CFB Week 3: Javon Kinlaw flashes potential

— We highlighted Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina) over the summer and he had an impressive performance against Alabama. If the Crimson Tide have a weakness it’s their O-line. Kinlaw absolutely dominated junior Chris Owens. He had a sack that showed off his massive potential. He hammered Owens with a devastating punch that dumped the lineman on his backside. He then exploded to the QB for a huge play. He also had a terrific splash on a running down on 3rd and short. He drove Owens deep into the backfield to disrupt the running lane. Najee Harris had to cut away from the pressure and ran into a blind alley for a stop. Kinlaw has everything. He’s unnaturally athletic for his size with a great build yet minimal body fat. He wins with power and speed. He’s only scratching the surface of his potential but his upside is tremendous.

— Alabama’s big names showed well as usual. Tua Tagovailoa has so many weapons it looks easy. Tua looks like a more robotic, left-armed Russell Wilson. It felt like Devonta Smith was open on a short slant every single down. Smith is slight and lacks the big-name power of the other receivers but he has terrific hands and control. Jerry Jeudy was kept quiet (Tua also missed a couple of times to Jeudy) but it just created opportunities for Henry Ruggs and Smith. Raekwon Smith was active at defensive tackle and will make a great addition for someone at the next level. His ability to control the LOS and yet work down the line with great mobility is incredible for a man listed at 6-7 and 315lbs. He did leave the game with a shoulder injury. Trevon Diggs is extremely underrated and has all the potential you could ask for at cornerback. If he stays healthy, he’s big time. Najee Harris had an incredible touchdown on a fourth down catch-and-run. He ran a great route, shoved off one defender, hurdled another and then dodged two tackles to score.

— Yetur Gross-Matos was completely anonymous for Penn State against Pittsburgh. It was a bitterly disappointing performance. He was often spelled despite being Penn State’s top pass rusher. I can’t recall any meaningful pressures and he didn’t even register a shared tackle. He has the hand-use and frame to be a dynamic rusher but he needs to be more impactful if he’s going to max-out his draft stock.

— Ohio State’s sheer number of athletes at the skill-positions makes most of their games ugly mismatches. Running back J.K. Dobbins had the top Nike SPARQ score in 2016 with an insane 146.76 score. His combination of speed and explosive athleticism shows up week after week and it was on show again today against Indiana. He finished with 193 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He added another score in the passing game (two catches, 14 yards). He doesn’t get much attention but he’s a player worth monitoring. Chase Young (DE, Ohio State) had two sacks in the blow-out win and Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State) again flashed his top-15 potential.

— Anthony McFarland (RB, Maryland) is such a dynamic playmaker. In a 20-17 defeat to Temple he still managed 132 yards and a touchdown. How he eventually tests will be interesting. Every time you watch Maryland he stands out.

— I haven’t seen the game but Colorado were beaten by Air Force 30-23. I’ll be interested to see how Steven Montez performed in a contest he was expected to win. Montez has the arm talent and mobility but has erratic streaks. He threw an interception but also had two scores and finished 26/43 for 220 yards. Leviska Shenault has been quiet so far this year but he had a more productive day with 124 yards on eight catches and a score (he also had 25 rushing yards and another touchdown). Linebacker Nate Landman is a name we talked about a year ago. He had nine tackles and has a lot of NFL potential.

— Blog favourite Eno Benjamin (RB, Arizona State) was mostly kept in check (11 carries, 38 yards) in a low-scoring game against Arizona State. However, with seconds remaining, he scored a vital touchdown…

— Washington has had a good run with tight ends recently, sending Will Dissly and Drew Sample into the league after both enhanced their stock pre-draft. Hunter Bryant is the next off the production line and he’s the most athletic. He’s also spoken about improving his blocking to become a more complete tight end. He’s one to watch and scored a 47-yard touchdown against Hawai’i. The Seahawks might be in the market for a TE in the draft in 2020. He ended the game with five catches for 115 yards and this score…

— The Florida vs Kentucky ended up being the walking wounded. Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered what looked like a broken leg. Jabari Zuniga was sat on the sidelines with ice on his ankle. C.J. Henderson was injured and Kentucky also lost players. Fingers crossed the Zuniga and Henderson injuries aren’t serious.

