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Bye week Tuesday morning

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Nov. 19, 2013 at 5:53 am with 33 Comments »
November 19, 2013 5:53 am

Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference will be the lone access during bye week, so we’ll focus on that today. As he has in bye weeks past, Carroll gave his team a send-off message that included reminders to stay fit and also stay smart. The theme of the season has been “Leave no doubt 24/7” and that doesn’t change this week. In essence, it was a request to remember they represent the Seahawks all day every day, regardless where they are.

Because the New Orleans game when they come back is so important, the week of preparation needs to be up to the task. If they have to spend time getting back in condition, it will detract from that preparation, he said. I thought it was somewhat amusing when he asked the players rest and recuperate, but to do so competitively. That was angle of my daily story. has as few stories and video features out of Carroll’s press conference, including discussion of improved pass protection.   

Here’s the podcast to the Pete Carroll show Monday at 710ESPN Seattle. It’s pretty much a 15-minute reminder of how happy he is about the teams situation at this point 

Terry Blount at puts together some numbers about the Hawks heading into the bye week. He notices that the 13-game home win streak is the longest at the moment, as Denver’s stands at 12. The Broncos’ next home game is Dec. 8 vs. Tennessee has a video discussion of whether the Seahawks or Saints are the best team in the NFC. Jeff Garcia picks the Saints, saying their defense is improving to support the Brees-led offense. Eric Davis said it’s Seattle without a doubt. The more physical and complete team is Seattle, he said.


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  1. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I definitely think we are more complete than the Saints. Our special teams gives us an edge (but NO has punted the fewest times in the league!)

    The Saints red zone D is not good – 60% TD’s allowed. That tells me that they stink in base D and need exotic fronts to confuse QB’s. We’ll need to effectively run the ball with 8/9 guys in the box straight outta the gate.

    But it’ll all come down to 3rd down defense. The Saints are the toughest team in the NFL to get off the field.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If the 49ers can almost beat the Saints in New Orleans I think we will fair well against the Saints in Seattle with the 12th man. Especially with the way the Saints have played on the road this season.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Spirits are high and they ought to be, but let’s not sleep on the Saints; they are about the most complete team in the league. This will be a battle.

  4. banosser says:

    ^^ especially with 4 of their next 6 on the road…

  5. HawkfaninMT says:

    Bye week filler!

    How about some College players you guys are going to be keeping an eye on during the bye week, and into the bowl season?

  6. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk,, I completely agree. I am seeing another blowout win on Monday Night… :)

    I’m thinking 35-17 right now but will take a closer look at the Saints on Thursday night game.

  7. abqhwkfn says:

    there is a wr at unlv. living in NM ive had the chance to watch this guy play several times. #81 Devonte Davis 6’3″ 215 lbs 4.4 speed.. every game ive seen him play he dominates. id love to see him in Seahawk blue in the future. just my 2cents.. Go Seahawks!

  8. montanamike2 says:

    Are we saving Michaels for the playoffs or does he have inefficiencies? because every time I’ve watched him, he bust off 8-9 yards.

  9. edstang45 says:

    Saints are not the most complete team in NFL the Hawks are and will show it com Dec 2nd

  10. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Seahawks are #2 in ESPN’s power rankings (Denver is #1). We’re #1 in CBS’s power rankings.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    Random thought for the day:

    How cool would it be if a bunch of hawks player purchased the front row of seats behind the Saints bench and went to Thursdays game. Didn’t cheer or anything, just sat there and stared them down…

    Like Clubber Lang in Rocky 3… That would be funny

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The only way we lose is if the Seahawks look past this game and I don’t see that happening.

    In fact the mighty Saints couldn’t beat us up here when we were 9-7.
    Just look how much better we are now from back then.

  13. WilliamPercival says:

    MT- Michaels has several inefficies as per Pete. Most glaring would be blocking, which has been our teams overall glaring weakness since week 3-4. Combine the two and the fact that Turbo has been solid at blocking and you have your answer to his lack of playing any meaningful snaps.

    I do agree with you however that he does bring an element of burst/speed not exhibited to the same degree by Beast/Turbo. I see a bright future and view him as a luxury at this point. In other words, there aren’t many teams out there with a still wrapped Christmas present that is just a few double A batteries away from being our new fave toy (God forbid the beast goes down)..

