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Morning links: Lynch exceeding expectations

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:07 am with 36 Comments »
December 11, 2012 9:39 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a 33-yard touchdown past Arizona Cardinals strong safety Rashad Johnson (49) and inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) during the third quarterof an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune picks up on one of the storylines underplayed in Seattle’s big win over Arizona on Sunday — Marshawn Lynch is pretty special.

Since the midseason trade with Buffalo that brought Lynch to Seattle in 2010, he’s giving the Seahawks a rough-and-tumble identity on offense. And while it took some time for Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme to click, Seattle is hitting on all cylinders in the run game. Lynch established a career-high for rushing yards in a season against the Cardinals at 1,266 yards through 13 games.

Boling: “Some observers wondered if Lynch would sustain his jackhammer rushing style after he signed a big contract (four years, $32 million, $17 million guaranteed) in March. If anything, he’s actually running better and more effectively, with his 4.9-yard average much improved from last year (4.2).”

Here’s my story on the Seahawks-49ers contest being flexed to a Sunday night-nationally televised game.

Cold Hard Football Facts believes the Seahawks are a Super Bowl contender.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers 7-9 reasons why the Seahawks are better in Pete Carroll’s third season, with the team assured to finish better than 7-9 for the first time in Carroll’s tenure.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a statistical look back at Seattle’s 58-0 win over the Cardinals.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Seahawk Braylon Edwards could re-join the Jets once he clears waivers.

KJR-AM’s Mitch Levy does a parody of “Gangnam Style”, with San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh as his subject. It’s worth a listen. Check it out here.

Check out the latest Real Robinson Report video below.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 36
  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Super Bowl contender. Music to my ears!

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Pete Carroll has built a serious little pigskin powerhouse, here in this third year.”

    Serious little pigskin powerhouse! I love it!

  3. Ewalters7354 says:

    That Cold Hard Football Facts link is a great read!

  4. abqhwkfn says:

    Why do i feel a let down coming on? I hope this team is not overlooking what is a very dangerous Buffalo team. I hope the run defense is ready for what CJ Spiller brings. He is capable of a huge day.. Especially considering the run defense against Miami. Any time I start to get high on this team they lay a duck on the road.. I hope Brady keeps a hot hand and the Hawks pound the Bills.. Oh what a game that will make on Dec 23.. I even find myself looking past the Bills.. But hey, im a fan. im allowed..

  5. thursday says:

    I’m still banking on the hope that the Hawks turned some kind of corner after the Bears game. And I had just read that CHFF link before I came here. Love it, hope they are right. Even just half right lol

  6. The collection of stats and rankings on the cold hard football facts article are a great read. To everyone who ever went on a rant excoriating Pete Carroll for his supposedly undisciplined coaching: one big loud raspberry to you. ;-)

  7. A little off topic…it seems we inflict physical damage on the players of most teams we play. (Urlacher being a notable recent one.) I find myself thinking that whoever plays that team next benefits from the injuries we inflicted. Is that something we do more of than most teams, or is that typical of almost all games?

  8. thursday says:

    I somehow got to that article on the Hawks/Cards game on Football Nation calling Carroll and the Seahawks classless and wow what a big whiny baby that writer is. At least there were plenty of shutdowns of his whiny rant in the comments lol.

  9. chrisj122 says:

    It’s funny how I have read comments on other bogs about how Carroll needlessly ran up the score on AZ. The same people always digress and make comments about Hawk fans being whiners about SuperBowl XL, all the while whining about the Hawks being sore winners.

  10. Lynch has been nothing short of “bad ass” for the Hawks. I appreciate that running style soooooo much. It’s been refreshing. Thanks Marshawn.

  11. ChrisHolmes says:

    “To everyone who ever went on a rant excoriating Pete Carroll for his supposedly undisciplined coaching: one big loud raspberry to you.”

    Those stats don’t have any correlation to penalties…

    And those stats still do not negate factual history.

