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Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 58-0 victory

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:02 am with 18 Comments »
December 10, 2012 8:02 am
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Good morning. We’ll have our regular Monday Morning QB live chat at 11 a.m. today, so stop by if you have time.

A quick look at the playoff standings shows the Seattle Seahawks as the No. 5 seed in the NFC. The Seahawks at 8-5 are tied with Chicago (8-5), but own the tiebreaker because they beat the Bears two weeks ago.

If the playoffs started today, the Seattle would travel to the No. 4 seed, the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants (8-5).

But several teams remain in the hunt for the a postseason berth, including Washington (7-6), Dallas (7-6), Minnesota (7-6) and St. Louis (6-6-1).

Here’s my game story. The Seahawks are now 6-0 at home — two wins away from going 8-0 at home for the first time since the team’s Super Bowl season in 2005. Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said his team is clicking right now. “It shows us when we finish (a) game, and when we finish plays and we work all the way through the whistle, good things happen — for whatever reason,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “And we have to keep it up. We’re in finish mode right now — fourth quarter.”

Rookie Robert Turbin got a chance to show what he could do, topping 100 yards in a game for the first time in his pro career. Lynch finished with 128 yards on just 11 carries, and two Seattle running back finished with over 100 yards each in a game for the first time since 2005.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Pete Carroll’s next man up philosophy yielded a savage beating against the Cardinals. Boling: “It validated coach Pete Carroll’s theory that one man’s absence is another man’s opportunity, and was yet another example of how spot-on general manager John Schneider has been in identifying low-round draft talent.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune says that Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman falls on the right side of Murphy’s Law – for now. McGrath: “When the pummeling got to the point of wishing the NFL had a mercy rule for blowouts, Sherman even danced while on the bench. By that time the score was 51-0, and another afternoon — two interceptions, three passes defended, a fumble recovery and too many gesticulations to count — was in the books for the Seahawks’ Most Voluble Player.”

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes that tight end Anthony McCoy would have been at the bottom of the list if you would’ve asked before the season started who would be the Seahawks first 100-yard receiver this season.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says that Seattle dominated from start to finish against visiting Arizona.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that Sherman led Seattle’s comically good defense. Brewer: “Sherman is either innocent of this performance-enhancing drugs charge, or he’s the most impervious busted athlete ever. Or he can convince himself to think anything to fit any moment, to see blue skies when clouds are hovering. It’s a kind of mental fortitude that you must admire, despite having conflicting thoughts about his possible four-game suspension.”

Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times believes anything is possible for the Seahawks when they put it together. Kelley:Two weeks after Miami, after the overtime win in Chicago and after Sunday’s 58-0 win over Arizona, everything seems possible for the Seahawks — an NFC West title, at least one home playoff game and, yes, even a trip to New Orleans in early February. Dream forever.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando provides the fallout from an NFC West perspective on Seattle’s easy win over the Cardinals. Sando writes that the Seahawks gained 214 of their 284 rushing yards before contact. Sando: “The Seahawks are a good team. They’re 8-5 and probably headed for the playoffs as a wild-card entry. They’ll give San Francisco (9-3-1) a run for the NFC West title if the 49ers stumble at New England. But there is no way one NFL team should defeat another NFL team — and a division rival, at that — by 58 points. Cannot happen. Cannot be tolerated.”

Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Seahawks an A grade for their big win over the Cardinals. Brinson: “Mercy. Pete Carroll kind of poured it on, huh? Maybe he was just making a mix tape for Matt Flynn? Whatever, it resulted in a total beat down, as Richard Sherman dominated, Marshawn Lynch AND Robert Turbin destroyed the Arizona rush defense, and Russell Wilson AND Matt Flynn lit up the secondary. Domination.”

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic chronicles the Cardinals worst loss in franchise history, which has folks asking if head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s job is in jeopardy.

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  1. surelyyoujest says:

    I’m still puzzled by the number of smirks, grins, and laughs on the Arizona sideline. Maintaining perspective during a loss like that is a good thing, but anybody with any amount of pride isn’t going to be happy about getting embarassed like that. I’d be mad as he!!. The optics for the fans aren’t good.

    I found it a little uncomfortable we beat them so bad. Seemed somehow wrong.

  2. In no way did this feel wrong to me. AZ is a pathetic team, and i’m glad our team shows no mercy. It was fantastic to watch them completely punish this team. They are not here to worry about feelings. Play ball and kick a$$, and that is what they did. I will never feel bad about blowing a team out.

    The only thing i feel bad about, is Larry Fitz. That is a great player, and an even better human being. His talents are being wasted and it is a shame. That falls on AZ, not us for domination.

  3. I noticed the grins also from AZ players. We beat the crap out of one of the worst teams in the NFL, which somewhere in the 1st quarter packed it in and quit playing as an NFL team. I feel badly for Fitz as he deserves better than that.

  4. As usual, AZ was playing dirty, and getting away with it. Only the Niners get away with so much post-whistle garbage without an ejection. So they deserved what they got.

