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Morning links: Stopping RGIII

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 3, 2013 at 4:52 am with 53 Comments »
January 3, 2013 4:52 am
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles behind teammate Darrel Young during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks’ top priority on Sunday will be figuring out how to slow down Washington’s offensive rookie of the year candidate, quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Seattle’s defense did a nice job of holding other running quarterbacks in check like Carolina’s Cam Newton and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick earlier this season.

But Griffin is a different deal. He’s completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 102.4 passer rating is No. 3 in the league among starting quarterbacks.

Also, he has rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns, tops in the league for quarterbacks.

“It helps a lot,” Seattle outside linebacker Leroy Hill said about having already faced Newton and Kaepernick, quarterbacks who have similarities to Griffin. “We sort of have a basis and a game plan that we can go back to and see exactly what they did. The read option is the read option, you know what I’m saying? The Pistol is a little different, but San Francisco did it a little bit three weeks ago with Kaepernick. So we have a basis to go off of, with just a couple modifications.

“But it’s going to be a tough test. (The read option) always pokes at the discipline of the defense. I think that’s the biggest thing. This is another game where we have to be disciplined, tackle well and be assignment correct.”

Don Ruiz of The News Tribune gives us an update on Brandon Browner’s first day back at practice.

Art Thiel of wonders if the Robert Griffin III-Russell Wilson matchup is the start of something special. Thiel: “The matchup of the Seahawks and Redskins Sunday providentially brought together for the first time two of the most remarkable figures of the NFL season. As quarterbacks, of course they don’t play against each other. That doesn’t stop anyone who is impartial yet passionate about pro ball from savoring this game more than the other three on wild-card weekend. Nor does it stop Seahawks and Redskins fans from imagining years of success starting Sunday.”

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that Robert Griffin III has won over his teammates the same way Russell Wilson has in Seattle.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports also weighs in on the similar approach of Griffin and Wilson.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times notes that Pete Carroll picking a San Francisco defensive coordinator job over the same offer with Mike Shanahan it Denver after he got fired as the New York Jets head coach helped to shape his career. Brewer: “t’s also a tale from the past that Carroll and Shanahan can reminisce about this week, as their teams prepare to meet in the playoffs Sunday. Carroll, now the 61-year-old coach of the Seahawks, chose San Francisco back then. Shanahan, now the Washington coach, was disappointed 18 years ago. But Shanahan hired a Carroll protégé, Greg Robinson, to guide the defense, and Shanahan went on to build a championship team with quarterback John Elway.”

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle’s secondary is back in tact with the return of Brandon Browner.

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle says that the Seahawks have a recipe of success heading into the postseason. Wyman: “The Hawks excel in three areas that get you wins in the playoffs: the running game, defense and turnovers.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Seattle’s secondary may face a play-action threat with Washington’s ability to effectively run the ball.

ESPN’s Stats and Information provides eight things you need to know heading into Sunday’s Hawks-Redskins matchup. There’s some good nuggets of info here.

Brian Burke writing for The New York Times Fifth Down blog gives the Seahawks a 52 percent win chance against Washington.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post uses All-22 film to provide a nice breakdown of the diversity of runs the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch can beat you with.

Russell Wilson is mic’d up. Check out the video. Good stuff here.

Kerry Byrne writing for Sports Illustrated says the Seahawks are getting hot at the right time.

Jason Reid of The Washington Post writes that Santana Moss has thrived in his new role as the Redskins’ slot receiver.

Morning links
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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric- Thanks. I will send you more coffee if you need it. Lol.

    Us East coast time zoners love your early morning links.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric, thanks. I will send you more coffee if needed. Lol.

    Us East coast time zoners like the early morning links.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Sorry about that. I Didn’t think the first one went through.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    So far this has been a great week for Xs and Os, and Matt Bowen’s piece his up to his usual great standard. (I wish it was like this all year long…)

  5. GeorgiaHawk: You’re welcome. Been up since 3 a.m. Couldn’t sleep.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    Thanks Eric, i get up early too even though it’s just 1 time zone.

  7. HeatherHawk says:

    Nursing mothers love the early links too. Yay for your insomnia!

