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Morning links: Seahawks playing with bravado

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 9, 2013 at 6:57 am with 41 Comments »
January 9, 2013 6:57 am
Who you calling invisible? (AP photo)
Who you calling invisible? (AP photo)

In my story today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he wants the Seahawks to play with an edge to them, which means he ‘s willing to live with the occasional roughing the passer or personal foul.

And that type of aggressive, physical style of play has led to the Seahawks earning a reputation as the league’s NFL bad boys, with other teams like Washington complaining about Seattle’s style of play.

But Carroll says he’s not concerned about it.

“I have no problem with any of it, none of it,” Carroll said about his team’s aggressive style of play. “When it crosses the line and you’re doing things that are illegal, or it’s something that is cheap, then we don’t want any part of that. But we want to take it to the edge. We’re trying to find a level that we can take it to, that gets everything that we can possibly get out of the moment.

“We’re ready to battle to that, but it’s composure and poise that allows you to make the right decision at the right time, and our guys did a great job of that.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the fact that other teams are coveting Seattle’s assistants shows that Carroll is building a winner in Seattle.

Aaron Levine of Q13 Fox Sports reports that kicker Steven Hauschka has been informed that he will be replaced on the injured reserve today, meaning Ryan Longwell will take over as the regular kicker.

Richard Sherman is mic’d up for the Washington game.

ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook professes his love for Russell Wilson.

Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks have made Seattle relevant in sports again.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Russell Wilson hast got Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s attention.

Clare Farnsworth of says offensive lineman Paul McQuistan is a glue guy for Seattle.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes don’t sleep on the Seahawks, they are for real and could be Super Bowl bound.

Morning links
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  1. cititravis says:

    How is it that no one nationally has mentioned that Sherman said nothing after the game to Trent Williams. Williams really is a punk who could not take care of biz on the field and acted like a coward after the game!

    Can’t wait to see the legion of Boom bring it in the ATL.

  2. jboard1 says:

    Agree Citi…after the game they were even talking bad about Sherman saying he can be acting like this blah blah blah…basically slamming him and calling him immature. From that video you can tell Sherm was being the big man and giving props to the Skins players, until big boy TW got into his face. Dude is a prick and once again Sherm gets dragged thru the mud for nothing…that boulder on his shoulder gets bigger again!

  3. jboard1 says:

    I wrote that last comment before reading the last article on this

    Seattle corner Richard Sherman, with a mouth as big and grand as his physical skills, taunted several Washington players after the 24-14 Seattle win. One of them, 325-pound Trent Williams, had heard enough. He pushed Sherman in the face with an open hand. Sherman acted shocked but it was all an act.

    That right there is exactly what pisses me off. Sherman wasn’t running his mouth at that point..he was saying congrats to the Skins for their effort. SMH

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I do love how aggressive this team is. I honestly think that the two “run up the score” situations from a few weeks back, were as much a part of that aggressive mentality he’s fostering, as anything. It’s so refreshing to see a Seahawk team that relishes a street fight. Haven’t seen that since Knox was here.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I love Sherman, and I don’t want him to change a thing. But we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t think we’d hate him if he were playing against the ‘Hawks. Let’s be honest… lol

  6. jboard1 says:

    I think that is fair…i dont doubt that i’d hate him if he was an opponent…so glad we have him for his play and his character

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Man, I just watched that “mic’d up” clip. Awesome. I love how he was so cool to them after the game. And I hadn’t seen that particular view of Williams hitting him. That’s a pretty good shot he took. Dude, I love Sherman even more now. lol.

  8. sluggo42 says:

    I see a fine going towards Trent . Just a hunch.

    I like reading replies to articles throughout he country. Now the Hawks are relevant to the whole country. And they are frightening to other teams. You know the falcons DC is watching endless tape on our running game, and scratching his head… Little beads of sweat on his forehead as he tries to imagine what his players will be doing when this show rolls into his backyard… He probably knows his own players weaknesses, and worse, he knows we know his players weaknesses.

