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RENTON, Wash. – The last time Seattle coach Pete Carroll lost consecutive games was his first season at Southern California – nine years ago. It’s not something he’s accustomed to facing.
SEATTLE – The Seahawks’ 4-4 record is fittingly ambiguous. Not half bad. Not altogether good. Were the Seahawks as promising as they looked at 4-2 or as abjectly miserable as they played these past two weeks? There’s a case to be made for both sides.
SEATTLE – Six games into the season, the Seattle Seahawks were on a roll and in first place. Two weeks later? Let’s just say things have taken a drastic turn for the worse.
RENTON, Wash. – It’s easy to look at the Seattle Seahawks, a beat-up team coming off of a 30-point loss, then look at their opponent – a New York Giants team that has won four in a row and is coming off a bye – and assume that Seattle has no chance this week. After all, the Seahawks will be led by a backup quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst, who has never thrown a regular-season pass. He will be protected by a line missing its starting left tackle and his backup, meaning the starting left guard has to play tackle. And at least two – possibly three – starting defensive linemen are also out.
RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks acquired Charlie Whitehurst in the offseason because they felt he could someday be an effective starting quarterback in the NFL. The plan was not, however, to have Whitehurst starting games this soon.
RENTON, Wash. – At the age of 30, eight seasons into an accomplished NFL career, Chester Pitts’ knee was a mess. And after suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of the 2009 season, Pitts kept hearing that the injury could turn into career ending. Doctor after doctor looked at Pitts’ knee, and the fact that he is a 300-plus pound offensive lineman, and told him he wouldn’t make it back.
The Seahawks begin Wednesday with three vacancies on their 53-man roster and two former Pro Bowlers available on the league’s waiver wire. Just don’t spend the day expecting the arrival of receiver Randy Moss or linebacker Shawne Merriman. Indications were the Seahawks weren’t interested in acquiring either.
OAKLAND, Calif. – If there was any doubt that this wasn’t the Seahawks’ day, it was sufficiently erased late in the third quarter. Before Sunday’s game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum turned into a 33-3 blowout for the Raiders, the Seahawks were still within striking distance – that is if their offense had been able to move the ball. Then a bad afternoon turned downright silly.
OAKLAND, Calif. – They are the most notorious fans in the NFL and they are proud of it, selling T-shirts that testify to their infamy. The Raiders’ Black Hole grew amid the fans in the Oakland Coliseum’s south end zone. It has its own website and branded merchandise, and its members won’t be dressing up just because today’s game falls on Oct. 31. They dress up because the Raiders are playing the Seahawks at home today.
SEATTLE – Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable is a product of Snohomish, Wash., where he played for one of the state’s legendary high-school coaches, Dick Armstrong. But while he grew up here, he just didn’t grow up a Seahawks fan because by the time the franchise played its first game in 1976, Cable was an 11-year-old who had cast his loyalties.
RENTON, Wash. – Before arriving at Southern California, Pete Carroll held the same belief as most coaches at the college and professional levels: Playing freshmen and rookies equals mistakes and likely losses. Early in his tenure at USC, that belief changed, and Carroll became known for throwing freshman out there and seeing just what they could do.
RENTON, Wash. – NFL defensive backs earn their living covering receivers, but in the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, they’re getting to have a little extra fun this season. While locking down a dominant receiver like Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald is job No. 1, Seattle’s cornerbacks and safeties are also getting a chance to get after the quarterback and earn more playing time in the team’s “bandit” defense, which Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley are using with increasing frequency and success this season.
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is not what he used to be. That statement is not a critique of his performance nor a commentary on the caliber of his arm.
SEATTLE – Not to put an indelicate spin on it, but the Seattle Seahawks are the Farmer Ted of the National Football League. Remember him? From “Sixteen Candles”? He crowned himself – and we’re cleaning it up here – king of the dipsticks.
SEATTLE – Olindo Mare has made his last 30 field goal attempts, dating back 13 months. Or is that 33 straight?
The Seattle Seahawks have signed running back Chris Henry from the practice squad and released offensive tackle Breno Giacomini. The Seahawks made the moves Saturday, one day before hosting Arizona with first place in the NFC West on the line.
RENTON, Wash. – The introduction will be courteous. At least that’s what rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond has been told to expect if he finds himself facing Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald.
RENTON, Wash. – When Pete Carroll took over as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks in January, he quickly realized the players he inherited didn’t give him the option of doing everything he was used to at USC. While he’s slowly been able to mold the offense to resemble what he had as coach of the Trojans, the defense needed attention to develop a scheme that would best suit the players he had on the roster.
RENTON, Wash. – When Pete Carroll’s offense at Southern California was clicking at a record rate, there was a set schematic makeup behind its efficiency. Carroll’s offense relied on two or more running backs, some bigger to run between the tackles, some shiftier who could use their speed on the edge. USC also regularly had a larger receiver able to use his height advantage on shorter defensive backs.
To understand Seattle’s defensive success in Chicago, you must go back to the beginning. The first play from scrimmage when Chicago’s Jay Cutler handed off to Matt Forte, who was tackled at the line of scrimmage for no gain. It was a sign of things to come, an indicator for Chicago’s continuing inability to get its offense up and running.