    I’m as happy about those stats as anyone. But they don’t change the fact that the Seahawks have, up to this point in PC’s tenure, played entirely too undisciplined and committed too many penalties.

    Something else to keep in mind: criticism based on fact is acceptable in any debate.

    Many of us have been critical of PC’s approach to undisciplined play, not just this year, but every year. It’s a legitimate criticism of a talented team.

    I’ve also been critical of PC and the coordinators for the *way* they’ve called games, the game plans they’ve drawn up, and the adjustments they have made (or failed to make) in games.

    And a lot of us – most of us – have lamented the 3rd down defense all season long.

    This isn’t a perfect team or perfect coaching staff. But they’ve played markedly better over the past two weeks. The Chicago game was necessary if for no other reason than to prove to those guys inside that locker that they can do it on the road.

    I’m certainly excited to see where this season goes, particularly given how things started, and all the hand-wringing that occurred over the ascension of Russell Wilson. I thought the kid would lead us to the cusp of the playoffs. But I expected more growing pains. I certainly didn’t think he’d be this good this soon. He’s made my dreams (of having a legit franchise QB in Seattle) come true.

  12. I’ve been to NFL games in a half dozen different cities, including Phoenix several times, and I’ve never seen fans who are as clueless and uneducated about their sport as AZ Cardinals fans are. I wouldn’t pay any attention to the junk their bloggers post.

  13. JazBadAzz says:

    That RealRobReport was awesome! LOL

  14. I thought Marshawn’s vision was really strong on Sunday, as good as I’ve seen all year. Maybe it was just because he wasn’t having to dodge tacklers in the backfield for once – but I noticed him breaking into space on a number of occasions on Sunday. He really is a great back.

  15. ChrisHolmes, I’m not saying you’re wrong, and you can post detailed defensive arguments all day and all night long. Those criticisms are right sometimes, and sometimes they are proven wrong by a thousand other facts, such as in Sunday’s 58-0 victory, in which Pete Carroll demonstrated far greater mastery of discipline and football than anyone on this blog.

    All I’m saying is that when a guy demonstrates he knows exactly what he’s doing, he has every right to turn and give his critics a big loud raspberry right to their faces. When that happens, I think the best thing to do is simply man-up and take it.

  16. montanamike2 says:

    Agreed Stevos

  17. montanamike2 says:

    In all accounts the Cards practiced hard all week and showed up to play, but after it was about 17-0 they played not to lose by too much rather than to comeback. That was a pure beatdown plain and simple, we needed that to put some fear and respect into other teams. No one wants to be embarrased like that. Ever!

  18. thursday says:

    @Stevos, I agree on how clueless they are. My brother, who lived in Phoenix for a number of years, has said the same thing.

    @chrisj, bringing up XL is ridiculous on their part, because bad calls arguably lost us that game, not failing to compete as was the case with the Cards

  19. PugetHawk says:

    I stopped listening to KJR because of Mitch Levy’s songs. They spend a segment talking about them before they play them. That show has as much meat as the beat writers in Arizona put in their articles.

  20. sluggo42 says:

    Wow, saints suspensions have all been vacated by tags…

  21. Soggybuc says:

    There is no such thing as playing nice or giving mercy in the NFL, you put your foot down and go for the throat every time you get the ball on offense and do your damndest to send them to the sideline blowing snot bubbles on D! period!
    Go cry all over the game checks you have ripped the Bidwells off for this season you sorry excuse for professional football players! (Fitz excused of course).

    I haven’t been posting lately because of the crappy mobile device I have but really sad to see TnT go to the paywall model. so goes the best site for hawk’s football, RIP Seahawks Insider.
    I guess i’ll look to that Field gull site or any other good ones if any of you know of them. really sucks because I have enjoyed reading the blog and have learned a ton from all of you for what? almost 5 years now?

