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Morning links: Hawks looking for signature win on Monday night

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 23, 2012 at 8:55 am with 47 Comments »
September 23, 2012 8:55 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, talks with general manager John Schneider prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that a win for the Seattle Seahawks over Green Bay on Monday Night would serve as a signature win for this franchise since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over three years ago.

Boling: Some games just seem to count more, and carry greater weight; and if you win them, the “W” needs to be in a larger font, and printed in bold.

So, there are wins, and then there are the occasional victories – the ones that are more symbolic.

Monday night is the chance for one of those for the Seattle Seahawks.

It won’t come easily, and the betting line is clear that such an outcome would be considered an upset, but a win Monday against Green Bay could be a signature achievement for the Seahawks under coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

In my story today, second-year pro Doug Baldwin is questionable heading into Monday’s game with a shoulder injury. The team’s leading receiver last year, Baldwin has not been used as much this season because of a lingering hamstring issue and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell leaning on two and three-tight end sets. Also, Wisconsin native Chris Maragos plays against the team he rooted for growing up, the Green Bay Packers.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Russell Wilson early success as a rookie, earning the starting quarterback job with the Seahawks, has made Jon Gruden look like a genius. “This is a supreme kid,” Gruden said. “His intangibles are off the chart. But let’s talk about him playing the position. He’s very productive and a great athlete. He’s exactly the kind of quarterback I would want to coach. Height doesn’t bother him. He just impressed me in every way you could impress.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the emergence of third-year tight end Anthony McCoy.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald writes that Seattle players like Kam Chancellor have learned how to continue to deliver hard hits under the new NFL rules.

ESPN’s Mike Sando outlines the key match-ups for the Seahawks when they take on Green Bay on Monday night. One of the key is how Russell Wilson handles the Packers when they bring five or more rushers.

Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette profiles Wisconsin native and former Packers personnel man Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy expects receiver Greg Jennings to play on Sunday.

Bill Simmons of Grantland likes the Seahawks 27-23 over Green Bay on Monday night.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post discusses the dearth of tall cornerbacks, and how teams like Seattle are trying to find them.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    There are no must wins in September, of course. But a win over a very good Green Bay team would be a tangible example of how far Carroll has brought this team. A win Monday would go a very long way to transition this team from talented and full of potential into a good football team. Historically, this is the type of game Seattle has had a difficult time winning. Let’s get over the hump, boys! It really would be huge.

  2. NYHawkFan says:

    A win tomorrow for such a young team like Seattle would be a great confidence builder. They know that they have talent, but they don’t know how good they can be until they beat a few of the powerhouse teams—then they start to believe in themselves. That’s why the mental aspect of football (and sports in general) is so important. It’s also why a lot of teams are willing to spend huge chunks of cash in order to hire a sport’s psychologist.

  3. confucious says:

    Ball control will be huge factor in the seahawks success this game. A steady dose of running will be neccesary. Russell Wilson will have to break the rookie mold in this game in order to be successful. I think it’s going to take some passing downfield in order to match the points Green Bay will inevitably put up. He showed a veterans poise with the lead last weekend. I’m really exited to watch this kid develop. Huge confidence game! Can’t wait for monday!

  4. It’d be a great win, don’t get me wrong, but I really want to see one of these “signature” wins on the road with a rookie QB. Maybe that can be the next step after this “signature” win. The Giants win was fun last year, but Charlie Whitehurst isn’t around to throw any late game TDs to Doug Baldwin this year (I’m mainly kidding).

  5. Sparky12 says:

    It’s early in the season, but considering how all the teams in our division are playing, maybe all the games are “must wins”. Kolb seems to have got over his pocket fears, Bradford is playing with more confidence, and the 49ers appear very solid if Alex Smith continues his current level of play. A rather amazing turnaround out here in the West!

  6. Stay focused BobbyK. One signature game at a time. This one is against the Pack that went 15-1 last year. We can worry about signature road games the week of the actual game.

    I think R Dub is gonna have to have a few TDs. The Pack Def will be super focused on Beast lining up 8 in the box forcing the rookie to have to beat them.

    BK has been calling for Golden Boy a lot on this blog over the years. I think this is the perfect opportunity to have that break out game. Receiving and returning. With Baldwin iffy and Sid drawing the #1 CB, Tate has to give R Dub an option on the outside along with McCoy.

