‘It’s a completely different defense’

DeMarcus Ware sacks Andrew Luck in Week 1 (AP)
DeMarcus Ware sacks Andrew Luck in Week 1 (AP)

While the Denver Broncos’ offense has undergone a few personnel changes here and there, the defense is almost an entirely different unit from the one the Seahawks saw in the Super Bowl.

The secondary is completely changed, with physical cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward coming in and cornerback Chris Harris and safety Rahim Moore returning from injuries. Defensive end Derek Wolfe and linebacker Von Miller also are healthy, and DeMarcus Ware signed on to replace Shaun Phillips opposite Miller.

“It’s a totally different team defensively for us,” Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Wednesday. “They’ve added really great players. They get Von Miller back, DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib — the list goes on. They have really solid players. It’s a completely different defense with the players that they have now, so there’s really no comparison.”

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Larry Stone of The Seattle Times relates Richard Sherman’s thoughts of the Chargers and Broncos games.

Did the Chargers reveal a way to pick on Sherman?

Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett (that’s two T’s, guys) have been playing great — even if the rest of the defense has not.

Avril and Bennett talk about how the Seahawks like to play their base defense, with minimal blitzing, per Jayson Jenks of the Times.

Bob Condotta of the Times reminds everyone of Robert Turbin’s tragic family history, which Turbin says “plays into my motivation.”

John Fox is 1-4 vs. the Seahawks, but the Broncos are 34-18 — and more stats.

Steve Rudman of Sports Press NW looks at previous Super Bowl rematches and also offers up stats on Seattle’s worst time-of-possession games under Pete Carroll.

Condotta asks whether the off-field legal problems of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have “diminished your desire to watch NFL games.” Not sure why they would unless you are a Vikings fan who is bummed that your team is now much worse, but 25 percent of people (probably new fans) apparently think those guys reflect an entire league.

Broncos’ offense is different, still deadly

Denver tight end Julius Thomas  pulls in a touchdown pass against Kansas City on Sept. 14 (AP)The Denver Broncos who come to Seattle with revenge on their minds this weekend are not exactly the same Broncos the Seahawks demolished in the Super Bowl.

Sure, John Fox is still their coach — one of the best in the league — and they still have the legendary Peyton Manning at quarterback. But so many other things have changed.

On offense, Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno left in free agency — replaced by free-agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders and second-year running back Monte Ball. Left tackle Ryan Clady is back after missing most of 2013 with a foot injury. And top slot receiver Wes Welker returned this week after his suspension was overturned thanks to the new drug policies ratified by the union and the league.

Even with the changes, Manning has been typically masterful in Denver’s 2-0 start, completing 69 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

“They’re terrific,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Their whole system, their function, their tempo, their style of offense, the intricacies, the concepts of route running and all that. Really, it’s impeccable. They give us every challenge that you could ever want, and they’re off to a great start.”

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Perfect-storm loss is no reason to worry

Antonio Gates catches a TD pass over K.J. Wright in the second half (AP)Funny how a team can go from 13 wins to nine in just one week.

The Seahawks came into this season amid pomp and circumstance as Super Bowl champs, and they merely added to their aura of invincibility with a blowout win in the opener against Green Bay.

Everyone fully expected them to carry that over to Week 2 in San Diego, but no one — particularly the Seahawks — was prepared for the Gates of Hell. A resurgent all-star tight end and debilitating heat conspired to overwhelm Seattle’s vaunted defense.

Now, just like that, the worry warts are out.

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Are any of Seahawks’ nominees elite enough for Hall of Fame?

There is no Walter Jones in this group. No once-in-a-generation, first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Former Seahawks draft picks Shawn Springs and Kevin Mawae are among the first-year-eligible nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015, announced Tuesday.

They join former coaches Chuck Knox, Tom Flores and Mike Holmgren and former running backs Shaun Alexander and Ricky Watters as nominees who coached or played for the Seahawks.

Those seven are among 113 total nominees — a list that will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January before the inductees are selected Super Bowl weekend.

The Seahawks have had a good run in the Hall of Fame recently, with career Seahawks Cortez Kennedy and Jones being inducted over the past three years. They join Steve Largent as the only career Seahawks in the Hall (and they shared a great moment before the Seahawks’ opener a couple of weeks ago).

But do any of Seattle’s current nominees have a chance to join that trio this year? Let’s take a look at each of the seven, starting with the coaches:

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Bob Condotta of the Times leads off his Tuesday chat with the question: How concerned are you about Seattle’s loss Sunday?

See what else they are discussing at the Times’ Seahawks forum.

In his chat, Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN addresses concerns about pass coverage, Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks’ ability to win 13 games.

What did they think of the loss to the Chargers at the Hawk Shack?

See the hot topics (yeah, the San Diego heat is one of them) over at SeahawkBlue.

How down on the Hawks are the fans at Seahawks.net?

What’s going on over at Reddit?

Answers to the question: Where was Lynch?

A lot of people had questions about Marshawn Lynch’s lack of participation in the game Sunday in San Diego.

Why didn’t he get the ball more? Why wasn’t he in on the Seahawks’ drive at the end of the first half? Why was he walking off the field with a minute left?

Marshawn Lynch leaves the field with a minute left in the game Sunday in San Diego (AP)
Marshawn Lynch leaves the field with a minute left in the game Sunday in San Diego (AP)

Easy answers.

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Pete Carroll looks back at the loss to the Chargers and ahead to the Super Bowl rematch with the Broncos.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com gives a detailed breakdown of how the Chargers beat the Seahawks and then concludes, “Even with the winning script in hand, it still takes flawless execution to defeat the defending Super Bowl champs.”

“If you thought San Diego was fired up to play the Seahawks, well, wait until Denver comes to town Sunday,” Larry Stone of The Seattle Times says.

This is the first time since 1997 that Super Bowl opponents have played a rematch the next season.

Denver cornerback Chris Harris: “Antonio Gates made a few plays, so we need Julius (Thomas) to have a huge game.”

Richard Sherman talks! To a llama. In a sunglasses commercial.

The inspiration for the Seahawks’ logo could be coming to Seattle’s Burke Museum.

Seahawks logo inspiration

Carroll on facing another great QB: ‘It doesn’t get any better’

Peyton Manning warms up before the Broncos' 24-17 win over Kansas City on Sunday (AP)As the Seattle defense prepares to face a star quarterback for the third straight week, coach Pete Carroll says, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Having beaten Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and lost to Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, the Hawks now prepare to host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a Super Bowl rematch. And Carroll cracked that they ought to add Tom Brady and the New England Patriots during the Seahawks’ Week 4 bye.

“It’s as hard as it can get,” Carroll said, not meaning that in a bad way. “It’s great for us. It’s going to help us during the course of the season. You can’t get any better challenges than these guys throwing the football. Aaron is phenomenal. And look what we just saw (with Rivers). And here comes Peyton.

“This is a great stretch for us. It’ll only help us,” Carroll said of playing the three top-rated active quarterbacks in the NFL. “We have to be so on the mark and so right in everything we’re doing to defend these guys.”

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More bust than Boom: Rough start for Legion

San Diego wide receiver Eddie Royal stiff-arms Earl Thomas on Sunday (AP)
San Diego wide receiver Eddie Royal stiff-arms Earl Thomas on Sunday (AP)

The Legion of Boom had trouble with the dehydrating temperatures in San Diego, and the group is taking some heat in the aftermath of a 30-21 loss to the Chargers and a two-game start that has been more bust than boom for the all-star unit.

Whether it was what happened on the field or what was (or was not) said off the field, Seattle’s top defenders did not respond very well in San Diego.

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