Re: 5 Keys to Seahawk Game
And... from Doug Farrar over at Seahawks.net (a very good fan site), here's the Seahawks' version:
1. Further develop the quick read, and alter blocking if neccesary: I swear to God, Leonard Little has gotten FASTER as the season has gone on. If he's in Hass' kitchen all day, the passing attack will not work. If Little is coming from our right, it might be worth moving Walter Jones to right tackle, or subbing Sean Locklear in rotation - Chris Gray and Floyd Womack have not been able to handle this guy on a consistent basis, and blitz pickup from our backs has been iffy at best. Hasselbeck has been productive with the quick pass recently, and I think that continuing this strategy is imperative. As Avenger mentioned, Bryce Fisher will be a problem as well, but everything begins with Little's ability to disrupt.
2. Get on Bulger with a quickness: Especially in the game at St. Louis, Ray Rhodes' "Rush 4, Drop 7" defense allowed Bulger to pick us apart. He's no better than Hasselbeck if he's rattled (in fact, he's worse under pressure), but he may be more dangerous than Hass if he's allowed to sit back there and read everything. It is worth giving up the occasional big play to bring up a man or two and establish consistent pressure.
3. Keep Koren Robinson out, and DO NOT develop the game plan around him: We can beat the Rams without K-Bong, but we can't beat them if we do what we did against the Falcons - draw up the game plan assuming he'll be there, only to be disappointed again.
4. Tackling drills all week!: Open-field tackling against the Falcons was horrid, and Steven Jackson is really warming up the the NFL. The Seahawks have given up 1191 yards rushing in their last seven games (170.1 per game).
5. Run Shaun at least 25 times: There are weaknesses in the Rams' quick-fire defense, and they are susceptible to the run. In addition, it's time to integrate play action more. In St. Louis, the Seahawks' refusal to give the ball to Shaun in the red zone caused them to land a big "Ofer" on TDs inside the 20.
6. Develop seletive amnesia, and a taste for revenge: Every meatheaded journalist in America will be overcooking the Seahawks' 17-point collapse at the "Q". This is where we get to shove it down their throats!