    On another note, seems like this would be a great game to get our “Guiness Record” back.. Still having a hard time believing Arrowhead took it so quickly, though I’ve never been there..

  14. Seattle can go tat for tat with the Saints. I think the Seahawks defense is by far better. I think the Saints offense is MARGINALLY better than what Seattle has to offer. Brees can light up the scoreboard, but that running game doesn’t impress me – and won’t be a factor AT Seattle – at New Orleans is a completely different story. I think with the same style of play that Seattle threw onto the table against Atlanta (in that they kept an elite tight end without big numbers), they can run away with this Saints game.

    I get sick in the stomach from nerves and excitement just thinking about the remaining 5 games… they can go 3-2 and still get #1 seed… Just have to beat the niners and the saints, and one of any remaining game, anything is just fodder for the history books.

    The biggest alarms in my head are the penalties and the slow starts – which can be overcome pretty easily for this team. Can’t let them get ahead 21 and expect to win. Can’t let them get almost 100 free yards due to penalties.

    I think RW’s home record stays afloat this season, though.

  15. I thought the 49ers Defense played at an elite level in NO. They have little offensive support with Kapernick, but was able to slow down Brees until they wore down at the end. They also forced 3 turnovers which put most of the 49ers points on the board. If you combine that defense will the Seahawks Offense, the 49ers would have won that game by 10+.

    I’m not sure where the Seahawks Defense stands. They have faced only 2 QBs I would put in my top 12 for this year, Newton and Luck. Newton didn’t have a great game, but was that because he struggled early in the season? Luck owned the Seahawks in that game. The Seahawks just couldn’t get off the field in the second half. It’s a small sample size so I don’t have any conclusions to draw here. They have faced a whopping 9 QBs who are average to below average and have done well.

    Another “prove it” test will be for the Seahawks Offense over the final 5 games. They face 4 of the top 10 Defenses (excluding the Seahawks). The other Defense is the Rams. They have already faced 5 top 10 Defenses and have done fine, while missing a host of Offensive starters.

  16. WilliamPercival, I do not care about the record. There are so many different meters that read sound pressure level, and none of them are exactly consistent.

    SPL can change dramatically in a stadium, hell, there are 7-8 different dB differences in a car going from the windshield to the passenger’s kick panel in competition cars.

    Sure, the record and the bragging rights are nice, but I don’t see any Guinness world records employees putting microphones where it matters most – inside the players helmets.

    shows various brands of meters, but the meter of choice is the TERMPro

    And guess what, even the best termpro meters have inconsistencies varying from meter to meter, in that you and I can buy one, and put them side by side in a loud environment, and one can read a notable percentage differently than the other.

    All this jargon means to an average Joe is: The record really doesn’t mean anything because I sincerely doubt they had uniform conditions (barometric pressure, humidity and even temperature), they didn’t meter them in the exact same spot (you can’t do that in this instance – the stadiums aren’t identical), and they didn’t install individual meters in each players helmet, where the sound actually matters the most. 140 dB in a players helmet is enough to make them unable to communicate. Would you rather have 140 dB in a players ear, and 147 dB at a metered location, or 137 dB in a players ear, and 150 dB at a completely separate metered location?

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Kapernick has the worst 4th qtr. passer rating in the NFL. I wonder where Wilson ranks?


  18. I’m assuming you already know the answer and just want to hear more good stuff about Wilson. But I’ll give it you anyway –

    At 105, Wilson is number 5, behind Foles (128.0), Manning (118.3), Rodgers (108.0) and Brees (106.7).

  19. oh, you wanted 4th quarter. I gave you full game.

  20. yankinta says:

    smh… he’s talking about 4th quarter passing…. smh…

  21. This link has Wilson at number 9 with a 93.8. Remember, he threw 3 of his INTs in the 4th quarter with the game on the line (at Houston, at Indy and vs TB).

  22. Yank – why would Carroll have 2nd stringer QB of the future BJ Daniels on the practice squad? Is it because the guy is a stiff like Matt “2nd rounder” Flynn?

