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Morning Links: Schedule lines up nicely for the Seahawks

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:05 am with 40 Comments »
October 24, 2013 1:06 am

Good morning.

One thing the Seahawks are always touching on is not to look ahead. Well, that’s kind of tough considering how the rest of the schedule looks. I wrote about that for today’s paper.

Because of how the Seahawks’ remaining schedule lines up with the San Francisco 49ers’ schedule, the remaining game between the two in San Francisco could determine home-field advantage in the playoffs.

On to other things before a busy day at the VMAC gets started.

The most interesting Seahawks-related story out there, for me, is Richard Sherman’s take on the head trauma in the NFL. Sherman writes:

” … we understand this is a dangerous game with consequences not just in the short term, but for the rest of our lives. All of us NFL players, from wide receivers to defensive backs, chose this profession. Concussions are going to happen …”

Sherman comes at the topic with the sort of indestructible bravado not surprising for a 25-year-old in the NFL. He talks about receiving his only NFL concussion and not coming out. Once again, we’re in glass half-full or half-empty land. Your personal perspective will determine how you assess Sherman’s decision. He survived that game, and even came up with an interception. He just as easily could have eaten a crackback block while already concussed and had a serious problem (picture an already concussed Sherman taking the same shot from Larry Fitzgerald that he did last Thursday or something worse from a receiver who is not so courteous). Maybe even a block or situation he could have avoided had he not been playing while “half-blind” for the rest of the game.

Luckily for him, he didn’t.

As Sherman rightly points out, players today are much more educated and it’s their choice whether to participate in a game that has made former players prone to myriad physical and mental problems when their careers are over. From running back Jerome Bettis, who said his knees were so bad he couldn’t go up the stairs in his house, to Junior Seau, who killed himself, prompting the impact of football on his post-career cognitive abilities. Following Seau’s suicide, the National Institutes of Health confirmed to ESPN that Seau suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a brain disease linked to collisions in football that can cause depression and dementia.

Others come out fine.

The NFL can send out all the press releases it wants and settle as many lawsuits as possible, but this isn’t a topic that will go away. The reason for that is simple: the game isn’t going away and there are few ways left to alter it to reduce the violence that makes us watch on Sundays and cringe when we hear tales of former stars incapable of doing basic things a decade later.


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

> The Everett Herald says Percy Harvin’s expected return won’t change the Seahawks’ offensive philosophy.

> writes about Ricardo Lockette.

> Former Seahawks LB Dave Wyman answers a mailbag at

> The Rams’ new quarterbacks are scrambling to get caught up.

> has what it says are the top 10 candidates to be traded at the deadline. None are projected as fits for the Seahawks.

> Here’s some more trade what-ifs from

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  1. Seahawks22360 says:

    Sidney rice and a 2nd round pick for Josh Gordon? Thoughts?

  2. Sidney Rice has zero trade value. Might as well hope that knee gets better.

    The schedule lines up nicely for the Seahawks but unfortunately the 49ers as well. Time to become huge Vikings and Giants fans.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    Justin Blackmon to the Baltimore Ravens for a third-round pick

    Had me laughing, ugh, even the Jags aren’t that stupid. Jared Allen to the Pats? People get paid for this sort of journalism!
    Thanks for the links again Todd, it’s nice to get info on our opponents view.

  4. HawkfaninMT says:

    Rams inquired about Favre… Desperate much?

  5. MEhawkfan says:

    Nice article, Mr. Dybas. I enjoyed the read, and I certainly understand the urge to look ahead. The 6-1 record coupled with the potential for greatness inherent in the addition of Percy Harvin and the return of the two starting offensive tackles has me playing “fantasy football” as well. Still, I can’t seem to get past a major speed bump looming on the Monday night horizon–the prospect of Robert Quinn lining up over Paul Mcquistan. I hope Bevel’s plan calls for feeding “The Beast” early and often. (It is close to Halloween.) “Beastmode” seems the best way to assure a clear line of sight over the horizon.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    I think bringing back Mike Rob is foretelling.

  7. MEhawkfan says:

    You mean as in–

    Paul Mcquistan: “Hey Mike Rob, meet Robert Quinn.”

  8. Dukeshire says:

    When Seattle’s schedule first came out I was less interested (i.e., concerned) with their opponents than I was where the bye fell, stretches of home and away, and national games. IMO, you couldn’t have drawn it up any better if you had tried.

  9. wazzulander says:

    I could see us being interested in Fred Davis in case Miller has to miss more time. There’s been a noticable difference in the offense when Miller does or does not play. And that is not to slight Willson, who I like as well. I really hope the niners don’t get Josh Gordon.

