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Morning Links: Hitting in the strike zone

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 1, 2014 at 1:54 am with 62 Comments »
January 1, 2014 1:59 am

Good morning. Happy new year.

I started the new year off right by not actually writing a story for today’s paper. I don’t expect the tradition to last.

Instead, our Don Ruiz wrote about the ever-shrinking strike zone in the NFL from a Seahawks’ perspective. Following the Rob Gronkowski hit that ended his season, chatter began about adding a rule for hits to the knee or below.


Since the NFL already has such an emphasis on hits above the shoulders, options and tactics for hard-hitters like Kam Chancellor are changing.

Chancellor said his first move is to always try and clear his head and get his shoulder out front. Then, he’s aiming for the sternum in order to deliver a blow but avoid a penalty.

To me, the most interesting comments in Don’s story came from tight end Zach Miller. We always hear from defenders on tackling rule changes, but rarely from offensive players.

“I think it’s good that they’re trying to protect the head, but if they’re doing it at the cost of your knees, I don’t like that one bit,” Miller said. “… The knees should be off limits. If they need to take away some of the limitations on the head hits, I’d rather be hit in the head and have a concussion than blow out my knee and be out for an entire year.”

Retiring Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez told Monday Morning Quarterback the league should do something about receivers getting hit in the knees.

Chad Ochocinco said on Twitter the same thing Miller said, that he would rather be hit in the head.

> In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was interviewed in Seattle on Tuesday by the Washington Redskins for their head coach opening. Schefter also reported that the Cleveland Browns will interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn today.

Here are the dates as they pertain to assistant coaches being allowed to interview while their team is still in the playoffs:

Jan. 5: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the wild-card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the wild-card games.

Jan. 12: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their wild-card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of divisional playoff games.

Jan. 26: An assistant coach whose team is participating in the Super Bowl and who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll said Monday he preferred assistant coach interviews took place this week, and that he was fully supportive of assistants pursuing head coaching jobs.


> Red Bryant is thankful to still be around in Seattle for such a successful regular season.

> One way or another, the Seahawks will face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in 2014.

> ESPN writes about the Seahawks’ defense taking a fundamental turn the last five weeks.

> ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Percy Harvin avoided IR with an excellent workout Monday. That could explain the shift in what Pete Carroll was saying from morning to afternoon talks with the media that day.

> Monday Morning Quarterback wonders if the Packers can get playoff revenge against the 49ers.


Leave a comment Comments → 62
  1. I’m really happy for Red. He’s a good ole boy that’s always played his tail off. Quinn and Carroll saved him by using him differently than everyone else had. He’s a great team leader. I love seeing his interviews. He’s just a great guy.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Couldn’t say it better joreb.

    Big Red is a glue guy on the field and in the locker room. A fantastic leader.
    With his size, name and voice I could see him doing some kind of commercial down the road.

    Big Red Beef Jerky or something.

  3. montanamike2 says:

    Wow, i’ve never even been to one game. I want to see my first one in Seattle.

  4. SEA ’14 Season:
    Away: NFCW, PHI, WAS,CAR, KC, SD

  5. confucious says:

    I’ve never been to one either. I’d like to one day. When you watch on tv you get all the angles, views, replay and the drinks and eats are cheap and convenient. I like that. However when I do go I want to cash all those comforts in and sit in the hawks nest. Or next to that big bald guy they show every broadcast that holds the SEA FENCE signs. I bet he’d have a load of game day stories to tell.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    What does SF’s schedule look like?

  7. confucious says:

    Tough schedule considering the strength of the AFC west and NFC west.

  8. FleaFlicker says:

    That projected road schedule for 2014 is brutal. Facing five teams that qualifed for the playoffs this year.

  9. I don’t think the AFC West is overly good if we project it into next year (next year is not this past year). Sure, you’ve got the Broncos, but the Raiders are worthless and even though both made the play-offs, I think the Chiefs will come back to earth next year and the Chargers are a very average team. They were 9-7 (8-8 is average) and I couldn’t believe how they could barely beat the Chiefs last week when the Chiefs benched most of their good/important players.

    Broncos – Great (horrible minus QB/WRs though).
    Chiefs – Above average.
    Chargers – Average.
    Raiders – Suck.

    All we know is that a game we look at now that seems like an easy win – won’t be an easy win and could well be a loss. And that one of the teams we think is great, won’t be when we play them. So much happening for so many teams that it’s tough to get a good idea how good/tough the schedule is going to be.

