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Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2013 at 8:20 am with 13 Comments »
November 24, 2013 8:20 am

So, you don’t have to paint your face today, scream your guts out, or throw bricks at your TV over a bogus pass interference call against the Seahawks.

But if you’re compelled to tune into the NFL anyway with the Seahawks off on their bye, here’s a few thoughts.

Carolina visits Miami at 10 a.m. The Panthers’ 6-game winning streak matches the Seahawks’ for the best in the league right now. At 7-3, they’re only one loss behind New Orleans in the NFC South and the two play each other twice in the last month of the season. Stunningly, those two are the only teams within 2 losses of the Seahawks in the NFC, relevant with respect to playoff positioning.

Indianapolis can do the Seahawks a favor by knocking off the Cardinals in Arizona this afternoon. The Cards have sneaked up to 6-4, the same record as the Niners, and have won three straight against weak sisters (Atlanta, Houston and Jacksonville). Still, Indy fell apart two weeks ago against St. Louis, and a Cardinal win would sustain their momentum.

The Niners visit struggling Washington on Monday night. San Francisco’s last two losses have been close games to good teams (10-9 to Carolina and 23-20 at New Orleans). A loss would drop them to 6-5 and realistically out of the division race, but still with a wild card chance.  I still think this can be a dangerous team.

Pro Football Talk filed a story about the decision the Niners are going to have to make about the status of receiver Michael Crabtree.

–I think one of the posters might have linked to this earlier, but in case you missed it, it’s Pro Football Focus’ ranking of special teams. The Seahawks, as they say, are in a class by themselves.

It’s such a large part of who the Seahawks are. Both Steven Hauschka and Jon Ryan are having another spectacular season. The coverage and return units are so good, in part, because it’s a real focus for this staff. So much so that stars like Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are on kick coverage, and Richard Sherman is a jammer on punt return. Jeremy Lane is one of the best gunners on punts in the league. I did a column on this earlier, when Seahawks cited the No.1 factor in having good special teams: Effort.

In case you missed it, I also had an interesting visit with Hauschka recently, and found him a very cerebral athlete who is a real student of the kicking arts.

–’s Terry Blount posted his picks on five Seahawks flying under the radar. Given the attention this team has drawn, I’m not sure anybody’s having a stealth season, but some certainly deserve some added attention. His entry for Best Rookie is Luke Willson. Actually, there’s very little to choose from among rookies. But I agree he’s one who has played above expectations. There was a sense that his speed would make him a good receiver, but when he showed up he was clueless on how to block … and seemingly lacking in the bulk it would take. But he has turned into an asset in the two-tight sets, and has developed a nice technique with those Wham blocks, where the TE pulls back into the formation and traps a D lineman.

–Bleacher Report has an examination of the improved pass protection for Russell Wilson. I can break it down a little more simply: Russell Eking, Max Unger and Breno Giacomini.

– Associated Press’ Tim Booth has a story about the Seahawks heading into this final month of the season.

– I hadn’t seen this Richard Sherman video, with him being mic’d for the Vikings game. He’s always entertaining, although I didn’t hear anything out of him after getting beaten for the TD.

– Catching up on unseen videos, here’s another one this week with Russell Wilson on SportsNation

On the topic of Wilson, he turns 25 on Friday. Ten more years before he can run for president.

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  1. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    Walter Thurmand is banned for four games for violating the NFL rules on PED’s! Damn it! No Browner or Thurmand for the Saints!

  2. seahawk44 says:

    Dave, why nothing on this Thurmond story?

  3. slicktoxic says:

    Russell Eking?

  4. thursday says:

    Waking up to this Thurmond thing is like finding out someone crapped in my coffee. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  5. people need to read, it is NOT for PED’s. Just substance abuse policy.

    IIRC, this is his first offense, so I’m not sure why it’s a 4 game right out of the hole.

  6. Displaced: Article says it’s non-PED (weed?).
    Regardless, after everything that has gone down in the last year, it’s totally unacceptable. It’s an ignorant and selfish act. WT just gave the finger to his fans, his coaching staff and his teammates,

  7. FYI Thurmond would have to have four positive tests to be suspended. See here for how it works:

  8. bird_spit says:

    I came here to confirm I just read that correctly, and nothing.

  9. With all due respect to Dave, Todd, et al, why is it that stories of this nature are always broken by national media? One would think those reporters who cover the team on a daily basis would know before anyone. Doesn’t local media develop inside sources or get off-the-record information they can then corroborate? Or are the beat reporters worried about upsetting players and team officials? Just curious.

  10. TallyHawk says:

    I would think its in the best interest of the local reporters not to break news like this. There’s probably a good chance they would know about something like this but want to keep getting info from their sources so they don’t report it first. What do they have to gain by breaking it?

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    Gee dcbeeh, could it be because Dave has to show his face every day to the players/coaches and if he doesn’t want to get banned from the dressing room he better keep some things under wraps? A national reporter doesn’t have that problem and may have gotten this info from league source and not club level sources. Even though I haven’t been a reporter since the eighties there are still things I saw I don’t spread around…

  12. Exactly. And that’s why it would be in Thurmond’s best interest to work with a local and trusted reporter to get out in front of this. I’m not talking about taking an abrasive, confrontational approach to the story. Quite the opposite. Give him the opportunity to break it on his terms with the appropriate apologies, etc. Far better for Thurmond, the Seahawks, the fans and even the reporter the story come out that way as opposed to a “gotcha” story from national media.

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