  10. yankinta says:

    wazzulander,, I hope they don’t get him too. But that FO doesn’t know what they’re doing when it comes to the draft. If they’re smart, they’d give up 2nd round pick for Josh Gordon,, since they’d probably pick a bust with that pick anyway,,

  11. princeaden says:

    MikeRob and Zach Miller will be held in to block much of Monday evening imo. The Hawks cannot leave Wilson vulnerable to the rush like they did with the Cardninals and specifically John Abraham. Abraham almost ended Wilsons season on one of those sacks and I think everyone agrees that Wilson is the one player Seattle can ill afford to lose. It may turn into a slow paced methodical win, with Lynch being the key focus, but I don’t think Carroll goes much for style points anyway.

  12. MEhawkfan says:

    I agree regarding the schedule, Dukeshire, for reasons related to multiple levels… the break after the Arizona game, the placement of the bye, and the excitement factor inherent in the latter part of the schedule. I am a little concerned about the potential for a let down after the bye, but the 2013 Hawks don’t seem to have the same focus issues as the 2012 edition; plus, it’s a home game. Still, I worry…

  13. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Now I know our confidence is super high but im very concerned about our Championship game Monday night. I think our Defense will shut them out but our offense will have issues.

    @princeaden , I agree with you..Chris Long and Robert Quinn have me very nervous and I think we should spend the first quater running the ball, to beat on those guys some to tire them them out. Even if it means playing conservative.

  14. wazzulander says:

    Yeah, I think a 2nd rounder plus even a couple late round picks for Gordon would make a lot of sense for both teams. The niners current WR corp is pathetic, a worse unit than our OL imo. They are excited that Manningham is practicing again, but he’s just ok – he wouldn’t even make our WR rotation.

  15. My look ahead in the schedule reveals a Seahawks Superbowl Victory. Can’t say the exact path we will take to get there. It’s nice that the Niners are more of a rickety ship then they have been in the past. Many, many weeks to go and there will be more injuries added to the mix. I don’t remember a year where so many players have gone out on contending teams. Crazy.

    Stoked to get M. Rob back. When we cut him something just felt wrong. Now that we know what his situation was health wise and the attitude that he kept I feel much better about it. The return of Lynch’s “eyes”!

    The Rams D-Line has given our “offensive” Line fits multiple times now and being in our current state doesn’t help. Beyond that I got to believe that our defense can handle their side of things.

  16. You hit it on the head Duke…the schedule has set up quite nicely for us.

    I’d love to see a poll as to how many of us bloggers would like to see Percy play this week, next week or thereafter.

    Does he return kicks when he does or is that something he’s eased into?

    Who would you say is our best pure rusher at this point? Clem by default or is Bennett getting more ‘pressures’ per game. I know it doesn’t matter as long as there is lots of it, but are just some things I think about.

    I also wonder if Seattle can hit their stride offensively like they did the 2nd half of last year (and now with Harvin) or is it more contingent on the state of our line?

    When will Zach be a consistent threat from his TE position?

    If you could have any one free agent from next year’s class who would it be and would you be willing to expedite the process with a trade this year to secure his services?

    You know where I’m at, I want Hakeem Nicks. Anyone else?


  17. bird_spit says:

    Let’s get past St Louis first. As much as I am confident in a win, I’m very concerned that this game is being already checked off. These guys had our number last year. We were lucky to come out with a win in our own stadium.

    Get ready for a strong Ram defense. We need to feed the beast to win this one. No fancy stuff please..

  18. wazzulander says:

    Off topic, but a popular subject – ranking of craft breweries per capita, by state.
    Since they force you to flip through them 1 by 1, here is the info people here might care about:
    Idaho #9 – recommends trying Laughing Dog
    Washington #8 – Fremont
    Montana #3 – Big Sky
    Oregon #2 – Widmere
    Vermont #1 (wtf?) – Long Trail
    Georgia did not make the top 20.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Say what joreb?
    I think Zach Miller is one of the more consistent threats for Wilson. He isn’t going to put up Pro Bowl numbers because this team is too balanced, however from the end of the season last year until now he has been consistent and clutch imo.

    If the Seahawks play like they did in Arizona this Monday night game will be over by halftime imo.

    Like Todd said in his article-

    “Kellen Clemens has 13 career interceptions, 12 career fumbles and seven career touchdown passes. … The Seattle defense is second in the NFL with 11 interceptions. … The Rams are 30th in the 32-team league in rushing yards allowed per game.”

    Those aren’t good enough numbers to get a win over the Seahawks if the Seahawks show up. And when was the last time they didn’t show up? Not on Wilsons watch.

