Sunday college football notes: 20th December

December 20th, 2020 | Written by Rob Staton

Najee Harris is a star

Sometimes you just watch a player and he has ‘it’. Harris has ‘it’.

Simply from watching his Rivals pre-college footage you could see he stood out as a special athlete. Everything comes so naturally and dare I say — easily — to him.

There are few players who can run with his elegance at 6-2 and 230lbs. He glides, slips through tackles and can slalom his way through traffic. At SPARQ he ran a 4.16 short shuttle which is remarkable for his size. That’s the kind of time you’d expect for a 195lbs cornerback.

Yet because he carries the weight on a perfectly balanced frame, he’s tough to bring down and tackle.

Against Florida he was sensational — leading the way with 178 rushing yards on 31 carries and adding 67 receiving yards. He scored five total touchdowns.

The perfect illustration of what he can do came on a smart stop-and-slant route. He lined up outside and feigned a checkdown option, then exploded into a slant for a first down. It was great play design but it also required Harris to sell it and execute — which he did perfectly. His route running and catching skills are excellent.

His calling card is a fantastic hurdle which he’s been doing throughout his career. It’s a bit of a weird thing to say — but nobody has mastered the ‘hurdle to avoid contact and extend the play’ quite like Harris.

He’s not a punishing runner for his size but it doesn’t really matter. He’s just so elegant. He lacks Derrick Henry’s insane breakaway speed too and he’s far from a burner — only running a 4.66 at SPARQ.

Harris is a player you can construct a serious chunk of your offense around, however. He looks like a first round pick and if he lands on a contending team in the 20’s or 30’s — he could turn into an immediate star player at the next level.

Many would’ve pissed and moaned if the Seahawks drafted him early — which they won’t be able to given their lack of picks. However, he’s the kind of player who lasts into a certain range due to positional value and ends up being a huge steal. It would’ve been fun to see him paired with D.K. Metcalf as Russell Wilson’s two key weapons for the remainder of his peak.

Whoever does get Harris for a modest rookie contract for the next four or five years will be laughing about it.

DeVonta Smith should be in the Heisman discussion

For too long the Heisman has become a quarterback or running back award. Few players have dominated like Smith in 2020.

Early during the 2019 college football season we were talking about Smith — discussing how he looked like the best receiver on Alabama’s roster (ahead of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Jaylen Waddle). He’s proven that to be the case this year.

Smith is practically unstoppable on slants and he has some Doug Baldwin to his game in the way he shakes defenders to get open. He has the speed to get downfield, he’s mastered his craft in terms of catching and despite his lack of size he’s a very willing blocker.

Against Florida he had another huge day with 184 yards on 15 catches and two touchdowns.

For me the Heisman should be between Smith, Harris or Trevor Lawrence.

Some thoughts on Florida’s pair of targets

Kadarius Toney had eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. He looked really sharp and played a big role in Florida making a game of it in the second half.

The thing about Toney, who hopefully will attend the Senior Bowl, is he needs to test well. He’s not the biggest and while he appears quick on tape — he only ran a 4.69 at SPARQ. To max out his potential, he’s going to need to run in the 4.4’s at the combine.

There are no such concerns for Kyle Pitts though who had seven catches for 129 yards and a superb touchdown. He will be a top-20 pick. The Chargers should seriously consider drafting him to give Justin Herbert a new weapon to grow with.

Haskell Garrett does it again

There are some really appealing defensive tackle options in this draft and several could come off the board by the end of round two. Nobody has been more impressive than Ohio State’s Garrett.

He is flying under the radar but he shouldn’t be. He’s a tremendous athlete who plays with fire and aggression.

He was chopped down by the right tackle on Northwestern’s touchdown play in the Big-10 Championship game. The block essentially creates the lane for the score. Yet Haskell got back to his feet immediately. In almost one complete move he was on the turf and then up again. It was such an athletic move and he almost plugged the lane.

He had a sack later on as he mopped up an outside rush but he flashes such tremendous quickness to complement his all-action style. He ran a 4.41 short shuttle at 300lbs at SPARQ. Don’t be surprised if he ends up becoming a top-40 lock but if he lasts into round two — he could be a serious option for Seattle.

Go and study Daviyon Nixon

People tend to view Mel Kiper as a bit of a comedy character. The hair, the ‘Todd, Todd, Todd’, the Frank Caliendo impression. Yet every year he often delivers a name to the masses, rated highly by scouts and not on the media radar.

Iowa’s Nixon is that guy for 2021. Kiper brought him up this week so I went to take a look and he’s a ‘wow’ player who could easily be a top-20 pick.

His gap discipline at 6-3 and 305lbs is superb. He knows what his role is, he can control the LOS or split his blocks to force runs back inside. He can afford to be patient because he’s just so nimble and athletic for his size. His frame is big, strong and powerful but he flashes quickness and he’s opportunistic. He can bully opponents and shoot gaps equally well.

He even managed a remarkable 70-yard pick-six against Penn State. Nixon is going to go very early in this draft.

Trey Sermon impresses

Ohio State leaned on their RB2 to the tune of 331 yards on 29 carries (including two touchdowns). There are major question marks about what the Seahawks do at the position with Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde both free agents and Rashaad Penny hasn’t exactly convinced anyone he deserves to lead the rushing attack next year.