    In my pea-brain, I see a ball control game again, keeping Mattie-ice OFF THE FIELD, as our key. The best defense against their nasty receivers is a good offense. Lots of long drives, and put up a score on them. Get a few stops. They are a good offense, but I don’t tink their defense has the horsepower to stop our machine…


  9. jboard1 says:

    Duke, i also love seeing the interaction between sherm and RG3. It is a perspective we rarely get to see..and the fact he told sherm to go and win this thing…love it! Tons of respect for RG3

  10. Dukeshire says:

    I think when Eric puts up his comparative stat post, people will be shocked at how similar the offensive numbers are. The difference of course is that Atl has been steady all season and the Seahawks offense didn’t develop until after the bye. I can’t wait for this!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    jboard1 – Yes, for sure.

  12. Hawkboy says:

    Found this about sports superstitions and the Seahawks.
    Hope he doesn’t clip his toe nails just yet. LOL

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    What’s really crazy to me is how espn talks about RG3’s injury more than the actual playoffs.I mean it’s unfortunate he got hurt, but Clem also got hurt and they only mention that on Twitter it seems.Nfl network is so much better.

  14. montanamike2 says:

    I’m buying a Sherman jersey if it becomes available, why isn’t it?
    I’d hate him if he weren’t on my team, another steal of the draft.
    I was thinking Shanahan was an ass for risking your franchise and possibly the career of a future potential HOF player. I’m so glad we didn’t lose RW to that turf.

  15. trout_hound says:

    In the comments of the Sherm miked up video I found a link to this interesting article seriously questioning Russell Wilson’s decision making abilities. I have to agree with the article.

  16. FloridaHawk says:

    Nobody hates a bad player. I can remember “hating” Barry Bonds, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Dennis Rodman, and John “Horseface” Elway. I would have loved to have had any of those players on the Mariners, Sonics, or Seahawks. I don’t ever recall hating the nickel or dime back on an opposing team, or the backup QB. The fact that Sherman is gaining notoriety from all the haters in the world is just further proof that he is one of the preeminent DB’s in the league. I’m sure I would hate him if he played for Atlanta, but I’m d*mn sure happy to have him lining up across from Roddy White or Julio Jones on Sunday!

  17. jboard1 says:

    Montanamike…i got a Sherman jersey for Christmas. Not exactly sure where she got it from, but when i find out i will be sure to post it on here.

  18. Southendzone says:

    WOW, the mic’ed up was sweet! I love when he says to the ref “CALL IT THEN!”

  19. Dukeshire says:

    montanamike – They’re available.

  20. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Agreed, everyone here would hate Richard Sherman if he didn’t play for the Seahawks. Him telling fans to leave now and beat the traffic is funny. But I think that if a opposing player said at C-link to Seahawks fans he’d have to have extra protection until he left the city.

  21. madpunter88 says:

    The video of the Trent Williams v. Richard Sherman sparring is insightful. I love how Williams kept his helmet on to avoid the counter-punch. Smart. Bold the way Sherman asked him what he was going to do. “I’m going to punch you in the face” [I appreciate the honesty]. Then Sherman says, “Well then do it.”

    That dude is a bad-ass. Is it okay to say bad-ass on this blog?

  22. montanamike2 says:

    Thanks so much Duke, i’m buying it within seconds.

  23. jboard1 says:

    Thanks Duke.

    Yea, trent williams is a punk. Too bad he couldn’t play better so he had to resort to throwing blows. He better be fined for that. But knowing this league, he wont be.

  24. belmontrose says:

    The idea that Any Shanahan coached team would complain about “style of play” is like the Pot calling the Kettle Black. I seem to remember the Bronco’s “style of play” and it was more than borderline. Plus he chewed up Running Backs without regard, and I doubt that he has gotten kinder or gentler with his approach.

  25. Audible says:


    Damn…that’s a compelling article…about Wilson’s questionable judgment. Kinda scary if you think about it.

  26. montanamike2 says:

    Just bought my Jersey, now how to deal with my wife hmmm.

  27. Florida – I agree. Hated all those guys. It felt good to beat Shanahan Sunday after all those years he and Elway tormented us in the AFCW.

  28. thursday says:

    Before the Sherman jerseys were available at the proshop they were on the NFL shop, that’s where I got mine lol.

