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Morning links: Will the approach of Positive Pete catch on?

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 2, 2013 at 8:21 am with 80 Comments »
October 2, 2013 8:21 am
Pete Carroll likes what he sees here. / AP photo
Pete Carroll likes what he sees here. / AP photo

Good morning.

Our John McGrath says the questions about Pete Carroll’s rah-rah approach when he came from the college ranks have been answered. From McGrath:

The Associated Press’ Patric Schneider not only was in position to photograph a pivotal moment during the Seahawks’ 23-20 overtime victory Sunday at Houston, but his shot of Shoeless Sherm and Positive Pete also depicted the essence of Carroll’s coaching philosophy.

Renowned as a motivator, not so famous as a superior tactician, Carroll is, at heart, a cheerleader.

> The Seahawks are No. 2 in the ESPN power rankings.

> ESPN has its weekly QB watch with a look at Russell Wilson.

> The Indianapolis Star has a look at the numerous injuries for the Colts.

> A quick look at the Seahawks vs. Colts game from Colts.com.

> The Titans are encouraged by the MRI on Jake Locker’s hip. He won’t need surgery.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    “Renowned as a motivator, not so famous as a superior tactician, Carroll is, at heart, a cheerleader.”

    Maybe so, but anyone who now questions Carroll’s defensive philosophy and his ability to find players to carry out the scheme’s requirements is either: A – not paying attention or B – ignorant to the fundamentals of the game.

  2. From Condotta:

    Seahawks general manager John Schneider was a guest on CBSSportsRadio today, and while there were no huge revelations, there were a few interesting tidbits:

    — Schenider did the interview while driving through Indiana, having been at Notre Dame earlier in the day;

    — Asked about Percy Harvin, Schneider said they will “evaluate” Harvin once he is eligible to come off the PUP list following the Tennessee game on Oct. 13. Schneider said reiterated what Pete Carroll said last week, that Harvin has been rehabbing both in Seattle and in New York with the doctors who did the surgery. He said they will be careful not to rush Harvin back, saying everybody will do the right thing. … just want to make sure he is completely right before we expose him to anything that would make him any worse.”;

    — Asked about the return of DE/OLB Bruce Irvin this week, he noted that Irvin spent his time on suspension working out at West Virginia, where he played in college, and that “he is really excited” to be back;

    — Asked about Seattle’s emphasis on turnovers and its ability to keep winning the turnover battle, Schneider said he used to believe that there used to be “ebbs and flows” in getting turnovers. But he said he has become a little more of a believer that teams can do things to consistently win the turnover battle after seeing the success Seattle has had in that area under Pete Carroll. “Every meeting, it’s all about the ball, about protecting the ball and doing whatever you can to rip the ball away. … it’s definitely someting that is really preached in our building and the guys really take a lot of pride in it.”

  3. FleaFlicker says:

    Colts have already lost three starters to IR, and a number of guys on the DL. That’s kind of crazy.

    Hopefully our back-up O-linemen can hold off their back-up D-linemen. We have to protect RW better.

  4. Vegas56 says:

    I don’t know about that “not being a superior tactician” stuff…he kept them in a game in which they were almost literally getting their asses handed to them for 40 minutes.

  5. RDPoulsbo says:

    At least Bowie is going to get an easier assignment with all the Colts injuries. It was a tough draw to have hi first start against the reigning DPOY last week.

  6. yankinta says:

    LOL @ People/ESPN overreacting to Denver 4 wins against 4 EASY Opponents and 3 of those 4 games were at home. smh….

    Colts game will be an easy one,, I predict we win by double digits, especially if Ahmad Bradshaw cannot play.

    This is a CopyCat League. Positive Pete will catch on. My most favorite moment of last Sunday on TV was when Lynch fumbled in our redzone. Everyone was shocked and dazed/scared and speechless, including me. But I saw Pete as it happened on the sideline, he did not HESITATE, instead he Pumped Up the Defense to accept this challenge and to go show that world we got Lynch’s Back….. if you have a tape of this game, you should rewatch it and watch Pete as Lynch fumbled the ball.

    That is Exactly what I want my Coach to do,, it was The Perfect Reaction by our Coach.

  7. Southendzone says:

    If you watch those 4 Denver wins, it’s really the way they are winning that is so impressive. It is pure unmitigated mastery on offense. Their receivers are good, and with Manning running the show, they are elite. Once they establish a lead and the passing game, even their at times crappy running attack can work.