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  1. Hawktalker#1

    Good thing we are now set with our pass rush and don’t need any more help in that area? 😉
    We should never have let Marsh go.
    I feel a little Twitter-ish today . . . Hahaha

    • Rob Staton

      It’ll be… concerning… if Ansah is out tomorrow to go with Poona Ford and Jarran Reed. That’s three key players out for a difficult road trip.

      The offense needs to be on it tomorrow. Can’t help but feel this game, just like the last one against Pittsburgh, is the type they could really use Doug Baldwin.

      • BradHawk

        The guys we have are playing great they’re gonna have to step up if they want a contract next year. Big game that we really need to win, Pittsburgh is rattled we have no excuses.

        • Hawktalker#1

          We might have a couple.

  2. Hawkin

    Rob, dunno if you saw the Houston game. What’d you think of D’Eriq King? Explosive dual threat QB

    • Rob Staton

      I didn’t see the game unfortunately Hawkin.

      • Hawkin

        When hawks draft a backup/heir to Wilson. Do they go with similar style to Wilson (dual threat)? Or do they search for other qualities more akin to a pure pocket passer? Alex mcGoo would suggest they look for the former.

        • CHawk Talker Eric

          Cardale Jones might be

          • BradHawk

            Hoping we draft UCF QB Milton

  3. Eli

    Hunter Bryant is going to be great; we know the Huskies churn out great tight ends and Bryant has the highest offensive potential of the recent guys to come out, by far.

    UW corner (mostly nickel) Myles Bryant is showing up in a big way today – so far he has a sack and two picks. Had 3.5 sacks last year. One of the picks he just straight up took out of the receivers hand. He has a great back story as well, walk-on who bet on himself and earned a scholarship.

    • Dawg Paws

      One of my favorite players! Hunter Bryant has to be in the conversation as one of the top TE in the nation.

  4. KD

    Myles Bryant is straight up BALLIN

    • Naks8

      Myles Bryant made some good plays, but uw was rushing 3 and dropping back 8 versus 4 wrs. He won’t always get that luxury versus other opponents

  5. Dawg Paws

    Come on Rob, any dummy with eyeballs can tell Eason is a first round pick after tonight’s performance. Only 7 incompletions and averaging 15 yards per play! I won’t believe it if we’re still talking about Herbert over Eason by end of season.

    • Rob Staton

      I can’t tell if you’re joking.

      I hope you are.

    • McZ

      So, this years senior class: Tua, Burrow, Herbert, Gordon, Hurts, Book

      No place for Eason in first round.

      • Rob Staton

        It wouldn’t matter if that senior class didn’t exist.

        Jacob Eason is currently a mile away from the first round.

        • Naks8

          Eason has absolutely no pressure on him all night. His reads also looked off when he opted for the harder throw instead of the wide open man

          • Rob Staton

            Eason has had two easy nights against overmatched poor opponents and one bad night against the only good defense he’s played.

            • D-OZ

              In defense of Eason, he had 4+ drops on catch-able ball’s and 5 or 6 in the Cal game, with many being key plays.

              • Rob Staton

                Sure — but some people are calling him a R1 pick. There’s been no evidence for that.

  6. CHawk Talker Eric

    So, approximately 1.2 seasons into the Chip Kelly era at UCLA and it’s looking pretty bleak.


    • cha

      UCLA signed him to a 5 year deal. So he’s got 3 more seasons to go.

      If he gets canned by UCLA it’ll be just in time, whew. His severance from Philly and SF just completed. Don’t know how he gets by with just one paycheck.

      • cha

        * Actually he’s still getting paid by the Niners this year.

        I won’t have to send him some food stamps.

      • charlietheunicorn

        He won’t make the end of the deal, they keep going South this year.. he might not last the offseason.

  7. BradHawk

    Trade Reed draft Kinlaw & a CB or SS and get a 2nd in 2021 use top picks on WR & RB

    • KD

      Although the hawks have never drafted a CB higher than R3, and they are unlikely to do it, it is an interesting question as to whether or not a R1, or even R2 CB should be in consideration. Even though it is WAY TOO EARLY to start speculating about our next draft targets, I would say our positional targets right now should be DE, CB, WR, though not necessarily in that order.

      Could CB be a R1 target? Never happened before, but we’ll see.

