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Morning links: Baldwin wants some r-e-s-p-e-c-t for receivers

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2013 at 2:22 am with 52 Comments »
September 25, 2013 2:22 am
Doug Baldwin made a great sliding catch for a touchdown against Jacksonville. / AP photo
Doug Baldwin made a great sliding catch for a touchdown against Jacksonville. / AP photo

Good morning.

We start today with Stanford-educated Doug Baldwin. Smart guy. Solid receiver. Made a great catch last week. Not afraid of touting his crew, which he said Sunday is the “best receiving corps” in the NFL.

I wrote about him, the receivers and just how few times the Seahawks have thrown this season. That story is here.

> We talked on here about taking a look at how the Seahawks are using defensive lineman (he’s not a tackle or an end, really) Michael Bennett. Well, my pal Doug Farrar at SI.com beat me to it. Here’s his breakdown of Bennett. From Farrar:

Bennett’s been even more disruptive for his new team, ranking second to St. Louis’ Robert Quinn in PFF’s Pass-Rushing Productivity metric, and amassing 2.5 sacks, three hits, and nine hurries in three games.

> Seahawks.com has a first look at the Texans.

> Football outsiders says the Seahawks are on the list of the best dozen 3-0 teams since 1989. Jacksonville is not.

>  Here’s a second-look at the Seahawks/Jaguars game from Pro Football Focus.

> Former QB Rich Gannon took some shots at Houston QB Matt Schaub.

> Here’s a weekly chat with Houston Texans beat writer John McClain. Loved him in the Die Hard movies.

> Former Seahawk Nate Burleson broke his arm thanks to falling pizza boxes.

> San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is getting to know the flipside of fame, the one that comes with struggles. He favorited several tweets from disgruntled fans yesterday.

> Brett Favre’s agent says Favre can still play. You won’t find any links to that story here.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks for the early links, now get some sleep Mr. Dybas…

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Gannon calling out Schaub for being a “system” QB is hilarious. Gannon was the ultimate system QB, perhaps that’s why he feels uniquely qualified to take a shot at Schaub.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes, thanks Todd for the early links.

    Baldwin is right, the receiving group is underrated, (at least by the national media.)
    I will take the fewest pass attempts along with one of the highest passer rating any day. And if you add Jacksons passer rating it goes even higher.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Will we still be underrated when we get Harvin back?
    Houston is strong up front but weak in the secondary, i bet Wilson throws a bunch this week. I have to laugh too, Duke is right, Gannon was a true system QB.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Didn’t the Texans fall behind in their first two games only to come back and win at the end.

    Makes no sense then what Gannon is saying here-

    “If they’re running the football well and they’re dominating on defense, I think he can be that guy. But if they fall behind, Matt Schaub and the Texans struggle.”

  6. section319 says:

    Well Doug, we love you and the hawks are getting a lot of national love for once – but it all looks a bit silly if we go 3-2. Good luck in Houston, oh ya, and Indy ( anyone see them in SF)?

  7. yankinta says:

    Agreed. Not sure about the best but definitely top 5 (without Harvin), right I think Denver is No.1 WR Group. But When Harvin comes back in Mid Oct, our WR Corps will be the best in the NFL.

  8. Matt Schaub = Trent Dilfer = Alex Smith. No disrespect meant to anyone, but the point I am making is that none was ever an elite QB, but they were good enough that if they played within their system and didn’t make mistakes their teams could go a long way.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    “If they’re running the football well and they’re dominating on defense, I think he can be that guy.”

    Who *can’t* be that guy with that scenario?

  10. RDPoulsbo says:

    The national media is falling prey to the idea you have to have Usain Bolt on your team to stretch defenses, or your entire WR group will suck. Probably because most of those guys want to see highlight reel fodder and don’t think about the overall strategy within the game of football. Teams are obviously stacking the box against Seattle’s offense to defend the run and pressure Wilson. If the o-line can just be average, they have a chance to do real damage while backed up by a D that’s generating more the 2nd most takeaways in the league.

  11. yankinta says:

    How is Michael Bennett playing this well? I thought he was injured and waiting for the off-season to have a surgery…. Too bad he’s already 27 and he only signed a year deal with us….

  12. yankinta says:

    How dare Gannon call out Matt Schaub?? This is 8th Ranked QB by the great JAWs…. smh…

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Serious question, not an attack. What does smh mean?