Sermon isn’t exactly what the Seahawks go for at the position. He’s 6-1 and about 215lbs which doesn’t typically fit their profile. He’s a bit upright as a runner too and that could cause some issues.

However, he ran a 4.27 short shuttle and jumped a 35 inch vertical at SPARQ and you do see that compliment of explosive traits and agility on display as he weaves through tackles.

I suspect the Seahawks will retain Carson, even if it’s only on a short-term extension. However, they need a stable of backs. They also need better players than Deejay Dallas and Travis Homer making up the numbers. It’s fine having someone like Homer who pass protects well or Dallas who plays special teams. With Carson so plagued by injury though — they can’t afford to bring people off the street (Bo Scarborough, Alex Collins, Marshawn Lynch) to run the ball because they’re not confident either can handle the load. Your running backs need to actually, you know, run.

Sermon will likely be available later on and might be worth monitoring throughout the process. It’s not a particularly deep running back class overall.

Who should be in the playoffs?

Alabama and Clemson are locked in. I have sympathy with the argument that Ohio State shouldn’t be eligible after playing only six games. They will be much fresher than any of the other contenders. However, they are legitimately one of the top four teams and any playoff scenario without them would simply be worse for us the fans.

I don’t want to see Notre Dame qualify. We see it every few years. They get on a roll and run the table, only to be embarrassed by a proper team in the playoffs or National Championship.

They deserve credit for the way they handled the ACC and the win against Clemson was exciting. Yet look at the difference when Clemson had their starting quarterback. They destroyed Notre Dame — and we don’t need to watch Alabama do the same in the playoffs.

The fourth best team might be Florida. A rematch with Alabama would be a game worth watching. However, with three losses on their slate you can’t include them unless you’re prepared to take some serious flack.

I think Texas A&M should get the final spot. They beat Florida and demolished many of their SEC opponents. They are more likely to give Alabama a game than Notre Dame.

The Covid-impacted season hasn’t really left the committee with a great array of options. I think they have a duty to give us a semi-final that can be somewhat competitive though. I don’t think Alabama vs Notre Dame will be competitive. Maybe Alabama vs Texas A&M wouldn’t be either? When they played earlier this year, it was 14-14 until a late second quarter collapse carried Alabama to a 52-24 win. The Aggies have improved since then.

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403 Responses to “Sunday college football notes: 20th December”

  1. Big Mike says:

    DeVonta Smith appears to also be a willing blocker. Saw him stay on a block on a long run down the sideline by Harris last night. Helped him get an additional 10 yds. Technique was a bit on the ‘holding’ side but you can’t teach WR willingness to block and he looks to have that.

  2. Trevor says:

    It seems like there will be some solid options near the end of Rd 2 at both DT or LG. Really hope the Hawks either go freak athlete or address one of those two spots with that first pick given thier limited draft capital.

  3. Denver Hawker says:

    Joseph Ossai is an intriguing prospect from Texas. Nice looking frame, explosive, great hands, a bit stiff laterally and overruns his rushes a bit, but could be an intriguing late 2nd round option for the Hawks if he lasts that long, but I doubt he will.

  4. Big Mike says:

    Not sure this is good news considering the Hawks make Nick Mullens look like Dan Marino:

    https://www.nfl.com/news/niners-qb-jimmy-garoppolo-unlikely-to-play-again-this-season-george-kittle-has-c

  5. Paul Cook says:

    Nice to hear your thoughts. About all I did yesterday was watch college football from breakfast to bedtime. LOL Covid, horrible weather outside, and being in kind of a hunker-down escapist mood set the stage for it.

    There were some players who certainly opened my eyes wide. The majority I already knew something of, and a few I hardly knew anything about or nothing at all. The player that got me drooling this weekend (even though I was quite familiar with him already), was Kayvon Thibodeaux. I want him on the Seahawks bad, though he’s only a true sophomore this season.

    I watched pretty closely all the players you mentioned and came away with pretty much the same opinion. It was a small sample size, but you did have to take notice of that OSU RB. He’s he for real?

    Anyway…good college football weekend.

  6. Justaguy says:

    Talking about freak size Daniel Faalele should be a late round flier if he enters the draft.

  7. cha says:

    Inactives

    Bullard
    Hart
    Randall
    Haynes
    Shell

    So Dunlap is active

    • Big Mike says:

      Bummed about Shell but not surprised. Hope Carlos stays healthy. He will very much be needed next week and thereafter.

  8. No frickin clue says:

    I thought Gators’ DB Brad Stewart (#2) made a handful of nice plays too. Don’t know about arm length but maybe worth a look.

  9. Tecmo Bowl says:

    “Harris is a player you can construct a serious chunk of your offense around, however. He looks like a first round pick and if he lands on a contending team in the 20’s or 30’s — he could turn into an immediate star player at the next level.”

    Pittsburgh is a perfect fit for Harris. They should make Harris their highest drafted RB since the player he reminds me the most of- Leveon Bell #48 in 2013.

  10. AlaskaHawk says:

    My impression was that Sermon had some gaping holes to run through that left him with only one man to beat. He’s quick and a good runner, with 325 yards yesterday.

    Harris isn’t as flashy as Sermon, but he was running through tight holes and running in traffic. It was amazing the yards he gained through a crowd of defensive players. He’s also good at running routes and catching passes.

    Overall I prefer Harris, but Sermon looked pretty good too.

  11. Paul Cook says:

    Let’s get ourselves a convincing win today.