    • Darnell

      Are you saying to franchise and trade Reed after the season or trade him this season after his suspension ends and prior to the trade deadline?

      • BradHawk

        Great question the fact your asking it demonstrates the flexibility we have if our season goes sour. Next year the fact is we can’t keep everyone but we have players under contract that we can cut or trade. Britt comes to mind are we really gonna give him a 3rd contract when Pete said Pocic is a better C than G? Can we really afford to have 3 centers on the 53? With the emergence of Poona & Mone, history of 1 cheap veteran DT and Reed’s suspension it makes sense to try to trade Reed for 2020 & 2021 draft picks; however if we decide to keep both Clowney & Reed we can do that too. At this point I’m not advocating for anything I’m just suggesting that we could go after lots of team captains in the 2020 draft, we could resign Fant & use 2nd round picks for OT, RB, WR or DT. 3rd round for TE, SS, or CB.

  8. charlietheunicorn

    I heard the game for a new York minute… Running back J.K. Dobbins tore up the field with around a 17 yard juke several guys out of their jock strap and run a defender over rush…. they kept mentioning he had very fast feet, some of the fastest they ever have seen in CFB.

    So, he is about 5’10 and 217 lbs on ESPN. Very explosive. As Rob mentioned he is a rare RB that should be kept on the radar. Dare I say a 1st round RB talent, even though I think he is a sophomore.

    The size, speed and athleticism (with fast feet) reminded me of a certain other RB of Seahawks lore and fame…. Marshawn Lynch. If he has that type of ceiling or potential… wowza

    • DC

      J.K. Dobbins (sounds like a combination Harry Potter character/author) is in fact a JR. He will be draft eligible in 2020.

    • BradHawk

      We could let the draft come to us & draft either the Wisconsin RB or the Ohio State RB in the 2nd round. We could do the same thing at WR.

  9. Volume12

    Like what I see from S. Carolina WR Bryan Edwards. Has taken that next step in his game. He’s a competitor. Eat up Patrick Surtain, jr. at least twice.

    Montez makes some terrible decisions and his footwork needs a lot of work. Toolsy guy. Not so much mechanically.

    • Volume12

      Kentucky WR Ahmad Wagner (6’5, 230 lbs.) was just dominant. Drew 7-8 PI flags, catch of the year, over 150 yds receiving. Wanna see more of him. A one off or coming out party? If the latter, he shoulda been playing football instead of BBall these past 3 years.

      Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson. I don’t think he’s gonna blow the doors off the combine or anything, but he’s a gamer. Gonna play a lot of football on Sundays. Has a well rounded skill set, big play ability.

      Clemson just keeps churning out WRs. Tee Higgins now and Frank Ladson next.

      • Sean

        Next… Joe Ngata… The best of them all.

  10. Volume12

    Gardner Minshaw is the GOAT!

  11. Rob Staton

    Ziggy Ansah out again this week.

    This is Ziggy. Will be this way every week. Will he or won’t he play?

    That Clowney trade was vital.

    • Volume12

      Even though they had to do something at the time, was never personally a fan of the Ziggy signing for the reasons you mention even if it is low risk.

      Hate to say this, but I kinda think if this defense wouldn’t have acquired 🤡ney they’d be getting mollywhopped every week.

      • Rob Staton

        Agree completely.

        Seahawks fans have basically gone through three High School crushes on twitter this year. First Ansah. Then Clowney. Now Fitzpatrick.

        I liked the idea of a Clowney deal. He’s a player an opponent has to game plan for and account for. You need at least one of those on defense.

        Ansah is constantly banged up and will be ‘week to week’ practically every week. The Seahawks took a calculated gamble because the price was good and they desperately needed a pass rusher after dealing Clark. But Ansah was never going to be a true answer. If they get eight games out of him it’ll be a success.

        Fitzpatrick is a good player and a solid nickel defender. But he hasn’t been more than that at Miami or Alabama and I’m extremely wary of spending a high pick on him if he’s a nickel.

        You’re also right about the defense minus Clowney. Let’s be right here — the unit looks inadequate aside from a terrific group of linebackers. And those linebackers had very little impact against the Bengals.

        I fear for Seattle today against a hurting Pittsburgh team. I think this could be the worst road loss in a few years.