  10. I’d rather face a team that made the play-offs next year than some of the teams that didn’t make the play-offs. I’d much rather play the Chargers in ’14 than, for example, the Ravens. I’d rather play the Chiefs than the Lions (I think a new coach will work wonders; I think they have too much talent not to be good if they don’t have a buffoon as coach).

  11. montanamike2 says:

    I think we’ll have a bunch of nationally televised games next year.

  12. Singularitarian says:

    The NFCW and AFCW are probably the best 2 divisions in football, that will be a tough schedule. and our 2 random games are Carolina and Green Bay. a very tough schedule for sure. I think a tough schedule is a good thing personally

  13. slicktoxic says:

    At the beginning of this year, it looked like we had a super tough schedule….but then teams that were expected to be good, just weren’t very good….and some were downright awful.
    Houston, Washington, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, etc…..
    Then there were the teams that (kinda) came out of nowhere…..KC, Carolina, Arizona
    Next year there are going to be some surprise teams, some teams that bounce back, and some teams that disappoint.
    Teams like Detroit, Houston, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, St. Louis all have a chance to be quite good if they get the right pieces in place. they are all pretty talented.
    On the surface, it looks like a very tough schedule for Seattle next year!! Gonna be tough to win 10 next year, much less 13.
    So gotta take advantage of this years opportunity, and win that SB now!!!
    Happy New Year everyone! Let’s do this!!

  14. slicktoxic says:

    …and I gotta say that I am not a big fan at all of coaches interviewing while their season is still alive.
    It’s nice that Pete and co. allow their coaches to interview for HC jobs, that is definitely the right way to go, but there should be some rule in place that teams have to wait until the season is over before conducting interviews.
    No matter what people say, it HAS to be a distraction preparing for an interview for a HC job.
    Also, not sure how interviews go normally, but you’d have to think the team conducting the interview wants to hear a little about coaching philosophies and other things that shouldn’t be talked about.
    Hopefully these are just opportunities to get some interview experience for our coaches, and most or all will be back next year!

  15. Wife and I are already setting in plans to see the Seahawks in San Diego next year. Great town to go to any time of year and good, convenient sports venues. Nice fans too. Easy drive from Vegas…what’s not to like?

  16. SaigonSun says:


  17. There’s no way the AFC West is better than the NFC South next year, IMO. Carolina neutralizes the Broncos, I’d take the Saints over the Chiefs any day of the week, and the Falcons with their injured guys back (mainly Julio) are quite a bit better than the Chargers, IMO, and I think the Bucs have more talent than the Raiders. Not even close, again, IMO.

  18. SF ’14 Opponents:
    Home: NFCW, PHI, WAS, CHI, KC, SD
    Away: NFCW, DAL, NYG, NO, DEN, OAK

  19. montanamike2 says:

    here’s the niners schedule for next year, a hell of a lot easier imo.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    Sorry klm008 posted at the same time, thanks though.

  21. Nebraska with a 99.9 yard TD!!!

  22. montanamike2 says:

    Maybe just a little easier in context.

  23. AZ ’14 Opponents:
    Home: NFCW, PHI, WAS, DET, KC, SD

    STL ’14 Opponents:
    Away: NFCW,PHI, WAS, TB, KC, SD

  24. banosser says:

    Got to the Rams game last weekend.. The Clink is such an awesome experience.. Don’t do season tix but usually pick a game every year to get to (same with the Huskies)… I’d like to see that stadium guy’s top 5 venues/experiences..

    Having the Hawks as good as they are and the beautiful Clink filled with 12s… It’s the best it can be for us right now.. Eclipsing the ‘2 Outs So What!’ ’01 Ms… All you Hawk fans have to plan a weekend trip to the Clink to experience what the Hawks & 12s deliver… I’d suggest the GB game lol.. tho that just might be a Monday Night affair..

    We should see the max number of primetime games next yr..
    SF, DAL, GB, DEN, PHI, CAR, KC.. lotta marque matchups there

  25. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Guys who cares about next season’s schedule!
    We have a chance here to be remembered forever!

  26. HawkyHann says:

    Percy is back tomorrow! Best wishes to keeping I’m healthy

  27. I’m really pulling for Percy also,whoever we play next week will have a hard time game planning for him if he makes it back should be awesome.