  12. Paul Cook says:

    Everything on that first drive was how I wanted the Hawks to approach today. Until that damn holding penalty.

  13. Tony says:

    Good drive till the holding call. 3 pts a decent start.

  14. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I can see why they want to bring in Boone at this point in the season. Iupati is a liability.

  15. Rob Staton says:

    Jonathan Taylor really starting to come into his own.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Bittersweet to see. Very happy for him but sad to think what might have been in Seattle’s backfield.

  16. cha says:

    Dunlap looks gimpy.

    • Rob Staton says:

      He didn’t know where the ball was at all on that Adams sack and he turned like Santa an hour after his shift.

    • Trevor says:

      Wish they would hold him out of a game like this with Haskins at QB the pass rush is not nearly as important. They need him and She’ll healthy heading into the playoffs.

  17. Rob Staton says:

    Washington look liked an absolute nervous wreck on offense with Haskins under center.

    Totally unrecognisable to the Alex Smith version.

    If the offense does it job this should be a laugher.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      This game should be a gimme if the Seahawks would take care of business. Lets get up three scores and ride it to a strong finish.

    • Big Mike says:

      Just don’t turn it over, everything else will fall into place

    • Trevor says:

      Say what you like about Alex Smith he knows how to manage a game and run an offense. Huge break for the Hawks with hm being injured.

  18. AlaskaHawk says:

    I’m not sure what Adams was doing – but he showed excellent closing speed when he ran back across the field to tackle the scrambling QB.

  19. Mick says:

    Can’t ask for more if the D keeps up the rhythm.

  20. Big Mike says:

    Absolutely no denying his physical gifts

  21. cha says:

    Carson running with purpose. Feed him.

  22. Trevor says:

    Carson finally looks healthy and like himself today. It would be huge for the Hawks if he can get on a roll here in December and head into the playoffs healthy.

  23. Gohawks5151 says:

    Damn you David Moore. Stop stalling.

  24. Robbie says:

    Is there a worse combo than Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma? Just awful to listen to.

  25. AlaskaHawk says:

    I’m voting Dickinson for team MVP this year!

  26. Trevor says:

    Is anyone else excited to see Josh Gordon as WR3 instead of David Moore? I know Moore had scored some TDs and made some big catches but he just seems so tentative to me all the time.

  27. Paul Cook says:

    Pretty good pursuit on D so far.

  28. AlaskaHawk says:

    Does anyone remember why the Seahawks let McKissic go?? He performed pretty well while he was on the team. And in hindsight with all the injured backs, it is curious that they didn’t keep him.

  29. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Poona Ford having a nice game today so far.

  30. Big Mike says:

    Zero 4 man pass rush. Doesn’t bode well against Goff next week.

  31. cha says:

    Simmons in at LG. Iupati pulled or hurt?

  32. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Simmons in for Iupati

  33. Paul Cook says:

    Just keep up with the positive tempo on offense, keep the D guessing, take what they give us…we should be alright.

  34. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice to see Lockett involved early. Now, where’s DK?

    And I wouldn’t mind a Carson/Hyde RB tandem beyond this season if the price isn’t too high.

  35. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Freddy Swain! What a pass!

  36. Robbie says:

    bummer, thats going to be overturned for sure.

  37. Big Mike says:

    So I assume when this is overturned we are allowed to accept the offside penalty and it will be 3rd and two correct?

  38. Scot04 says:

    Great play unfortunately Swain couldn’t keep his feet in

  39. cha says:

    Hawks manufactured touches for Moore and Swain but nothing for DK yet.

    I’m not saying you have to throw to him 20x a game, but c’mon.

  40. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Finally a proper 3rd down and short play call

  41. Matt says:

    And now DK is hurt. That looked bad.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      I don’t like the way he hyperextended his leg. Come on RW give Metcalf a few short passes to get started. What is Moore doing in there?

    • Robbie says:

      Yeah I didn’t like that replay at all. Hope he’s okay. I don’t understand how David Moore is getting so many targets and is highly involved in the game plan. What is the hell is this? Come on….

  42. Rob Staton says:

    David Moore is crap.

    There, we’ve addressed it.

    Now let’s throw to someone else.

  43. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I’ve seen enough of Moore today thanks

  44. Hawks4life says:

    David Moore…. Can’t wait for Josh Gordon’s arrival.

  45. dand393 says:

    What is Wilson’s deal with David Moore he’s just terrible. Makes 1 decent catch a game and that’s at best can we please stop using him he can’t break a tackle to save his life

  46. Scot04 says:

    Bad last set of downs. Metcalf hurt and Moore’s stone hands costing us a 1st down

  47. Trevor says:

    Dickson and Myers have to be the top kicking duo in the league this year.

  48. Mick says:

    I’d totally go WR with the first pick of the draft. And until then play Swain more.

  49. Matt says:

    He popped up…thankfully, but that looked really bad. Wouldn’t shock me if that’s a “he doesn’t play the rest of the regular season” bad.

  50. cha says:

    Adam Jude
    @A_Jude
    FOX camera catches DK Metcalf on the sideline: “I’m all right.” Phew.
    10:51 AM · Dec 20, 2020

  51. Trevor says:

    Man I would not want to have to face Derrick Henry and Titans in the playoffs. That offense just beats teams up.

  52. Robbie says:

    We need to start putting up 7 not 3. We can’t let this team hang around like we did with the Giants.