    Also, I’ll be plenty real, I probably would hate him if he were on another team. I’ve always been jealous of other teams that have players like that lol.

  29. pabuwal says:

    I’d like to see Jon Ryan handle the kickoffs. I’d hate to see Atlanta start every drive after a Seahawks score around the 35.

  30. “But I think that if a opposing player said at C-link to Seahawks fans he’d have to have extra protection until he left the city.”

    Yeah, Seattle fans are way more prone to irrational violence than Maryland fans… TF?

    The Sherman mic’d up was well worth the watch. Tough SOB. I agree, people here would hate him if he weren’t a Seahawk.

  31. NWPoseidon says:

    Does it feel great to anyone else that when reading the comments on national or opponents blogs that everyone all of a sudden hates the Seahawks? It feels great to be relevant again. And I get the sense everyone still thinks of us as the 7-9 division champs until they play us and immediately resort to “they’re cheaters!” We’ll let our play do the talking… And Sherman’s mouth.

    War Hawks!

  32. Agree with all these comments from you guys – it’s great to be on the winning side of the toughness/swagger battle for the first time in a real long time. It’s what every team that wins in the playoffs has in common.

    Seahawks kind of becoming the talk of the league right now – we’re the new kids on the block (who, outside of Boston, wants to root for the Patriots . . ), and we’re young and brash. It’s a fun time for us all, and things will only intensify if we can win another one on Sunday.

  33. NYHawkFan says:

    Did I miss something about Wilson’s supposed poor judgment in that article? I don’t get it. What did he do to earn such a label? Moreover, what does anything in the article have to do with his decision-making ability on the football field?

  34. trout_hound says:

    NY – yes, you missed something in the Wilson poor judgment article. Read it again, especially the last part about the Neverland Ranch.

  35. trout_hound says:

    Audible – Maybe he just wanted to see the Elephant Man’s bones?

  36. NYHawkFan says:

    Yes, I read that. And that’s it? All because a 17-year-old kid liked Michael Jackson, his judgment is now questioned? I’m not a MJ fan, but according to Wikipedia, his Thriller album is tied with the Eagles Greatest Hits as the best-selling album of all time, so Wilson had a lot of fellow teens who liked Jackson. As to the rest of the very short article, it devoted an equal amount of space to RGIII. So really, Wilson’s poor judgment is boiled down to just one sentence in the article. Hmmmm, I’ll need more than that to sway me.

  37. I think the article is suppose to be a joke. Wilson makes bad decisions because if he could have dinner with anyone, it would be with Michael Jackson at Neverland ranch.

    Jackson was accused of, well we know know what he was accused of, but the joke would be that Wilson would still go. Hence him making “questionable” decisions.

    I wish I could say it was a bad attempt at being funny, but the fact it had to be explained says it all.

    (No, I didn’t write the article. I can let fly some questionable jokes at times but mine at least get the “oh boy while rolling eyes and smiling” response.)

  38. NYHawkFan says:

    That’s how I took it when I read it, but it seemed that some were agreeing with it. Perhaps they had tongue in cheek when they responded and I missed the sarcasm. lol

  39. nmseafan says:

    I just read that article on Wilson’s supposed lack of good decision making. There is nothing I can’t stand more than some hack trying to a story out of a complete non-story. I had to reply to it and blast the guy. Sure MJ was all jacked up in his mind, everybody knows that. I want to know how that diminishes the fact that he was one of the most successful artists of this generation. The 2 things are completely separate. Wilson wasn’t saying he wanted to hang with Jackson because he was a pedophile, he was simply acknowledging his brillance as an artist.

  40. NYHawkFan says:

    I went back and reread the article (if you call it that). I should have caught the introduction, “If you’re looking for serious Russell Wilson analysis, this is not the place.” It was obviously intended to be humorous. In other words, Wilson is so squeaky clean that the only “skeleton” the author could find in Wilson’s closet is his (past?) fondness of MJ–when Wilson was 17, no less.

    Now, the only question that remains is why trout_hound said it was “interesting” and why he said “I have to agree with the article.” Whatever, I’m done wasting my time on this one.

  41. trout_hound says:

    Hey, I just thought it was funny. Apparently not everyone has a sense of humor.

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