Updated Sep 10, 2013 - 3:22 pm
Seattle Seahawks Blog
Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 3:26pm
By Danny O'Neil
Percy Harvin's absence from the Seahawks' lineup is not a surprise given the fact he was listed as doubtful. That doesn't make it any less of a challenge, though.
The receiver who missed the first 10 games of the season recovering from hip surgery is out on Monday because of soreness in that hip.
He has received cortisone shots in the hip, according to multiple reports. What is evident is that his recovery from hip surgery has not been entirely smooth, and this is the second time that his activity level was slowed.
He has undergone tests, however, that have shown there is no damage or injury to the hip since surgery.
The other players inactive for Seattle: RB Christine Michael, CB Brandon Browner, OT Michael Bowie, OT Caylin Hauptmann, DE Benson Mayowa, DT Jordan Hill.
New Orleans' inactives: QB Ryan Griffin, RB Khiry Robinson, CB Trevin Wade, OLB Keyunta Dawson, T Terron Armstead, WR Nick Toon, DE Glenn Foster.
Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 7:44am
By Danny O'Neil
The two shortest quarterbacks in the league are starting in what might be the biggest regular-season game of 2013.
Expect to hear about that fact Monday night. Repeatedly. Seattle's Russell Wilson is 5 feet 11, Drew Brees is 6 feet tall and their shared (lack of) stature will be a focal point when Seattle hosts New Orleans on "Monday Night Football".
Drew Brees, the quarterback of the league's second-ranked passing offense, has been sacked just 23 times this season. (AP)
"Russell is more mobile," Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. "Drew Brees kind of stands in there. He stands in there and gets on his tippy toes and tries to see over the top of the offensive line.
"He's more of a pocket presence."
The Seahawks know where to find Brees, but can they get there? That's a whole different question, and the answer will play a greater factor in Monday's game than either the suspension of cornerback Walter Thurmond or the expected absence of receiver Percy Harvin.
The Saints have given up 23 sacks, fourth-fewest in the league entering Week 13, and Seattle's ability to pressure the passer – or its lack thereof – will be the difference between Brees picking Seattle apart and the Seahawks picking Brees off.
"We have to get this guy off a spot and be able to move him," said Dan Quinn, Seattle's defensive coordinator.
New Orleans – like Seattle – has thrived in large part because of its quarterback, but for a very different reason. Wilson has shown the ability to do whatever is needed for the victory, whether it is throwing from the pocket like he did in Week 1 at Carolina or taking the game over as a runner in the Week 4 comeback at Houston. And in those times when Seattle didn't have the best pass protection – for instance, most of Seattle's first eight games – Wilson's mobility is like a get-out-of-jail-free card.
It's not Brees' improvisation that is the key to the Saints' success, but his expertise in Sean Payton's offense.
"The biggest thing is the chemistry between the head coach and the quarterback," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "I think it is extraordinary."
The Saints average the most passing yards in the conference and they've thrown for the second-most touchdowns in the league, a fact that has only added to the handwringing over the four-game suspension handed down to Thurmond. Throw in the absence of Brandon Browner because of a groin injury and looming suspension of his own, and Seattle heads into this game without two of its top three cornerbacks on the depth chart.
That will put a premium on applying pressure to Brees, which makes this exactly the kind of game Seattle was thinking of when it upgraded its pass rush last March. It was the top priority of the Seahawks this offseason, the reason they signed first Cliff Avril and then Michael Bennett.
Through 11 games, Seattle has 33 sacks, which is tied for 12th most in the league and four more than the team had through 11 games last season.
This game will be a more accurate progress report, though. After weeks of playing also-rans and afterthoughts, the Seahawks are playing a bona fide Super Bowl contender led by one of the top quarterbacks in the league.
And while Brees is not someone who's a threat to run down the field, that doesn't mean he's stationary. Far from it. While the pocket can look like a crowded mess of bodies, Brees has a knack for taking a step or two to buy himself some time.
"He's more slip and slide inside and find a spot," Quinn said, "and then he can get the ball out of his hand fast. I think one of the things that set some of the really good quarterbacks apart is the mental quickness that they have."
That's one reason facing one of the league's shortest quarterbacks will be one of the biggest challenges the Seahawks' defense faces this year, and it's how quickly Seattle's pass rush can get to Brees that will determine the trajectory of Monday's game.
Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 6:54am
By MyNorthwest Staff
"Ain't no Saints up here," declared arena investor Chris Hansen.
Recently Hansen took his love of Seattle sports to the world's highest peak and waved the 12th Man flag at the Mount Everest base camp.
According to KING 5, Hansen's investment team had a long-planned mission to conquer Mount Everest, which was only delayed by last spring's attempt to secure an NBA franchise for Seattle.
The group made their trip to Everest a few weeks ago. They sent the video of the 12th Man flag to Pete Carroll, who posted it to his YouTube page.
Hansen said the flag is hanging in a tea house at the Everest base camp.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 11:35am
By Jim Moore
Might as well start with this: I'm taking the Saints. I'm not just taking the Saints and the five points that Vegas is giving them, I'm taking them to beat the Seahawks straight up Monday night.
Why? Didn't I think the Seahawks would go 19-0 and win the Super Bowl this year? They're 10-1, just one game off of that pace. Now I'm suddenly going to leave Fantasy Island and pick the Saints to win?
I just have a feeling that things are going to catch up to the Seahawks Monday night.
With Walter Thurmond (28) suspended, Seattle's secondary will be shorthanded Monday night against Drew Brees and the Saints' second-ranked passing offense. (AP)
You wouldn't think the latest off-field news would be that big of a deal, and you might be right. Brandon Browner was out with a groin injury anyway, so what if he faces a suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy? And you'd probably say that the loss of his replacement, Walter Thurmond, to the same infraction won't hurt that much since they've got capable corners behind him in Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane.
You could even argue, as some have, that this will have a galvanizing effect on the Seahawks – they'll manufacture a rallying cry around the fact that two of their teammates were busted and turn that into an us-against-the-world beatdown of the Saints.
The Seahawks are terrific at creating chips for their shoulders. As an example, Richard Sherman will always think he's being disrespected since he was drafted in the fifth round when the truth of the matter is that everyone now recognizes him as one of the best corners in the game.
But whatever, if it works as a motivating factor for the Seahawks and it helps them improve to 11-1 and tighten their grip on the No. 1 seed in the NFC, great. I just have a hard time believing that you can keep sustaining stuff like this and winning, particularly when you're facing a 9-2 team like the Saints.
The injuries along the offensive line were unavoidable, but substance-abuse violations are. Personally, if I were in charge, I wouldn't care if the whole team lights up, but the current rules say you can't, so what Browner and Thurmond allegedly did was dumb on so many levels.
I'm reading a lot into that one intangible aspect of this game. If you look at the tangible things, the Seahawks should win. They're playing at home, where they've won 13 in a row. Statistically, they're superior to the Saints in almost every category aside from passing offense. They also have a big advantage in a matchup that could determine the outcome – Marshawn Lynch is one of the NFL's top running backs, and New Orleans is 23rd in rush defense, allowing 111.9 yards a game.
And it calls for Seahawks weather Monday night. It will probably be in the high 30s at kickoff with a 30 percent chance of rain. When he plays in climate-uncontrolled venues, Drew Brees isn't the same quarterback that he is at the Superdome.
Most of my arguments for the Saints can be shot down, but I'm going with karma in this one. The football gods have been smiling on the Seahawks all year long, but they'll be frowning Monday night.
Prediction: Saints 20, Seahawks 17
Season record against the spread: 7-4
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 12:30pm
By Brent Stecker
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is officially listed as doubtful for Monday's monumental game against New Orleans after re-aggravating the hip injury that sidelined him for the first 10 weeks of the season.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin's surgically repaired hip is still sore after playing his first game of the season against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Nov. 17.
"I thought from day-to-day we would have a chance to get him back," Carroll said. "He's been rehabilitating throughout the week. His hip was sore coming out of the game. We thought he would get back. ... We're going to list him as doubtful right now."
Caroll added that Harvin has no structural damage in his hip.
Harvin did not practice Thursday, and even though the Seahawks didn't hold practice Friday, he was listed as "DNP" because he would have been unavailable.
In his one game with 10-1 Seattle, Harvin made one catch for 17 yards and had an electric 58-yard kick return.