    With Baltimore trading for the JAX OT Monroe, I wonder if the Hawks had their hat in that ring at all, would have been a nice add given all our injuries.

  8. yankinta says:

    Nah, I did watch those games and I wasn’t that impressed. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a good team but they have not faced any Top 10 Defenses, yet. We’ve faced 3 opponents with Top 10 D. I guess I’m not easily impressed nor do I overreact easily…. :)

  9. trout_hound says:

    I noticed that too, Yakinta, and I agree. Everybody knew Lynch felt like sh*t, and Pete treated it as an opportunity.

    Speaking of Lynch, my favorite play of the day was his huge run from our two yard line in the first quarter. We were backed up deep, and it was as impressive a run as I’ve seen. I was really surprised not a single sports channel showed a highlight of that one. Well, except Sporting News: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-09-29/marshawn-lynch-run-video-beast-mode-seahawks-texans-score-highlights

    Beast mode!!!

  10. yankinta says:

    trout_hound, I know!! :) I was pumped after I saw him pumped up the defense without even hesitating for a second….it happened at the worst time too,, we were already down 14 to 3 with only 6 minutes left in the first half…..

    But the Defense responded!!! They showed the world we got Lynch’s Back!! we shut them down and they had to kick a field goald. :)

  11. thanks for the link trouthound! Agreed – that was a GREAT run!

  12. trout_hound says:

    I think Lynch would have went all the way if one or two of those offensive linemen that were down field chasing him would have looked behind them and turned around to cut off the backside pursuit.

  13. trout_hound says:

    It was actually JJ Watt that chased him down. That dude is a beast in his own right.

  14. HawkfaninMT says:

    Regarding the Monroe trade…

    Sounds like Balt gave a 4th and 5th. Sounds like a pittance for a starting LT, but I believe Monroe is still on his high salary rookie contract. I am not going to in depth but I bet the amount of money owed is still a fair amount for what he would cost. Draft capital plus a possible loss of one of our home grown guys is not worth Monroe in my opinion. Trust PC/JS… They are in every personnel move and they know when the cost exceeds the value to this team

  15. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Lynch has incredible balance and vision. One of the best runs I’ve ever seen. He got us out of a major jam and helped change field position. Too bad the team couldn’t take advantage of that run and score on that series. Could have gone up 10-0 early. Vintage Lynch.

  16. asherinkirkland says:

    What is interesting about that Lynch run is the down field blocking. Bowie and McQuistan are way down field laying blocks. But, watch Carpenter, he stops and kind of jogs .. .

  17. RDPoulsbo says:

    I doubt Monroe was a possibility given his salary. He was a guy I wanted Seattle to draft in 2009. Instead they went for Curry. Go Tim Ruskell! You do have to wonder if the Jags will fall through the salary floor with this move though. In any case, it looks like Bradley’s going to have a lot of new toys next offseason. Jacksonville will have to spend like drunken sailors in free agency. As much cap room as they have this year, they’re eating a ton of dead cap this year.

    I’ve been impressed with Denver’s offense. I know they have been playing against the sludge of the NFL, but still impressive nonetheless. I’ll be more interested in seeing how Peyton does once the weather turns at Mile High. He’s never been a good cold weather QB and when the wind starts whipping, they’ll need to rely more on that crappy running game they have.

  18. Southendzone says:

    When I watch Manning, Brees, Brady play QB, I’m impressed.. a lot. I know RW gets it done for us, but I watch what those 3 do and am envious.

    I want to see RW do what they do about 75% of the time, and then layer on his unique RW stuff the other 25% of the time.

    Long term, the way to win is by being one of these genius QB’s that comes to the line, looks everything over, figures it out and gets into the perfect play to beat it. Crazy scrambles 14 yards behind the LOS that end up in a 20 yard gain are fun to watch, but not sustainable for a season of winning.

  19. WiscCory says:

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that the Colts have Robert Mathis, who leads the league with 7.5 sacks thru 4 games? Guess who’s drooling at the thought of facing McQ and Bowie?!!

    Don’t think that the Colts are a pushover, especially with the current state of the Hawks O-line.

  20. ChrisHolmes says:

    Pete’s positive attitude is amazing.