  53. Rob Staton says:

    I see the defense has initiated the… ‘woops’ part of the weekly game plan.

  54. Blitzy the Clown says:

    KJ should’ve always played SAM.

  55. Rob Staton says:

    Dwayne Haskins sucks

  56. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Where’s Rasheem Green? Surely he’s better than Collier at this point?

    Great INT by Griffin!

  57. AlaskaHawk says:

    That was a nice interception by Griffin. Need more ball hawks like him. My favorites cornerbacks for going forward would include Griffin, Reed and Amadi.

    • Rob Staton says:

      With respect to Griffin, I don’t think ‘ball hawk’ is the immediate name that comes to mind.

      • AlaskaHawk says:

        I’m grasping at straws and trying to build a house, one with a rotten foundation and a leaky roof. LOL.

      • lil’stink says:

        If only he could turn his head around when guarding receivers as well as he turns his head around to look for flags after the play.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      Not sure if you’re joking or not 😀
      Griffin is plain awful. He can’t make plays on the ball and out of position more than he’s not. That was a simple tipped ball drill. He’s an A+ backup CB but not even a CB2. Tbh it seems Reed and Amadi plays better than him

  58. cha says:

    DAVID MOORE BUBBLE SCREEN WORKS YOU GUYS ALL IS FORGIVEN

  59. Rob Staton says:

    Chase Young showing right there that he definitely would’ve run a crap forty at the combine.

  60. Blitzy the Clown says:

    He’s out of bounds but what a nice one-handed snag by DK

  61. dand393 says:

    Crazy that metcalf can make such hard catches but still has such easy drops on other plays

  62. cha says:

    Is Will Dissly not in the game? I haven’t seen him yet but maybe I’m just missing him.

    • Blitzy the Clown says:

      Pretty sure I saw him on the first two possessions.

      • Pran says:

        Let’s admit Adam’s made this D worse.

        On the offense, they got conservative and blew many opportunities. They just don’t realize it’s a middling offense which is more likely to not score a game winning drive.

  63. dand393 says:

    Beautiful drive

  64. Gohawks5151 says:

    He been in. Sealed the edge on a rollout a couple times.

  65. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Nice drive to close out the half.

  66. Big Mike says:

    Helluva seed into a tight window there

  67. Scot04 says:

    Defense can’t afford to go soft this last drive.

  68. Volume12 says:

    Laser

  69. James Kupihea says:

    Finally. I miss seeing that Russ laser. Looked like one of Rodgers’.

  70. Mick says:

    That’s wonderful, that’s why you have the TEs. Let’s keep them at 0 before halftime.

  71. AlaskaHawk says:

    Okay – I’m happy with the offense now. Wilson showed he still has some speed with his long scramble. Nice hard throw on the Hollister touchdown.

    They have had a lot of players touch the ball today. Spreading it around – which is great when they don’t drop the ball.

  72. Blitzy the Clown says:

    IDK about you guys but that “just the two of us” tiktok NFL commercial really takes me back to my childhood. I did stuff like that for hours growing up.

  73. Pran says:

    What is Moore bringing to the table .. oh Russ loves Moore. He is so tentative, slow and no tackle breaking ability. He is occasional deep throw guy and injury insurance at this point. Waiting for Josh Gordon..

    • James Kupihea says:

      Moore’s got a little bit of the devil’s luck, like Kearse. He can drive you crazy all game, and then bail you out that one time you need him to. I’m in camp #waitingforgordon.

  74. Rob Staton says:

    Shame for Deejay Dallas.

    With Homer & Dallas on IR now…

    Marshawn please.

  75. clbradley17 says:

    Is Jarran Reed playing this game? Looking at the current boxscore and doesn’t show his name or any tackles. Can’t get the game here, just looking online.

  76. dand393 says:

    It was good to see penny out there even though he didn’t get a touch but still good to see him

  77. AlaskaHawk says:

    Washington’s QB Haskins is actually playing pretty well. He’s had at least three passes that were in the receivers hands and dropped.

  78. James Kupihea says:

    How is THIS team soft in the middle so often…

  79. clbradley17 says:

    Don’t let them score a TD going into halftime after giving up nothing for almost 2 quarters.

  80. Dinosaw says:

    Why cant Norton adjust. Logan Thomas feasting….

    • clbradley17 says:

      TE Logan Thomas is their main receiving weapon so far – 8 rec. on 8 targets for 64 yards. The next closest are McKissic and McLaurin for 17 and 16 yards.

  81. Gohawks5151 says:

    Ugo makes that play once a game. He could be pretty good if he cleans things up

  82. AlaskaHawk says:

    So Seahawks are playing Linden Stephens #34 at cornerback now? He was covering on the right side.

  83. Rob Staton says:

    My 19-9 prediction is still on…

  84. Mick says:

    I’m happy so far, looking strong in D, O improving, we’ll get the W.

  85. Big Mike says:

    4 man pass rush back to being utterly ineffectual

    • clbradley17 says:

      At least Adams got his usual sack per game, on the back of which when he ends up with 11-12 sacks for the year he’ll ask for 15-17 mil. per/yr. on the next contract. His agent will claim he has edge/DE-like pass rush ability at safety, and not mention that he is lousy in coverage.

      • clbradley17 says:

        Or they won’t say, like Rob has pointed out, that they blitz him 10 times a game to get that one sack and frequently the D gives up big plays because of that.

