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Across Enemy Lines - Seattle Seahawks

Sep 06 2013 08:35 AM Zod Carolina Panthers
Each week during the season I will be presenting you with pearls of wisdom from media publications that cover our opponents. Often times their insight is more valuable than our own local media.

Here is what they are saying in Seahawks country...


From the Seattle Times ...

While seeming to take a back seat in the discussion of mobile young quarterbacks, Newton’s 741 rushing yards last season led the Panthers and was second among quarterbacks to the 815 of Robert Griffin III. Much of that yardage came out of the read zone offense that is becoming increasingly popular throughout the league.
Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, recalling what worked well for the Seahawks’ defense last year, made it clear Wednesday they’d rather see Newton in the pocket throwing than taking off and running around the edge.
“I don’t think we let Cam run on us like that,’’ Wagner said. “We let him throw the ball and try to beat us throwing, which I don’t think he can do.’’


This tells me the Seahawks are going to contain the pocket more than actively try to move Cam out of it. Look for fewer blitzes and a linebacker spy.


From the News-Tribune...

Part of the reason Seattle played Newton so well last season was the team’s ability to make open-field tackles when the athletic quarterback scrambled or ran the option.
We played that read option well, but last year is last year,” Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said. “He’s a heck of a football player, and he’s had the whole offseason to try and get better, just like we’re trying to get better. So we’ve got to bring our ‘A’ game, week in and week out. And it starts with Cam Newton.”


News Flash: A playoff caliber defense plays a college offensive scheme very well. Shocking. Lets hope Shula has ditched the read option.


On Defensive End Cliff Avril's injury by Oregon Live

If Avril can't go, Schofield would get his first shot at showing he can make the transition from outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense to defensive end in the Seahawks' hybrid 4-3. Schofield said the biggest difference is that he's almost always going toward the quarterback.
"It's just being stout," Schofield said. "I haven't faced any double teams playing in the league. When you're an (outside linebacker) you're basically outside of everything, but being able to play (defensive end) and being able to set that edge is very important."


Avril has been very limited in practice, and likely will not play. This puts Schofield in at defensive end which is a new position for him. If this happens, the Seahawks plans of containing Cam in the pocket gets much more difficult. It takes years of experience for a defensive end to contain a QB of Cam's caliber.

From the same article..

Another option for Seattle at defensive tackle could be Michael Bennett. Yet another of Seattle's free agent signings to make over its defensive line, Bennett can play tackle and end.


Michael Bennett had a solid year last year playing for Tampa Bay. However, a rotator cuff tear is nagging him. Bennett has decided to play through the pain in 2013, postponing his surgery until 2014. It remains to be seen how effective he can be.

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We simply need LaFell, Olsen or one of the mix of guys at #3 to have a coming out party IMO to win.

RBs and Smitty can't win this one IMO. It will be won elsewhere

so we have a chance?

 

Let's play some 2 - TE sets for an Olsen/Williams mix-match.  Our TE's will be more effective than their LB's can cover.

Interesting.... Seems the Birds are a little banged up.

Here's hoping Bobby Wagner finds his a$$ plastered to the turf, courtesy of a mike tolbert block.

If any of you have had a rotator cuff tear, you know how painful it is. Its hard to imaging a guy playing defensive line like that. Its also a degenerative injury and will get worse as the season progresses and it tears more.

If Shula has complety ditched the read option, then he's truly as bad as I have feared.

If Shula has complety ditched the read option, then he's truly as bad as I have feared.

 

A sprinkle here or there is fine.

 

If it is the mainstay of our offense.... its going to be a long season.

We simply need LaFell, Olsen or one of the mix of guys at #3 to have a coming out party IMO to win.

RBs and Smitty can't win this one IMO. It will be won elsewhere


Agreed
I think Wagner has crossed the line a little from confident to arrogant. That's the difference between a guy like him and guy like Keek. Keek is humble enough to respect the other team, therefore, he'll be ready for anything their offense throws at them. Thank you Wagner for being a prick, you've made your bed.

A sprinkle here or there is fine.

If it is the mainstay of our offense.... its going to be a long season.