    Eric, Dave, Ryan and all the other who helped out here. you guys have done an amazing job of running and adding to this blog and making it a model of what modern local sports journalism should be. I suppose it was only a matter of time till the big dogs swooped in and poached you anyways.
    When you need a reference for your new job after the TnT lays you off due to it’s whopping 10 hits a week on the sports pages just holler and you’ll have one from all the fans here i’m sure.

    Peace out guys and hope to see you where ever the new home for us rapid hawk nuts ends up at.

    Go Hawks!

  22. sluggo42 says:

    I think id rather watch an oatmeal cook off….

    Lol, this quote taken from the live game blog for the cards, it’s funny as right at the beginning, a few are still hopeful, but as the game progresses, the comments get hysterical. I really feel sorry for their fans kinda, it’s like when Mora was here for us.. Brutal

    As far as the Bills game, I was worried that they might get into a trap game, but when I listened to Pete’s pressed, he alluded to the fact that they still haven’t done anything, and that they still have work to get done. I get the feeling the bills will play tough, but I think our physicality will wear on them, especially after they had to go to the wall last week against a very tough rams squad.

    The pats will have a war with the niners, and will wear them out too, plus, they will expose any strengths or weaknesses the niners are sporting currently, as the niners have to consider the pats game a ” must- win” situation.

    And then we aren’t a must win game.

    So, while our game is a must win, it’s a road game, and the bills are beatable. But the 9ers vs. the pats game is a total must win game for them. I sure hope ne shows up!

  23. sluggo42 says:

    Oh ya


  24. Sluggo, do you have a link to that live game chat from the cards? I want to see some of these comments haha

  25. haha, thanks sluggo

  26. StevoS–Carrol has absolutely NOT demonstrated that he knows exactly what he’s doing, and Sunday’s shellacking of the woeful cardinals proves nothing. They’ve played two good games in a row, against one good team and one that at this point is duking it out with the Cheifs to be the worst in football, and they had quite a few penalties in this game as well–stupid, lack of discipline penalties at that.

    You could make a strong argument that all our losses have come due to Carrols failure to instill discipline, that and overly-conservative gameplanning and playcalling.

    In the first Cards game, in the Rams game, against Detroit, against Miami, and against the Niners, the same problems were evident; namely, lack of disciplined play, overly-conservative playcalling through most of the game, and repeatedly doing what wasnt working.

    Repeatedly doing something and expecting different results is one definition of insanity. I sincerely hope Carrol has stopped the run-into-the-heart-of the other teams strengths no matter what insanity he demonstrated in those games, especially the Miami game. Had he not been so conservative and stubborn, despite the sloppy play we would have blown Miami out.

    Its great we trashed the Cards. It was great to beat Chicago on the road. But to think Carrols got it all figured out is laughable. The jury is still out on that one. If he keeps running up the middle when it doesnt work, lets us fall behind and does nothing on offense for three quarters, then tries to win it on the last drive, that strategy only works about half the time. Right now in games like that we are pretty much at 50/50. That certainly wont work in the playoffs.

    So wait and see…

  27. sluggo42 says:

    I’m hoping the Chicago game is more the norm now, and I’m really hoping the McCoy game continues to flourish. That in itself totally opens up the game options as now one guy HAS to keep an eye on him, which is one less guy where he isn’t wanted. I’m hoping he turns into our version of Hernandez/Davis and can really become a nasty new weapon. It opens up zack more, too. I think that RW’s ability to have a plethora of options is good. Hopefully, he starts to recognize and trust what D he sees, and is allowed to audible to something. But now, with the option read, the TE package, golden and Sydney, as well as his own legs, we are starting to get scary to the opposing D-coords.

    About time. I think now is when teams are scared to play us!

  28. We have a pretty solid defense, but the numbers at cold hard facts is somewhat skewed by the game against the cards. That’s the biggest blowout and point differential in the league this year.