  86. vanhawksfan says:

    The offensive line has looked solid. Jordan Simmons looks like the long term replacement for Iupati. He has stayed healthy this season for a change.

  87. James Kupihea says:

    When halftime coverage gives you gems such as “they look like the Seahawks defense of old”… I think the entire state of WA just eye-rolled.

  88. jopa726 says:

    Shaquill Griffin our starting cornerback limps off the field. Mike Iupati is out with a neck injury. D.J. Dallas had to get an Air Cast on his ankle and be carted off the field. Oh and we almost lost DK Metcalf for the rest of the season. That was just in one half! I hate playing at FedEx Field.

    • clbradley17 says:

      Maybe continue to rest Penny since we’re up 17 and don’t get him injured on this field. Hope Shaq is OK. This field is one of, if not the worst in the league. They should get fined and forced to upgrade their field. It’s been terrible for years.

  89. Gohawks5151 says:

    2 things:

    1) Who do people like as announcers? See a lot of negatives over the years. I really don’t mind Buck and Aikman. I even kinda like Schlereth.

    2) Who is running the end zone cam? They keep zooming in super close on anyone and everyone every time teams are close

  90. AlaskaHawk says:

    Yes, thank you Carson. This offense looks so much better with him playing. You my as well fire the rest of them.

  91. cha says:

    FEED CHRIS CARSON

  92. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Yeah baby!

  93. Big Mike says:

    There goes your 19 Rob. 🙂

  94. Mick says:

    That’s what we’re talking about, way to go guys!

  95. Gohawks5151 says:

    Beautiful job taking advantage of Sweat being over aggressive. Great way to counter pressure.

  96. KennyBadger says:

    We scored on a drive where David Moore didn’t touch the ball?!! Unpossible!

  97. Volume12 says:

    Nobody is gonna want to see Seattle if this running game keeps clicking w/ Penny getting healthy now too. I truly, honestly beleive that.

  98. Big Mike says:

    Run for over 170 today. 🙂

  99. cha says:

    This is just the shot of confidence they need going into next week. OL is handling this terrific front 4 just fine.

  100. Rob Staton says:

    LOL that Dwayne Haskins was drafted in R1

    We knew.

  101. cha says:

    Wooo! DJ Reed!

  102. AlaskaHawk says:

    Amadi should have looked back for that one. He was in a good positon.

    DJ Reed just had a good pick. That one was on Haskins.

  103. Big Mike says:

    Haskins is really bad. Out of the league in 2 more years

  104. Volume12 says:

    Reed is f***n awesome!

  105. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Another INT! DJ Reed quickly becoming this team’s B.Maxwell.

    • vanhawksfan says:

      For all the challenges this secondary has had, I’ve really like the Reed and the Neal pickups. Amadi is progressing well. McLaurin made a great catch on a great pass.

  106. Mick says:

    We might see Geno today.

    • clbradley17 says:

      Definitely pull Russ early and get him off this lousy torn up field. With us up big, it’s good to see Shell and Dunlap resting their injuries and off this field too. Going to need them for the Rams/49ers and the playoffs.

  107. Big Mike says:

    Did anyone notice if Griffin made it back on the field for the 2nd half?

  108. Paul Cook says:

    Boy did Penny look hesitant there…LOL

  109. AlaskaHawk says:

    Pennnyyyyy! Welcome back.

  110. Matt says:

    Still extremely concerned about the passing game. This is a nice game overall, but I still don’t see a team that’s going anywhere in the playoffs. Everything looks way too hard when throwing the ball.

    • vanhawksfan says:

      Washington is playing an effective zone. I like that Schotty and Russ are taking what the defense gives them and not forcing it. This looks like the way Seattle has typically won in the past. Tight defense, great running game and enough of a passing game to keep Washington honest. I’ve been waiting for a game like this all season. You have to be able to win more than one way in the playoffs.

      • Matt says:

        Agree to disagree. This offense isn’t good enough and you’re not going up against Dwayne Haskins throughput the playoffs. They need to be better. RW still doesn’t look very good, IMO.

  111. James Cr. says:

    Is it just me or has Ogbuehi been great today?

  112. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Would you be ok if the best Cody Barton ever got was Heath Farwell?

  113. Leonardo says:

    The last time we faced a good QB (Kyler) was exactly a month ago. The last time we faced a really good QB (Josh Allen) he embarrassed us. I’m really curious to see how we do next week, there are some hints of progress but it’s like we’ve been playing Madden on easy.

  114. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I like the way Adams is being schemed today.

  115. cha says:

    Great. Jamal Adams hurt again.

  116. Rob Staton says:

    The game plan hasn’t needed Russell to be great.

    Which is a good thing, because he still looks off.

    • Matt says:

      My concern is that this team is still a mirage. We are playing some terrible teams.

      They need RW to get back into a groove otherwise it’s going to be a quick playoff appearance.

    • vanhawksfan says:

      I agree that he has looked off for a few weeks. But it is nice to see him playing within the system and not forcing it. I wonder if there has been an injury or a concussion that we will find out about after the season.

  117. Pran says:

    Wasting great field position on the last two drives

  118. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Baffling play call there on 3rd and long

  119. Sea Mode says:

    Hooray for early games…

    Looking good so far thanks to some questionable decisions from Haskins. But let’s put this away.

