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Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2007 at 6:14 pm with 20 Comments »
November 8, 2007 6:14 pm

I was talking to defensive coordinator John Marshall about what he’s going to do if he finds himself short of linebackers come Monday Night. Right now, three of the seven LBs on the roster aren’t able to practice.


He said the backup to the backups are two safeties: Brian Russell and Deon Grant. He said the Seahawks are lucky because they’ve got some versatile guys, guys like Julian Peterson and Jordan Babineaux, who can play multiple positions and guys like Russell and Grant who can come in to finish out a game.


He said when he was the defensive coordinator with San Francisco the team went light on D-linemen for a game in Atlanta. Lo and behold, they suffered a couple of injuries on the line and had one of their players have to leave during the game because his mother, who was in attendance, had heart problems.


For four man fronts, Marshall didn’t have enough wide bodies so he recruited an offensive lineman to go in for a few plays.


“You just have to adjust,” he said.


I’m sure he doesn’t want to have to make those type of adjustments again…

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  1. bobbyk03 says:

    Maybe if the LBs keep getting hurt, that’s a sign to move Sims, Gray, and Spencer to LB so hopefully they get hurt too. Addition by subtraction. I know I couldn’t do any better, but there sure as hell has to be someone out there who can block better than those creamcakes.

  2. bellinghawk says:

    what about defensive ends as well with Tapp, Kerney, and Atkins all three hurt?

  3. bobby, Why don’t you go find a different team to be a “fan” of, since you seem to think that it’s okay to wish injuries on our own players, let alone anybodies players. I would say that class has left you, but I don’t believe that it was ever present in you. You must have proud parents?!

  4. SharkHawk says:

    Don’t start playing the “bad fan” card. Geez.

  5. navy_at_3 says:

    hey we could have SA play LB. He is great at getting tackled for loss of yards, I’m sure he knows how to tackle for loss of yards right?

    only joking!

    The way the 49ers played last week, I think we could still get a sack with just a 2 man front.

    Good news is our O is going to be more aggressive and effective with the pass against a 32nd worst D in the NFL that our D hopefully wont have to play very many mins.

  6. I still find it hard to believe that so few,think that they know so much.

  7. It is total classless BS to wish that anyone gets hurt.

  8. PapaHawk says:

    Interesting that they said safeties would play LB before any Defensive Ends. Jason Babin has OLB size, but obviously not much else. I’m sure that CJ Wallace would be happy to come in and lay some hat at LB as well. Heck, he’s about the same size as Leroy Hill.

    I agree with the rest of you, Bobbyk03 has crossed the line. Hoping injuries on players is terrible. His mom needs to take away his internet access. Maybe I should call his/her baby-sitter and have her take greater charge of this person. This person known as Bobbyk03 is obviously very immature and has zero real life experience.

  9. SharkHawk says:

    Why don’t they just use traffic cones? Marshall’s schemes suck so bad that I’m sure an orange cone could do just as good of a job at allowing the opponent to throw short crosses, screen passes, and dump offs too.

  10. elperrograndedos says:

    Lol, with Marshall saying

    “you just have to adjust”

    as this is probably the one thing the Seahawk’s defense has no clue how to do …

  11. mibuttiznum says:

    big play babs would be interesting as a rush lb. I would hate to see them running at those guys though.

  12. Surf Hawk says:

    Thanks Darrin for all of the posts over the last few days, you are quenching our thirsts for Seahawks news.

  13. nighthawk2 says:

    Papa, I was thinking the same thing about Babin, he played LB with the Texans. That would mean he’d have to be activated, I don’t know if he has been on the active list all season.

  14. elperrograndedos says:

    “He said the Seahawks are lucky because they’ve got some versatile guys … who can play multiple positions … who can come in to finish out a game”

    Has Marshall gone completely brain dead? We’ve got a bunch of guys who can’t even play their own positions, guys who are getting pile driven into the ground, and I don’t think our defense has finished a game since Mike Holmgren has been head coach.

  15. DarthKripple says:

    Babin being active would mean Atkins was out.

  16. I got a chuckle out of that one EPGD

  17. qwestisbest says:

    i don’t understand what it is about our team. it seems every season we have about half our whole starting squad sitting out hurt. hamstrings, ankles, feet, whatever. i know this is football, and it happens, but it happens to us too regularly, at too great a rate. wonder if we need to do something different in training, or strength, conditioning, etc, or are we just cursed? geeeeee.

  18. roddychops says:

    my first thought was that maybe FieldTurf is not all that it’s cracked up to be and that maybe it causes more knee and ankle injuries than natural grass.

    But it appears most studies still say it’s safer than natural grass, so that ain’t it.

  19. Every team is dealing with alot of injuries. Look at The Cards, Rams, 9ers, panthers.
    The teams with the best records are having the best luck with people not getting hurt.

    About going against a bad team, Didn’t The Browns have the worst Defense in the league last week? Look how that turned out.

    Now were up against the worst offense in the league.

  20. nighthawk2 says:

    Fortunately for us, the 49ers are bad on both offense AND defense.

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