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Morning Links: Stop reading this and go spend time with your family, part II

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 25, 2013 at 1:12 am with 22 Comments »
December 25, 2013 1:12 am

Good morning. Merry Christmas. Happy holidays.

We’ll get right to it with some links, then talk to you tomorrow. Enjoy the day:

> Our John McGrath says to embrace adversity, then kick it to the curb. He also points out that the thought a team has to be “hot” at the end of the season to win the Super Bowl is essentially a myth. From McGrath:

The 1985 Chicago Bears, regarded among the best NFL teams ever assembled, suffered their only loss in a game in December. Of the 198 points scored against them, 71 were given up in the last four games. They surrendered 10 in the postseason.

More recently, six of the past seven Super Bowl champions have lost at least two games after November. The 2006 Indianapolis Colts went 2-3. The 2009 New Orleans Saints, at 13-0, were flirting with history before the Dallas Cowboys beat them on Dec. 19.

“This is going to sting for a while, but we’ve got to put this behind us,” quarterback Drew Brees said when the Saints were denied perfection. “It’s all about the next game.”

The next game was lost, in overtime, to Tampa Bay, and the season finale was a 23-10 drubbing taken at Carolina.

Speeches made by Saints players, after the parade that snaked through the streets of New Orleans, did not dwell on the three defeats at the end of the regular season.

Of the 47 teams that have won the Super Bowl, 17 went undefeated in regular-season games after Nov. 30.

> I wrote about the hand-in-hand process of running well and converting on third down.

> The Dallas Cowboys made it a merry Christmas for Lincoln High School teacher and former Seahawk Jon Kitna. He’ll pick up a game check since he’s joining them for the week as the third-string quarterback. It’s likely to rival his annual pay as a teacher.

> Seahawks.com writes that coaches and teammates expect Russell Wilson to bounce back.

> ESPN writes that Golden Tate expects trash talking Sunday.

> Peter King’s mailbag, where he says he’s OK with a team like Arizona missing the playoffs despite 10 or more wins.

> Two 49ers changed calls on crucial plays Sunday night.

> NFL.com writers submit their Pro Bowl ballots. Pro Bowl fan voting wraps up Dec. 26.

Leave a comment Comments → 22
  1. I just full confidence that they’ll fix it. If they don’t, and SF gets the nfc west crown, this team goes from contender to laughing stock of the nfc, and very likely a one and done playoff appearance. Not because they’re playing on the road, but because they peaked far too early. If they end up a wild card team, this is going to be a Texans like collapse.

    Honestly though, this team is far too talented to collapse, I hope. I’m still surprised that the hawks forced four turnovers and lost the game. Hopefully Arians didn’t lay down the blueprint to beat the Hawks at home. I’m putting this more on a rough game by RW and a tad of complacency by the team. Sorta feel like they played down to an inferior opponents level.

  2. montanamike2 says:

    I’m hoping Pete was holding back something in the playbook until they needed it. Well they need it now, RW was at the VMAC at 3:30 on Monday morning watching film. This might be the week where Pete cuts him loose like last year. I feel good about the backup QB coming in here for his first time, hopefully all the WR’s step it up better this week. GO HAWKS!!!

  3. montanamike2 says:

    I feel that these last few losses were because of penalties, we better play more disciplined.

  4. confucious says:

    RW has made errant throws and a few poor decisions. He is pressing. that’s why the offense has been terrible late in the season.

    People call out our receivers but don’t consider Russell’s inaccuracy as part of the problem. Most deep throws have been underthrown and the receiver has to make a huge adjustment to catch the ball.

    I’m not saying RW is terrible or anything. I’m calling a spade a spade.

    You can tell he is pressing by his decision to forgo an easy run for a first down in exchange for a risky pass for a big gain. That goes totally against his “one down at a time” montra.

    I contend our receivers have made RW look good this year.

  5. confucious says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. You are right Todd, I shouldn’t even be looking at this blog today, but everyone is still sleeping and I’m bored.

  6. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Merry Chirstmas my friends.. I think we all want the same thing this year.

  7. Merry xmas and to all a Hawks WIN!!!!

  8. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  9. Yes, Merry Christmas. I know that most of us want a win on Febrary 2 for either a late present this year or an early gift for next year.

    Either way, first things first and that is to take care of the Rams on Sunday!

    Have a good/great day everyone!

  10. 12th man roaring

    11 angry Seahawks

    10 beers lined up before kickoff

    9 first half first downs

    8 QB sacks

    7 points on the opening drive

    6 yards per carry

    5 Legion picks

    4th down Ram punts

    3 for Haushka

    2 on a sack safety

    1st round draft pick back!

  11. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Amen Bobbyk

  12. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1900767-week-17-nfl-predictions-picking-every-game-against-the-spread:

    “Though Wilson was able to extend plays with his legs, the Cardinals secondary covered the Seahawks’ less-than-impressive receiving corps admirably, stifling the Seattle attack.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/features/writers/prisco/picks

    “Seattle is coming off its first home loss of the season. The Cardinals beat them up and now they get a physical Rams team. Seattle can lock down the top seed in the playoffs with a victory here. I say Russell Wilson bounces back.”

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

    Seattle’s offense needs to correct itself this Sunday or it will be a very short post season, I’m afraid. That includes the false start and delay of game penalties, establishing an effective run game, and converting on 3rd down. They haven’t been the same since the Monday night Saint game.

  14. Yes. For all the talk about “being aggressive like we are” so that naturally leads to more penalties…

    I never knew that meant false starts, offsides, and delay of game crap was part of the deal as much as it is… or the moronic Tony McDaniel as his 15 yard penalty late in the game on Sunday, which was one of the dumbest penalties I have ever seen and it wasn’t even because he was being aggressive on the field. He was being an undisciplined idiot that have too often hampered Pete Carroll teams from the New England Patriots, to the New York Jets, to the Seattle Seahawks.

    Maybe Mr. Happy likes Christmas? It’s always more fun to give (penalties) than it is to receive?

  15. sluggo42 says:

    Merry Christmas my fellow seageeks…

  16. I’ll copy and paste Duke’s post and call it my own.

  17. SandpointHawk says:

    Merry Christmas to one and all…

  18. What do you mean? This is JUST like family: couple of old alcoholics? Check. Relatives spouting opinions with no basis in reality? Check. Name calling? Restarting old arguments? Passive aggression? Check, check and check. Despite all of this, still being a “family”? Check.

    Merry Christmas each and every one. Have a dickens of a day.

    P.S. I spent a lot less on presents for this one.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Tyness – I though the same thing: this is like family. Lol.

  20. Ewalters7354 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!May we all drink smart and enjoy seeing the Heat kick the Lakers a$$!

    I think the offense will bounce back this week.They came into this season aiming for home field and this is their chance to clinch.RW will be fine if he has adamant protection.Lynch actually was doing pretty good on the ground until they got out of whack offensively.This week they HAVE to stay on course and execute like they know they can.Go Hawks!

  21. Tyness – Love it! Agreed 100%.

  22. aelliott11 says:

    Offense hasn’t been the same since the Saints game? I guess we’re just forgetting about the beat down in NJ, right? The one where the Hawks had 300+ yards and scored 23 points. The game where RW went 18/27 for 200 yards?

    It wasn’t an offensive explosion, and they still struggled on 3rd down. But with our D, it’s good enough to win in Jan.

    McGrath’s column the other day – about SB contending teams down the stretch – was a good read if you still think the sky is falling.

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