  120. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Cmon man get off the field on 3rd down

  121. Big Mike says:

    So they will call Carlos for late hit but they won’t call their left tackle for a blatant hold?

  122. Dinosaw says:

    Norton cover the TE….. Adjust come on.

  123. Big Mike says:

    D shitting the bed

  124. Dinosaw says:

    Norton stop blitzing on 3rd down come on.

  125. Big Mike says:

    There’s the early season D

  126. Mick says:

    The usual bad drive per game, nothing to worry about.

  127. Dinosaw says:

    Nortons gotta go . Def play calling appalling lucky we keep playing shit offenses. Dreading next week.

    • Paul Cook says:

      Really? They’ve only got 3 points after 3 quarters of football. I think he’s correctly decided to not blitz him as much, make him beat us. Hasn’t done it so far.

  128. Big Mike says:

    Except for a lack of a 4 man pass rush

  129. Troy says:

    Absolutely no pass rush. The great QB’s (Rodgers, Breed and even Goff) will shred this team come playoff time.

    • Matt says:

      At the current clip, this team has no chance getting past the divisional round. The defense has been a byproduct of awful competition and our passing game is atrocious, right now.

  130. Big Mike says:

    DJ man
    Good find

  131. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Reed’s a keeper

  132. Rob Staton says:

    If it finishes 20-9 I am claiming that as a prediction VICTORY

  133. Dinosaw says:

    No pass rush doesn’t mean you can’t adjust to cover the TE.

  134. Paul Cook says:

    I understand our difficulties as a pass rush unit. But I don’t think today’s the day to bitch about it. We’re not blitzing as much, and Adams has been our premier pass rusher. Dunlap has been slowed this week with injury, and seeing more limited snaps. And Reed?

    We’re just trying to win this game. We’re playing the game against a weak QB and playing D to let hiim try to beast us.

    Sounds like a good strategy to me.

  135. AlaskaHawk says:

    It looks so easy when Russell makes short passes to Metcalf.

  136. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Russ ain’t been Russ lately

  137. Seahemoth82 says:

    Rob, long time reader, occasional commenter. DJ Reed has played lights out today, sticky coverage and outstanding spatial and ball awareness (not to mention his positive contributions to Special Teams).

    He’s undersized in regards to the prototypical Seahawks starting cornerback, but do you think his play (not from this game, but his defensive performance as a whole throughout the season) might adjust the way the Seahawks scout cornerbacks moving forward?

    Thanks again for all the work you do man, you’re a gem!

    • Rob Staton says:

      I think they should review their approach, yes.

      And thanks for the kind words.

      • Trevor says:

        Seems like in todays NFL where basically no contact is allowed past the line of scrimmage that quickness and agility are more important than physicality and length.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      I’m totally against Adams. I hope they don’t give him a massive contract. BUT! TBH he and DJ Reed are the only guys I enjoy watching on defense. Maybe Ford and KJ too (just don’t make him cover). That’s all, rest of the guys could be traded or cut and I just wouldn’t care. Maybe keep Dunlap too as he played reasonably well. But Bobby? Please trade him. Reed (Jarran) he can go. Any DL? Out with them. Griffin? Don’t resign him, he’s awful. Diggs? He can make 1-2 good plays and 4-5 really bad per game.

  138. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Oh FFS

  139. Pran says:

    Another game that have been put away early but heading for a Heartbreaker?

  140. Big Mike says:

    If you are Norton what do you do you can’t generate any pass rush with your 4 man rush and there starting to eat your blitz up?

  141. Rob Staton says:

    Wilson is still all over the place.

    Horrible throw to DK. Then has all day and somehow, on a scramble, manages to get tipped for a pick.

    He can’t play like this again next week.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      it’s funny that he threw to Metcalf 4-5 times in a row. Something changed?

    • Trevor says:

      For all the let Russ cook talk and hype this is the worst I have ever seen Russ play. He is indecisive, inaccurate and turning the ball over. Needs to turn it around quick or the Hawks have no chance against any of the top teams.

    • Hawks4life says:

      From what he’s shown us he’ll continue this play

    • Pran says:

      Both O and D are bad in 2nd half. Guess they adjust but we dont..

  142. Paul Cook says:

    RW suddenly turned into a pumpkin again.

  143. Paul Cook says:

    That TO hurt. D has to step up now.

  144. Matt says:

    This team is just not fun to watch anymore. Kinda sad. I remember when it was the most exciting day of the week. Now it’s like watching a slow motion car wreck.

  145. Trevor says:

    Listening to tv analysts talking about how Haskins looks so much better now is laughable. No kidding he looks better there has not been a defender near him or a lick of pressure in 3 quarters. No wonder he is comfortable.

  146. Rik says:

    Pete has used the word “uncharacteristic” a lot lately, but I think the inaccuracy and turnovers are now characteristic of Russ. It’s the new normal on offense.

    And the Norton-ball defense! Sheesh!

  147. Blitzy the Clown says:

    It’s about to be a one score game. Maybe just a FG.

    How can a defense be so hot and cold within a single game?

  148. Rob Staton says:

    What the hell was that???

    Who was covering McKissic???

  149. Trevor says:

    Have you ever seen an easier TD drive in the NFL? This defense is unfixable this season at this point and it is sad.

    The best player on defense is an old SAM linebacker in KJ. That says it all.