    And I think it shows just how far you can go with that approach. I don’t know how many “life coaches” or other “gurus” have repeated mantras about positive thinking, etc., but I know I’ve been hearing that consistent message since I was young. And that’s because there is a lot of truth to that. Visualization, positive thinking, positive reinforcement… It has an effect.

    We’re seeing it. We’re seeing it in a team that was trailing by 13 and 20 last season during the playoffs, and made comebacks. And we saw it again last week. There’s no quit in this team because the coach doesn’t quit. There’s no disbelief in what can be done because Pete has no such disbelief. There’s just positive energy, positive reinforcement, and a strong belief that they can pull it out.

    And they did.

    On the road.

    At 10 am.

    Against the 2nd best defense in the league.

    I, for one, love it. It shows you don’t have to be a maniacal yelling fool like Bill Cowher to win games. You don’t have to be a surly, grumpy toad like Bellichick to win games.

    You can be upbeat, positive, and confident, and that can ooze its way into every player on your roster.

    That’s awesome.

    We have the perfect coach for our team…

    Revel in it.

  21. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Agree WiscCory, I don’t think any team will be a pushover for awhile. Not as long as our O-line is in shambles. Colts have a tough, underrated D that shut the 9ers down a few weeks back in SF. Of course they trashed the Jags like we did and that will always help your rating, but this team is legit and to think we will fly out there for another 10am game and own these guys is crazy.

  22. MoSeahawk12 says:

    The ESPN mag with Russell Wilson on the cover goes into more detail on the overall philosophy of the Seahawks under Carroll. It’s a really nice article and gives a nice peek behind the curtain.
    Plus it’s cool to have our guy on the cover!

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9581925/seattle-seahawks-use-unusual-techniques-practice-espn-magazine

  23. yankinta says:

    WiscCory, that depends on how good you think Miami Dolphins are. If you think Dolphins are average or bad because they got blown out by the Saints on Monday night, then remember that the Colts lost to them in their own home just 2 weeks ago. 49ers win doesn’t mean much cuz we broke that team just the week before.

    I know our O-line is injured but we get Max back this week. I say we win this game by double digits easily, with our 7th round Rookie RT. :)

  24. Seattle Seahawks: Only 27.8% of Marshawn Lynch’s carries have gone outside of the tackle and for good reason. He only averages 2.5 yards per attempt outside of the tackles compared to 4.4 inside of the tackles

    Also – just read that the Hawks have the second easiest schedule from here on out.

  25. yankinta says:

    Totally agree about Trent Richardson (Link Below). I’ve been saying Colts FO was overrated and that Trade was a Bust from day one…… I’d love to see him as the starting RB this Sunday against us!!..

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23962846/nfl-stock-watch-ray-horton-puts-browns-defense-on-lockdown

  26. Nice – a prediction of the Seahawks going into the home field of a decent team and blowing them out during an early game.

    Those predictions have been made for each of the first 2 road games as well. Didn’t work out so well.

  27. yankinta says:

    Thanks, at least I was the only one picking a blowout win versus the 49ers on this blog though. :)

  28. yankinta says:

    Plus when I picked us to win by a blowout last week, we didn’t have the info that 3 of our OL would be out that game,, :)

  29. The defense has forced four red-zone turnovers – interceptions by Thomas against the 49ers and Texans; and interceptions by Wagner and strong safety Kam Chancellor against the Jaguars. That’s as many as the Seahawks had in the red zone all of last season.

  30. OregonHawk says:

    braggart [ˈbrægət]
    n
    a person who boasts loudly or exaggeratedly; bragger
    adj
    boastful

    If you know someone who is a real show off and is always bragging about how great they are, then you might call this boaster a braggart.

  31. ChrisHolmes says:

    The line is Seattle -3.5 Indy has covered their last 6 games as home dogs.

    I’d be surprised if it’s a double digit win. I think that’s discounting the skill of Andrew Luck. It’s back-to-back 10am starts on the road and we all saw how our replacement OL functioned last week.

    Betting the line, I’d bet Indy. I suspect a 20-17 score. Seattle can (and probably should) win it outright, but I expect Indy to cover and keep this one close.

    Luck is not Schaub.