  28. Joreb – you said it well!!

    Funny how at times this year we have heard that Red, Browner, Rice, Baldwin, Kearse, Avril, Clemmons, Wagner, Wright, Irvin, All the OL (minus Okung) Miller all need to be benched. Those are just the ones I could find in about 15 minutes

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    One thing for sure, we won’t be talking about who will be replacing Browner moving forward because Byron Maxwell has made it clear who that is.

  30. How much will it suck if STL gets Jadavion Clowney with the #2 pick! God Washington is sooooo stupid

  31. Yes Georgia – we will definitely not worry about Browner moving forward – I just wish we hadn’t lost some guys to JAX this last year so they could be our depth this year :)

    I am interested to see if they bring WT3 back – next strike is gone for good. Do they want that looming? maybe for a minimum contract.

    For me this week – GO GB and go NO.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t even want to think about STL getting Clowney.

    I’m actually feeling sorry for RG3 now because it looks like he has little chance to shine with Snyder owning that team.

  33. Just read this – pretty cool:

    Seattle allows opponents to score touchdowns on just 35.3 percent of red-zone trips, best in the NFL. Inside the 30, the Seahawks have held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 60.0 — also best in the NFL, by a HUGE margin. The league average? 96.3 #LOB

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I am hoping that the Eagles find a way to make it to the Clink in the playoffs.

    I want to see what our 0-line does to that scumbag Trent Cole.

  35. CaliSeahawker says:

    Praying for a Superbowl berth!! My boss gave me the OK to travel to Seattle and party with the 12th man Superbowl week. Haven’t prayed this hard in my life :-)

  36. Don’t know if STL taking Clowney might not be all that bad, if he doesn’t really want to play and decides to retire once he makes his payday.

  37. fijihawksfan says:

    I’m all in favor of the Rams taking Clowney. I think he’ll be a dud. Plus they already have two great DEs.

  38. pabuwal says:

    Seahawks Playoff Trivia Time –

    Including this year, how many times have the Seahawks made the playoffs and received a 1st round bye?

  39. GeorgiaHawk says:

    three times, or maybe four.

  40. Twice (88 & 05)? I think they lost to the Bengals in ’88 when Joe Nash faked all those injuries so the hurry up Bengals offense wouldn’t be able to sub as much/fast.

  41. Makes me wish I had a couple of G’s just lying around…could you imagine!?

  42. “Including this year, how many times have the Seahawks made the playoffs and received a 1st round bye?”

    Without looking it up, I think this is only the 2nd time.

  43. raymaines says:

    Any news about the Dan Quinn interview with Cleveland?

  44. I’m going with 2 also… 05 and this run

  45. The Hawks had a bye in ’88. Just looked it up.

    Aside from ’05, I don’t know of any other year they ever would have had a bye in the play-offs (until, obviously, this year).

  46. pabuwal says:

    3 is correct – 1988, 2005 and 2013.

  47. I’m going with twice, once in 2005 and then this year. The year we were 12-4 I believe Denver was 14-2 AFC West champ and we were still only a wild card. And our other years we won the West we always had a crap record (9-7) so did not get a first round bye.

  48. I am ready for the weekend so that I can watch some football and find out who will be visiting to clink !!!

  49. banosser says:

    Gotta root for NO (& GB).. so SF & Carolina beat each other senseless prior to one coming to the CLink.. but I expect Phi & SF will win.. Either way I expect we’ll be playing SF.. next week or the next.. bring ‘em on!

  50. I have always believed you gotta beat the best to be the best but looking at the brackets (playoff teams) it is setting up very nicely for the AFC again this year. Whoever comes out of the NFC will have run a gauntlet and may not be hitting on full systems by the time they get there.

  51. Is Jim Zorn available? I’d like to see him here as our OC. Cable would still be the run game coordinator so Zorn’s focus would be on passing game. Play calling???

  52. Our front office probably should just ask RW who he wants to be his new OC.

    Happy New Year to all my fellow Hawkaholics out there!

  53. Screensmoke says:

    Norv turner for o cordinator

  54. Oh God no Screensmoke! The 700 page playbook is over. Turner USED to be a good OC, but he didnt exactly set the world on fire in Cleveland, despite having a great TE, WR, and decent RB’s, and a very good D to help out the O.

    Wouldnt mind having Leslie Frazier as DC if we lose Quinn though. Seattle said he impressed them in his HC interview.

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