    • GoHawksDani says:

      Actually I loved DJ Reed today. Ton of energy, close to the receiver always, able to make plays. Smaller guy so you shouldn’t put him on TEs or guys like Metcalf but he seems pretty good. Probably our best CB lol

  150. Pran says:

    FFS.. This is heading towards a choke job. Pete, Schotty, Ken and Russ deserves all the blame.

  151. Mick says:

    Now we need a long drive with TD. Field goal is too risky.

  152. STTBM says:

    If I hear any more passes handed to Norton because “this is Carroll’s defense”, I’m going to scream. Norton is the dumbest, least adaptive DC in football, and even guys who have played in his system for years–like Griffin on that last TD–dont seem to know their assignments all too often.

    I want his head on a platter. Metaphorically…

  153. Paul Cook says:

    Sometimes it sure seems that the Hawks have a team psychological problem when it comes to putting teams away. It happens too often to not consider such a thing.

  154. Trevor says:

    Hawks need to feed Carson here. Run it till they stop him.

  155. AlaskaHawk says:

    If Seahawks score a TD we will be close to my prediction. 27-13

  156. Blitzy the Clown says:

    When was the last time either the offense or the defense put together 4 straight quarters of solid ball?

  157. STTBM says:

    Running on first down doesn’t work. So that’s what we go with…

  158. Big Mike says:

    Aaaaand away we go….

  159. Blitzy the Clown says:

    I’m not liking the trend of this game. Not one bit.

  160. STTBM says:

    Carrol coaching the team he wishes he had, rather than the team he has.

  161. AlaskaHawk says:

    Oh man – they were waiting for Carson and ambushed him.

  162. TheOtherJordan says:

    Does anyone else find it worrisome that we make virtually every opposing QB we play look good? Even backups and otherwise terrible QB’s.

  163. Robbie says:

    Oh good……3 and out and give them the ball back….Unreal.

  164. Rob Staton says:

    The Seahawks are a bit crap.

    Let’s be honest.

  165. Pran says:

    Can you win the game in 1st q, end, 3rd or 4th? Looks like Pete is coaching the other side..

    They can’t adjust for shit.. That’s 4th consecutive drive Russ and Schotty has no answer.

  166. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What a punt

    Welp at least the kicking game is holding up 🙄

  167. Big Mike says:

    Does anyone here have any faith that the defense wall get a stop here and win the game for us?

  168. STTBM says:

    Dunlap a non factor…

  169. KennyBadger says:

    Well timed 3 and out.

  170. AlaskaHawk says:

    Once again the offense fails and it is up to the even worse defense to stop them.

  171. Sea Mode says:

    No pressure again.

    Sigh

  172. STTBM says:

    Seattle awful on third down offense and defense…

  173. Big Mike says:

    Absolutely atrocious challenge you may need the time out

  174. AlaskaHawk says:

    Still early to start drinking heavily.

  175. Paul Cook says:

    I get so tired and frustrated of the Hawks playing down to the competition and not putting teams away when it’s clear they’re in control of the game.

  176. Matt says:

    I’m so jaded right now, I’m actually wanting us to lose. I’m just sick of this coaching staff and the lack of changes. I mean…this team is not going to do anything in the postseason. Are we really a fan base that has turned into a “we are just happy to be here,” type?

  177. Big Mike says:

    We don’t need no stinking timeout

  178. STTBM says:

    Norton will find a way to screw up second and 21…

  179. Rob Staton says:

    You get a sack. Then you give up an EASY completion over the middle and Diggs gets nowhere near the tackle.

  180. Troy says:

    I am so sick of this football team playing down to the level of competition. Always compete is dead.

  181. Pran says:

    Wow.. So much cushion is being given by D they as well may score

  182. Matt says:

    VERY excited to hear the excuses after this one.

  183. STTBM says:

    Norton for Prez…

  184. Robbie says:

    BS flag….unreal!

  185. Mick says:

    I can’t believe we are losing this one.

  186. AlaskaHawk says:

    OOO Bullshit on that KJ penalty. The guy lowered his head, and KJ went over him.

  187. Troy says:

    Unwatchable football at this point

  188. Blitzy the Clown says:

    What a bollux call

  189. Sea Mode says:

    Unbelievable

  190. Trevor says:

    WTF the NFL is basically flag football now. How is that a penalty on KJ. It is seriously almost unwatchable now. It is no wonder the ratings are down despite everyone being stuck at home.

    • Pran says:

      Can’t blame Refs.. Pete has done a horrible job not putting the game away and all of a sudden O and D are playing like Jets

  191. AlaskaHawk says:

    Big Breath – We are still ahead.

  192. Big Mike says:

    Hey Matt I’m sick of it too but you know what it isn’t going to matter Pete Carroll has a 5 year contract we’re stuck with this tell there’s a new owner

  193. Big Mike says:

    20-3

  194. Trevor says:

    Let’s be honest win or loose this game the Hawks basically suck.

    • John_s says:

      Geeeez they must be the most god awful 10-4 time I have ever laid my eyes on. The really deserve to be 0-14 and lose out.

  195. James Kupihea says:

    Every throw caught in the middle of the field….why are we not adjusting.

  196. cha says:

    SACKS ON SACKS ON SACKS

  197. AlaskaHawk says:

    OH yes – two great defensive line plays.

  198. Matt says:

    Thank you to the WFT OC on the last 3 plays. What an idiot. Gifted us the W.