    Pete is right. They haven’t accomplished their goal yet and have a lot of work to do. I hate to want a playoff game at home because my Hawks have disappointed before, but man I want a playoff game at the Clink baby!!!! Perhaps a fitting end to the Trib blog.

  29. Saying Mr. Happy is now Mr. Disciplinarian with respect to the NFL is like saying that an alcoholic that’s been sober for a week can tell off everyone who has ever said he was a drunk his whole life.

  30. No one said Pete Carroll is Mr Disciplinarian. I said that Sunday he demonstrated far greater mastery of discipline and football than anyone on this blog.

  31. STTBM, no offense dude, but I can’t believe you’re still here criticizing our coaches after you last week you shared your great wisdom that you wanted to fire Tom Cable and hire Ken Wisenhunt to coach our offensive line.

    Maybe its time for some people to quit while they are behind, and just man-up and give our coaches the credit they deserve. I’ve never said Pete Carroll is infallible, but you gotta admit, when he’s good he’s really good.

  32. StevoS-Wisenhunt has proven to be able to mold an offensive line and make them top-5 for years straight. While he hasnt done that with the Cards, he isnt the line coach there–he’s the HC. He’s still a great O-line coach, regarless of his failures as HC. Cable has never come close to replicating the long-term success Wisenhunt has achieved as an O-line coach.

    Meanwhile Cable has proven nothing. Lynch can get 1,000 yards with any line in the NFL. If he had a decent line, he’d have 2,000 yards.

    Cable has one top-5 pick third year LT, a LG FA, a LG he drafted to play RT in the first round, a second round C, a third round RG, and a FA RT. Out of that, he’s still shuffling the line, not only for injury (Carp) but for lack of consistent play (Moffit/Sweezy/McQ). This line still isnt blocking as well as they were the last half of last season.

    The Seahawks line overall is wildly inconsistent, both in pass pro and in the run game. Thats a fact.

    Carrol is good at building a roster. He is not good at managing the clock, he cant seem to figure out when to kick a field goal and when to go for it, his team is still penalty-ridden and sloppy, and his game planning and his deliberate toning down of the offense has cost us all five losses this year. His same overly conservative gameplans worked–barely–against NE, GB, and a couple other games. But in those games, we likely would have won by larger, safer margins if he’d kept the pedal to the metal, rather than turn turtle and sit on a lead and/or sit on his hands offensively for three quarters and then try to win it on the last drive.

    Its great to be 8-5, but the jury is still very much out on whether or not Carrol and the rest of his coaching staff are really that good. We’ll see how it all works out over the rest of this season and the next year or two. For now, I stand by my criticism. You cant win consistently with the same gameplan Carrol has run in so many of the games this year. It just doesnt work.

    And the Cardinals game was really fun, but unless and until the Hawks can win the next three games, or the next two and keep it close against the Niners, Carrol has proven nothing. The Cards were so bad, there’s no proof at all Seattle can sustain the level of play they have shown the last two weeks–they are just as likely to revert to the sloppy play and crappy coaching evident in the Miami game as they are to turn into a powerhouse.

    I would love nothing better than for Carrol to open the offense up more and for Seattle develop discipline. I hope it happens. But after having pretty much given up on Carrol and his staff during the middle of the season, Im not jumping back on the bandwagon until the deficiencies I have identified have proven to be dealt with over a period of time longer than two games, and against quality opponents. The Cards are not quality.

  33. Sluggo–I also hope the Chicago game and the Cards game are an indicator of progress for Seattle. I hope the team we saw the last two weeks is the team we will see going forward. Im just not convinced. That Miami game was one sloppy, poorly coached debacle, reminiscent of several other games this year, most notably the Detroit loss.

    I still have hope–though not much faith–that Cable can mold these guys he drafted into good players. Supposedly he’s been using more power-blocking schemes on the run plays this year, which may account for a)some learning curve issues with the players used to all ZBS last year and b)eventually helping our line be prepared for the banning of chop-blocks next season. So we will see.

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