in a row.”

Bevell said it plainly – Seattle’s identity is pounding the football on the ground, and that’s not changing as long as Marshawn Lynch is on Seattle’s roster.

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Thomas fined $15 K for hit; Bryant sits out with foot issue

Lots of stuff to report from the Seattle Seahawks locker room this afternoon before practice.

Pete Carroll announced that defensive end Red Bryant will not practice again today, revealing that the Texas A&M product has plantar fasciitis, and the condition has worsened.

Bryant missed an occasional practice to rest his foot the past, few weeks, but now could possibly take the entire week off. Carroll said Bryant’s availability for Sunday is in question.

“He’s had it for a long time, but it’s kind of flared up here in the last, couple week,” Carroll said. “And it’s affected him enough that we have to slow him down here at practice.”

If Bryant can’t go, Alan Branch would move to defensive end, and Greg Scruggs would replace Branch at defensive tackle.

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Morning links: Hawks defense struggling on the road

Miami’s Charles Clay pulls in the final touchdown pass over Leroy Hill in the fourth quarter Sunday as the Dolphins rallied beat the Seahawks, 24-21. (C.W. GRIFFIN/MIAMI HERALD)

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.

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Seahawks cut QB Portis from practice squad

Seattle Seahawks' Josh Portis at a football training camp. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

In somewhat of a surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks released quarterback Josh Portis from the practice squad and brought back wide receiver Phi Bates.

The Seahawks signed Portis out of California (Pa.) as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011.

At 6-3 and 213 pounds, Portis is a rangy athlete who showed promise during preseason play, finishing 10 of 24 for 124 yards and a touchdown pass in two exhibition appearances in 2011 as a rookie. Portis also ran 10 times for 51 yards.

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Hawks-Bears stats

2012 Stats Hawks Bears
2012 Record 6-5 8-3
Total Yards Gained 3,484 3,290
Total Offense (NFLRank) 316.7 (27) 299.1 (30)
Rush Offense 138.2 (8) 121.9 (10)
Pass Offense 178.5 (31) 177.2 (32)
Points Per Game 19.9 (23) 25.2 (11)
Total Yards Allowed 3,403 3,377
Total Defense 309.4 (5) 307.0 (3)
Rush Defense 108.6 (12) 96.9 (8)
Pass Defense 200.7 (3) 210.1 (6)
Points Allowed/Game 16.8 (3) 15.9 (2)
Possession Avg. 31:14 32:18
Sacked/Yds. Lost 21/135 35/254
Sacks Made/Yds. Lost 29/180 30/208
Interceptions By 10 20
Penalties/Yds. 74/581 72/548
Punts/Avg. 49/47.7 50/42.3
Turnover Differential +2 (T13) +13(T2)

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Are young corners ready for prime time?

Seattle Seahawks' Jeremy Lane (1) returns an interception against the Oakland Raiders in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

The motto for NFL teams when a starter goes down due to injury or suspension is next man up.

And that will certainly be the case if the Seattle Seahawks lose both starting corners to four-game suspensions, and Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman do not get a positive result in their appeal process due to the violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

But one thing that Seattle’s personnel department has done a good job of is identifying athletes that fit Pete Carroll’s prototype for the type of athlete he wants to play cornerback in his press coverage scheme –long-armed, lanky guys who can run and are physical.

No one expected Browner and Sherman to emerge as two of the best corners in the league when they arrived at Seattle’s training camp two years ago. Soon, these other raw-but-athletic backups could get a chance to show what they can do. So let’s take a closer look at them.

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Morning links: Corners should have known better

Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune wonders if the rest of the Seattle Seahawks were paying attention when John Moffitt was suspended last season for four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy by taking Adderall.

Unlike rookie Winston Guy, who was recently suspended for games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, both Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were around last year, so Boling believes they should have been aware of the consequences in taking an amphetamine-type substance.

Boling: Regardless how flimsy, the lack-of-awareness alibi might fly a bit for Guy, who is new to the team, but Sherman and Browner were well aware of the Moffitt situation.

And a suspension would at least tint the success stories they fashioned as they overcame certain challenges to get where they are.”

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Carroll mum on possible suspensions; Browner’s agent proclaims his innocence

Asked about the possible, four-game suspension of cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll predictably did not comment on the issue.

The Seahawks could face up to a $500,000 fine for talking about player suspensions while they are still going through the process, so that’s why Carroll is not speaking on the issue at this time.

“Really we can’t comment on that at all,” Carroll said. “That is a situation between the players and the league. And we have no position to comment in any way about it.”

First reported by ESPN, both players are accused of taking Adderall, a prescription stimulant more commonly used to treat attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD).

Browner and Sherman claim they are innocent, and are appealing the suspension.

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