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Week 4 – Seahawks 23, Niners – 3 October 3, 2007

Posted by daveinoc in NFL Football, Sports, Sports News & Opinion.
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Week 4 – at San Francisco

OK, revenge time. The Niners embarrassed the Hawks twice last season.  Not going to happen again.  They stack the box and force Smith to win the game, which he doesn’t.  Offensively, Shawn Alexander has a breakout game.  A little payback to Gore for dominating the Hawks last season.  W 35 – 17

OK, so no breakout game for Shawn but I’ll take it.   Great game by Hass, not as high scoring for the Hawks but I think I was really looking for the offense to break out.  Instead, it was the defense that broke out (after busting up Alex Smith which I think is truly unfortunate).  Branch going for 130 yards on 7 catches is huge as well.  It really show’s he’s developed a rapport with Hass and that Hass isn’t missing D-Jack very much.  Throw in a TD pass to the previously MIA Marcus Pollard and it was a nice game.  Six sacks, three by Peterson, a few forced fumbles and a couple of interceptions made it a dominating day for the D, even if we got Gore’d for 79 yards (which isn’t bad either, especially when counter-balanced against last years Gore-ings).  Anyway, I’m stoked that we’re 3-1 and have started establishing that we are still the team to beat in the West.

As far as Arizona is concerned, I think the reason Warner is now being successful is just that the Card’s O-line is so much better than previous seasons.  When Warner’s got time, he’s an artist and he can just kill people and he really doesn’t need a ton of time.  But it’s when he’s got to scramble and work through his progressions, he’s murder for his own offense.  Too many mistakes, too much desperation.  We’ll see if it all continues.  I see some more blitz packages coming his way as teams figure out when he’ll come into the game and when he won’t.  Regardless, the Cardinals are a much-improved team and should hang around for the remainder of the season.

Week 3 – Seahawks 24, Bengals 21 September 23, 2007

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Well, here’s what I said at the beginning of the season for this game:

Week 3 – Cincinnati

Thank goodness this is a Week 3 game and not Week 1. The Hawks are starting to gel a little bit and, since this is at home, they win a close game against the Bengals. W 28 – 24.

Not bad, pretty close. The Hawks had to come back late in the game and special teams played a HUGE part in the game. First, a 72-yard kickoff return to start the game and than the forced fumble on the kickoff after scoring the go-ahead TD. Seems like it was a great game. Being in Socal, I don’t get too many Hawks games on TV so I have to follow on the Internet. Anyway, the Hawks started off slow and got a little better as the game went on. I think that’s just how it’s going to be this season. The Hawks need to grind a little and get the defense tired. Some extended drives early in the game to soften them up and than close it out at the end of the game with Shaun pounding away. This is the 2nd game this season where late in the game Shawn breaks off a long run to help put the game away.

vs. TB – 3rd and 7 from the Hawks 24 with 2:52 left in the game. 24-yard run up the middle to the 46. They didn’t score on the drive but they punted with 30 seconds left.

vs. Cincinnati – 4th and 1 from the Cincy 36 with 1:41 left on the go-ahead drive. 14-yard run to the left to set up the game-winning to pass to Burleson. Later, on 2nd and 10 from Cincy 33 with :49 seconds left. 22-yard run to the left to the Cincy 13. Game over.

I’m ok with this…so far. I’d prefer the games aren’t as exciting as this one but a win is a win and wouldn’t everyone love blowouts like Philly over Detroit? Sure they would. The Hawks are going to get better as the season goes along, good health being the obvious pre-condition. I’m excited that they’re 2-1 and got this win under their belt. With the way the Niners have been playing, I think they have a great shot at getting the Win.