    I did feel bad a little, but teams have come back from 35 points down, so I dont think Carrol did anything wrong. Once it was the fourth quarter, Carrol had many backups in on defense and offense, and still they kept scoring. They mostly ran the ball too, and even when the whole stadium knew we were running, it worked. That isnt running the score up, thats just seeing what the backups could do. I totally agree with letting Flynn air it out some; he deserved the chance to get some playing time doing something besides handing the ball off.

    Bellicheat would have kept his starters in to pad thier stats and add to his ego. At least Carrol put backups in, even though he stayed aggressive. It didnt look to me like Carrol was trying to run the score up, its just the Cards couldnt do anything right.

  5. I saw mostly glum faces on the Cards sideline, myself. The ones who were grinning, well, what else can you do but grin ruefully when your stink so completely?! I dont judge players for that, you dont know what they were thinking or saying. I dont think they gave up, they just played sloppy; the defense fell apart because no one had gap integrity–everyone was trying to do their neighbors job, and screwed their own assignment up.

    THe offense is just plain awful. They need Matt Flynn real bad! LOL!

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I noticed the grins too.
    I have to admit that last year I wasn’t sure if the Seahawks team was headed in the direction of the Patriots, Giants, packers. Or headed in the direction of the Jets, Eagles, Cardinals.
    I don’t know about the other yet, but I do know they are not headed in the direction of the Jets, Eagles, and Cardinals.

  7. surelyyoujest says:

    If your starters are still getting their butts whipped with the other Teams 2nd and 3rd stringers in, then there is something far more fundamentally wrong than flawed gap integrity. That should never, ever happen.

  8. Would a trade to get Fitz for Matt Flynn & a draft pick come back to bite us on the ass? Just a random thought.

  9. There will be enough interest in Fitz around the league that the Cardinals would not trade him to the Seahawks. If anything, they’d use him to move up in the draft and grab the best QB.

    Steve Kelley needs to cool it with the Super Bowl talk. This team is more than capable of laying an egg in Toronto. If they win three straight games AND win the division title, then we can start dreaming. But none of the three games are gimmes.

    Peter King thinks Bobby Wagner should be defensive rookie of the year. I guess Real Rob knew what he was talking about when he compared Wagner to Patrick Willis.

  10. bird_spit says:

    Its rare to see a total beat down in sports..but this game didnt feel like a total beat down.. No need to apologize. What were the hawks to do, go victory formation with 27 mins to play? I just thank God hawks were able to hold their elbow on the neck of the Cards for a total game. I have never seen anything like it, outside of a few high school games. Unreal.

  11. yakimahawk says:

    Anyone know how many sacks we got yesterday?

  12. CDHawkFan says:

    I don’t think the Cards are that bad, I just think their QB are not even D-1 material. If we hadn’t knocked Skelton out in Game 1 we would have beat them then as well.

    I play Rec Hockey and some nights we have this guy that plays goalie who sucks, sucks like no one has sucked before. He is by far the worst goalie I have seen in my 30 years of playing. He might save a few because they hit him, the rest go in. We lost 14 – 4 Friday night and we should have beat the the other team. I completely understand how one could give up, or not play as hard when you know you lost before the game even started.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW-Ewalters7354 looks to be spot on about Evan Moore. I was hopeing to see some kind of improvment by him, but it turned out to be another disappointing performance.
    About the only disappointing thing to come out of yesterdays win. A win of extraordinary Magnitude!!!

  14. Seems to me,there was Rams vs Hawk game a long time ago. The Rams pt a fat ZERO on us. And we ended in minus yardage total offense..We got spanked. I took my Pops to this game. We had seats by the “Big Screen”.At the half Pop`s looks at me and “Doug,let`s go home the players look like ants- can`t see sh-t!” We left got home still watched the beat-down it ended & we still had ZERO & minus yardage… So this feels so mch betta!! Pls we paid the Cards back…tasty

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “It happened so fast,” Cousins said. “I definitely didn’t want to take a sack. We weren’t playing The Little Sisters of the Poor out there. I was out of the pocket, and I just channeled my inner RGIII, and Pierre got open in the corner of the end zone.”

    Cousins threw a perfect ball, over one corner and just before the safety came in to hit Garcon. Touchdown.

    Lol, Cousins is my choice to replace Hasselbeck for the QB with the best one liners and quick wit in the NFL.

    BTW- Cousins performance and Foles performance yesterday is just adding to the already unbelievable rookie QB class that could go down as one of the greatest if not the greatest of alltime.

  16. Oh What a Party in the South Endzone yesterday. I’m still recovering. Wheeeeee!!!

    Thank you Mr Cable for training this badass O line how to read defenses and DOMINATE.
    Thank you Mr Carroll, Mr Schneider, and Mr Bradley for assembling this young D full of badasses.
    Thank you 12th Man for another rockin good time at home.
    I can’t wait to watch all the film so see all of what happened while I was partying my arse off.

  17. The SF-Seattle game has been flexed into prime time.

  18. Origun, I was at that Rams game, must have been 1980…. Hawks got shut out – in multiple ways – as you said. Final was 24-0, and our Birds had a NET -7 yards.

    It’s hard to even imagine – today – how painful that was to watch. Arizona had it nowhere near that bad.

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