  14. yankinta says:

    lol…. smh = shaking my head. :)

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wow, Kam dated Easley’s daughter and didn’t know who Easley was when he met him.
    He does now.

    http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Focus-on-Kam-Chancellor/a646bcc5-1e40-4620-863c-b8c7d9140768

  16. sluggo42 says:

    So Todd,

    Getting the seahawks gig probably sucks huh? I mean you coulda got Pittsburg or Buffalo… haha

    Yank, I have to admit, you shoot from the hip, repeatedly get hammered for your “statements”, yet, you steadfastly plow forward without even blinking. In a very odd way, I appreciate that…

    Everyone is fearful of this game, and rightly so. However I personally have concluded that Pete and co. will have a PLAN. a GAME PLAN. Just like they do for every game. Im sure they have watched hours aupon hours of tape, and identified the risk areas. They will assign players to control those risk areas. Like their good running game. They will crush that part of the game and force them to alter their plan. And that is where they will fail.

    Preparation will create the separation.

  17. yankinta says:

    Dukeshire, I’d say that JaMarcus Russell can’t be that guy. I can think of a couple of more names but I’ll stop. :)

  18. yankinta says:

    sluggo42, thanks,, LOL. That may be the weirdest compliment I have ever received in my life. :)

  19. Duke, Christian Ponder *can’t* be that guy.

  20. sluggo42 says:

    I actually think Ponder will eventually “get it” I watched him play this week, and he has shown stretches of really good play… He might just be a late bloomer, an example of why they didnt use young QBs before this new age of thinking youngsters are capable.

    On that point though, lots of stumbling by the youngsters, except for Wilson and lucky Luck. But RGIII, Crapperneck, EJ aren’t faring so well this year so far. Perhaps old school wisdom has a point on most young QBs, fortunately the more cerebral (sp?) of them, RW and Luck, are better at understanding the whole of the game and thereby are able to cope better.

  21. montanamike2 says:

    I would put Tannehill and Dalton above all but 2-3 rookie QB’s who started immediately.

  22. yankinta says:

    sluggo42, very good point. I agree and my money is still on RW because our (below-average pass blocking) O-line has been going up against very good defensive Front 7 but RW has been able to make it work….

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1785280-seattle-seahawks-wont-thrive-without-improved-offensive-line-play

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would put Cousins up there also, however he is just going to sit on the Redskins bench for a few years now while RGKnee tries to live up to the hype.

  24. raymaines says:

    sluggo, Let me go on record as saying I’m NOT at all fearful of this game. Yesterday I said this could be anywhere from close to ugly but it’s all in favor of the Seahawks and I’m going to stick with that story.

  25. raymaines says:

    and did you guys see this about TB benching Josh Freeman?

    I thought he looked pretty good a couple of years ago. What happened? Just in a wrong system?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9720203/tampa-bay-buccaneers-bench-josh-freeman-mike-glennon

  26. yankinta says:

    raymaines, I liked him a lot too, 2 years ago. He’s probably lost confidence after being beaten a few times… I think Jags should go after him in the offseason but still draft a QB…. Kind of like what we did with Matt Flynn.

  27. RDPoulsbo says:

    Funniest joke I heard this week from a Ravens fan to a Redskins fan:

    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Owen
    Owen who?
    Owen III

    I’ll bet the Redskins try to deal Cousins at the end of the season to try and get one of those high draft picks back that they gave up to get RG3, but they’re not likely to get much. The next year’s draft has a lot of good QBs coming out, so that market will be flat. Their chance to deal him passed this past offseason, but they had to keep him for insurance. Too bad Seattle doesn’t play them this year.

  28. RDPoulsbo says:

    Greg Schiano is trying to save his job in Tampa with that benching. It’s not going to work though. He’ll be the first coach fired this season. He’s lost the lockerroom and Glennon isn’t going to save this sinking ship.

    I don’t think Freeman’s all that bad, but the the distrust between him and his HC is out in public. That’s not a formula for success under any scenario.

  29. Hey guys,

    Been a lurker here for many years, and decided to try my hand at actually posting to a blog… We’ll see how it goes – go easy on me Pabs. Thought that a change of blog authorship (so long Eric… good luck) would be a good time.

    Wondering, after reading the article on Nate B, if Kris Durham will get some shots this weekend? The Seahawks “next man up” philosophy apparently works for former Hawks as well!

    Looking forward to a fun ride this year. Go Hawks!

  30. daveboling says:

    Hey, tbaker, way to leap in! I was wondering last week seeing a nice Durham catch if he was a guy they gave up on too soon. Couldn’t stay healthy, though.

