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.