  32. yankinta says:

    Thanks but this is Hawks/Football blog…. :)

  33. yankinta says:

    ChrisHolmes, I agree. Luck is not Schaub. I am excited to see how good he truly is. I also agree that he already has a couple of things going for him,, the 10am start and playing at home,, :)

  34. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I still believe in circadian biorhythms, and attribute them to why we play so lousy in the first half of 10:00 a.m. games, and why we tend to dominate in the second half of those same games. So I’m encouraged by the fact that this is the second consecutive 10:00 a.m. game: my theory is that as long as Pete has the team practicing early they should fare better earlier in this game.

    I think that as long we are not down by more than two scores, and especially if we have a lead, at halftime we will win this game. Granted, I’m hoping that Unger will be back–which means that our O-line will be better, and Wilson will have more time. And while Robert Mathis is a concern, the Colts pass rush isn’t nearly as ferocious as the Texans.

    Speaking of pass rush, how great is it going to be to have Irvin back? If Irvin is back and Bennett can play our pass rush is gonna be pretty tough to contend with. Can you imagine the schemes Quinn and Carrol will devise with those personnel groupings? On passing downs, maybe Avril and Clemons at the D.E. positions, with Bennett in the middle and Irvin as a blitzing LB? Or maybe they have some other variation of the Bandit package they used two seasons ago. At any rate, I don’t think that Luck is going to have a lot of time.

    Though it’s no gimme, this is very much a winnable game.

  35. ChrisHolmes says:

    “The defense has forced four red-zone turnovers – interceptions by Thomas against the 49ers and Texans; and interceptions by Wagner and strong safety Kam Chancellor against the Jaguars. That’s as many as the Seahawks had in the red zone all of last season.”

    It’s worth noting that statistically speaking, turnovers tend toward the mean. We should be prepared for a drop in that regard. Although I hope we keep it going… especially this weekend. But with Arians in Arizona, I don’t expect Luck to throw as many risky passes our way as he would have last year.

    We’re receiving a bounty of timely turnovers right now, especially in the red zone. That can’t last. Stats bear that out. Which is why it’s even more important for the OL to right the ship a bit, and for the penalties to keep coming down. We can’t rely on gifts from the opposition to win all the time. At some point we’re going to have to play a complete game for 60 minutes and show we can do it more than once.

  36. ChrisHolmes says:

    We have five 10 AM starts this year.

    Can you imagine how Seahawks fans would be feeling if we win all of those?

    This blog could get ridiculous real fast…

  37. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Ever notice how Chihuahuas yap non stop?
    LDS (Little Dog Syndrome)

  38. MoSeahawk12 says:

    yanker setting the table in case Luck has a good game against us. Let’s hope he does so maybe he’ll shut up about it for five minutes. As long as we come out on top of course.

  39. yankinta says:

    lol insinuating butt kissers… smh…

  40. On Lynch’s run – agreed that Carp started jogging while Bowie and McQuistan sprinted downfield, but at least it was after he blew his guy off the line of scrimmage 10 yards. He assumed Lynch was down – hopefully he’ll get blasted in the film room.

  41. regarding the red zone turnovers – I thought that Carolina also fumbled in the red zone in the 4th quarter. Wasn’t that inside the 20 as well? Shouldn’t it be five??

  42. chuck_easton says:

    So, yanker, is this week’s easy win by double digits prediction the same as your last week’s easy win by double digits prediction?

    Just want to check because if this week’s game is going to be as ‘easy’ as last week’s game I may just have to go rent the portable defib machine and have it available Sunday morning.

    Not saying Seattle doesn’t have a decent chance at a win, but come on there yanker. A little less homerism and a little more of that expert football knowledge you keep telling us all that you have.

    The team is going into their home field, a 10:00am start, and they have played some very tough games already this season.

    It will be a dogfight and my prediction is the last team with possession of the ball will win. This one is coming down to either a game winning FG or go ahead TD in the final minutes of the 4th quarter.

    I don’t see a blowout, unless Seattle comes out flat and it is our guys getting thrashed.

  43. Ewalters7354 says:

    The Colts are a good team without a doubt.But they don’t have the same D as the Texans.I believe the Hawks will score more points offensively and they cannot let Luck stand back there like at statue and complete passes like Schaub did.Run the Beast 20+ times and wear that small D line down!Make Luck throw into the strength of our D and I believe the Hawks win.As good as Luck is to most of you,he will still give the Hawks chances.

