We’ve written extensively about the Seattle Seahawks’ juggling offensive line all season, with 10 different starting offensive line combinations this season. But now after a season-long process led by offensive line coach Art Valero, Seattle’s offensive line appears to be finally clicking at the right time, writes Dave Boling of The New Tribune.
Here’s what offensive tackle Sean Locklear has to say about the improved play up front.
“It sucked that it took all year to get it going,” said Locklear. “We’d been beating ourselves, with somebody having a problem on a play and then saying, ‘Oh, my bad.’ Well we had to decide to stop saying ‘My bad’ and just get the job done.”
John McGrath of The New Tribune provides another interesting report from here in Chicago, where Bears’ fans are not exactly lining up at the ticket window for Sunday’s contest against Seattle, and are actually looking forward to next week’s potential matchup against hated NFC North division rival Green Bay.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he will kick to Chicago return man Devin Hester on Sunday. Here’s what Seattle special teams coach Brian Schneider had to say about stopping the talented returner. Schneider: “Once you get tentative, that’s when he’s really good. And not that he’s not good when you’re not tentative, but when you see breakdowns is when guys are tentative. So we’ve just got to go and let it all hang out. He can make you look really bad. He makes everybody look really bad, but when you’re hesitant and playing on your heels, that’s when you get into a lot of trouble.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his final words on the Hawks-Bears game.
Bill Simmons of ESPN picks Seattle to win 33-30.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that Matt Hasselbeck is the perfect guy to start for Seattle against Chicago on Sunday.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com and John Crist of BearReport.com continue their break down of Sunday’s game, with predictions by both at the end: Farrar goes 17-14 Seattle, while Crist says 23-17 Bears.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the strengths of both teams’ defenses are at the middle linebacker position, with Seattle’s Lofa Tatupu and Chicago’s Brian Urlacher.
Listen to audio of Marcus Trufant, Jordan Babineaux, Ruvell Martin, Warren Moon and Chris Spencer talking about Sunday’s game from ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Grosby and his weekly The Huddle show.
Vaughn McClure of The Chicago Tribune writes the Chicago’s Pisa Tinoisamoa was held out Thursday but returned to practice Friday, but is expected to start at strong-side linebacker for the first time since having his right knee scoped on Dec. 3.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times says that the Bears have to generate a pass rush against Hasselbeck to have more success defensively.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers some tips on photographing football.