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Seattle Seahawks Blog
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 12:03pm
By Brady Henderson
Most tight ends wouldn't prefer to be covered by Patrick Willis, perhaps the best linebacker in the NFL.
Then again, most tight ends aren't as fast as Seahawks rookie Luke Willson.
"I'm here to be kind of a stretch-the-field tight end," Willson told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Monday, "and if you're going to put a linebacker on me, I should be able to win that matchup."
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On each play, Willson showed the speed that the Seahawks liked so much when they drafted him in the fifth round out of Rice even though he was coming off an underwhelming and injury-plagued senior season in which he caught all of nine passes in 11 games.
General manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle back in May that the Seahawks "really, really would have been disappointed" had they not come away from the draft with Willson. Sunday's game showed why.
"I think that's one of the things that I can bring to the team is [the ability to] stretch the field out a little bit," Willson said after the game, "and I was able to do that today."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 8:42am
By 710Sports.com staff
Another edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil is set for its usual time -- Tuesday at 12:30.
Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 4:59pm
By Danny O'Neil
RENTON – "Scare Tactics" is a show on the SyFy network, but score tactics was a conversation that followed Seattle's 19-17 loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.
Specifically, should the Seahawks have allowed the 49ers to score a touchdown on one of the three plays leading up to the game-winning field-goal attempt?
"That's a serious decision you can make," coach Pete Carroll said Monday afternoon.
Only 26 seconds remained when the Seahawks took over after the 49ers kicked the go-ahead field goal. (AP)
Had Seattle let the 49ers score a touchdown right after Kaepernick gained the first down, Seattle could have gotten the ball back with more than 2 minutes remaining. Instead, the Seahawks stopped three straight runs before the 49ers kicked a 22-yard field goal.
But let's get hypothetical and reconstruct the situation had the Seahawks given up a touchdown on the next play after Kaepernick's first down. In that situation, the Seahawks would have trailed by either five points or seven points, depending on whether the 49ers converted the ensuing two-point try.
The upside is obvious. The Seahawks would have then had the ball back with more than 2 minutes on the clock, which was certainly enticing for Carroll given Russell Wilson's success in end-of-half drives this season.
"We know that our offense can go down the field in 2 minutes on anybody," he said. "You give us four plays to get a first down, we really believe we can get that done. Russell's great at it."
The downside? Not only are you asking your defense to stand down, but there's no guarantee the 49ers would take the touchdown. In fact, Frank Gore went down at the end of his 51-yard run so he could stay in bounds, showing an understanding of the clock situation. He didn't want it to stop. Had the 49ers not taken a gimme touchdown, they could have bled the clock inside of 30 seconds regardless of what Seattle did.
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It's a significant difference, but one that doesn't include the possibility that Seattle could have either forced a fumble or blocked the field-goal attempt in between.
And ultimately, Carroll decided it was better off to let his defense play tough, hope for an improbable turnover and then try to block the kick, knowing he would get the ball back with less than a minute remaining.
"There's a lot of gut in that decision," he said Monday morning during "The Pete Carroll Show" on 710 ESPN Seattle. "We had the talk, and it's just not in our mentality to let anybody have anything."
• LB K.J. Wright is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the broken bone in his foot on Tuesday. There's no specific timetable for recovery, but Carroll estimated it would be at least four and probably more like six weeks.
• C Max Unger will be limited in practice this week, according to Carroll, but has not been ruled out to return in time for this weekend's game.
Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 1:44pm
By Danny O'Neil
Three things we learned:
1. The importance of home field for Seattle.
The Seahawks had won two in a row against San Francisco by a combined total of 71-16, but both of those games were played at CenturyLink Field. At Candlestick Park, however, the two teams have played low-scoring slugfests with neither team surpassing 20 points. The Seahawks lost 13-7 in Week 7 last season before Sunday's 19-17 loss.
The good news for Seattle? If the Seahawks win two of their final three regular-season games, they won't have to come back to Candlestick Park ever again as Seattle would be assured of hosting any postseason game it plays up to the Super Bowl and the 49ers are moving to a new stadium next season.