Also on the injury report, cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is listed as out, while wide receiver Jermaine Kerse (concussion) and running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) are probable.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 6:04pm
Brandon Browner's appeal of what is reportedly a year-long suspension could end up having no bearing on the Seahawks' season considering the cornerback is dealing with a groin injury that may land him on injured reserve.
"Don't discount the chance of him winning this case. He could win this case," Clayton said during "Cold Hard Facts" Wednesday afternoon on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Browner reportedly had his hearing Wednesday to appeal the suspension, which stems from an alleged violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. According to Clayton, Browner isn't challenging his latest failed test but rather where he stood in the league's substance-abuse program, which could be an important distinction based on how the punishments vary depending on the phase of the program a player is in.
According to Clayton, Browner was in the substance-abuse program when he was a rookie with the Broncos back in 2005, and when he failed to show up for drug testing after he was released that season, it counted against him. Browner's argument, according to Clayton, is that he was not aware and/or was never notified that he was still required to take drug tests while he was unsigned and technically not an NFL employee.
"He's just out of college, he doesn't have a cell phone, he's collecting unemployment, there's no way to get a hold of him," Clayton said, "and the league is contacting him and saying, 'OK, you've got to test.' Well, can they show proper proof that they did try to contact him?"
Clayton characterized Browner's chances of winning his appeal as unlikely, noting that the league would have to overturn a suspension it handed down. He also noted, though, that fellow Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman surprisingly won his appeal of a four-game suspension last season.
"This thing is not over," Clayton said.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 4:45pm
By Danny O'Neil
"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's New Orleans' Jimmy Graham.
With 946 receiving yards in 11 games, Jimmy Graham is on pace for the most prolific season by a tight end in NFL history. (AP)
• Position: Tight end, two-sport stud
• Height: 6-7
• Weight: 265
• Age: 27
• Experience: Fourth season
Graham has replaced Antonio Gates as the NFL's patron saint for converted basketball players, and he paved the way for a prospect like Julius Thomas, whom the Broncos drafted out of Portland State.
Graham played one season of college football at Miami before he was drafted in the third round by New Orleans, and halfway through his rookie season, quarterback Drew Brees could tell the Saints had something special.
"He was doing some freakishly athletic things," Brees said.
He was just getting started. Graham has led the Saints in receiving yards each of the past two years, and he has a chance to have one of the best receiving seasons for any tight end in NFL history.
Through 11 games, he has caught 65 passes for 946 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. That puts him on pace to break Rob Gronkowski's record for single-season receiving yardage by a tight end, which was 1,327 yards in 2011.
Graham has more touchdown catches this season than two different teams in the NFL, and he ranks ninth in the league in receiving yardage, the only player at his position in the top 20. He presents, quite simply, one of the most unique strategic challenges the Seahawks will face this season.
"He's a tremendous talent," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Graham. "He's a ball-control catcher and he's a downfield threat that causes problems. They use him in numerous ways. They use him inside and outside. He plays as a wide receiver."
Seattle has a similarly wide array of options for defending Graham.
Do the Seahawks stick with their standard defensive playbook and trust a linebacker like K.J. Wright or a safety like Kam Chancellor to be able to stay with Graham or do they utilize their rare size at cornerback to put Richard Sherman on Graham the same way he was assigned San Francisco's Anquan Boldin in Week 2?
Carroll – understandably – wasn't all that eager to provide the details of his defensive plans.
"We have to cover him in multiple ways," Carroll said. "It takes everything that we have to slow a guy down like this."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 2:18pm
At 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, J.R. Sweezy is easily the smallest member of the Seahawks' offensive line. But according to center Max Unger, Seattle's right guard is the biggest eater. And it's not even close.
No pre-Thanksgiving interview – especially one with an NFL offensive lineman – would be complete without a question about food. In this case, one's capacity to stuff his face with it. So when asked which of Seattle's offensive linemen would do the most damage if they all got together for a Thanksgiving dinner, Unger said Sweezy without hesitation.
"It's crazy. It has to be a medical condition because ... he's a D-lineman, I mean, he doesn't look like an O-lineman," Unger said of Sweezy, a college defensive tackle who's in his second season with the Seahawks, "and he eats, I'd say, three times as much as anybody.
"It's ridiculous. It's like a problem."
Seattle's offensive linemen won't be having Thanksgiving dinner together, but Unger said they're going to pool some money together and hand out turkeys in the Renton area.
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