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Morning links: Carroll’s Way

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 2, 2013 at 7:35 am with 37 Comments »
January 2, 2013 7:35 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, talks with general manager John Schneider prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

In my story today, Pete Carroll took over the Seattle Seahawks job in January 2010, and in three seasons has turned things around for owner Paul Allen.

With general manager John Schneider leading the personnel department, Carroll has made shrewd and unconventional decisions through the draft, trade and free agency to revamp his team’s roster.

And even though he has the Seahawks in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, he would have liked to accomplished things a little sooner.

“I wish so much that we had got it done last year,” Carroll said. “We didn’t capture it quickly enough. It just didn’t come around like we wanted it to. But we’ll take it. We’ll take it where we are.

“It’s been three terrific years for us in retooling the program and the roster and the staff and getting everything right. We really feel the momentum in the youth and the hopefulness for the future is there.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune points out that the Seahawks and Redskins have a lot of similarities between the two teams as they prepare to face off on Sunday.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that although Seattle’s defense does not have a lot of big names on it, the Seahawks might have the best defense left in the playoffs.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated provides a nice breakdown using All-22 film, showing how Seattle’s defense is built to stop Robert Griffin III.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times provides some hits and misses for the Seahawks throughout the draft during Carroll’s tenure.

Clare Farnsworth of notes that Michael Irvin of The NFL Network flew to Seattle to interview cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Browner for an interview that will air on Sunday previewing the Seahawks-Redskins game.

Rich Eisen on WhoSay

Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times writes that Jeremy Lane proved he belong, playing solid in three starts with Brandon Browner not available.

Tim Booth of The Associated Press says Seattle’s will try to change its poor history on the road when the Seahawks travel’s to Washington on Sunday.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports notes that NFL owners firing general managers or coaches are using Russell Wilson as a reason for the dismissals – how other teams found young quarterbacks who can plays, and theirs did not.

Tracee Hamilton of The Washington Post writes that Washington went young to make the Redskins into a playoff team.

Morning links
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  1. montanamike2 says:

    Just to be specific, i want Wilson to win ROY because it meant that he’d gotten farther into the playoffs than the other two. Ultimately i’d like a trophy but isn’t it great that our franchise qb is even in the discusion? Plays with poise down the stretch. I look forward to years of getting even better.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    First things first: I just bought a Legion of Boom t shirt. That is awesome! lol.

    Chris Burke’s breakdown of Seattle’s defensive scheme vs the read-option is really well done. For those into Xs and Os, check it out.

  3. yakimahawk says:

    Duke where did you purchase the shirt?

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Here you go. I just ordered it this morning; had no idea they existed until I saw that picture.

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I saved the link too, thanks Duke.

  6. yakimahawk says:

    Thanks Duke.

  7. trout_hound says:

    Getting tired of links to TNT articles I can’t read, especially John’s. At least Eric summarizes them somewhat.

    This game is going to be a dog fight. I hope our boys are up to the task, especially the guys in the trenches. Our D is really going to need to step up and lay the BOOM on RG3 so he thinks twice about running around. Also, separating Morris from the ball several times would really set the tone early. Kam, that means you, buddy.

    Speaking of fumbles: Marshawn, buddy, keep a grip on that pig.

    Although I know the Skins are tough, this is RW playing in front of his homies on a national stage, so he is going to light it up like we all know he can do. Time to make a statement and put the fear into the rest of the NFC. If we limit our mistakes, I think we win 28-13.


  8. jboard1 says:

    Seeing on twitter that Sherman made first team All Pro. Finally get the recognition he deserves. Now he needs to forget about it, and get a few picks to the house on sunday

  9. Vegas56 says:

    Carroll and Schneider: Credit where it is due.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The best linebacker to ever play imo. The Ravens won’t be the same.

  11. chrisj122 says:

    The Hawks haven’t won a road playoff game in what almost 30yrs now?

    I think this one is doable, the team is playing at pretty high level at the right time.

    We our due!!!

  12. IBGoofy says:

    “I wish so much that we had got it done last year,” Carroll said. “We didn’t capture it quickly enough…”
    Gotta believe this has to reference our offensive line…. Rookie Injuries, rookie mistakes, penalties, etc… If our OL plays as it did this past sunday, we’ll be losers vs the Skins…. A pretty even matchup on the road will require our “A” game….

  13. SaigonSun says:

    Honestly, I never liked PC; he always coached teams I hated ( N.E. , Jets, USC). He is a draft day success because he knew ( recruited for USC ) the players coming out to NFL. This is pretty much the last year the kids he knew are going pro. We’ll see how he does from now on. I am “warming up” to him just because I love the Seahawks. I will support him for that matter even though I’d rather have: Reid, Gruden or Dungy coaching the ‘Hawks. On the other hand , I am “nuts” for JS. This man knows football ,has good connections in this business, works well with others… Simply, I can’t find anything bad to say about him. He is a keeper!
    Unrelated to the post ; did you guys see that play South Carolinas’ DE Clowney did against Michigan? WOW! I know we can’t have him when he comes out ( sure top 3 pick)but, I can dream, right? It would be nice to have him and his team-mate WR Ace Sanders in “Hawks’ uniform.

