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Morning Links: A day away

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2014 at 12:49 am with 49 Comments »
January 10, 2014 12:49 am

Good morning.

A lot happening as we’re just a day away from the game, so let’s get to it:

Seahawks links from the TNT:

> I wrote about Percy Harvin’s return for today’s paper. We’ve heard a lot this week about Rob Ryan’s tendency to blitz — though he backed off it against Philadelphia — and that style caught Harvin’s attention.

“What I noticed, they do a lot of zero blitzing,” Harvin said. “What that means is no safety over the top. So as the receivers on third downs, that’s where we’re looking to cash in at. We feel like man-to-man, one-on-one, we feel confident that we can beat it.”

That possibility increased greatly with his return.

> Also some notes on Walter Jones becoming a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Marshawn Lynch’s time with the media and a variety of updates from the Saints.

> Speaking of the Saints, our Don Ruiz writes about former Seahawk David Hawthorne, who is finally healthy and adding speed to the Saints’ linebacker group.

> Also, Ruiz, a New Orleans native, writes about the evolution of the Saints from a bag-over-your-head franchise to a force in the league.

Seahawks links:

> The Everett Herald writes not to worry about Russell Wilson because history shows he steps up.

> 710 ESPN writes that Percy Harvin is the “wild card” this Saturday.

> Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. talks about his father’s influence.

> Here’s some more on Walter Jones from Seahawks.com.

> Two seismometers have been installed at CenturyLink Field for the game.

> Heavy wind and rain are expected this weekend.

> Mike Sando writes about the intimidation factor presented by Kam Chancellor.

> CBS’ Pete Prisco writes that Byron Maxwell is a key for the Seahawks.

Saints links:

> Monday Morning Quarterback writes about wide receiver Marques Colston, who moved from being viewed as a practice squad player to a key part of the Saints offense.

> Sean Payton is still trying to figure out how to replicate the CenturyLink Field atmosphere.

Around the league:

> Divisional-round storylines from Sports Illustrated.

> NFL.com breaks down the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame.

Leave a comment Comments → 49
  1. Get ready for Seattle & this blog to hit fever pitch in the next 24-36 hours.. 2 weeks of waiting for our chance at the 2013 Playoffs.
    I hope it turns out well..

    Just to add on to an earlier topic, I read a snippet where Marcus Trufant said he thought the 2012 version of the Seahawks were better than the ’05 Hawks.. Of course, That was a year ago..

  2. jawpeace says:

    Yipee only one more day to wait!

    “What I noticed, they do a lot of zero blitzing,” Harvin said. “What that means is no safety over the top. So as the receivers on third downs, that’s where we’re looking to cash in at. We feel like man-to-man, one-on-one, we feel confident that we can beat it.”

    I do wonder how much the high winds and rain will hurt the deep ball. I do like our receivers in a jump ball situation. The key will be to complete a deep throw early that will loosen up the box and blitzing.

    Another factor that will help is the O line will be in full strength. Last time they were not and they performed adequately.

    Ball security in the rain will be very important. The Hawks experience in the rain should do better than New O at this.

    Yipee only one more day to wait!

  3. montanamike2 says:

    I went to bed at 6 pm yesterday and instructed my wife not to wake me up until Saturday, unfortunately i couldn’t sleep anymore and my back is sore from laying in bed too long. I wanted to go into coma state on Monday until Saturday but i don’t have access to Michael Jackson’s doctor. At least there’s only one more day of suffering. The Saints talk about wanting to come back and redeem themselves, i don’t buy it. It’s almost party time!

  4. TallyHawk says:

    As a fan regular season bye weeks suck but this has been torture! I have been pretty relaxed but now that it’s a day away I’m getting pumped!

    Does anyone else think Sean Payton is overthinking his preparation or even grasping at straws? I’m all for blasting some music but painting your field seems absurd to me. You just played here a month ago that experience should help you more than anything. That said a month ago is going to seem like the library compared to tomorrow.

