Seahawks Insider

Sep.
18th

You might want to put on a helmet and shoulder pads to read, watch this Earl Thomas: “I am going to go on a tear”

Even for Earl Thomas, a no-smiles, all-business, self-described “warrior” renowned for intensity, this was especially full of fervor.

It was candid. It was unguarded. And it was so much better than the usual, game-week fare from veteran NFL players.

In Thomas’ weekly press conference on stage in the main auditorium of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center the Seahawks’ All-Pro gripped each side of the podium, at times clutching it like he it was a running back he was about to discard to the turf.

And he was unguarded in assailing himself for a

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Sep.
18th

Common to rare Seahawks losses recently: third-down generosity; Richard Sherman and a llama; expect more Marshawn Lynch

Pete Carroll doesn’t get too wrapped around statistics, other than the bottom line of the final score. But there are two stats that he plays closer attention to than others.

Turnover margin. And third-down efficiency.

In the San Diego last weekend the Chargers converted 10 of 17 third downs into first downs. That kept the Seahawks’ defense on the field for 42:15 of the game’s 60 minutes, and we all know how that turned out for Seattle.

It was just Seattle’s seventh loss in 34 regular-season and postseason games, dating to a defeat at Detroit in Week 8 of the

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Sep.
17th

Richard Sherman says Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen “wants to get his name in the paper”; All-Pro CB explains no-talk Sunday

Richard Sherman talked today, three days after making national news by not talking.

As expected, the All-Pro cornerback was in full Sherman mode.

“It’s humorous. It fun to me. It’s funny, really funny,” Sherman said before the Seahawks practiced this afternoon for Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch against the Denver Broncos. “Especially when you got little guys like the Chargers’ guys, talking about they ‘exposed’ somethin’ — and they had 50, 60 yards (receiving).

“I mean, (Antonio) Gates, a Hall of Famer, had a fantastic game. And Philip (Rivers) had a great game, you

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Sep.
17th

One Seahawks’ advantage against Peyton Manning’s Broncos is the same one they had in Super Bowl: noise

The Seahawks are back on the practice field today at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton after yesterday’s hiatus. We talk to Denver coach John Fox and a Broncos players, presumably Peyton Manning, just after noon on a conference call. Then Pete Carroll holds his weekly Wednesday press conference, the locker room is open for interviews and Richard Sherman is scheduled to speak before practice early this afternoon.

There is one factor the Seahawks will have going for them this week that they didn’t in San Diego.

Crowd noise for them, not against.

Like San Diego, Denver uses audibles and

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Sep.
16th

For Denver, it’s a Super Bowl rematch, “what we’ve been waiting for.” For Seahawks, it’s a huge test to get back on track

So it’s on.

At least in Denver, that is.

“They beat us bad in the Super Bowl. They think they have the pedigree, they talked noise all offseason. That’s what we’ve been waiting for,” Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell told USA TODAY on Sunday, talking of course about the Seahawks.

Caldwell was speaking after his team beat Kansas City 24-17 in Denver — and after the Broncos learned the Seahawks, who crushed them in February’s Super Bowl by 35 points, had lost at San Diego.

Once Denver (2-0) and Seattle (1-1) kickoff this Sunday at 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink

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Sep.
15th

Carroll on Seahawks players after 6th loss in 31 games: “Real quiet and serious. We don’t take this easily.”

This is unlike most Mondays here at Seahawks’ headquarters at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.

For sure, the rollicking, seven-month afterglow of the Seahawks’ first franchise Super Bowl championship — which carried through the opening walloping of Green Bay — has come an abrupt and noticeable halt.

Pete Carroll said this morning on Seattle’s 710 ESPN radio that the team’s flight was quiet coming back from the 30-21 loss at San Diego last night, just Seattle’s sixth defeat in 31 games dating to the middle of the 2012 season. And he

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Sep.
15th

Seahawks snap counts from San Diego show Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner go the distance; fly sweep gets swatted; links

On the way back from San Diego. The Seahawks got home last night on their charter flight.

Coach Pete Carroll will have his weekly, day-after press conference today at 3 p.m. in Renton. I hope to get word then on the condition of Seahawks’ assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel. He stayed last night at a San Diego hospital after being taken out of the locker room to there following the game because of an irregular heart beat.

The NFL’s official snap counts from yesterday’s game show the entire offensive line played every

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Sep.
14th

Chargers QB Philip Rivers masterfully counters Seahawks’ nickel-or-not-nickel defense to control game, win

That’s Russell Wilson after the Seahawks’ 30-21 loss here in San Diego today. But, to be fair, the never really had a fair chance to win this one.

This one was on the defense.

Sure, as I wrote in this morning’s News Tribune, the defensive-line rotation benefits the Seahawks. And the pass rush did get to Philip Rivers in the second half today, after reserves Jordan Hill and rookie Cassius Marsh began entering in the first quarter during hockey-like lane changes on the defensive front.

“I think we did a great job

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