  14. chrisj122 says:

    “We are due”

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Turnovers, turnovers. That could be the biggest key to this game. If we stay close to the Redskins in regards to turnovers we win the game imo.

  16. If they can’t win this game, I will assume they will never win a road playoff game in my lifetime.

    This is the only one of these road playoff games where they were the favorite. This is also one of the few where they are the better team. It is also one of the few played as the Sunday late game.

  17. I’m surprised any fan of the hawks can have doubts about PC as a talent evaluator or coach. The guy, mixed with JS, are some of the best at finding talent, and not to mention, finding it at the right price. They have proved that for a couple years now. After the Ruskell era, this is a huge sigh of relief and its crazy that some can’t see the genius of these men. As a coach, PC , imo, is terrific at maximizing everything out of these guys. How many late round picks has he turned into prodcutive/pro bowl/all-pro players? Its incredible. Not to mention, taking guys who other teams have left to dump off, and turing their careers around…Lynch, CLemons. Again, incredible. He may get “hormonal” at times during games, but it blows my mind what we have in seattle right now. We are in the midst of something spectacular. I for one, am not taking this for granted. It is rare, especially in seattle, to have a front office this talented, this devoted, this good at turning out talent.

  18. chuck_easton says:

    I’m sure the tweet about first team All-Pro came direcly from Sherman. Man knows how to self promote in a ‘good way’.

    First team All-Pro means you were selected by your peers. All-Pro means you are the best (for CB’s one of the two best) at your position in the entire NFL.

    A pro-bowl selection means you won the popularity contest as voted on by the fans. Outside of Seattle Sherminator doesn’t have many friends or admirers. After all he is a ‘cheater’ just like PC (or so I hear in reading PFT, ESPN, and other national sites).

  19. I thought All-Pro is voted by the sports reporters and Pro Bowl is 1/3 each of fans, players and coaches.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Correct. All-Pro is chosen by sports writers.

  21. Yeah. Pretty funny that a guy can be All Pro but not Pro Bowl (when it’s a heck more of an honor than simply Pro Bowl).

  22. Dukeshire says:

    jboard1 – I totally agree with you. It’s a special time to be a Seahawk fan.

  23. tazzmann says:

    hey chuck go back to the cowboys site where you belong

  24. Does anyone think Russell Wilson has a chance at the ROY? What are the odds in Vegas?

    I think Russel Wilson has an edge if we can light up the Redskins this weekend and especially because he has overcome so much doubt to get to where he is now.

  25. I dont think he will win the ROY. I think he is getting some national love, but in a very “little brother” sort of view. And i think that the voting will be finished before this upcoming game, so it wont matter either way…i could be wrong on this though?? Either way, i think the east coast bias is way too high for RW to win this. I’ll take the lombardi trophy over personal achievements anyways, and i’m sure RW would too

  26. chuck_easton says:

    Nope tazzman,

    Card carrying member of the Seattle fan base since 1976. Not changing teams now.

    That was Seahawk sarcasm there. We all know that anybody from Seattle might as well have entered the witness protection program for all the positive national press they are going to get.

  27. I heard Sherman was top three in fan votes for the probowl (KJR), so that means his peers (coaches and players) voted against him. I’m glab the Rams game went as it did. I hope it knocked them back to reality and shock them a little. MAybe they now know they have to fight for everything and nothing is just handed to them. We got lucky on getting the last game Sunday, extra day of practice, no 10am start. I beleive we match up rather good against the foreSkins and could see us beating them rather easily, but The way they blitz kinda scares me however. So even if we squeak one out I’ll be happy. Go Hawks.

  28. Ballots are due tomorrow – they won’t be voting after the game!

  29. So does anyone know the issue with moffitt? He obviously has been replaced by Sweezey, so is it a talent thing or something else? I hear people talking about how hes in the dog house etc. Anyone have any idea about this?

  30. Dukeshire says:

    Eric has hinted that it’s a conditioning issue. From the play on the field, he clearly hasn’t outplayed Moffitt. But if Seattle feels that Sweezey is the future (and they clearly like his upside) might as well get him snaps now.

  31. SandpointHawk says:

    Eric has also hinted it wasn’t Carroll who has an issue with Moffitt.

  32. Thanks Duke. I hope Sweezey can beef up a little bit and handle the bull rush better in the future. He sure seems to be a good run blocker so far

  33. Why are Bob and Groz on in Seattle and not on the east cost where they want to be? These 2 are the biggest NFC East homers. They are terrible.

  34. Looks like someone named Tom is in for Bob this week.

  35. This is a pretty good watch. Sherman vs. anonymous CB haha

  36. Dukeshire says:

    Golden Tate interview coming up after the commercial on NFL Network.

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