It was only sprinkled in during most of Cam's 32 games here in Carolina. Shula knows it works and knows Cam likes it

If any of you have had a rotator cuff tear, you know how painful it is. Its hard to imaging a guy playing defensive line like that. Its also a degenerative injury and will get worse as the season progresses and it tears more.

 

You can barely raise your arms above your head for the pain.  No batted down passes from him this year, bank on it.
 

Wagner most not be paying attention that no QB in NFL history has more passing yards than Newton to start off his career.....he isn't your standard "running QB". Sure he is inconsistent at times but few runners have ever had the passing ability Newton does at this level

You can barely raise your arms above your head for the pain.  No batted down passes from him this year, bank on it.
 

 

Yes, and after a while of movement it just stays sore all over. I wonder how much pain meds he will be on.

Seattle won't be able to get much pass rush (they'll get some because, you know, Byron Bell), so I suspect Cam will be able to put the ball on target. The question in my eyes is how much separation our Non-Smith pass catchers can get.

It'd be especially wonderful if the ball catching versions of Ted Ginn and Brandon LeFell show up.

If Shula has complety ditched the read option, then he's truly as bad as I have feared.

 

 

A sprinkle here or there is fine.

 

If it is the mainstay of our offense.... its going to be a long season.

it has to be just enough that the other team is forced to expect it and keep a spy on him. this takes one player out of play, essentially. i think it was a fine strategy for someone like vick who wasn't a total package Qb who could throw the ball. for someone like cam who can really stretch the field and who has smitty commanding double coverage, olsen who is just flat dangerous to them, lafell who is just plain respectable, and a guy like ginn going long...yeah i'll take that. their defense is going to be spread thin.

 

it really sounds like, tho, that they are more concentrated on him running and are more focused on stopping it. this only opens things up for other options. i love that they don't trust his arm.

If I were Cam, Wagner's comment would piss me off. Bulletin board material for sure.

 

 

Just read an article that Browner didn't practice yesterday but Avril was a full participant.

http://blogs.seattle...l-participants/

We simply need LaFell, Olsen or one of the mix of guys at #3 to have a coming out party IMO to win.

RBs and Smitty can't win this one IMO. It will be won elsewhere


Spot on.

A sprinkle here or there is fine.

If it is the mainstay of our offense.... its going to be a long season.


Couldn't agree more. It needs to be used to keep the D off balance and guessing, not as our bread and butter.

Seattle won't be able to get much pass rush (they'll get some because, you know, Byron Bell), so I suspect Cam will be able to put the ball on target. The question in my eyes is how much separation our Non-Smith pass catchers can get.

It'd be especially wonderful if the ball catching versions of Ted Ginn and Brandon LeFell show up.

Agreed. It's been said before but I would love to see a lot of Ginn/LaFell out wide with Smitty in the slot.

Nice write up Zod.  Interesting to see what their media is saying.

 

Rotator cuff tear is a bitch... don't see how you can play football with one torn...  my tear was very small, but I couldn't move my arm above shoulder height nor turn it out until I got it fixed.

 

 

We simply need LaFell, Olsen or one of the mix of guys at #3 to have a coming out party IMO to win.

RBs and Smitty can't win this one IMO. It will be won elsewhere


If Cam is getting time in the pocket I think we will see Ginn come in.

I also don't want to see us ditch the read option plays, I just want them to be used in situations where they should be used. Not 2nd and 13 or 1 and 10 from the 20 with 2 minutes left.

Nice write up Zod.  Interesting to see what their media is saying.

 

Rotator cuff tear is a bitch... don't see how you can play football with one torn...  my tear was very small, but I couldn't move my arm above shoulder height nor turn it out until I got it fixed.

 

I feel fortunate to have never had one, ouch that sounds awful.

We simply need LaFell, Olsen or one of the mix of guys at #3 to have a coming out party IMO to win.

RBs and Smitty can't win this one IMO. It will be won elsewhere


I'm lookin for the D/ST to put us in good position so we don't hav to go the length of the field every drive. As long as we protect the ball, we should be fine. Cam can throw, he doesn't have to run. However, he is good throwin off the run. Making something out of nothin is sorta something he has had to do, and has done. I believe our team is better than most believe, we shall see.

If Schofield and Bennett start, watch us run the ball up the middle the whole game instead of attacking the edges.