  8. NYHawkFan says:

    I’ll second GeorgiaHawk’s comment regarding us east coast fans appreciating the early posts Eric!

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    From Doug Farrar, Yahoo sports-

    “But as Carroll noted on Weednesday, the difference between the two situations was that the Redskins knew they had their guy from the start, and adjusted their practice parameters accordingly.”

    They just recently legalized Marijuana in Washington state and now they already have Weednesday? Lol.

    All kidding aside, I agree with what Carroll noted about Wilson and Griffins situations being different, and I can’t help but think what Wilsons numbers would have been if he were the guy from the beginning of camp.
    However I totally agree with the way Carroll handled the process.

  10. BigBlew says:

    I believe my Seahawks can put this one away… My concern are the field conditions. This is a pig trough that could possibly effect Lynch the most, since he is used to a synthetic surface.

  11. Eric is even too excited to sleep!

  12. Actually, I think the field conditions help a bulldozer like Lynch.

  13. edstang45 says:

    Remember in 05 the worry was Carolinas Smith, the world beater WR who nobody had a answer for? The experts said he was the wild card the hawks could not contain. That is one game I’d like to see again!!
    WE shut him down, frusterated him, and just blasted that team!!
    Now we need to duplicate that, with this young physical team. I think we are in an excellent position to beat the RGIII Redskins. Speed kills and speed also nulifies speed, We have speed and power all over this field. and RGIII is a bit gimpy!! I think come monday Shanahan will be starting his draft board baby

  14. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    Am i the only one that thinks the Hawks could blow the skin out?

    let’s face it the caowboys were a better team when the hawks played them than when the skins did. the boys have a very one dementional offense and still could have won this game sunday. this is one of if not the best balance Hawks teams ever. i see the hawks putting up 28 points the skins not breaking 20.

    In the end i think Kam and Earl will be difference in this game i think if Kam get’s a couple big hits early this game is over, just like 9ers game. 31-17 Hawks.

  15. Vegas56 says:

    The 2 1/2 point line favoring the Seahawks is holding down here…there has not been a rush of money yet backing the home ‘dog.

  16. nmseafan says:

    I think there is a real possibility that RG3 does not finish this game. I think he might aggravate his knee either by getting hit or scrambling/running too much. Cousins has been out of practice due to illness this week.

  17. trout_hound says:

    That Russell Wilson miked link was great. Its interesting hearing him encourage the team in the huddle, find wrinkles in the defense, and just be on top of things in general. I thought Cable’s comments to him, and the way he responded, spoke volumes. Glad he’s our field general. GO HAWKS!

  18. jawpeace says:

    So in preparations this week, instead of a scout team does our regular offense take the field against the Defense?

  19. HawksKD says:

    I’ve seen a lot of animosity aimed towards Marcus Trufant here lately:

    I had a chance to attend last weeks game. Prior to every game I pick out a match up to observe I.e Okung vs. Ware, Wagner vs. AP.. I’ll keep my eye on the match up sometimes as opposed to the play..

    Last week was Trufant vs Amendola. Trufant is by no means a Richard Sherman nor was he ever in his prime. But let me tell you Trufant wa playing some ball. For those of you saying he had a shitty game, you need to actually watch the game. Amendola is easily a top 3 slot guy in this league for good reason. Trufant locked him up or a good portion of the game and even played press at times (and very well at one point pancaking amendola) which is very very risky to do in the slot. It’s been a rough transition for Trufant to Nickel but they way he is playing now he is easily the best option we have and last game showed if any that he is capable of playing at a high level.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    trout_hound – Loved Cabel’s comments to him as well. That was a great piece, for sure.

  21. dirtbiker_joey says:

    It would be fun to see an intra-divisional rivalry between the ‘Hawks and ‘Skins, RW vs RG3, for years to come. The thing about it is, the ‘Skins seem like a nice team, nothing to really hate about them. It would be interesting to have a rival I respect vs despise (a la SF).

  22. Palerydr says:

    I also was at the game but I didn’t watch that matchup. I was more focused on Sweezy who did blow some blocks but always finds somebody to hit. Hopefully Tru can bring his A game to this playoff game as I see his matchup with Moss as a key to this game.