  20. MEhawkfan says:


    I’m originally from the west but now live in Maine, and I can vouch for the Long Trail. It’s decent. They brew a beer called “Double Bag,” among others, which is pretty good. That written, in my opinion both Deschutes Brewery’s “Jubal Ale” and Rogue’s “Dead Guy Ale” have it beat. Back in the day, (in Montana) I was always partial to Kessler’s Lorelei.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Georgia won’t make the top 40 unfortunately, however I have found a place in my town that has a huge selection of beers from all over the states. and their constantly rotating new ones in.
    It’s called Taco Mac, and I am currently enrolled at Taco Mac Brewniversity, the College of fermentation.

    See if you notice any brews from your area on this list and let me know of some good frosty brews that I can tell the manager at Taco Mac to bring in.

  22. MEhawkfan says:

    Edit: That should read “Jubel.”

  23. HawkfaninMT says:

    I just had a 6-er of Jubel Ale for the first time this week… Enjoyed it thoroughly!

  24. MEhawkfan says:

    Beer envy!

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- I was over at Taco Mac just yesterday and graduated up to a T-Shirt with a beer from Sweetwater brewing co. Atlanta Ga.

    The beer was called Motorboat, a titillating version of an Extra Special Bitter(ESB). It has won back to back silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
    It was so good but the problem is you have to drink a different beer each time for it to count on your list.

  26. Southendzone says:

    I didn’t read the link but 2 nice breweries around town that you may not have been to are:

    Reuben’s Brews in Ballard , not open every day, go check their website, you can also find some of their beers @ whole foods.

    Black Raven in Redmond, I don’t know if you can get their bottles anywhere, you have to find it on-tap or visit their place in person.

    Both of these places have big selections and brew great beer.

  27. wazzulander says:

    Wow, that is quite a list Georgia. Pretty much every decent bar in California seems to have Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (their summerfest is one of my favorites) and Lagunitas IPA on tap, both of those are real good. I also really like Anchor Steam and I’ve hear Arrogant Bastard is good. I need to get some of that 12th Can!

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    wazzulander- That wasn’t my list. I’m only up to 13, lol. I have a looong way to go.

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wonder if Russell Wilson drinks Beer? Life would then be complete.

  30. chuck_easton says:

    I agree with Georgia, joreb. Zack Miller is not flashy but he is one of the best all around TE’s in the game. He is a great blocking TE in the run game and he doesn’t drop anything that is catchable.

    You need a 1st down on 3rd and 7? The ball is going to either Miller or Baldwin. And neither of those guys will drop it.

    If you want flash at TE you can have a Gonzalez, or a Gronkowski, or Gates. But do you ever see any of those guys making a crushing lead block to get their RB into the endzone?

    Go back and look at a highlight reel of Lynch’s big runs. You will see #86 leading the way and putting some defender on their butt on 80-90% of those runs.

  31. yankinta says:

    But clearly, this dude (Pete Prisco) didn’t watch the ATL game,, where RW stood in the pocket and picking of the good Secondary ATL (from last year),, :)

  32. yankinta says:

    lol,, I liked this comment by Seahawksny, in the comment section… :)

    “He is dead wrong.

    For those who saw the game against Atlanta, although Seattle decided to play one half, there were times when he had, 4, 5, sometimes even 6 seconds to throw in the pocket. Zach Miller had the game of his life because of this and there weren’t defenders within ten yards of him. Had Seattle played a decent game in the first half, the contest would not have been close. Whats comical was that Pete was actually in attendance in Atlanta and covered the game!!!!”

  33. An interesting FA pick up for the Hawks might already be available..
    The Detroit Lions released Tony Scheffler this week.
    Would he be an upgrade over Kellen Davis for a blocking TE or his he more a receiving guy?

  34. Tried that Lagunitas Hop Stoopid a couple weeks back. If you like hoppy IPAs, you’ll love that one. Stone and Ninkasi make good IPAs as well.

    Scheffler isn’t much of a blocker. He’s a nice route running, fairly sure handed pass catching TE. I would prefer Davis for that height he gives in the red zone. Heard lots of bashing on Kellen Davis, but the dude has a pretty impressive frame and ability.

    I’ve been hungry for this team to have a fast, tall and physical red zone threat. Zach Miller pretty much fits that bill, but isn’t much of a leaper or speed burner. With our O-Line always banged up or overmatched he’s been asked to block entirely too often(because he is a great blocker). I like his addition to the team if he can build on that confidence and keep working hard.

  35. JoeinKirkland says:

    Joreb, I think you are off-base wishing for Nicks. Any free-agent? The best offensive lineman available. Without question it is the weak point of the team and the one position that John and Pete seem to have trouble drafting.

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