Breaking Down the Seattle Seahawks

The Bears looks to move to 5-1, touchdown favorites at home, against Pete Carroll's up-and-down Seahawks from Coffee Country.  Here's my breakdown.

  • Seattle's most basic attribute is their home/away splits.  They're 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road, having been blown out by both Denver and St. Louis.
  • Their Week 3 victory over the San Diego Chargers revealed their most dynamic weapon: kick returner Leon Washington.  Washington had two kick return touchdowns in a game where the 'Hawks were outgained by about 300 yards.  Dave Toub and Robbie Gould should not put a kickoff anywhere near his hands until the 'Hawks offense shows an ability to move the ball down the field.
  • This has been a bad run game, led by UFL-bound Justin Forsett.  But the Seahawks acquired Marshawn Lynch, one of the most underrated backs in the game, and had the bye week to completely insert him into their offense.  I'd be shocked if he had less than 25 carries Sunday.
  • I don't care what anyone says about Matt Hasselbeck being done because I've seen him dissect this defense with too many quick slants for third-down conversions (albeit several years ago).  The difference here is I can't remember him working with a group of receivers quite like this.  Brandon Stokley, Golden Tate, Mike Williams, Deon Butler, Michael Robinson...etc?  (This is a far cry from the Jackson, Branch and Engram combo of 2006.)
  • Defensively they rank 31st against the pass (those numbers are inflated by Phil Rivers' 455 against them) but they have gotten to the quarterback 11 times (the number that really means something to the Bears).  Chris Clemons has a pair of sacks in his last two games and you better believe he'll be looking at Soldier Field as the venue to pad his statistics.
  • I also had no idea how good this rush defense has been this season and it hasn't been for a lack of opponent's trying to run.  Each of their opponents has committed to the run and none of them have had the slightest bit of success.  (Mostly between 17 and 25 carries.)  I think the Bears will certainly try and continue last week's success on the ground but they might be smarter to put the ball in the air quickly to soften the linebackers.
This team is not great.  This is a game the Bears should win.

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  • First things first. Protect Cutler.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    second's.. Protect Cutler.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    THIRD. Protect Cutler

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th: P-R-O-T-E-C-T T-H-E F-R-A-N-C-H-I-S-E Q-B C-U-T-L-E-R!!!!!!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ..lol!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lastly....let's protect Cutler!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Did anybody mention that keeping Cutler upright is important?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    does anyone want to see a picture of my penis? anyone?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Paging Fred Miller. Fred Miller to the concierge desk.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    "The names Leonard Washington and I don't get but-nekked for nobody. You want this roll, then you're gonna have to pry it from my cold dead hands"

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_ncaab_experts__3/ept_sports_ncaab_experts-425442148-1228492125.jpg%3FymxJWrADok8qfiJd&imgrefurl=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Leonard-Washington-has-a-habit-of-hitting-people%3Furn%3Dncaab-127084&usg=__tpb1kBtN_fw4v5Z_VWxDY6DpnUo=&h=395&w=600&sz=92&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=IwDIPzQ8amS0ZM:&tbnh=148&tbnw=211&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dleonard%2Bwashington%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D989%26bih%3D457%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=125&ei=SiK2TKamK8iinQf3tJWADQ&oei=SiK2TKamK8iinQf3tJWADQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=9&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0&tx=148&ty=52

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    wtf, my last comment is "being approved by the blog owner"

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Change your handle to Big Cheesy.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Nah, it's just the ducheyne software, Coach?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This game is going to be a good test to gauge whether or not the Bears are for real. Average team at home is a must win for a solid playoff-bound team. I hope this is the game the O starts putting it together.

    I like Williams at LG. Now, other than Olin Krutz, we must have one of the youngest lines in the game. I think that's a really good thing in the long run. If these guys can play well together, we are a 1st or 2nd round draft pick away from a very good OL situation for the next 4 or 5 years.

    But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I think the williams move gets our best-and biggest- linemen on the field. They have 4 weeks (including the bye) to gel against average-poor teams. We should learn a lot by then.

    They kind of have nowhere to go but up.

    I want to see 30 carries split between Forte and Taylor (20/10 split). 100 yards combined rushing and a TD. Less than 3 sacks is a good, realistic goal. Two TD passes. 1 TD on defense (we are due). Throw in a field goal after another red zone meltdown.

    Bears 31 Sea Gals 16.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    Wouldn't re-signing Asiata, slotting him in at RG and playing Edwin at his actual position of Center and ahem, benching Kreutz give us our biggest line? Is that sacrilege ?