    Stopping Morris especially limiting/eliminating his big runs will be another key. He is very ordinary on most of his runs.

    Every time we play man to man coverage I would spy Griffin as I feel in man to man a mobile QB has the best chance to break contain on the pass rush and run for first downs.

    For me if we win these 3 keys we will win the game.

  23. montanamike2 says:

    HawksKD i was worried about Amendola to be honest so there is some validity to what you’re saying, i have to admit he wasn’t much of a factor. He’s a well schooled veteran that i only considered insurance, he also gets burned from time to time.
    I feel like Andy Reid has an advantage going into a weaker AFC division and am glad to watch Arizona spiral downward. He knows about the not for long league and can help his career tremendously. Would he be stupid enough to call up Michael Vick?

  24. No one else worried about the pressure the foreSkins will be bringing? Also, I think the field conditions will actually slow everyone down a bit, unfortunately the skins are used to it.

  25. montanamike2 says:

    Why can’t it be Sunday already?

  26. Dukeshire says:

    There has been quite a bit of discussion about Wash.’s blitzing, especially up the middle, here. As far as worried, I for one am not worried, exactly. Seattle did a real nice job of making adjustments in the second half last week when faced with similar type blitzing concepts. That said, I am a little concerned with Sweezy’s ability to pick up the right man, consistently. Last week ought to have helped him some however.

  27. Could you imagine if the Rams decided to trade Sam Bradford and drafted RGIII instead?

  28. Southendzone says:

    Miked up RW link above was awesome. I almost jumped up from my desk at work and started a Seahawks chant.

    This game is going to be such a battle. We win this week, I think its guaranteed Superbowl.

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I am not drinking for the next game. The last time I did that, ( well the only time ) the Seahawks beat Arizona 58- 0. I did however rewatch that game with a few drinks, lol.

    Sober til it’s over!

  30. Dukeshire says:

    As far as field conditions go, it’s been dry, cool, and breezy all week in DC and projected to stay that way through Sunday. So the field ought to dry out a bit, although that turf’s root system looked so shallow against Dallas last week that I imagine there will still be some loose footing. But at least it will dry out.

  31. The thing about it is, the ‘Skins seem like a nice team, nothing to really hate about them.

    Their fans are consistently among the least informed sycophantic douchebags on the internet or in the sports bar on par with Pittsburgh, Dallas and New England. Interestingly I only feel sorry for Raider Nation anymore, the poor bastids.

  32. They have Cam Newton Mic’d up in the video that runs after Wilsons…In that short clip, it sure looks like Wilson takes on a much bigger leadership role on the field than Newton.

  33. Wow, Wilson is so young to be so sure of himself (without being at all arrogant), and so calm. Now THAT, folks, is how you lead men.

    No wonder the Hawks took to him so quickly–I have met few people I would follow without question in football; and I would follow Russell Wilson to war. I am not exaggerating, nor do I say things like that lightly(no matter how hyperbolic I have been when angry and frustrated in the past).

    Thank heavens Kharma finally came back around to the Hawks and gave us Wilson. He may make up for the thievery of SB 40 and the playoffs vs the Raiders and Jets, all by himself. God Bless that young man.

    I may buy a Wilson jersey. I have never bought anything but a used Largent imitation practice jersey, which I still wear.

  34. hawkfan777 says:


    I went to the game also and focused on the CB’s quite a bit. Trufant made a couple errors but overall played pretty well. Lane was not very good. It was probably his worst game. He allowed a couple big completions and then missed a pretty standard tackle which gave up a key first down. I noticed they had pulled Lane from the game after that play and Maxwell played opposite of Sherman for the majority of what was left of the game. Lane was in there a few more times though.

  35. The Seahawks are becoming more a favorite this morning…the line has moved to -3 (Seahawks moved up to 3 point favorites from 2 1/2) and the odds on them getting to the Super Bowl dropped from 5-2 to 11-5. Exactly the opposite of what I thought we’d see – Washington is not attracting any money down here.

  36. Dukeshire says:

    Hilton has had it at -3 since Monday late morning, so that has held steady, actually since the initial push. The money line has crept up however, from +125 on Monday to +150 (Wash).