2. Penalties are a potential Achilles heel for this team.
You can say a lot of things about the nine times Seattle was penalized for 85 yards. Unfortunate. Costly. Unnecessary.
Here's one thing you can't say, though: surprising. This is par for the course for this Seahawks team that has now been called for eight or more penalties in eight of the 13 games it has played. Seattle had been penalized 95 times entering the game, second-most in the league. The Seahawks were penalized 110 times last season, sixth-most in the league.
It's wishful thinking to believe all those flags are going to stop overnight.
3. Seattle's biggest lost on Sunday may not have been on the scoreboard.
The defeat in San Francisco won't matter a bit if Seattle wins two of its final three games. The injury to linebacker K.J. Wright, however, could be a tough one. He suffered a broken bone in his foot, something coach Pete Carroll characterized as a six-week injury.
We'll see if that means he winds up on injured reserve or if Seattle holds out hope he might be back late in the playoffs. Either way, Seattle is going to be missing a linebacker who is coming off one of the best games of his career in that Monday night victory over New Orleans.
Three things we're still trying to figure out:
1. Do the 49ers' coaches deserve an award for lobbying?
After playing the Seahawks in Week 7 last year, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he would seek clarification from the league on the amount of contact defensive backs are allowed to have with receivers. Last week, offensive coordinator Greg Roman talked about getting mugged by Seattle's defenders during a Week 2 meeting.
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"You saw the calls, you saw the game," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "If that's the way they called it, that's the way they called it. There's nothing you can do about it. It's just unfortunate it had to affect the game so much."
It was reminiscent of Seattle's loss in Indianapolis in Week 5, and it's a potential cause for concern if the Seahawks have a tightly called playoff game in which referees place a microscope over the play of their defensive backs.
2. How did the Seahawks' defense play?
They allowed only two runs of 10 or more yards all game and only two completions of more than 20 yards. Not only that, but Seattle held San Francisco to a single touchdown despite the 49ers having four different possessions that reached at least the Seahawks' 20-yard line.
Yet, the biggest play of the game sticks out not just for the total, but the timing as Frank Gore's 51-yard run with less than 5 minutes remaining put the 49ers in position for the win. The 49ers hadn't exactly been gashing Seattle on Sunday. Gore had only 54 yards rushing prior to the 51-yard gain, which was 19 yards longer than any other run Seattle had given up over the first 12 games.
3. Will Percy Harvin be able to contribute down the stretch?
Seattle's two longest passing plays came on completions to Luke Willson, Seattle's backup tight end. That's a compliment for Willson, who has made more progress since training camp opened than any player on the team.
It also makes you wonder about the big-play potential for the rest of the offense. Harvin missed his second consecutive game since debuting for the Seahawks, and Carroll indicated this is going to be a big week for Harvin. We'll see if he can make it through the week of practice and get back in a game.
Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 1:16pm
By Danny O'Neil
RENTON – Center Max Unger left Sunday's game after the third quarter with an injury to his pectoral muscle. When Unger will be able to return is very much up in the air, and probably will stay that way all the way through this week, according to coach Pete Carroll.
"We've just got to see how he responds during the week," Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" on Monday. "It's something that one of our guys has had before and played with it. So we'll find out how it is particularly for him."
That's very likely a reference to quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who played the second half of the 2011 season after suffering a severe strain to the pectoral muscle in his throwing arm.
Now, there are clear differences, the first being Jackson is a quarterback whose job is to throw a football while Unger is a lineman expected to block opponents who are the approximate size of a refrigerator.
It's a situation that bears watching, though. A completely torn pectoral muscle is generally a season-ending injury that requires surgery, and that's the injury that ended Russell Okung's 2011 season.
Unger missed three games earlier this season, two because of a triceps injury and then sat out the Nov. 10 game at Atlanta because of a concussion.
Lemuel Jeanpierre is Seattle's backup center.
Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 12:56pm
Seahawks fan Keri Salemme was stunned to be given a card Sunday at Candlestick Park as Seattle squared off against the Niners, telling her essentially to sit down.