        • Volume12

          My big question surrounding Minkah is something you brought up in your piece on him. Pete talks up these 3 LB’s consistently. How would he get all 3 and him on the field at the same time if they want him as a nickel? Because if he’s a FS it stunts the growth of a Blair and/or Hill. They wouldn’t get live reps eith McD at SS and Minkah at FS.

          • Rob Staton

            The fact is they’ve invested in Blair and McDougald. Nickel has never been a position they’ve invested picks or money in. And for all the people thinking Fitzpatrick will be an amazing FS — his college and NFL team so far didn’t see him that way.

            It’s not that I hate the idea of trading for him or the player — I just think it’s common sense to look at how likely it is and have serious questions.

            • Volume12

              ‘It’s not that I hate the idea of trading for him or the player — I just think it’s common sense to look at how likely it is and have serious questions.’

              Exactly. Great point and couldn’t have said it better if I tried.

        • Isaac

          I would hate to see us use a high pick on him as well. We are still rebuilding and need quality young players. Losing the draft capital we have for someone that so far has looked like an average starter without a true position. We may as well bring back deshean shead.

      • BradHawk

        Give Ansah a chance before you toss him under the bus, he’s a cheap DL veteran who has a 1.5 million bonus tied to the 46 man roster. Ansah & Clowney are really good guys that everyone likes and Schneider is always thinking ahead, I expected 2 rookies Christmas & Haynes to start the season on PUP. How good is Brandon Jackson? He keeps getting better every year despite his athletic disadvantages & he’s a wonderful person too. Beating out Marsh is no easy task and keep in mind Seahawks are comfortable having Jackson on the field in Key situations. If our pass rush stalls against Pitt then I would head in your direction but if the pass rush dominates I would speculate that we didn’t need Ansah and we’re saving him for NO.

        • Rob Staton

          Nobody is throwing Ansah under the bus.

          It’s simply a fact that everyone in Detroit warned us that every week he’ll be banged up and there will be a doubt whether he plays. He’s 2/2 so far in that regard.

    • Trevor

      I think the plan all along has been to have Ansah ready by week 3-4. When they signed him they basically said as much. No reason to rush him back and that to me was the beauty of the Clowney trade.

      Once Ansah actually comes back and starts playing if he is questionable week after week then I will be more concerned. I would not write off Ansah yet. His injury situation is why he was available and why the Hawks signed him to that incentive laden deal based on starts and production. Have to always remember that. Clowney is basically making twice what Ansah doses this year.

      But agreed that Clowney. Trade was huge.

      • Rob Staton

        Did they? I seem to recall them talking an awful lot about the target being week one. And when we got close to the season, he was all set to play in week one. He wasn’t even listed on the original injury report for the Cincy game and then at the last minute he was added as ‘questionable’. Now he’s missing the first two games.

        Here’s an article:

        Carroll offered an update on Ansah’s outlook during an appearance on KJR Radio and it sounds like the pass rusher now has a good chance of being in the lineup.

        “Oh, sure. We’re counting on it,” Carroll said. “I’m counting that he’s going to make it. I don’t see any reason that he wouldn’t. He’s doing great, has made progress throughout, did more again yesterday and he’ll continue to do that. I’m not really concerned about the preseason games for him. I just want to get him to game time if we can. Hopefully in the next couple weeks he’ll be able to practice and do everything and he’ll have a couple good weeks of practicing with us at full tempo and that will get him ready for the season.”

        Here’s a tweet from Gregg Bell:

        DL coach Clint Hurtt says Jadeveon Clowney is “running like a gazelle” in practice this week, and that he, fellow rush end Ziggy Ansah are in close to 100-% shape. Both will play Sunday vs Cincinnati. #Seahawks coaches will monitor during game, play their PT by ear as it goes.

        Sounds to me like they were expecting him to be available.

        Nobody is writing Ansah off. But this is why I wasn’t giddy with excitement when they signed him. He’s a nightmare for this — just ask the people who follow Detroit. Every week will be a mystery as to whether he will play. You can’t rely on him.

        • DC

          I expect zero snaps from Ansah this season. That way anything he does is a bonus. He’s effectively the Prosise of the defense until proven otherwise.

          Really hoping for significant growth & improvement from Green as the season progresses.