  44. FleaFlicker says:

    Hard to know which Colts team is going to show up on Sunday. The team that had very ho-hum wins against the Raiders and Jags? Or the team that went on the road to rough up the 49ers?

  45. yankinta says:

    chuck_easton, when I predicted last weeks blowout we all didn’t know about 60% of O-Line being out. But still for what it’s worth, I WAS WRONG. I assumed we fixed the 10 AM Sleeping walking by our Defense and A.Foster killed us, in the first half which led to their TE getting open.

    Let’s just say I’m very Bullish on our chances since I understand Bradshaw will not play. Not worried about TR. Bradshaw is the RB that killed 49ers D the past 2 times he’s played (both blowout wins by Colts and Giants).

    You can call me out on Monday if we don’t win by double digits but if we do,, make sure you come back and take it like a man, as well. :) Because I have not heard back from people calling me out for my prediction that ATL will not make the playoff. They’ve gone silent…. as expected.., lol

  46. Southendzone says:

    The only thing I’m predicting, is a next week prediction by Yank of a double digit win.

    In fact, it’s my lock of the week.

  47. Ewalters7354 says:

    I recall a comment about how Indy shut the Jags down and the Hawks couldn’t lmao.Did they pull any starters in the 3rd quarter?

  48. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Nice Southendzone.
    Plenty of people commented that it was waaay too early to count out the Falcons in week two or three. They play sixteen games in the NFL yank in the box. The more you know.

  49. chuck_easton says:

    And just in case one of the “Seahawks, love em’ or get the hell of this blog” people start saying I’m not a true fan because I see a very tough game this weekend, I did pick the Hawks to win last week.

    I was just more realistic that it was going to be pretty close to the 2.5 point spread. I debated back and forth if Seattle would cover. In the end I went all in. That extra .5 points was critical!

    So this week the Hawks, once agan, are 2.5 point favorites. Hedging things here. I’ll take Seattle straight up, but I’m taking the Colts with the points.

    I think if Seattle pulls it off it is by 1 or 2 points only.

    The majority of the Nation are predicting a loss for Seattle.

  50. Hey Chuck – forgot to ask you if you saw my post that your 16 year old could in fact get in to Scooters if you every make it to LV. They have a special section in the restaurant for minors – lots of people go back and forth between the restaurant and bar – plenty of TV’s everywhere!

  51. WilliamPercival says:

    Impressive blocking by Coleman, Kearse and Bowie downfield to eliminate a few players from making the play. Nice to see the 2nd effort from Bowie as raw as he is, running as hard as ge could to get downfield even when Lynch was about 5yards ahea of him early in the run and getting that far down field to keep it alive..

  52. “It’s worth noting that statistically speaking, turnovers tend toward the mean. We should be prepared for a drop in that regard. ”
    “We’re receiving a bounty of timely turnovers right now, especially in the red zone. That can’t last. Stats bear that out….We can’t rely on gifts from the opposition to win all the time. ”
    ChrisHolmes
    I could be all wet, but I don’t think the turnovers are just luck. We have a team that emphasizes creating turnovers and protecting the ball. As far as stats go, I believe that takes the randomness out of it. And I think that a lot of “luck” goes to those who are prepared and ready for an opportunity.

  53. yankinta says:

    Southendzone,, lol, of course I am prediction a Huge Blow Out win in wk 6 against the Locker-Less Titans at home. Did you even have to ask?? :)

    MoSeahawk12, agreed. it’s still too early but things are looking good for me so far. :)

  54. chuck_easton says:

    Thanks LV!

    I’ll talk to him. We did get tickets to the Arizona game on the 22nd of December. But we are so high up in the stadium I think we might be in another county…

    But I told him experiencing a game from the nose bleeds (while much different from being in the 100 section like we were last time) is still an experience he needs to have.

    Some of the most enjoyable games I’ve ever attended were sitting in the rafters of the old Dome.

  55. HawkfaninMT says:

    At Chuck: In December in Seattle the 300s where the nose bleeds is also where you do not get poured on! I took my kids to the Cards-Hawks two years ago… Hawks Nest… Poured rain all game! Still was an awesome experience!

  56. MoSeahawk12 says:

    yankinta, that might be your most measured, least confrontational response ever. Good job.
    Maybe there’s some hope for you after all.