"I just got yellow carded by the 49ers. Sorry for being a #seahawks fan? #FortyWhiners" she wrote on Instagram.
In contrast, Seahawks fans were on their feet throughout last Monday night's overwhelming win over New Orleans at CenturyLink Field.
"Not only was it encouraged, it was expected," says Seahawks season ticket holder Michael Simeona.
What do you think of these cards?
Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 11:42am
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and a portion of the playoffs after sustaining a foot injury during Seattle's loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
That was the word from coach Pete Carroll, who told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" Monday that Wright will soon undergo surgery to place a screw in the broken bone in his right foot.
K.J. Wright was having the most productive season of his career before breaking a bone in his foot Sunday. (AP)
Wright was having the most productive season of his career and coming off one of his finest games as a pro before sustaining the injury. Carroll said he took the news hard when he was told by the team's medical staff about the severity.
"He was as emotionally as you can get, and he lost it a little bit down there when they told him what they thought it was, and they were right," Carroll said. "Anyways, we move ahead. That's how that goes. It's unfortunate. He's had a great season. He's been a huge factor to us."
Wright wrote on his Twitter account Sunday night that he hopes to be back in time for the playoffs.
His injury will be the latest test of the depth on Seattle's defense, which has played at times this season without one of its best pass rushers (Chris Clemons), its middle linebacker (Bobby Wagner) and two cornerbacks (Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond).
Malcolm Smith more than capably filled in for Wagner earlier this season and he made four tackles – including one for a loss – after replacing Wright on Sunday. O'Brien Schofield has played both "Leo" defensive end and strong-side linebacker this season, and Carroll said he will do more of the latter in light of Wright's injury.
"We have a starter in O'Brien, so that's good to have him ready to go in case we need to do something else," Carroll said.
Seahawks will wait and see on Unger
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"We know what it is, we've just got to see how it responds during the week," Carroll said. "It's something that one of our guys has had before, played with it. So we'll find out how it is particularly for him ... That will take us all the way through the week."
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson played through a torn pectoral muscle in 2011, missing one game after the injury and then playing in the remaining 10.
Lemuel Jeanpierre, who has started three games this season in place of Unger, finished Sunday's game once Unger was injured.
• Carroll didn't have an injury update on WR Percy Harvin, other than to say the team hopes he can practice Wednesday.
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Monday, December 9, 2013 @ 1:30am
SAN FRANCISCO – For three and a half quarters, the Seahawks did what they've so often been unable to do.
Their defense had bottled up Frank Gore – a thorn in Seattle's side for much of his career – up until when San Francisco lined up for a first-and-10 play trailing 17-16 with under 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
We just got outplayed on that play," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of the 51-yard run by San Francisco's Frank Gore, which set up the 49ers' game-winning field goal. (AP)
"They had run the play a few times during the game and we stopped it," coach Pete Carroll said after Seattle lost 19-17 at Candlestick Park, "but that time it got away."
Gore certainly did, first taking the handoff and running off tackle to the left before cutting back to his right and running by the second and third levels of Seattle's defense. He wisely stayed in bounds when he was tackled, thereby limiting the time Seattle would have on the ensuing and final possession.
No one in the losing team's locker room knew exactly what happened on that play, only that is was the game's defining moment. Seattle was ahead 17-16 at the time, having just kicked a field goal that changed the game's lead and capped a shift in its momentum. One defensive stop may have iced the game for the Seahawks. Instead, one defensive miscue helped lose it for them.
"I can't tell you who was out of position or what," said safety Kam Chancellor. "All I know is we had a bust on that play."
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Gore burning the Seahawks is nothing new, however. After all, he has more rushing yards against Seattle in his nine-year career than any other team. And a year ago, the lasting image of the Seahawks' loss to the 49ers in San Francisco was Gore breaking off long runs against a defense that didn't seem to have a clue how to stop him.
This was different, though. Gore had all of 54 yards Sunday before that big run, and San Francisco hadn't gained more than 9 yards on a running play up until that point.
"We did a good job of holding them, limiting them for the most part," said middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, "but they got that big run at a crucial time, and that hurt us."
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