  23. yankinta says:

    FINALLY!!! A Well Respected Pro Football Focus Agrees with me….. it only took 1.5 years… :)

    “The Best Young QB in Football”

    “Andrew Luck was the first overall pick, and the guy with all the hype attached to him. The ready-made storyline of replacing Peyton Manning was too good to pass up for most, and his performance has been good enough that most can’t really see past that. Take both players in isolation, however, and I think Russell Wilson is the better of the two. It’s obviously a moot point, because we can’t do that to any degree of accuracy, so we’ll just stick with what we saw in this game. Wilson was ruthlessly efficient against the Vikings, taking advantage of the situations he found himself in and making plays when things broke down. His passer rating for the game was 151.4, and it was 149.3 when under pressure. The little flip pass to Lynch harked back to the best of Brett Favre, moving out of pressure’s way and drawing a player to him before splitting a couple of Vikings for the score. Maybe we can’t sensibly separate Luck and Wilson, but at the moment Wilson makes fewer errors, while still making plenty happen on his own.”

  24. If the Seahawks want to be recognized as the best in the NFL, they must hold serve at home and beat the Saints. Yes, we have the best home field advantage in the league. But, the Saints are no pushover.

    To stop the Saints, they need to stop Jimmy Graham. Much like what they did to SF in game 2, shutting down Vernon Davis. Colston and the rest of the WR Corps do not really scare me.

    What I am concerned about is the way Brees uses Thomas and Sproles. Not running the ball, but as pass catchers. Our LBs will need to be on top of their coverages against those guys, something that I am concerned with as a weakness in our defense. Brees gets lots of quick throws to those guys on short routes, something the Hawks have not been great at defending.

    N.O. does not give up many sacks either, and Brees has time to find the open read. The Defensive line will need to bring it, as will the 12th Man, to help the LBs in coverage.

    Brees is a smart, experienced Quarterback. You won’t see him tuck tail and run, mope around, then curl up into the fetal position a la Kaepernick. The Saints will score some points.

    On Defense, N.O. is good against the pass, both in yards per attempt and getting to the quarterback. Where Seattle does match up very well is running the ball. I see an opportunity for the Beast to have a monster game. Add Percy Harvin as the X-factor and the Seahawks will put up some points too.

    I would say that special teams are a wash, as N.O. has very good coverage teams – like our own Seahawks. But, our not-so-secret weapon has finally been unveiled. Between Harvin on kickoffs and Tate on punts, I would not be surprised if special teams become the difference makers to put Seattle over the top. Any our kicker is money.

    Either way, I don’t see a blowout. These teams are both tough and match up pretty well. I hope I’m wrong, and the Seahawks run them into the ground!

  25. Dukeshire says:

    montanamike2 – While impressive, those runs have come in “garbage” time. In addition Carroll has noted he struggles in pass pro.

  26. HawkFromDay1 says:

    HawkFaninMT – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Nebraska CB. 6’3″ 220

    Had multiple picks each of last 2 years (2 last year; 4 this year so far), returning 2 for TD’s (1 this year; 1 last year).

    If he runs a 4.5, I think we’ll see him shoot up draft boards.

    How can you be that big, that fast, with those ball skills and go on the 2nd day? He’s far from the finished product, but the potential/size/speed combo is there.

  27. yankinta says:

    HawkFaninMT,, WalterFootball did a LIVE Mock Draft this morning and came up with Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State with our first round pick. :)

    Personally, I prefer a Stud Guard than an OT.

  28. montanamike2 says:

    I didn’t take into account “garbage time”, and Turbin is a pretty good blocker.

  29. “To stop the Saints, they need to stop Jimmy Graham. Much like what they did to SF in game 2, shutting down Vernon Davis. Colston and the rest of the WR Corps do not really scare me.”

    As a close-watching fantasy owner of Graham – I can tell you that he is not the same player now (post-injury)as he was earlier in the year (when he was ridiculously dominant). His numbers are way down, and you can tell that he doesn’t have his usual speed/explosion.

    Brees is the guy. He’s just a fantastic player, and can kill you when he has time, and can still hurt you even when he doesn’t. He’ll be a real challenge. But I do love what I’ve seen from our offense over the past 2 1/2 games. Things are clicking again on that side of the ball, and should only get better w/Percy, Okung et al, getting more time back on the field.

  30. Carolina is on a roll. They looked good last night. I would not be surprised if we played them in the post season, maybe the NFC championship game. Deja vu of 2005. I remember that game well, was there. Carolina was the favorite but we owned Steve Smith that night (except a questionable punt return) and he was not the factor everyone thought.

    Anyway, this season I think has more potential than 2005. But a lot of it is coming down to this next game. I can hardly wait.

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