Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes with Brandon Browner accepting the league’s four-game suspension, the Seattle Seahawks will count on young players like Walter Thurmond and Jeremy Lane to fill the void.
Boling: “Carroll’s theory on elevating the understudy has a different feel when the departed is out by volition and poor judgment rather than injury. But the team doesn’t look at it that way. Veteran fullback and team captain Mike Robinson said it doesn’t matter.
“Next man up,” he said. “That’s the great thing about this team, we stick together. We understand that. Pete does a great job of making us understand it. Everybody in the locker room knows about the situations, and I think guys are gonna step up.”
I also provided a scouting report on Seattle’s depth at cornerback last week.
Matt Bowen of The National Football Post has an excellent break down on Seattle’s ability to run the zone read option against the Bears last week.
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times says the Brandon Browner suspension will be Pete Carroll’s toughest challenge during his tenure in Seattle. Brewer: “As a talented young team with a low margin for error, the Seahawks have struggled to separate from opponents all season. Nine of their 12 games have come down to the final possession. Every little thing matters to this team. That’s why you can’t dismiss the loss of Browner. That’s why you must fear what happens if Sherman is suspended, too.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that Browner’s suspension leaves Seattle vulnerable this weekend against Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the league. Thiel: “It’s easy for a Seahawks fans to look at 4-8 Arizona’s eight straight losses and believe in a limp-along victory. But the Cardinals did beat the Seahawks in the season opener 20-16 and are finally getting back a veteran quarterback, John Skelton, who takes over for the near-helpless third-stringer, Ryan Lindley (10 of 31 passing against the New York Jets Sunday). And Fitzgerald is pretty much worth 10 points just standing there.”
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that John Skelton will return as Arizona’s starting quarterback this week. Skelton is 2-0 against Seattle as a starter.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has more on Walter Thurmond taking over the starting cornerback job with Browner out.
Doug Ketz of Scout Inc. is expecting a win for Seattle against Arizona in his game preview. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kretz: “Two solid defenses should help to keep this a low-scoring affair. Seattle’s ability to generate an offense with a solid ground game mixed in with a big-play passing game should provide the difference.”
Brian Burke, writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog, gives Seattle a 77 percent win chance against Arizona.
Adam Caplan reports that the Seahawks worked out quarterback Josh Johnson and cornerback Roy Lewis this week.
San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh made a guest appearance on “Saved by the Bell”, which you can check out here. It’s about 15 minutes in. Harbaugh plays Screech’s cousin.