    And Omelette still can't run block .... how about :

    LT - Webb
    LG - CW
    C - Edwin
    RG - Asiata
    RT - Shaffer

    or if we keep old man Kreutz

    LT - Webb
    LG - CW
    C- Old man
    RG - Edwin
    RT - Shaffer

    orrrr ....

    Move CW back to RT, slot Asiata in at LG - he's 6-3(?) and more the right size. I mean, has Chris Williams ever even played guard?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    They will never bench Kreutz, no matter how "accountable" they are of late. So we can start with the premise that he's going to play C. Kruetz is less than impressive with his blocks, but he does get everyone aligned properly, and gives them a heads-up as to what might be coming.

    I'm not sure I trust Webb enough at LT just yet, but then again, Omiyale and Chris Williams don't exactly inspire hope.

    Eventually, all these combinations will prob be tried Irish, esp if there's more injuries, but hopefully, we can find a solid combo and stick to it.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow, did not see the Williams at Guard thing coming. Hopefully line change # 642 works out better than the previous 641.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Keep shaking that chicken fucker around til it works. It got better last week and Garza is out thankfully.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    FANTASY TRADE PROPOSAL: BEN ROTHLISBERGER QB AND DUSTIN KELLER TE, FOR A RUNNING BACK.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Marshall Faulk during his best year?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Oddly enough Hub Arkush floated the Williams LG idea yesterday on B&B. I don't always agree with the guy (although I think his Favre goggles fell off after he saw little Bret) but this move may make sense. Williams is athletic and strong but has short arms, which suits a G better than a T.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    But he's really tall which means bad leverage, like a baby T-Rex.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    his power center is in his badonkadonk, which is large

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Are we talking about Major penis now? (Sorry FQ)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So, it's gonna be: (LT)Omiyale, (LG)Williams, (C)Kreutz, (RG)Ed Williams, (RT)Webb with Shaffer subbing in here and there?

    I'm actually OK with that Oline. Omiyale is 315, Williams 315, Kreutz 290, Ed Will 315, Webb 335 - that's roughly 1500 pounds of Oline to run behind and provide Cutler some relief. I'm very curious, dare I say, even excited to see how this latest experiment will turn-out, esp against the 2nd ranked (Steelers are 1st, We're 3rd) run defense.

    I'm wondering if we're going to pass it to open up the run, or run it to open up the pass...

    The 'Hawks will prob dink and dunk it down field, like always, but I think our D will hold them to FGs. Our SP team will either score, or set us up with great field position, and our O will do just enough to win, as always. We need to make sure our SP team holds their returners in check cuz they're no chumps. There will be some coaching call by the bear's that's controversial, but that's like predicting that the sun will rise. The Seahawks are a mediocre team, and if we beat them by two scores, that should help us build momentum and confidence.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    that's right mang

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    HAPPY EARLY HALLOWEEN (although they're selling the goddam candy in just about every store) - BEARS DEFEAT SEAHAWKS --- HAHAHAHHAAHA!
    Re: Avatar - Thanks to Crown I latched onto this icon for Lance Briggs...If you all cannot stand it --- tough shit --- at least Bobby Douglass got some wood thinking it looked like Suzie Colbert's tits...Hohohohohahaha.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    EVERY day is Halloween for Raida fans. Does Al Davis look like Dracula or what!?

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Is it just Bears fans on the road or are they all super stoic midwest stereotypes? We went to the Bears vs SF game last year and the Bears fans that traveled out here for the game looked at us like we were nuts for cheering like crazy for Chi Town. I hope Soldier Field erupts with noise for their first place Bears and really creates a home field advantage. That and I'm looking for the D to be out to prove a point this week much like the O line proved a point last week.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    At that point, you were dealing with season ticket holders who had just watched the Bears get blown out by 35 points by the Bengals and 20 by the Cardinals...sandwiching a big win against a dismal Browns team.
    That sounds like most of us on this blog by week 10 last year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +1
    And I don't recall any cheering points in theat Niners game, just the massive 'DOH!' at the end.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Opposing fans typically get treated very harshly at Soldier field. I've seen a few really ugly occurances of Vikings and Detroit fans getting beat down. The fans you saw at candledouche park were probably hoping to avoid that not knowing that san fran fans are ass eating homosexuals and wouldn't dare..

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Wow. Damn, that was harsh coach.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Carol?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    And long may it continue coach. Any of the old pissing-down-on-their-leg-through-a-rolled-up-newspaper happening ?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Junk Gate. It's like watergate, but with more Tricky Dick.