    The Hawks are the better team by far. If they take care of the ball they should win comfortably. It might not be the thrashing of a month ago but a couple scores comfortable. 27-17 Hawks

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Goodness, how are you people going to handle the two weeks between the NFC Championship and Super Bowl? Lol.

    But yes, tomorrow will be an awesome day.

  6. We’ll find a way to handle those two weeks prior to the Super Bowl! :)

  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    Whatever happened to that Saints troll that showed up during the regular season? Guess he’s not so confident this time.

  8. sluggo42 says:

    That’s easy montanamike, just drink yourself into a coma! like a few others in here do!

  9. Nice piece on Colston. Five 1,000 yd seasons!? I had no idea. I wonder how many guys still active today have that many?

    What’s it like to have reliable 6’4″ WRs let alone two of them?

    This game is going to be really tough. Good thing we have a lot of experience grinding out victories because I believe that’s what it’ll take to get the W this weekend. They won’t be anywhere near the same team we saw in early December.

    Can’t wait…

    GO HAWKS!

  10. Not to outdate myself, but I can remember when WRs had 1,000 yards that it was a pretty big deal. Now when guys like Colston do it year after year, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. I know the league is more pass happy, but it’s still funny.

  11. Good point Bobby. Of course of the 24 who did it this year, none were on the Hawks (or the year before…or the year before…or the year before).

    Percy might be that go to guy, but it’s pretty hard to tell so far. I’d still contend that it’s something our offense really needs when they stack so many in the box to stop Marshawn or to spy on Wilson.

    Who do you go to when it’s 3 and 6?

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    After facing defenses the last four games that gave Wilson and the Offense fits it will be nice to see the Saints come back to the clink.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Seahawks put up 40+ points this time around.

  13. 40+ isn’t happening unless Brees starts spraying the ball around. I’d be thrilled to see the Seahawks at 23+.

  14. This is the day when HFA is such an advantage. Having spent two weeks without traveling (for the Seahawks it is four weeks because of the schedule) you get to rest and focus at home while your opponent flies across the country to you. The Seahawks really had it set up this year with the final two at home, a bye, the staying at home through the playoffs. That is a lot of travel time and hassle avoided.

  15. Southendzone says:

    Story of a novice Hawk fan.

    At the grocrty store and a few employees are gathered around, watching a video clip on her phone.

    One of the watchers says “Oh, is that the boom-quake?”

    I laughed all the way to my car.

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    Seattle isn’t built to produce 1000 yard WRs. It’s built for 1000 yard RBs. I don’t worry or even expect any eye popping passing stats from this group.

  17. Hey Guys – thought I’d chime in and let you know that I had an opportunity to return to Seattle and have just recently moved back and started a new job. Soooooo excited to experience first hand the excitement in the city. I was downtown for work this week – fun to see all the businesses with 12 signs and Seahawk gear everywhere. Hopefully will get a repeat of ’79 with the Sonics. Nothing like the buzz in a city that gets to experience a championship run. Enjoy tomorrow – GO HAWKS!

  18. RDPoulsbo says:

    Congrats LV. I know I was excited to return after 12 years in the pits of hell of DC. I always knew I’d return and when I did, I would become a season ticket holder. Only, the team is good now so it’ll be a while before I can get that taken care of.

  19. seahawksteven777 says:

    “ESPN’s Merril Hoge on Russell Wilson: “He hasn’t been good with decisions. Hasnt been very accurate.” Hoge picking #Saints over #Seahawks.”

    Third straight game he’s picked against us. The dude must really hate the Seahawks or something.

  20. montanamike2 says:

    I’m happy for you LVHawk, my cousin is in the process of moving to Tacoma JBLM. I’m stoked to have family in the NW and also a place to stay and go to a few games. I miss a couple of restaurants in that area that i frequented regularly.

  21. ChrisHolmes says:

    @seahawksteven777 You didn’t already know that?