  199. Mick says:

    Yey LJ and Dunlap!

  200. James Kupihea says:

    WOW WHAT SACK

  201. Blitzy the Clown says:

    Alright alright alright

  202. Trevor says:

    An injured DE in Dunlap is our best edge rusher. How is that even possible.

    • STTBM says:

      Pound for pound, he’s the strongest DE I’ve ever seen. Even old, slow, and injured, he still can make plays…

  203. Rowdy says:

    A lot crow is being eating on here right now

    • Trevor says:

      Why?

      • Matt says:

        The Kiss the Ring types are going to pretend we just beat a powerhouse on the road…rather than eeking out a win against a bad team with a terrible QB.

        • Rowdy says:

          No one said that lmao but the crowd saying we lost when we had the lead and we didn’t loss crowd is eating crowd. We know what this team and has been for months. Sorry they won and hampered your pitty party

      • Rowdy says:

        Everyone saying we lost before it was over

    • Big Mike says:

      I am not eating one single feather championship teams do not lose a 20 to 3 lead in the 4th quarter

    • dand393 says:

      You could not be more wrong this team has so many flaws it’s scary

    • Trevor says:

      No one is eating crow. Ever person on this blog wants to Hawks to win more than anything else.

      I am glad we won but I have no delusions. This is not a good team and has zero chance at winning a Super Bowl and that is all I care about. If they win the SB this year I will definitely and gladly eat crow.

      The only group that i think played well today was the OL going up against that Wash DL.

    • James Kupihea says:

      Any team worth a damn watching this game should feel very comfortable knowing they can do whatever they want against this defense. Nobody is eating crow because we edged out a 5pt victory off of 14 unanswered points.

  204. STTBM says:

    Seattle deserved to lose. Haskins perhaps the worst qb in the nfl and he almost pulled it off…

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      Chill. It was 20-3 in the 4th

    • Hawkcrazy says:

      Totally disagree with you . Seattle deserved to win this game. They made it a lot closer than it had to be. Hyde’s clear drop hurt, the interception hurt, a bad spot an terrible 15yd penalty made it closer. I think Seattle outplayed Washington on the day.

  205. Mick says:

    I trust them to throw an int…

  206. TomLPDX says:

    Holy Fricken Shite! We managed to not shoot ourselves

  207. AlaskaHawk says:

    That was a failed Hail Haskins!!! So good to close this one out.

  208. Dave1401 says:

    Well that was needlessly uncomfortable…

    Really hoping Gordon can add a spark to this offense next week. We need it badly

    • STTBM says:

      Play calling and coaching, as well as Russ playing like a mediocre talent the problem. Gordon doesn’t call plays, play defense, or throw the ball. He’s not going to add much, certainly not his first couple games back from a yearlong suspension.

      • 12th chuck says:

        I agree, the o is broken. coaching is to blame. so lack luster,. They have seemed pretty flat since the bills game

  209. Volume12 says:

    Pass rush came up huge! When needed they stepped up.

    Call on KJ was god awful. 1 of the worst I’ve seen all year

  210. Mick says:

    Of course they celebrate on the bench as if they won the superbowl… Hard times coming on us in playoffs.

    • Volume12 says:

      Why not? Clinched a playoff spot & won a tough game against a team that was red hot.

      • Trevor says:

        Agree Vol. I was not happy with how they played but it was still a huge east coast win so party up boys and get ready for a monster game next week.

        • Volume12 says:

          I was more surprised that Seattle jumped out to such a big lead early on more than I was about the end of the game. Expected ugly.

      • pdway says:

        nothing wrong w celebrating a close win.

        and the D really did come up big in the biggest moment of the game, and deserve credit for holding on in a moment of the game where all the momentum was w Washington.

        but I don’t know . . .the offense really froze again, especially the pass game. starting to believe nothing is going to get fixed there.

      • Rowdy says:

        Its like after 3 months of football people expet us tobecome a dominant team and still cry after a win because we weren’t dominant. We are what we are just be happy with the win

  211. Trevor says:

    Props today to the OL! Job well done against that vaunted Washington DL

    • Dave1401 says:

      Agreed! Just the one penalty today on my count. The OTs both did a great job sealing the edge on outside run plays. Even Ogbeuhi looked decent today

  212. Trevor says:

    Dunlap might have the best bull rush of any DE in the NFL. When he gets leverage the OT is toast. If he was healthy I would feel a lot better about this defense.

  213. pdway says:

    WTF is up w Russell?

    Defense had some bad drives, but when your offense goes 3 and out repeatedly, even w good field position, eventually all but the very best defenses start giving up plays, you see it all the time.

    I just don’t know what is going on w the passing offense. Have the receivers stopped getting open? How is russell wilson throwing for 100 yards in a game? The 300+ yards passing per game, 30+ point offense feels like a distant memory. I can’t even picture it now.

    If our franchsise QB is being outplayed by the Dwayne Haskins of the world, then we are a middle of the pack football team. What a maddening win this was.

  214. Pran says:

    Can some one point out how many game winning drives offense had vs game saving drives D had. As worse as D is they are may be out playing O on that metric. Offense has deteriorated so much..

  215. Mike says:

    Have Bobby Wagner or jarran reed made a play in weeks?

    Maybe the guys who watch a lot of film will tell me they are showing up, but as a fan watching the game they don’t seem to make that much of a difference.