The Seattle defense is the toast of the NFL again — now that Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell are healthy and the unit is playing perhaps the best it ever has.
Pete Carroll said it has been “significant” to get back Wagner, who missed five games with a toe injury, and Chancellor, who sat out two games with a groin issue and got to rest his bad ankles.
“I think the camaraderie of all those guys being back in there and feeling right has been resounding,” Carroll said Monday. “You can really feel it.”
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It’s official: The Seahawks are back. And it will be a surprise if they lose again this season.
They are peaking at the perfect time and look fully capable of beating any team that is forced to oppose them (because no one would willingly play them at this point).
A pair of convincing 19-3 wins over their contending division foes were impressive, but there were still doubts about whether the Hawks truly were back to Super Bowl form. After all, the Cardinals and 49ers both were struggling on offense, so was it really an accomplishment for the Seattle defense to hold them to six total points and 368 yards the past two weeks?
It was fair to wonder how a defense that had been gashed by Kansas City’s running game three weeks ago would handle Philadelphia’s high-powered offense.
Were the returns of Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell — along with one “come to Jesus” meeting — enough to bring the defense back to its 2013 form?
After a stunningly dominant 24-14 win in Philadelphia, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Continue reading Hawks are for real now — and won’t lose again
The Seahawks are as healthy as they have been since September — so healthy that they haven’t even felt the need to add a 53rd player because they know that player will be inactive Sunday in Philadelphia.
It has been a big birthday week for Russell Wilson.
Danny Kelly of Field Gulls gives his take on the Hawks’ red-zone failures against the 49ers.
Seattle’s defensive dominance coincides with the return to relative health of two guys: Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor.
Dan Quinn and Wagner told Peter King they are not concerned about the quick pace of the Eagles’ offense.
New Seahawk Demarcus Dobbs, who played pretty well in his 11 plays vs. the 49ers, tells his “Blind Side” story.
The Seahawks’ matching 19-3 wins over Arizona and San Francisco the past two weeks have been impressive defensive feats — the lowest two-game total by Seattle opponents since the Hawks beat Philadelphia and San Francisco 83-3 late in their 2005 Super Bowl season.
Of course, led by coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the 2005 Hawks had the best offense in the league (in yards and points) and were No. 2 in red zone scoring.
About the only thing this Seattle offense shares with that one is a strong running game. Russell Wilson’s offense has struggled to score touchdowns, especially over the last three games.
Continue reading Seahawks need to flip red zone performance
The Seahawks’ game this week in Philadelphia is full of great storylines — former Pac-12 coaching stars Pete Carroll vs. Chip Kelly, Carroll vs. his USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense vs. the Eagles’ No. 4 offense.
And then there are the playoff implications.
The Hawks don’t need to win this game to make the playoffs. That can be accomplished by sweeping their divisional rivals in the final three weeks. But, if the Hawks want a shot at a first-round bye, they basically have to win this game.
Continue reading Hawks don’t have to beat Eagles — unless they want a first-round bye
Given the chance to do it again, Pete Carroll said he would have challenged tight end Tony Moeaki being ruled down at the 1-yard line on a 63-yard play last week against the 49ers. Plus, more highlights from Carroll’s media gathering today.
The Legion of Boom could be whole for the first time all season, with Jeremy Lane seeming likely to play at Philadelphia.
For the second straight week, the Legion of Boom won the NFC defensive award.
The Eagles say they won’t give Richard Sherman the Deion Sanders respect.
Mark Sanchez says he is not mad at Carroll for decrying his decision to go pro early in 2009.
Trent Cole says he did not mean to end Russell Okung’s season when the Eagles played in Seattle in 2011.
Chris Maragos, who was with the Seahawks from 2011 to 2013, talks about going from one great franchise to another.
If the Seahawks are able to sustain their newfound energy and momentum and make a major run through the postseason, a lot of credit will go to the veteran players who pulled the team together after the Kansas City loss. A little more credit will go to coach Pete Carroll and his staff.
But let’s not forget a key figure who has helped keep the Hawks afloat amid injuries and drama this season: John Schneider.
The general manager has had his most active season since 2011, when he was still putting together a competitive team for Carroll.
Continue reading Schneider deserves credit for helping the Hawks stay in the race
After Arizona lost Sunday, the Seahawks control their destiny (except for the No. 1 seed, where they need an unlikely loss by Green Bay).
More scuttlebutt about Marshawn Lynch retiring — or, laughably, leaving Seattle to join Tom Cable elsewhere. Really? Who is going to hire Cable as a head coach?
The media keeps thinking Lynch not talking is a big story.
The pass defense has returned to form, which explains the Seahawks’ rediscovered dominance, Jerry Brewer says.
Per Sports Press Northwest, Richard Sherman is the first player in 30 years to tally 23 interceptions in his first four years. The last two to do it? Everson Walls and Seahawks Ring of Honor member Kenny Easley.
This could be the first year without a flexed “Sunday Night Football” game. The Seahawks play Arizona on Sunday night, Dec. 21.