Matt of Seahawk Addicts was nice enough to give his feedback to some questions posed on the upcoming match up between the Gmen and the Seahawks. Likewise, feel free to drop in on Seahawk Addicts to review the UltimateNYG Q and A session.
What do you believe to be the issue with Aaron Curry? Is it finding a way to fit him their scheme or is it his athleticism?
The chemistry between T-Jack and S Rice do you see that in practice and, if so, is it translating into the games?
The chemistry between Jackson and Rice is obvious both in practice and in games. Jackson’s play has improved significantly since Rice returned from injury in Week 3, and the way defenses have been forced to react to Rice has also opened things up for other receiving threats on the team, especially Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, and Zach Miller.
Seahawks were 1-7 on the road last year, this year they are 0-2. What are the reasons for poor performance away from home?
This one is a touchy subject for most Seattle fans, but the problem for the last several seasons has been that the Seahawks have not been a good team. By 2008, the players who took the team to the Super Bowl back in ’05 were mostly gone or old and ineffective, and (now ex-)general manager Tim Ruskell failed to re-stock the team with talent. Really what people should be asking isn’t why the team lost so many games on the road, but how did they manage to win so many games at home? (Answer: they’ve got one of the best home field advantages in the NFL.)
A lot of early, so called analyst, talking heads are projecting that the Seahawks are looking to “suck to get Luck”. What are the specifics you can point to to combat this notion?
The season’s early yet, but I’m already getting sick of hearing all the “suck for Luck” rumors out there. I don’t know what the talking heads think the Seahawks are all about, but I can tell you they sure as hell aren’t losing games on purpose. The roster is filled to the brim with young players hungry for success, second-chance guys like Mike Williams and Brandon Browner who are making the most of their second shot at the NFL, and long-overlooked guys like Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock who’ve spent most of their careers buried on other teams’ depth charts and are bound and determined to show everyone what they’ve been missing out on by not playing them.
Does Carroll now have the controlling player personnel player decisions?
Yes, he does indeed. Having the final say in personnel decisions was a key part of getting Carroll to sign on as head coach, and he also got to choose the general manager he wanted, Pete Schneider. The two have been marching in lockstep ever since.