  57. RDPoulsbo says:

    chuck: The most anywhere in the 300s are actually good seats. The design makes sure there are no bad seats in the stadium. I have never had complaints about my view wherever I’ve been up top. I’ve had the wind whipping me from the back from literally the top row though. The covering on the chain link fence doesn’t exactly block the wind, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it all.

  58. yankinta says:

    nah, I’m all about having facts based/mutually respectful discussions. It’s my policy to never throw the first punch. :)

  59. RDPoulsbo says:

    Hey, the Cards just traded Levi Brown. So sad. The Cards took Levi over Adrian Peterson. I’m sure they’re still kicking themselves for that move.

  60. Regarding tickets in the 300 section – it all depends where and who you’re with! With the crappy weather lately in SEA I would prefer to sit high up under the rafters on either side as long as it’s under the roof. We went to the Jacksonville game and had bleacher seats in the smaller bleacher section next to the Hawks Nest. Because of the rain we ended up standing in the covered area directly behind the end zone. For me, it usually depends on who I’m with. Took my 85 yr old mother to UW-Oregon State last year at Hawks stadium – pouring rain and fortunate we were under cover. This year took my 85 year old Dad to UW-Boise State – lucked out with sun as our season tickets are not under cover. Took my fiancé to UW-Idaho State and Hawks-Jacksonville – no way she would sit all game in the rain. All of you with the young kids joining you – even sitting in the rain all game rooting for the Hawks will be a great experience!

  61. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol this guy kills me with the smiley face at the end of each comment lolol…You keep me laughing bro.Keep up the good work.

    Don’t kill me guys its just funny lol

  62. ChrisHolmes says:

    “I could be all wet, but I don’t think the turnovers are just luck. We have a team that emphasizes creating turnovers and protecting the ball. As far as stats go, I believe that takes the randomness out of it. And I think that a lot of “luck” goes to those who are prepared and ready for an opportunity.”

    Turnovers are not all luck, and I didn’t say that at all.

    You look at Sherman’s INT last week. That’s was not as much luck as that was the result of film study, coaching and practice. That was a moment when preparation met opportunity and Sherman made the most of it.

    But not all turnovers are the result of that mathematical equation. Luck factors in – a lot – and that is why statistically, over time, you’ll see teams regress to the mean.

    I’ll give you two examples:

    Exhibit #1: The INT against SF near the goal line (I believe ET came up with that).

    The vast majority of the time, that’s just a knocked down pass. But the ball got tipped into the air and ET made a tremendous play. Statistically speaking, that play isn’t an INT very often. Seattle got “lucky” that the ball bounced in a manner that allowed one of their guys to make a play, and he made it.

    Exhibit #2: The “tip-drill” INT from this past weekend, against Houston.

    Don’t tell me luck didn’t factor into that turnover. Three guys had a hand on it before possession finally was established. Statistically speaking, that’s a play that isn’t a turnover very often. It’s an incomplete pass.

    That’s what I’m talking about.

    Seattle’s coaches and defensive personnel do a really good job of *creating* turnover opportunities (punching the ball out of the RB’s hand in Carolina, as an example). But even then, with a fumble, it’s a 50/50 odds that you recover it. We did recover, and it changed the game. Good on us. But you experience that play 10 times and we’re probably only walking away with the turnover half the time. The other half of the time it’s just an fumble we don’t recover, or it goes out of bounds…

    All I’m saying is – we’re the beneficiaries of a good degree of luck right now, because the ball is “bouncing” our way during these opportunities, and we’re making the most of it. We’re getting lucky and that’s going to regress to the mean after a while. That’s not an indictment of our team or our defense – that’s just a statement of statistical fact.

    That doesn’t mean we won’t continue to create opportunities or see turnovers because of film study, practice and opportunity. I think when it comes to that stuff, we’re all right. WE’ll be fine. I just think it’s folly if fans keep expecting it to happen right on cue, right when we need it.

  63. yankinta says:

    Luck is a class act and pretty impressive young QB. I hope he succeeds for sure. :)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/830/luck-praises-stanford-buddies-sherman-and-baldwin

  64. Southendzone says:

    Haha, seahawk revenge of sorts for yhe Chris Harpet move by sf, we picked up Bj Daniels off waivrrs and SF wsd hoping to PS him

  65. yankinta says:

    Southendzone,,, WOW this makes me very Happy!! for sure… :)

  66. “I could be all wet, but I don’t think the turnovers are just luck. We have a team that emphasizes creating turnovers and protecting the ball.”