        • BradHawk

          Valid points but we rotate fresh DE’s even Clowney said after the game last week he noticed the difference and that he liked it. Ansah is a rotational stud and we want him on a performance based contract whatever Schneider has to do to manipulate for next years contract is fine by me.

          • Rob Staton

            On the contrary, Pete Carroll has directly referred to Ansah and Clowney being a starting partnership. He stated on Brock and Salk they’re not rotating those guys in (as in splitting snaps). He wants them both on the field at the same time as bookends. They won’t play every down of course. But the vision is that they start and play.

            And whether he’s rotational or not doesn’t have any relevance here. We’re talking about his injury record and availability.

            • BradHawk

              Detroit he was full time, we are already rotating Clowney without Ansah. Ansah never got the chance to heal in Detroit because he was the only pass rusher inside & out, playing for Seattle is a completely different situation.

              • Rob Staton

                Carroll said he wants Clowney and Ansah out there together most snaps. Nobody is saying they play every down. But they didn’t sign Ansah to be a rotational cog.

  12. charlietheunicorn

    What are your guys opinion of Hunter Bryant? Plenty of tools, not sure what his ceiling would be in NFL? I’m guessing a mid round pick.

    • Rob Staton

      Very athletic. Says he’s worked to become a more complete tight end. Will need to convince teams he has potential as a blocker. Brock Huard loves him and talks him up a lot. I think he’s someone who could really rise up boards through the process. Could go early than Drew Sample if he tests well. One to watch.

    • Volume12

      Feel the same way as Rob. Has some dynamic elements to his game. Can he hold up on the LOS as an inline TE the next level with his size?

  13. Volume12

    Happy Bday Pete! Youngest 68 year old ever.

  14. Sea Mode

    Collier and Ursua active. Let’s go!

    • Rob Staton

      I’m worried today could be a rough day.

      Carroll’s Seahawks don’t lose many by double digits. I think they might today.

      • Sea Mode

        Hmmm. You’re worries stem mainly from our DL injuries and PIT being driven to bounce back from their big loss?

        Or is there something more?

        I kind of feel the Steelers are a team that is in the same position we are: trying to re-gain their footing after moving on from long-time stars.

        • Sea Mode


      • Aaron

        If the Hawks can limit the possessions for Pit by running the ball effectively and converting third downs then I think they’ll win a close game. If they don’t do that I predict Seahawks lose by 10.

        • Rob Staton

          I’ve not felt this negative about a game in a long time. Feels like we’re walking into a buzzsaw. Last weeks result for Pittsburgh wasn’t good for us at all. They’ll play like their season is on the line today and we’re notoriously bad on the road in September. Sadly, I also don’t think we’re very good in certain areas that will be exposed in some games this year. Only chance I think we have today is if Russell has an amazing performance.

          • Volume12

            I also heard on one of the pre-game shows this morning, BTW the Lockett & Metcalf piece on FOX was excellent, that Seattle has scored 0 points in their last 2 trips to Heinz field.

          • Sea Mode

            Ok. I don’t get that same feeling, but it’s definitely a real possibility.

            Just not sure PIT today are the ones to fully expose those weaknesses. Either way, if they do, I kind of feel like we have nothing to lose. There are no huge expectations this season (besides from some unrealistic fans) and our young guys need the experience of a gritty, physical road game.

            RW will have to connect on some big shots for sure to have a chance (Lockett going to be licking his chops after watching PIT film vs. Dorsett last week…), but I’m gonna say this one depends more than anything on our OL. Hope they come out as p****d off and determined as PIT to bounce back after their poor showing last week.

            • Sea Mode

              Oh, and if I were to toss out my one (weird, irrational) feeling for this game, it is that Prosise will have a big game. I have no idea why, just kind of feels (long) overdue and they said they planned to get him involved last game but were unable to. Maybe they use him to replicate some of what the Pats did with their RBs in the passing game.

            • Rob Staton

              My worry is Pittsburgh will do a lot of what Cincy did last week (and last time Big Ben played us he had well over 400 yards) but they’ll do it more effectively and won’t get in their own way like Cincy did.

              We need to be a lot better to be competitive. A lot, lot better.

