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Pre-snap Penalties Could Be the Seattle Seahawks Achilles Heel

December 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL with 56 pre-snap penalties. The Denver Broncos trail Seattle with 35. Many of these penalties killed drives resulting in punts or field goals, reducing Seattle’s ability to apply situational pressure on its opponents. These mental mistakes might end up costing the defending super bowl champions the shot at an NFL history making repeat.

During the past 15 weeks, how many games can you think of, where one, or at the most two breaks may have made a difference? Did the Seahawks shoot themselves in the foot during any of their four losses?

Week 2 in the 21-30 road loss to the San Diego Chargers, Seattle was called for three pre-snap penalties; two in the second half. Week 6 at home against the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle lost 30-23 and had five pre-snap penalties. Week 7 in the 28-26 road loss to the St. Louis Rams, Seattle had four pre-snap penalties in the first half. Finally, on Week 11 during the 24-20 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle had five pre-snap penalties.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll Says Pass Protection a Key Concern Against Arizona Cardinals

December 16th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll was reminded during his Monday press conference that the pass protection issues his offense dealt with Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers are exactly the same issues it faced against the Arizona Cardinals on Week 12. Even though Seattle beat Arizona 19-3, quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked seven times for 42 yards.

The 49ers sacked Wilson five times for thirty yards on Sunday, much of it coming off the edge. Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks was benched last week after missing a team meeting but started against the Seahawks, earning a sack, two quarterback hits, and three solo tackles. Rookie right tackle Justin Britt had the privilege of blocking the antagonized player all afternoon.

“We were concerned that we couldn’t block them,” Carroll said “Those guys are good! They have three or four guys they bring in on the edge that really gave us some problems. Brooks is a really good player both against the run and the pass.”

Carroll affirmed his offense has been focusing on a broader spectrum of its passing game, including short routes and quick throws as evident by rookie receiver Paul Richardson’s fourth quarter touchdown reception against the 49ers.

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Seattle Seahawks Sweep San Francisco 49ers 17-7; Shatter Postseason Dreams

December 15th, 2014 at 6:38 PM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 17-7 at CenturyLink Field Sunday, shattering any dreams the beleaguered franchise had of entering postseason. With only two games remaining on this cast of characters' schedule, the 49ers can now only dream of spoiling postseason scenarios for the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks and 49ers have been at odds with each other for many years. Sports rivalries require villains, and embattled 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and his moody quarterback Colin Kaepernick played their roles perfectly yesterday.

Kaepernick told Fox Sports before kickoff, “It’s us against the world, so today we’re playing for ourselves.”

Yesterday, it was Joe Looney starting at center for the injured Marcus Martin. It was fitting, then, when his team took its first possession and Kaepernick walked under center that the FOX Skycam revealed an over the shoulder closeup of his center's jersey. Kaepernick would be looking at "Looney" all afternoon.

The 49ers tried to get its ground game moving early, but was unable to sustain drives most of the first half. Seattle also had issues moving the ball. As expected, the game was playing out as a bruising contest.

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The Seattle Seahawks Could Face Heisman Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota as an NFC Quarterback

December 14th, 2014 at 12:02 PM
By Rich Monroe

There is plenty of football left, but if the NFL season ended today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would pick first in the 2015 NFL Draft. Their choice would likely be this year's Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota.

Sitting at the bottom of the NFC South with just two wins, Tampa needs a quarterback, improvement in its offensive line, and a better pass rush.

Let's be clear, the University of Oregon junior quarterback has not declared himself committed to the NFL, but he began his career with the Ducks as a redshirt freshman and has nearly completed his curriculum. While it’s feasible that Mariota will return for his senior season, elite players in his position commonly choose professional sports rather than risk career-altering injury their final year.

If he commits, Tampa could choose him with plans to improve its existing quarterback issues.

The second choice would go to the Tennessee Titans, who are currently tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the bottom of the AFC South with only two wins. Tennessee may question their confidence in current rookie starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who took over after former Washington Husky Jake Locker was benched earlier this season. Locker will probably be looking for another job in 2015.

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Seattle Seahawks Vs San Francisco 49ers Game Preview

December 13th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

The past two weeks the San Francisco 49ers have played a lousy brand of professional football. Losing at home to its division rival Seattle Seahawks 19-3 on Thanksgiving and on the road last Sunday to its bay area rival Oakland Raiders 24-13.

Its offense has combined 412 total yards, one touchdown, and five turnovers. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has thrown 34/62 for 295 yards and one touchdown and four interceptions. Feature running back Frank Gore has been virtually non existent rushing for a combined total of 91 yards.

Some in the media believe this could be head coach Jim Harbaugh’s final season in San Francisco.

Tomorrow afternoon at CenturyLink Field, Seahawks fans will cheer on their team and hope it will give the 49ers another ‘beat down’ and send them pack’n back to San Francisco. Seattle hasn’t swept both division games since 2007.

The Seahawks are pretty healthy and peaking at the right time. The 49ers are on a downhill slide, surrounded by distractions. The matchup is touted as one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL and historically the game is extremely physical. Tomorrow should be no different.

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