    Now Streger says she may not cooperate. And Farve brings out the croc tears, man that crazy hick can act.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/11/ryan-longwell-says-brett-favre-cried-as-he-apologized-to-teammates/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hope she got a nice chunk of his salary this year, cos that's all she wants. Come out with the story - zilch. Keep your mouth shut? $5M. All about the Benjamins. This story dies on Deadspin. And Ratburger didn't rape a student in the toilet. I love the NFL. Efilnikufecin.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Yeah.. well I can see you havent been to Candlestick. Tickets there are cheaper than Oakland so now you get all the Raider rejects showing up. I've almost gotten into it every time.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I went to the Bears @ Raider game couple years back, and after the game I seen a couple of Bear fans get into a brawl with raider fans in the parking lot, I was tempted to jump in but had kids with me, and what kind of parent would i be.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    not to mention I think raider fans are absolutely pieces of shit when it comes to football. I had my kids with me and Some fans were throwing trash by us. Good thing security guards came around or i would of of went to jail that day for murder. lol hate raider fans

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    +1 fres. those disgusting pieces of trash inhabit SD for the home games here. Pathetic group.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And all of them STILL worship at the feet of "Mangling General Partner", Darth Davis. The WORST Raida shill being Fox's J.T. "The Brick".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You should have seen a shot of him in the box during the SD game Al. That man is litterally scary to look at. Dude don't need no haloween costume this year. Yeeeesh!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And he's still getting poon no noubt. Skanks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "does anyone want to see a picture of my penis? anyone?"

    Does it look anything like an inebriated squirrel in a tuxedo Johnny?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hee hee, it can't be as sad and lonely as Brett's little gray haired peeper

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Breaking up the Seahawks
    ========================
    Just stop Leon Washington. Still can't figure out why the Jets let him go - was it a broken leg or something? He was a lethal little RB. They've got three pretty good backs - but we've got 7 or 8 bad mamma jammas to meet them at the line.

    My $0.02 on the OL:

    So what's going on with the line ? Are they just slotting CW in at guard because they don't want to move Omelette back to RT and displace Webb? Omelette can't play RT and he can't run block (a statistical fact according to Nfl.com's Rush PWR ratings), so if they're not going to bench him then I guess Chris Williams is our new LG.

    "Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice said Wednesday that in his opinion, Williams is a great knee bender who is a better run blocker now than a pass protector."

    Is Olin Kreutz knocking anyone off their feet in the run game? Is he overpowering any of those huge defensive tackles so predominant in today's game? Does it make a blind bit of difference who's playing guard if it all falls down in the middle? If we're really going to re-tool, then try Edwin in his natural position at center and re-sign Asiata and put him in at RG. Then we have a monster mauling line that can open big holes or put up a force-field around Cutler. Do we have to literally run Kreutz into the ground like an old car owned by someone who can't afford a replacement? Isn't that stupid and dangerous? A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, right? Apart from being older and more beat-up, he just seems dwarfed by these DTs. We have to make the change sooner or later, sooner will have some teething problems. Later has serious consequences.

    So we put up 200+ yards against a crappy 27th rated rush defense belonging to a soon-to-be 0-5 team last week. So what? Now against the #2 rush defense and our 'new line' we'll get to see Lovie's 'strateegery' in action. A left tackle that can't run block, a left guard that's never played left guard, a banged-up has-been center, a center playing right guard and our biggest Bear at RT. We have one player, Kreutz with any worthwhile experience of the position he's playing.

    Question. Why isn't our biggest Bear playing LT ? You get the big guy protecting, y'know, the blind side of The Franchise, Jay Christopher. J.C. Jebus. The holiest of holies.

    So with Omelette pushed out of LT, he basically becomes useless. He's a backup for your LT. Good. Is Shaffer that bad ? He got beaten a few times, so what, who hasn't? Tice graded him out as our second-best lineman on the team ! He's a better RT than Omelette for sure, because he *is* a RT. An actual Right Tackle who has played the position since he was knee high to a grasshopper. Keep Chester or Forte in for the chip or make Manu earn his big salary. Where's the fire? We can't have a pro-bowler at every position on the line. It would be nice to have *one*.

    The Seahawks will tell us more than Carolina could. They have a QB, receivers, running backs and a run defense. Bring it on and Bear down !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, you really need to let your preseason notions about these guys go; Shaffer gets destroyed on a weekly basis at both tackle positions and you say, he "got beaten a few times, so what...". Well, he sucks at both tackle spots. He can't run-block for shit, and that's his 1A priority. He also got bitchslapped around by Demarcus Ware for about six snaps before Tice realized he was going to get Cutler killed and swapped him out for Omelette.
    Omiyale has stuck at LT since week 1 because he has been a) better than any alternative on the roster, and b) because he's been effective. I beg of you, find video of the games and watch the pass protection. He has not been the weak spot on the line.