              • BradHawk

                We didn’t stop a 4.2 WR and we didn’t have a speedy slot CB in that game. Pitt doesn’t have the WR unit that it did when we had our shoot out.

                • Rob Staton

                  Well we’ll find out if that’s all it was over the next three hours.

                  • BradHawk

                    Yup let’s get it on! Flowers is going up against his buddy knows him well. Al Woods has got his $$ tied up in his farm he’s gotta play football to keep his farm above water.

    • DC

      Good, good for both of them!
      I have unreasonably high hopes for Ursua to step up quickly as a baby Baldwin. We need a legit 3rd receiving threat to pair with No-E & Metcalf.

      • Sea Mode

        Me too. In pre-season it seemed like Ursua, similar to Baldwin, was open a lot even when the ball didn’t go his way from our backup QBs. Can’t wait to see him get some chemistry going with RW.

    • BradHawk

      Pittsburgh is gonna get slaughtered if Pouncy is less than %100. Woods is gonna ball out and give Pitt the finger. Russ will hammer Pitts rookies it’s gonna be a long day for Pitts CB’s & LB’s.

  15. Sea Mode

    Sorry to bring up the same old topic one more time, but if they are serious about holding out for this price which they are floating to the media, then no thank you.

    JS will do as always, I imagine: keep an ear in on what the ask is in case it goes down and becomes good value. R2 sounds fair to me. I might throw in Tedric as well if need be to clear the way for Hill and Blair. Otherwise, no thanks.

    • Rob Staton

      Cannot imagine any way what so ever Seattle is prepared to trade a R1 in season.

      And if they are bad today and drop to 1-1 after two poor/indifferent performances, trading your first rounder next year would be a terrible decision anyway.

      • Sea Mode

        Agree 100% on that.

    • BradHawk

      I wouldn’t trade a 2nd for a slot CB

  16. Rob Staton

    Frustrating start on two accounts.

    1. Twitter is already unbearable.

    2. The way they’ve started on offense in these two games reminds of the first two games last season.

  17. Sea Mode

    Gosh, Ifedi. I saw that hold in real time…

    • Volume12

      He’s not good. O-line has become a glaring need in 2 weeks

      • Volume12

        Ifedi again!

        • Rob Staton

          And Carson again.

          Two fumbles in two games in our own half.

        • Volume12

          Negates an explosive play and than a TO. I get it’s against TJ Watt, but hes getting worked.

  18. Rik

    Ifedi is having a rough start. Gave up a sack and a holding call.

    Carson looking strong, though.

    • Volume12

      🤡ney is just incredible. On another level. Game wrecker.

    • Rob Staton

      Ifedi didn’t give up the first sack — it was a stunt that Fluker poorly executed.

  19. Sea Mode

    Whew… that was close…

  20. Rob Staton

    Kyle Shanahan is such a good offensive mind.

    Out-scheming Cincy’s defense today. Got all the answers.

  21. charlietheunicorn

    Empty sets by Seattle O, Steelers have blitzed every time.

    Seattle is tossing the ball a bit more than I thought they would… getting some open looks for long shots, just need a tick more time to get the passes off.

    Carson looks like running the backside of offense / against the grain is working so far.

  22. CHawk Talker Eric

    After 1 quarter, the OL is abysmal. Ifedi is a dumpster fire of penalties and missed assignments

    • Rob Staton

      Why isn’t anyone mentioning Fluker and only Ifedi?

      Fluker has been awful.

      • CHawk Talker Eric

        They both have

        • Rob Staton


          But nobody’s saying anything about Fluker.

    • McZ

      Cannot say that Browns side is any better.
      The best blocks currently come from Dissly and Fant.

  23. Rob Staton

    Hard to win on the road making this number of mistakes.

    Fumble, penalties, whiffs by the O-line.

    • CHawk Talker Eric

      We’re fortunate to be down only a TD at this point. Plenty to criticize on offense but so far the pass rush has been nonexistent and the Steelers are going to carve us up in the air if we don’t start playing more nickel.

  24. Volume 12

    LOL. Would love to see Pete’s W-L record on challenges. I swear he never wins any.

    • Rob Staton

      Pete with a challenge flag is a bit like a Seahawks fan on twitter. Overly reactive and emotional.