Hass and Alexander take the heat September 17, 2007

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Hasselbeck and Alexander flubbing another basic run causes another Seahawks loss – NFL – Yahoo! Sports

    This article makes me feel much better about being a Seahawk fan.  Everyone is taking some of the heat for the botched run.  They’re manning up to the mistake.  Shawn for thinking too much.  Hass for taking the responsibility to make sure everyone is on the same page.  Coach for making sure everyone understands the situation.  Everyone talking about what they need to do, what there roles are and all three are exactly correct.  Coach handles the big picture.  It’s inside two minutes, no time to be audibling, just call the play and go.  Time is the enemy at this point and you don’t have the luxury to go around and do a bunch of audibles.  Hass is the QB, he’s the Field General, make sure everyone knows what’s going on and what they’re supposed to do in that particular moment.  It’s on him.  Shawn to stop thinking so much and just run the play.  You have to commit to the play or bad things happen…like the fumble.  I’m pretty confident you won’t see this happen again and I think if another defense starts changing things up like it sounds the Cardinals did, it will be a different story.  I think the teams a good team, much better than some in the national media think.  They just need to trust each other more and commit to the play.  Holmgren is a good coach, he’s got a good idea of what needs to be done and how to do it.  Trust each other fellas, trust each other. 

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Sad, sad Seahawks September 16, 2007

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OK, today was a horrible day.  I had written a post about the fumble that blamed Holmgren for wanting to pass even though they just needed to run it a couple of times and than kick the field goal to end it.  I REALLY ranted on that one.  But, since I didn’t watch the game on TV (no Hawks in Socal this week) and only followed it via NFL.com, I had the wrong info.  I guess it was a botched handoff to Shawn by Hass.  Grrrrrrr!!!  Still very frustrating but mistakes do happen during games so it’s not so bad.  After enduring the baseball season and myriad of shockingly lame managerial decisions by Mariners managers, I guess I was a little primed to jump on a coaching decision.  Anyway, Holmgren had it right, but the players didn’t execute.  Shawn said he thought Hass called an audible.  That’s the QB’s fault, unless Shawn is just making it up as an excuse.  Hass’s responsibility is to make sure everyone is on the same page, regardless of crowd noise.  If I watch the video and Hass isn’t turning around and making sure Shawn knows what the play is and is just calling an audible, totally his fault.  Otherwise, if Hass isn’t audibling and doesn’t turn around to say anything to Shawn, than it’s a mental mistake by our premier HB and that’s a problem.  Of course, the botched handoff wasn’t the only glaring failure for the offense.  Two trips inside the red zone in the 2nd half resulting in two field goals is not the way to win football games.  Converting just one of those to a TD would have made a huge difference.  It’s very frustrating that we lost to the Cardinals.  I had the Hawks pegged to win 27-17.  They lost 23-20.  If they win by the same score, than I’d be feeling pretty good at my prognosticating.  Probably better that they lost so I don’t get a big head, haha.  Well, on to next week.  Maybe the offense can get things started against the Bengals defense (51 points to Cleveland?  WOW!) but the defense had better pull their heads out or else it’s going to be a LOOOONGGGGG game at Qwest Stadium.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals – mid-game suckitude September 16, 2007

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OK, middle of the 2nd quarter and I think the Seahawks offensive and defensive lines forgot to wear cups…or maybe they don’t need them. Shawn Alexander has 6 yards rushing on 6 attempts and they’ve punted 5 times. Meanwhile, the “horrendous” offensive line for the Cardinals has provided apparently stellar blocking to allow Edge to rack up 59 yards on 10 rushes and no sacks for Leinart. I’m sorry but after seeing the Cards struggle so badly against San Fran and have Matty running for his life (and looking like he has two left feel while he did it), I expected the Hawks to just murder ’em this week. Apparently, it was just 1st week jitters for the Cards and the Hawks played above their heads against Tampa. Oh well, still have a little of the 2nd quarter and the entire 2nd half to go, maybe they’ll turn it around.

Halftime update

OK, the Hawks went down the field and scored a TD (24-yard pass to Burleson) but still almost no rushing attack of offense and the Cards had their typical luck when Rackers missed a chip-shot field goal (28-yards) by clanging the upright.  There may be hope after all.  BTW, wasn’t the “new vamped secondary” supposed to prevent crap like that TD to Leonard Pope from happening?  What happened guys?  Don’t tell me there was a mis-communication, that excuse isn’t allowed from this group. That was last years lament and Boulware is in Texas (2-0 btw) so you can’t blame him.  Get it together guys, you’re playing like the Mariners, and I just don’t think Seattle fans can handle anymore of that.