    Offensively, it’s a game for the youngsters to shine.

    Defensively, I’m not worried too much about Club Ced or the Green Machine. It’s ARod, ARod, ARod. He’s gonna be chucking it like a mother and our Defense really needs to get pressure AND great bump and run coverage. Our nickel package really has to guard those 3rd and 4th WR’s well. James Jones and Randall Cobb could start for a few teams and we all know how great ARod is.

    Tomorrow is gonna be electric. Again, wish I was going but am planning on the Pats and 49ers games to go to.

    Can’t wait.

    GO HAWKS!

  7. NYHawkFan says:

    Not quite certain of the logic when hear people say, No worries, it’s early in the season. When it’s late in the season, the last thing you want is for some early losses in the season come back and haunt you.

  8. Carlsonkid says:

    They have to hold time of possession in their favor ; the way to beat the Packers is to keep the ball out of Rogers hands . And that means a heavy dose of the Beast . A turnover by our D or special teams would be nice too , and I really want to see a nice deep pass by Wilson somewhere along the way just to show the doubters he can ..

    Manage the game clock , run the ball effectively and get some pressure on Aaron Rogers . And #12 needs to have a big night too . It took me 2 days to get my voice back after the Dallas game , I’m shooting for a 3 day recovery period after Monday Night !

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Did anyone else see the ref throw his hat into the end zone and Kevin Ogletree slipped and fell on it? Refs are only supposed to drop their hats when someone steps out of bounds, to mark the spot. Throwing in on the field? Regular refs *now*, please! Jesus…

  10. Yes. I’ve been a big Tate fan for quite some time (not always a fan of his brain, but love the ability).

  11. Christian Ponder is going to be a good, solid QB. I never thought they’d have a chance against the ’9ers today. Go Vikes! That’s really weird for me to say b/c I hate them (and Cowboys and Steelers).

  12. Go Minnesota!!

  13. I hate Mike Pierra with the rarest of passions!

  14. I’d love the win monday vs the Pack via a fantastic game by Wilson….
    it would clearly establish the Hawks as one of the better teams, but also bring up Wilson’s name on the NFL ‘Rookie of the Year’ list! Wouldn’t be able to ignore Seattle anymore….

  15. Fantastic game would be great but a solid game and a win, would get him in that conversation I believe

  16. Dukeshire says:

    … and the 9ers go down. Awesome.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    There are some incredible finishes happening right now. What a morning of football!

  18. sluggo42 says:

    Duke, I saw the hat too, good greif!

    9ers lose SWEET
    Rams lose SWEET

    Detroit and Tenn tied at the last second? Insane!!
    Jax a long TD last second? Whaaaaa??
    RGIII tries… too bad
    KC to tie last second? OT
    Cowgirls win boring
    Miami trying to comeback against the jets now??

    What a day so far in the NFL

  19. sluggo42 says:

    haha PI on the jets!
    no luck for Luck
    OT NO vs.KC… really?
    Tannahill not hooking up.. FG try coming up….. GOOD! more OT!

    3 OT games?

  20. sluggo42 says:

    AZ super lucky TD

  21. Dukeshire says:

    The refs in the OT Tenn / Det game are just screwing the pooch. This is so awful.

  22. We’ll have some mjr challenges monday, for sure…. Seems GB has some significant rookies also:
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/46607/immediate-impact-for-packers-rookies

  23. CRAZY NFL games today!!

  24. Miami gets the block but got the timeout callsed – crazy!!!!!

  25. montanamike2 says:

    I too feel that if Wilson wins this game his name is automaticly added to ROY award nominees.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    I hope some of the people on here that think the replacement refs are doing fine were watching the Whiners-Vikings game today, among others! Those morons were PUTRID in the 2nd half. Reviewed a play when the Whiners had no timeouts left, hence no ability to challenge, and the play was whistled dead before Gerhardt fumbled. Just pathetic. NFL is lucky it didn’t cost the Vikings the game, no matter how many times Gerhardt tried to give the Whiners the game. Just give the refs the extra 3.2 mil already and be done with it. The owners could probably find the 3.2 mil in their coach cushions.

    P.S. How does Leslie Frazer give Gerhardt the opportunity to fumble the ball 3 times in a row? The 1st one wasn’t a fumble but was counted as such.