    To answer your question as to why the biggest Bear isn't playing LT, it's because, dare I say it, there's some accountability on the field right now and that first round pick status has evidently lost some of its shine. No freebies this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And while I agree Kreutz is dropping off, swapping out the QB of the line THIS year is a concession that we're not going places. As long as we're winning games, Olin will stay put. They have got to get ready for life after him though; I'd be interested to know who the heir apparent at C is.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Switching out Kreutz would be a *big* move. Edwin mightn't have the smarts to do what Kreutz does for us on assignments.

    Omelette has been effective at pass protection on the let side, but there's a running game we need to get going too. We were not running well to the left, it may have been just as much on Garza, so we'll see what Sunday brings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    R.I.P. Saul "Solly" Sherman. From the Trib:

    Sherman played two seasons for the Bears as a quarterback and defensive back. He played in the 1940 Pro Bowl and completed a two point conversion pass in the Bears' 73-0 victory over the Redskins in the championship game that year.

    The play came at the end of the game and Sherman's grandson Ariel Litvin said the official told Sherman he was down to his last football, so Sherman couldn't kick the extra point and risk losing the ball in the stands. Sherman used to joke that the referee told him it would cost him $3.50

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish - excellent analysis...best I have seen...Thank you...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fifth paragraph is the best...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The trenches...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Blogfather Hughes" --- Matt Hasselbeck? -

    Isn't he on "Dancing With Very Strange People"? Ok - that's another one with similar spelling. It seems to me that there are several quarterbacks that can slant against the Bears.

    Our linebackers will step up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's that Brett Favre's elbow swells to the size of his big fat head...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    well done Jack. Joke 'em if they can't take a fuck.

    It's creepy as hell, and I was never into comics, but the green lantern was a badass, so I guess it evens out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hal Jordan, test pilot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Seahawks bring to town with them, a member of Matt Millen's
    "I'll just keep drafting wide receivers in the first round" brigade, Mike Williams out of USC.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Calvin Johnson
    Mike Williams
    Roy Williams
    Charles Rodgers

    None of them have the career of '91's 1st rounder, Herman Moore. Although Calvin probably will.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, and Mike Williams got his shot (again) because he's a Trojan under Carroll.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    JEFF I GOT A GREAT PICTURE FOR THE SEAHAWKS GAME THREAD

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    well the picture would be perfect if we were playing at Seattle..nevermind

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Those aren't "fans", Fres. I believe they ARE mammals but, beyond that, I couldn't exactly tell you what kind of CREATURES they are.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Who won?

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Isn't he still a bit tall though? Are there many 6'6 guards? I hope there's method in their madness? How long will it take him to learn the position?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    pretty good article....something this blog has been talking about for..eh..couple of years now:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/490042-the-chicago-bears-offensive-line-whats-wrong-with-this-unit

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    CW at LG is very very interesting. I hope he can excel at that position b/c if he can, we might have a patchwork line that Tice can mold into something (was REALLY impressed w/ E. Williams & Webb on the right side...for 2 greenhorns, they did a solid job)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    +1........on Williams & Webb

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Yeah, was can have out own version of the Williams sisters on the line!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Just checked out the Fudgers and Queens schedules. Minny could very easily loose their next three games. Hmm....1-6 is not unrealistic. Green bay could very easily lose 2 out of the next three. Who wouldda thunk it? Not Lombardi.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sounds real good, especially if Da Bears figure out a way to win all three. We'd be looking over our shoulders at... Detroit!!! Ha!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Famous NFL Lombardi Clip:
    "What the hell is goin' ON out there!"

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Even Pack fans are getting down on their chances:

    http://www.packerforum.com/f8/your-new-revised-expectations-year-23349.html

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    WTF? I haven't yet had my morning coffee, see something about re-tooling the line in a link and assume it's Omelette getting benched. Then I see FQs post. CW at LG ??? The Williams wall, okay ....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Fourth. Protect Cutler

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hey, I just had this brilliant idea. As long as we're gonna try a lineman switch...let's put in Collins instead of Cutler for a few series and see how well it works. He's our new "Mikey" He'll try anything.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    ouch..that's going to leave a mark...lol

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow... almost a double lol

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