  25. Volume12

    Pete probably likes the size, and they’re not easy to find, but if he wants to keep playing 3 LB’s I wonder if a LB/S hybrid would help elevate the defense.

    • Eli

      Kind of like the position that Minkah Fitzpatrick played and excelled at when he was at Alabama

      • Rob Staton

        Minkah only said this week he doesn’t like playing up at the line.

        • Eli

          I didn’t take Minkah saying he didn’t like playing at the line, he just said he wasn’t best suited for it (in what I am inferring he meant as a full-time role). Am I wrong? Probably. But if read that way it makes sense, because he’s right, playing the majority of his snaps as an in-the-box safety isn’t the best use of him.

          I also have no idea how to insert quotes but here’s something he said back in June that also jives with this narrative:

          “I wanted a position to focus on,” he said. “Last year, I couldn’t. I was playing multiple roles when I was at [Alabama], but I knew what I was going to be doing week to week. Last year, it was kind of all over the place. It was sporadic. It would change up halfway through the week. Some of it was because of injuries and some of it was because they didn’t know where to put me.”

          He continued: “This year, I know where I’m going to be at. I know exactly what positions I need to learn, what concepts I need to learn. And I’m just more comfortable. I wasn’t saying that I just wanted to learn just strong safety or corner. I wanted there to be a game plan so I could prepare the right way. Last year I couldn’t prepare the right way, because I didn’t know what I was doing. You could say I could study the whole defense, but you can’t do that.”

  26. CHawk Talker Eric

    No misdirection on 3rd & 2? Nothing to help the runner create some space? Zero innovation. This is not how you win football games.

    • Rob Staton

      Thought Wilson could’ve/should’ve kept that one to be fair.

      • CHawk Talker Eric

        Honestly thought he was going to take it outside left after faking the run right.

  27. Volume12

    Beautiful throw!

  28. CHawk Talker Eric

    There we go! TD to Dissly! We got lucky here. Can’t rely on PIT making mistakes to extend oir drives

    • Rob Staton

      That was basically the same value to us as the Carson fumble was to them.

      Nice bit of fortune there — now let’s cut out our own mistakes.

  29. CHawk Talker Eric

    Welp the good news is after another somewhat shaky start with some ugly mistakes, they’re starting to settle down into some rhythm. Would that they’d been able to score without a PIT penalty but I’ll take it. Defense need to steep up, generate some pressure on Big Ben

  30. CHawk Talker Eric

    Very nice showing by Branden Jackson so far. He and QJeff have been our best DLers thus far

  31. CHawk Talker Eric

    A fake draw? Never seen anything like that 🙄

    • Rob Staton

      Especially when there’s a nice fat running lane and you take a sack…

  32. CHawk Talker Eric

    Branden Jackson should not be asked to drop into coverage. That’s just bad scheming

    • Rob Staton

      It’s not ideal

  33. CHawk Talker Eric

    That’s a ridiculous block in the back call on Brown. C’mon refs

    • Sea Mode


  34. CHawk Talker Eric

    The play calling at the close of the half is atrocious. I’m at a loss to explain their strategy

    • Rob Staton

      Think the Fluker injury knocked them out of rhythm. Were moving very nicely but then had to stop… Pittsburgh got to rest and adjust.

  35. DGC

    Metcalf’s penalty is fine, he saived a turnover on a terrible throw. What a disaster of an end of a half. Pretty much surrendering for a field goal, absolute joke.

  36. WALL UP

    They just might steal this one. Defense got off a great start. Self inflicted mishaps are they one deterrent towards winning so far. It looks promising for gaining the W.

  37. Brandon Schuller

    Sure would have been nice to have a timeout or two at the end of the half.

  38. Volume12

    Other than a strange 2 minute drill and the penalties (giving me gray hairs) this hasn’t been a bad game.

    • Rob Staton

      Too many mistakes though. Penalties, O-line whiffs, the fumble.

      • Volume12

        Yeah the penalties in key situations are absurd.

  39. Volume12

    Big Ben out?

    • Sea Mode

      Wow, what a break for us.

    • Volume12

      Huge TO! Let’s capitalize now.

      • Sea Mode

        Smell blood.

        • Volume12

          Yez sir!

  40. Volume12

    Just me or does DK’s mouthpiece looks like a binky?