    GeorgiaHawk, I was a little knocked out by the coincidence of Kam dating Easley’s daughter, too. Add Red Bryant being married to Jacob Green’s daughter, and there’s some curious connections. I think Joe Nash has a daughter …

  31. sluggo42 says:

    Lets hope she got her mothers looks

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Welcome aboard tbake.

    Kris Durham grew up about 20 miles from where I live now (in the carpet capital of the world). Good to see him stick with another team because I doubt he would want to come back to those carpet mills.

  33. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I loved the draft pick of Kris Durham – he didn’t even get a combine invite and went in the 4th, right? Wonder if that’s the highest pick of a non-combine invitee in the contemporary draft era… anyone?

    He might have stuck if he was a more effective special teams player. Obomanu beat out quite a few WR candidates with that capability…

    Bummed that I’m missing out on the “Brett Favre can still play” story – quite the hard-hitting exclusive there.

  34. yankinta says:

    Week 4 Picks are out on ESPN. I see 5 Ignorant Idiots so far.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/picks

  35. Carlsonkid says:

    Rice looked good last week , Tate and Baldwin are terrific . Hopefully Kearse heals quick , I hear he’s out of the boot ..

    Can you imagine once Harvin is added to this group ?!

    I’m more than a little concerned about McQ vs. Watt on Sunday . They’re going to probably have to keep a TE in to help out .

  36. yankinta says:

    RW ranked 4th in MVP race but the writer disrespects Doug Baldwin and the Sea WR Crops. Luck is out of Top 10, as he should be. :)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/88973/dan-grazianos-mvp-watch-4

  37. ChrisHolmes says:

    “Greg Schiano is trying to save his job in Tampa with that benching. It’s not going to work though. He’ll be the first coach fired this season. He’s lost the lockerroom and Glennon isn’t going to save this sinking ship.”

    You are right on.

    Schiano isn’t an NFL head coach. He’s a jerk. Tampa is going to figure that out soon enough. I feel bad for them.

  38. dirtbiker_joey says:

    “I see 5 Ignorant Idiots so far.”

    You mean the five guys who picked SF over StL?

  39. yankinta says:

    lol,, no the 5 guys that picked against the Seahawks. Those are Richard Sherman words so I can’t take credit for it but I feel the same way as RS…. :)

  40. yankinta says:

    dirtbiker_joey, btw you are the one that said Falcons will win their division and make the playoff,, when I said Falcons were the 4th luckiest team last year and will miss the playoff in 2013,,, right?

    How do you feel about it now? :)

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  42. Sarcasticus says:

    I in no way can stand Kaepernick, but those tweets he favorited are horrible. What is wrong with people? As an English teacher, I cringe trying to slosh my way through them. As a human being, I am appalled by the cowardice it takes to verbally attack someone over the internet. Stupid and cowardly…quite a combination of attributes

  43. yankinta says:

    Sarcasticus,, Completely Agreed. Sadly, it happens on this blog too….smh..

    I hope CK becomes a better person and better player from this….

  44. MoSeahawk12 says:

    It’s waaay too early to break out your gloat dance yanker. Must have killed you to wait three whole weeks. Look at the schedule, each team plays sixteen games. Falcons, like the 49ers are not dead yet. I’d say act like you’ve been there before, but it’s obvious you never have. Please get some punctuation help.

  45. yankinta says:

    lol, nah, I’m not gloating. I was just asking if he still feels confident about it just as he felt 3 weeks ago. Of course it could easily change and Falcons could go undefeated the rest of this season….. but I seriously doubt it. :)

  46. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Sure your not. I’m guessing it’s your middle name. Again, act like you’ve been there before.
    gloat
    glōt/Submit
    verb
    gerund or present participle: gloating
    1.
    contemplate or dwell on one’s own success or another’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.
    “his enemies gloated over his death”
    synonyms: delight, relish, take great pleasure, revel, rejoice, glory, exult, triumph, crow

    5. G.L.O.A.T
    acronym for, Greatest LIVING of all time (in your mind ONLY)

  47. MoSeahawk12 says:

    At least you were able to add yet another Jaws and Luck comment, just as you do every day. I think somebody said it pretty well earlier in that you should easily get a job at ESPN as your profound knowledge and insight will forever change the future of the NFL….or something like that.

  48. yankinta says:

    lol,, ummm no comment… :)

  49. who do you guys figure wins that Rams/Niners game? Is it an easy call for the Niners? It’s in St. Louis, and could be no Vernon davis again.

    Very interested to watch this one . . .

  50. yankinta says:

    pdway, I say Niners will lose again. We broke the niners for Colts and Rams. Plus Niners FO has been exposed because that team has no depth.

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