    You are right – the stats will tilt towards us because we put a lot of emphasis on creating TOs. But at some point it becomes too much emphasis – there are only so many hours of practice in a week, and if we are spending lots of time on TO’s we aren’t working on other things. Maybe that is why we gave up 500+ yards to Texas, because we spend more time working on TOs than on basics. It is called lost opportunity cost in business. You have to pay attention to what you are not covering as well as what you are.

  67. yankinta says:

    My Draft Wish has come true!! We now have our Future Backup QB to learn under RW…..BJ can learn under RW and become our 2nd QB for a few years. Hopefully we can trade him in the future and will get back some 2nd or 3rd RD picks in return. :)

    http://seahawksdraftblog.com/b-j-daniels-is-a-seahawk#comment-184565

  68. pabuwal says:

    You don’t have your future backup QB with BJ Daniels. You have a tool of revenge with BJ Daniels.

  69. yankinta says:

    revenge?? For Chris Harper?? lol I don’t think our FO is short sighted like that. I shared an article on this blog weeks ago which confirmed that they liked him before draft and they wanted to pick him with one of our 7th round picks. :)

  70. Interesting note about the Steelers:

    They have created ZERO turnovers this year – no interceptions, no fumbles recovered.

  71. The Seahawks just announced they have claimed quarterback B.J. Daniels off waivers from the 49ers, releasing LB John Lotulelei to make room.

  72. Dont get cutting Lotu to claim Daniels. Lame move. Daniels is better than Lotu and the LB we cut and the Giants claimed?! Whatever.

    Very stoked to hear Unger was close to playing and will likely practice this week. But I wonder if he can play like last season, instead of what we’ve seen thus far this season–a weak, ineffective Unger. I still think he’s been playing with an injury or injuries all year…

    Hey, perhaps Cable pulls his head out and benches Sweezy?! Maybe we’ll get to see Jean-Pierre at G…but probably not. A) Cable wont bench Sweezy even if he dies in his sleep and b) they wont risk Ungers only backup at G. Too bad.

    But maybe I’ll get my wish to see Bailey at LT, and McQ at RG….and no Sweezy…

    Ah well, I will settle for a semi-healthy Unger.

  73. Ewalters7354 says:
  74. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Strange and timely praise from the main Luck second guesser on this blog. I guess the weeks and months of facts and stats are making an appearance. Most of us have been saying that Luck is a very good on his way to great QB for awhile now. His stats put him right along with Wilson. I’d still take Wilson as he posses the highest leadership level of any of the young QBs in my opinion. Outside of that, you can’t go wrong with praise from Sherman and Baldwin. Those guys would know better than all of us combined.

  75. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Praise of Sherman and Baldwin. Luck know’s those guys better than us was what was meant to be said.

  76. MoSeahawk12 says:

    More endorsements…Wide receiver Doug Baldwin said he is on record as saying Luck will be the best quarterback in league history. Pete Carroll said, “Not a difficult pick to take him first.”

  77. yankinta says:

    MoSeahawk12,,, I have not changed my view on Luck at all. I never hated Luck nor did I wish him to fail from day one. I just said that ESPN has been hyping him up from day one like Top 5 QB, which he clearly isn’t. He is average right now with potential to be above average QB one day.

  78. I’ve been saying that the tide would rise and fall today…..FROM Day oNE..smh :-)

  79. I WAS WRONG – well there is a first!!

    And the 2nd admission of incorrectness.
    Luck is a class act and pretty impressive young QB. I hope he succeeds for sure. :)

    It’s my policy to never throw the first punch. :) — you just throw passive aggressive comments and a smh at everyone

  80. yankinta says:

    xcman, lol I don’t think you follow my posts everyday. I have admitted to my mistakes before. I never said I was perfect. Someone even got mad cuz I said “I am not right all the time but I’m right most of the time”,, lol :)

    I never said Luck wasn’t a class act. Having the potential to be a top 10 QB is very impressive. Not as impressive as RW though. THAT DUDE. DOESN’T. LOSE.

    MoSeahawk12,, kind of like when JAW said CK could become the BEST EVER?? LOL we all know the rest of that story. smh :)

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