    • Sea Mode

      That’s the idea, I guess…

  41. Sea Mode

    Way to hang on, Vannett!

  42. icb12

    Your receiver has 6 inches on the defensive back.
    Please throw the ball UP. Said receiver will go get it.

    This isn’t rocket surgery.

  43. charlietheunicorn

    With Ben out, turned into a very winnable game now.

    • Sea Mode

      They had better win it now.

  44. charlietheunicorn

    Is it me, but does Prosise look like he needs to touch the ball more in this game?

    He has made several explosive plays rushing or receiving….

  45. Sea Mode

    Yeah, we got beat on the play. But well played by Lano there.

  46. Volume12

    What a f***ring move by Penny! My god

    • Sea Mode

      Acceleration off of it looked like that of a R1 pick. Oh, wait… 😏

    • charlietheunicorn

      He was playing instinctive on that play, instead of thinking it appeared to me…

  47. Sea Mode

    Let’s. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  48. charlietheunicorn

    That is why they drafted Penny, get him on the outside of the formation… explosive

  49. WALL UP

    Look out! 12-4 just might happen..after all.

  50. Sea Mode

    How about that one-handed snag and move by Carson earlier in the drive!

    • charlietheunicorn

      And trucked a guy at the end 😉

      • Sea Mode

        There was that play even earlier where he trucked a dude to turn a 3yd gain into an 8yd gain. Beauty!

  51. Sea Mode

    Yikes… 😬

    Albert Breer

    The Patriots have run more plays (57) than the Dolphins have yards (38).

    9:19 PM · Sep 15, 2019

    • Volume12


    • charlietheunicorn

      Did anyone think the Dolphins, other wise known as the Sardines, would actually have a chance in this game? Hate that the Patriots always have tomato cans in the AFCE.. pumping up their win total.

      • McZ

        To bring in Rosen after falling 31-0 is torching the kid to the ground.
        What sane rookie would sign a contract with that team?

  52. Rob Staton

    Why does life have to be difficult all the time?

    Offense gets rolling… then the defense offers no resistance to a Steeler drive led by their backup QB playing his first NFL game having come on at half time.

  53. Volume12

    That was a terrible missed call with Russ there. Shoulda been a late hit.

    • McZ

      It was helmet to helmet… that Dupree dude has to leave.

  54. Sea Mode

    He won one! It’s a miracle!

    • Volume12


  55. Volume12

    DK bay-bay! Boom!

    • Sea Mode

      What a throw by Russ. What a throw.

  56. Sea Mode


  57. Henry Taylor

    Well this is fun!

  58. Sea Mode

    Meanwhile, SF beating CIN 41-10…??? 🤷‍♂️

  59. Volume12

    They can’t keep Clowney just lined up wide. That’s not his game. He’s a chess piece. 2 weeks in a row he’s started hot because they get creative with him.

  60. Sea Mode

    Carson time.

  61. Sea Mode


  62. Volume12

    Another fumble?!?

    • Volume12

      He’s gotta start getting 5 points of pressure on it.

      • Sea Mode

        I didn’t get a good look on replay, but it looked to me like he didn’t even secure the hand-off. Had his eyes on that corner blitzing.

  63. Sea Mode

    Shaquill totally fell asleep on that last PIT touchdown.

    • McZ

      They mismatch Kendricks the whole evening, no safety to be seen.

  64. Sea Mode

    Was that a flop or a real hold on Pocic?

  65. Rob Staton

    If Russ just keeps running there… game over. Damn.

    • Sea Mode


      I think PC should go for it and end the game here.

      • Volume12

        Big statement that he put that on Carson and his O-line. Shows his faith in then.

  66. Sea Mode

    Big balls Pete. Happy 68th, baby.

    • Volume12

      Huge win! Say what u want about PC’s Seahawks. The games are never boring although tougher than they should be. He knows good football.

      • Sea Mode

        This one shouldn’t have been as close as it was though. That fumbled hand-off at our own 10-yd line was a life-line for them.

  67. Sea Mode

    Dang. Feel for him.

    Adam Schefter

    49ers’ OT Joe Staley broke his fibula and is expected to be out eight weeks.

    10:18 PM · Sep 15, 2019

    • Rob Staton

      Only eight weeks!?!?!

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