  37. HawksKD – I would agree about Tru. I think his savvy and run support ability makes him the best nickel CB we have, and his experience makes him very important to his team mates in their first playoff game together.

  38. At the local spots here (Station) you can still get the ‘Hawks at -110 but if Hilton is moving Washington all the way up to +150, that won’t last long either.

  39. Wilson vs RGII is the matchup of the weekend, and I’m glad we are finally receiving the hype that real playoff teams deserve.

    Lots has been said about how similar these two offenses and QBs are, but the more I watch these two, the more differences I see in their play. RGIII is scary athletic and keeps it loose. Wilson is a bit more workman-like, more compact and in control. This difference is enhanced when Wilson gets to play from ahead.

    RGIII has gotten away with his free-wheeling style during the season against mostly weaker opponents, and proven he can do it without turning the ball over, but he’s also gotten himself injured. I’m not so sure he’ll survive well against a true playoff defense in a true playoff game. That Dallas D he faced last week is not like facing Seattle.

    Not that I think Seattle’s D can absolutely control him, no one has so far, but I think he’ll take hits from our speed guys like Wagner and Thomas and it might be more than this rookie is ready for.

  40. If Seattle wins in DC (and assuming they go to Atlanta), would they stay on the east coast and practice, or would they fly back to Seattle?

  41. I’m surprised gambling pros such as yourselves thought that line was going to come down. It was the masses that pushed it up from 1 to 3.

    The Seahawks get a ton of respect on the East Coast right now. This isn’t the Holmgren years.

  42. I never did imagine an up and coming popular east coast team would not attract money playing at home against a team that traditionally plays poorly on the east coast. But you are right…it is a different day and obviously that is playing out. I decided to plunge in today at 3 and -110 rather than wait for either the points or the money line to go up again. I had this one called altogether wrong and I could have gotten the extra half-point on Monday.

  43. Dukeshire says:

    Well smartass, at least two offshore / online books have come back to 2.5. Moreover, Vegas56 stated at the time, that he didn’t feel it would return closer to where it opened until the weekend.

  44. SandpointHawk says:
  45. Vegas – if the Seahawks do beat the Redskins, it’s easy to imagine the masses coming in and pushing the line towards the Seahawks when they play the Falcons.

    Their is a huge allure for East Coast fans to a team with a hot QB that appears immune to big game pressure, strong running game and strong defense.

  46. This one won’t be that close. Who will cover Seattle’s #3 receiver Baldwin?
    Also, Fletcher cannot stick with Wilson after his escape from the pocket.
    Seems like Seahawks would be the last team Redskins would want to face as we’ve seen and run the option/pistol more than most other teams.
    38-13 Hawks.

  47. If the Seahawks win, I think they could well be a popular underdog in Atlanta, but I don’t expect them to be favored like this week, or even pick ‘em. I have to believe that RG3’s obvious gimpiness on TV Sunday night is playing a role in this line. The Redskins fans are rooting but not betting, perhaps for good reason.

  48. The Seahawks will be underdogs in Atlanta but I could see this under 3 points.

  49. What is the moneyline? -110 -115 or whatever?
    What does that stand for? I don’t know what that is?

  50. Jusjamn – totally agree.

    Its no accident the Seahawks offense came on big when Baldwin got healthy to complete our dangerous 3-WR set. Baldwin has been huge the past few weeks.

    And its no coincidence our D gave mobile QBs problems as KJ Wright, Earl Thomas, and Bobby Wagner have matured this year.

    Seahawks have too much speed on D, and too many weapons on O, for the Redskins to handle.

  51. Vegas56 says:

    It was -110 this morning at Palace Station when I bet. It means you bet $110 to win $100 ($210 comes back with a winner). Duke mentioned Washington at +150 at Hilton, which means you get $150 back for a $100 bet ($250 comes back with a winner). +150 is pretty high in football, especially with playoff teams at home. They are trying to draw in Washington bets and having some obvious trouble doing it.

  52. Vegas56 says:

    Pabuwal, if we are so lucky to have a Seahawks/Falcons game, and if the line has Atlanta -2 1/2 or less, that will still be a very popular bet (on the Seahawks). I’m a fan, so it doesn’t say much, but I will take those points as I think I’d go pick ‘em on that game.

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