    Merril Hoge has hated Seattle forever.

    He is, IMO, one of the worst “analysts” on ESPN. He allows his clear disdain for Seattle to color his “analysis” at all times. He’s a worthless piece of crap.

    On top of that, he’s just not very smart. He’s made a career out of riding shotgun next to Jaws, and repeatedly saying “factor-back”, as if the words were something coming down from on high.

    I hate Hoge as much as I dislike Michael Irving and Cris Carter. I’m basically sick of unintelligent, uninformed, biased “analysts” parading all over the TV.

  22. 28 hours and 25 minutes to go…..

  23. montanamike2 says:

    Merril Hoge will pick against us every game we play.

  24. rramstad says:

    To echo a previous poster, there seems to be quite a few tickets floating around on StubHub and NFL Ticket Exchange for this game. You may very well see prices dropping as people try to make sure they are sold so they don’t have to stand around in the parking lots pregame. If you are local and don’t have a ticket and are a Seahawks fan, you owe it to yourself to keep an eye on them and see if you can score a ticket or three for your buddies, come and be loud, and use the money you saved to buy beers to soothe your poor sore 12th Man throat.

    (I’ve always said that Ricola should sponsor the 12th Man.)

    The poster on an earlier thread also mentioned that with ticketless entry he’s bought tickets from his phone and had them on his phone… seems like something you could easily do pregame, in one of the watering holes downtown, and if you can’t get a ticket at a reasonable price last minute, at least you are in the thick of the action.

    Go Hawks!

  25. WilliamPercival says:

    This cold/wet/windy weather benefits the Hawks to epic proportions. ML, Russ will be doing some read-option and plenty of play action. Tate an Pwercy will see plenty of quick passes to allow them to make people miss like they do so well. Of course Willson and Miller will work the short middle of the field as well when Ryan cheats the first four.

    Saints on the other hand WILL NOT be able to get their 6′ 4″ receivers involved with the conditions and our DB’s. Simply not going to happen.

    27-13 Hawks

  26. yankinta says:

    WOWWWW LOL,, Pigs must be flying now. Skip Bayless actually agrees with YankinTa. I’ve been saying this for 2 years. Someone at ESPN finally agrees with me… :)

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10271712/skip-bayless-andew-luck

    “Andrew was really good, but Andrew was Lucky.”

    “……… after Luck had thrown THREE interceptions in his home dome against a Kansas City team that had lost five of its last seven games, had lost to injury early in this game its best offensive weapon (Jamaal Charles), then its fastest receiver (Donnie Avery), then its backup running back (Knile Davis) … while also losing both starting cornerbacks, Brandon Flowers and Dunta Robinson, and eventually losing its best pass rusher, Justin Houston, whose bookend, Tamba Hali, was sadly limited on a knee that had to be drained the week before.”

  27. chrisj122 says:

    Let the talking national media guys pick against the Hawks all the way to the Super Bowl.

    I have gotten really tired of hearing/reading about how the Seahawks won’t make it to the Super Bowl because of history or trends of #1 seeds not advancing to the Superbowl but at the same time, the same talking jackass’s assume the Broncos will be there without a doubt.

  28. HawkfaninMT says:

    Boom-Quake reminds me of Army of Darkness:

    “This is my BoomStick!!”

  29. SandpointHawk says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever heard or seen anyone so happy that Skip Bayless agrees with them…or admit they agree with Skip..interesting…

  30. yankinta says:

    lol, SandpointHawk,, hey, I agreed with Skip too when he admitted that he was an ignorant idiot for picking 49ers to win in Seattle. :)

    But this time he’s the one that agreed with me since I’ve been saying this for years…. I thought Everyone at ESPN was brainwased but I guess there are some that aren’t…. What are your thoughts about this article? Agree?? Disagree?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10271712/skip-bayless-andew-luck

  31. RDPoulsbo says:

    Seriously, why would anyone waste their time reading or listening to Bayless? I don’t care what he says one way or another. Maybe a broken clock is right 2 times a day, but I’m not going to wait around to see it when it happens.

