Wednesday, September 23, 2009

That old sinking feeling...

Once again, the Seahawks appear to be suffering another steady stream of injuries. I'd like to use that as a viable excuse for that catastrophe on Sunday, but offensively, it really wasn't. Sure Vallos and Unger in the middle is a mess and they desperately need Spencer back, but the offensive game plan sucked. The injuries of Mebane, Tatupu and Hill directly led to their backups overpursuing the expertly used cutback running plays of the 49ers.

The bright side, is that most of the injuries are short term injuries. I'm more optimistic than most for the Bears game, aside from their defensive line destroying our offensive line, its a decent matchup for the Hawks.

Monday, September 14, 2009

First opening day shutout since 98

Going to watch the game again tonight, a few thoughts upon the first viewing.

Total growing pains with the offense early on, Hasslebeck looked awful, players weren't on the same page.

The defense was very good.

Lawrence Jackson, a few weeks after I question his heart, plays inspired football, and makes plays, I intend to watch him closely on the second viewing to see if he really played well or he just gambled and won a lot.

Daryl Tapp, another guy I piss on regularly for his selfish play, showed great instincts and pass rushing ability. He did a real good job of diagnosing plays.

Offensive line blocking was inconsistent, especially with the running game. Rob Sims had a few noticably excellent blocks.

Kind of disappointed it took a half for Knapp to realize the Rams coverage was heavily keyed on Housh and taking advantage of it.

Fumble aside, Nate looked good.

Aaron Curry is going to learn how to control himself a little better, but I loved his passion.

Patrick Kerney was nonexistant, might've been schemed that way, might be he's just getting old.

Getting tired of punters trying to drop it at the 1, the kick is a success if its downed from the 19 yard line and in.

Speaking of punters, it pains me royally to think that we once had Donnie Jones and let him go.

More thoughts tomorrow after I roll the tape again.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I hate the Steelers, I really do. Which is a change for me, from 1994-January of 2005, I liked the Steelers. Everybody has teams that they casually like, and can quasi pull for when their team is out of it, and the Steelers were just that team. Throughout the 90's I watched Cowher, Neil O Donnel, Kordell, Greg LLoyd, Carnell Lake, Yancy Thigpen and the gang get close, but never quite win it all. Maybe I was drawn to them because they always took on teams I hated, the Chargers in 94, the Cowboys in 95, the Broncos in 97, the Patriots in 2001 and 2004. Its amazing how one game changes everything. Somehow, in two weeks, I went from being happy for Cowher and the gang for making the Super Bowl, to A) Wishing it was the Broncos so the Seahawks could win by 50, B) Fostering an unbelievable amount of hate for Joey Porter C) Fostering an equal amount of hate for Jerome Bettis and D) Allowing the media's complete and utter disrespect for the best team in the NFL get to me.

By the time the game rolled around, I was eager to stick it to those bastards, then the travesty that I will not speak of happened. And I have rooted against those bastards(exception: the last Super Bowl) for every single game.

Naturally, tonight, I hoped the Titans, a team I like and respect, would piss all over Heinz Field and disintegrate Big Ben the Guard Dog. I watched the first half and the ending. Pittsburgh won, which I expected. It was a good battle, and I get the feeling that Tennesse rolls over them if they meet again in the playoffs. Despite everyone disregarding the Titans for losing Haynesworth, that front four is unbelievable, that defense is very well coached, and I truly believe they would've hoisted the trophy last year if it weren't for all that fluky shit that happened in the game against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson is unbelievably fast.

Reports of the demise of Kerry Collins are exaggerated.

The Steelers defense, I hate to say, is still very good. However, a team with a quality tight end and a playmaking slot receiver(God, that sounds like the Seahawks) can still pick their coverages apart.

Go Hawks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dawg thoughts.

Maybe its the coach in me that is scared shitless of UW losing to Idaho. I really shouldn't be should I? I shouldn't be worried about a team that made a boatload of mistakes and still hung with LSU, should I? This isn't Tyrone Willingham's Huskies, these guys are in shape, they don't fade late in games, they don't fall apart in the second half, they don't play without passion or intensity. I am so used to every game being a real, concievable loss, ever since Nevada threw Husky fans for a loop in 2003. No matter the opponent, and in the world of Husky football, there are very few cupcakes on the schedule, a loss beckoned. I worry about the emotional letdown of playing a team like Idaho after battling LSU on national tv. I worry about them coming out flat.

This is the biggest game of the Huskies season. A loss will quickly undo all the good will fostered from the battle with LSU. A win, hopefully a convincing one, will end the nation's longest win streak. It would prove to the media, the Pac-10, the fans, and most importantly, the players, that they can indeed win.

It doesn't take a lot to get a team amped for a big game, you don't need to be a great coach for that. Good coaches win the games they are supposed to win, and win them convincingly. Their teams are always motivated and always energized. This game Saturday is huge. Its bigger than LSU.

Rams game Preview

A few keys for the Rams game this Sunday.

Contain Stephen Jackson. Do not let this guy get rolling. The Rams are going to line up in alot of tight sets and try to establish the running game. If they get the running game going, they'll use play action to get Bulger some time. They've got some big guys up front so leverage and gap control is important. Most importantly, the Seahawks have to fly to the ball and tackle, rarely does it only take one guy to corral Jackson, he's a horse.I'm not terribly worried about their pass game, I don't think our secondary is great, but I'm not too worried about anyone but Avery if they get the running game going and we have to man up on him. He's a burner.

On Offense: Run the ball. Even if its slow going early on, keep at it. That will prevent Little from flying up field. They won't throw as many exotic schemes and sell out blitzes as they have in the past. I'd anticipate seeing more blitzes than Spagunola(sp?) used with the Giants, but nothing compared to what we've seen the last few years with the Rams. They do have some good blitzers in the secondary, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the nickle corner flying off the edge on occasion.The fact is, the Seahawks are better than the Rams right now. The Rams have talent, but are young, they have a good coaching staff, but the system isn't in place. I'm confident the Seahawks, in front of their home crowd, will be passionate, and sound fundamental defense. I think this is our last year of walking all over them up here, they are a team on the up and up.