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Alright, so usually this is a weekly award. And there were some candidate's for it in week 1. However, I had exhausted all of my blogging powers writing this masterpiece. So, I didn't have the energy to do it.
Now, the Seahawks lost, but win or lose I give out an Extrmely Corny Bronze Racecar. For rules and regulations regarding the award, click here.
I won't add to much to the conversation about the game itself. The general consensus seems to be that we should have won, but there's no sense in getting upset over spilled milk. So, lets get on with giving out ECBRs!
I'm going to go with the second touchdown drive...but in a twist its going to be because of our defense. The drive is the second TD drive.
The essentials: 8 plays, 52 yards, 3:13
Result: Shaun Alexander 16 yard TOUCHDOWN, 17-14 Arizona.
Why its the D.O.G.: First off, at this point in the game, I was giving our defense little chance at stopping Arizona. That is until Lofa Tatupu dropped back and picked off Matt Leinhart. Suddenly, I was singing We are the Champions. (go ahead and watch that, I'll wait).
then the Seahawks started moving the ball. A series of short passes, plus a benefitial face mask call, things were doing great. At least, until it was fourth down at the 16. One yard to go. Who you gonna call? Shaun Alexander of course! He's not known for his toughness, but the man can pick up tough yards. Oh, and he can sprint untouched into the endzone as well.
While the end result was not what we hoped for against a divisional rival, this short drive did wing momentum in the game and had everything I like. Plus, Lofa Tatupu was involved. And only one man can compare to Lofa Tatupu.
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By albaNY Hawker
I'm going to get to it right out of the gate.
This week's Dark Angel Award goes to Mike Tyson.
WTF you say?
Well, nobody on the Seahawks did anything remotely impressive yesterday, and I'm certainly not going to give it to a Cardinal! (of course, former Seahawk Oliver Celestine did warrant some consideration for downing that punt on the one)
No, Mike Tyson gets to enjoy a week with Jessica due to his famous quote "Everyone has a plan until you hit 'em in the mouth!"
The Seahawks seemed to sleepwalk into the Pink Taco on Sunday, planning on sealing the victory just by showing up. The Cardinals had other plans.
The Seahawks did seem to respond to being hit in the mouth, rattling off 20 unanswered points, after being rudely awakened by a 17-0 deficit. However, they rolled over and hit the snooze button in crunch-time, the offense and defense spooning together for their extra 2 minute fourth quarter nap, and allowed Neil Rackers to steal Josh Brown's spotlight and the game winning FG.
The Seahawks better heed the warning of the tatooed and prescient Mr. Tyson, as clutching defeat from the jaws of victory in Arizona was like Apollo Creed catching an Italian Stallion hay-maker in Rocky I.
And the team gets to host the Cincinnati Bengals, themselves coming off a non-stop combination of body blows and shots to the head, at the hands of an unranked challenger from Cleveland known as the Browns. (who knew it was really Charlie Frye who was holding back their offense?!!)
So good luck Jessica, as you embark on 7 days with Mike Tyson. Remember to keep him on his meds, like Robin Givens did for the Barbara Walters interview, and don't allow yourself to be alone with him, ala Desiree Washington!
And the same warning goes to the Seahawk players and coaching staff. Enjoy your upcoming week looking up in the NFC standings to the likes of the 49ers, Cowboys, Lions and Packers, with the Cincinnati offensive juggernaut heading to town.
I hope you have a plan!
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Trader Ruskell is at it again! Tim has been very active in his efforts to load up team Seattle for the present and for the future. The G.M. hung out at Dick's Drive In, contemplating what to order from the menu and what to throw back. He tossed out the Fish(er) burger to the hovering seagulls and ordered up a large round of spicey Frye(s).
Coach Holmgren has never not had a 3rd QB during his tenure as coach...until now. He has vowed the team would be getting that 3rd quarterback soon and it happened today. Charley Frye was obtained from the Cleveland Browns with what has been reported to be a 6th round pick. Charley Frye has experience starting 19 games for the Browns in the last 2 plus seasons. At 6-4 218 pounds he can see over the linemen with ease.
The college scouting report on Fry says he has good vision and is very mobile. The report says he has above average overall accuracy from the pocket and on the move. Shows a soft touch and displays good timing on his throws. Reads coverages well and makes a lot of checks at the line. Fast and elusive on the run but must secure the ball better. He has been timed with a 4.64 forty and benched 330 pounds. Intelligence measured with a 38 on Wonderlic.
Playing for Cleveland, he was an accurate passer (63%) which says alot for working behind that woeful Cleveland offensive line. The Jets, Falcons, Giants and Panthers have all had discussions with the Browns regarding the acquiring of Frye.
To pave the way for adding a third quarterback to the roster, the Seahawks traded away fan favorite Bryce Fisher to the Tennessee Titans for an undisclosed draft choice. Fisher, recently lost his starter position to Kerney first and then competed with Darryl Tapp for starting the right side defensive end position, ultimately losing out to Tapp. Fisher did not ask for a trade. He was the consumate professional accepting his role. Bryce was a vital cog to the rotation at defensive end though. His loss of leadership and experience will be felt. Recently acquired Jason Babin and Baraka Atkins, will provide depth at defensive end. Fisher was acknowledged as the best run defender at defensive end for the Hawks.
Note the NFL salary cap was not a motive in either trade as the Seahawks have $8.5 million available under the cap.