  27. Because Frazier is a moron. The Vikes can Childress (even a bigger moron) and then give the job to a guy whose side of the ball (he was the DC) sucked. I never knew that you could suck as your job and get a promotion.

  28. Dukeshire says:

    No coach has more to answer for than Jim Schwartz and his idiotic decision to go for it on 4th in sudden death, when a chip shot would have tied it up.

  29. bbnate420 says:

    BobbyK, I guess you’ve never heard of Timmay Numbskull then? AHHAHA! :-)

  30. I thought you were talking about head coaches. Mike Tice would be up there, too. Or Les Steckel. There have been some doozies.

  31. Soggybuc says:

    Don’t worry Bobby you weren’t the only one who felt wierd pulling for the Vike’s, and here I sit rooting for the Raiders.
    Prayers for Hayward-bey! that looked bad, really bad.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Yeah, he was out before he hit the turf. Ugly.

  33. SandpointHawk says:

    Hell,I just got home from a funeral (wake) and my pick-um looks shot to hell but who cares. What a day to miss the action. Great results….Go Seahawks…

  34. Arizona is taking it to the league right now

  35. If Tate got a fine for his hit – Ed Reed better be a little lighter in the wallet after his hit to the head in the Endzone

  36. raymaines says:

    I missed the collage games yesterday, all of the NFL games today, got flushed from my NFL survivor contest and I don’t really care one bit. My wife and I spent this weekend was spent on Orcas Island riding around in a beautiful 36 foot sail boat and celebrating my best friends birthday in grand style with a dozen or more old friends. God knows I love my football, but sometimes sports can get in the way of more important stuff if we’re not careful.

    That said, God bless the Vikings’s and Go Seahawks!!

  37. raymaines says:

    Ooops, sorry about the poor proof reading in middle of the above post. You guys know what I meant to say.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    That sounds like an amazing time. But man, I’d have such a hard time not seeing the games.

  39. At least you didn’t miss any Seahawk games so you’re good in my book:)

  40. chuck_easton says:

    Well apparently we do not have to even watch tomorrow night. i just saw an advertisement on our sports station up here that advised me the rejuvinated Packers are back at the top of the NFL after beating the Bears last week. The Seahawks are going to feel their wrath, or so my television just told me.

    I quess I can take the family to a movie now since there is no reason to tune in now….

  41. Dukeshire says:

    That’s for saving us all the time, Chuck… lol

  42. sluggo42 says:

    Oh good, I was wanting to watch “Love Actually” with my wife. I guess I’ll just watch that instead…

    Geez, Ed Reed just delivered another helmet to the head shot!

  43. Very surprised they didn’t cut of the mic’s Of course Harbaugh has been all over the ref the entire game!

    I would love to see a class action suit by the ticket holders to get a refund since the replacement guys are starting to affect games.

  44. Was that good?

  45. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – This was one of the ugliest officiated games I’ve seen in the NFL in many years. Simply awful. the league has to get the regular refs back on the field.

  46. mojjonation says:

    Yesterday had to be one of the ugliest from an officiating standpoint. Ed Hoculi and Mike Carey…where are you? And no kidding, just pay the regulars what they want.

    Three straight conference games and one divisional game in September are always important. That loss to the Cards (from my perspective that was on Seattle, not Arizona) really hurt. If playoff seeding (making or missing also) are on the line, you really don’t want to look back at September and see a loss to Dallas or Green Bay being the reason you don’t make it.

    I am still not buying into the Arizona hype. Seattle didn’t execute in the red zone. Passes were dropped. Open WR’s were missed. New England missed a field goal. Philly has 12 turnovers in three games and Vick is playing like ass. So while Arizona mopped the field with the Eagles, they are no where near an elite team and it should not be a signature win. Arizona should be 1-2. But they aren’t and I think their offensive woes will catch up to them.

    On Monday morning, Mike and Mike said that ESPN lost 360000 players in their NFL pool thanks to Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and the Niners losing. Good grief.

    Beast mode. Beast mode. Beast mode. All. Game. Long. Until Green Bay can prove they can stop the run, they should see Lynch and Turbin so much that they have nightmares about them. LW on special teams. The Legion of Boom in the secondary and Tate dropping fools on offense. Green Bay better have their big boy pants on tonight. Can’t wait to see the tower camera shaking because it is so loud.

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