  32. seahawkNJ says:

    I’ll read up on Luck if the Colts make it to NJ on Feb 2nd. Otherwise he’s been over analyzed on this Seahawks blog.

  33. DreadHawks says:

    I stopped watching ESPN long ago, quite frankly I’m surprised alot of those guys have jobs. Any guesses on whos raising the flag tomorrow? Has Lofa done it yet?? I think they are saving the Big Show Holmgren for next week.

  34. tealskin says:

    Who cares about Andrew Luck? Until we have to play against him. There are more immediate concerns around here. Like in 27 hrs.

  35. RDPoulsbo says:

    Since it’s noted that Walter Jones is in town and signing autographs at Touchdown City tomorrow before the game. I’d put my money on #71 raising the flag.

  36. Southendzone says:

    crap, just read a quote that Terry McAuley (Tomorrow’s ref) was a die-hard Saints fan growing up.

    Really? Any other great news for today? Goodell going to suspend 3/4 of the LOB tonight for a drug test?

  37. tealskin says:

    There is the possibility that McAuley would be extra neutral just to prove he’s not biased. These officials are under the microscope also. Don’t think the league likes the idea of officials indulging themselves in favoritism.

  38. Tez is raising 12th man flag.

  39. EzraMelech says:

    Don’t ask me what it means, or what kind of impact it could have or if its absolutely non consequential. All that being said, I have a friend who works at the VMAC. He told me that he has seen Jon Gruden twice now in the last 2 weeks at the facility???? The last time was Yesterday. “Something that makes me go Hmm…

    Again could be absolutely nothing… but figured I would pass on the info.

    My2CentsWorth.

  40. Tez would be awesome, Walt would be awesome (again) Holmgren would be awesome, if they’re not saving him for next week, or if they’re gonna bring out Mr. Vulcan to replicate the ’05 NFC champ game. Im down w/ anyone but Wacklemore… Of course the biggest “rapper” from Seattle has to be a ginger-hipster mash up… #12thMan

  41. HawkfaninMT says:

    I saw Tez is raising the flag atop the Space Needle, but I heard nothing about him raising it at the stadium…

    First World problems right here!

  42. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Luck don’t live here…..big game that matters tomorrow against the Saints.
    Maybe you and Skip can exchange MySpace profiles or something.

  43. “He told me that he has seen Jon Gruden twice now in the last 2 weeks at the facility???? The last time was Yesterday. “Something that makes me go Hmm… ”

    Probably doing research/interviews for a story on one of the Hawks, or something else having to do with his TV gig.

  44. Southendzone says:

    Gruden doesn’t make sense at the VMAC does he? I don’t think ABC has any playoff games, nor do they have the Superbowl.

  45. rramstad says:

    South EZ, Jon Gruden works for ESPN. Most of the content they will show for the next three or four weeks will be NFL related. It makes total sense for him to be visiting Seattle to do features in anticipation of the NFC Championship game and/or Super Bowl.

    (I’d agree that if he worked for a random non sports network that had no games that it would make very little sense for him to be here, but that’s not the case.)

  46. Let’s get some juicy theories out there regarding Gruden’s surprise appearance at the VMAC.

    He could have been asked by PC to be an offensive consultant for the week, to prepare for Sean Payton’s Saints offense. Sean Payton is a brilliant offensive mind, as is Gruden, so PC may have been picking his brain about some things and just getting Chucky’s 2 cents worth.

    Gruden also could have been asked to come over and give a little motivational speech for the team to jack them up and help them keep their focus on the task at hand. His Tampa Bay team was the last SB champion to have a #1 ranked defense that lead the league in points allowed and interceptions, so in that sense these 2 teams are similar. That team had a more dominant front 7, but if you look they were built similarly and played a similar style of football in terms of their philosophy.

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