December 12th, 2011
Seahawks playoff primer
PFW examines the Seahawks as they prepare for the playoffs, identifying the keys to the offense and the defense, a player to watch Tresor Paris Earrings Sale, and what they have to do to win the Super Bowl.
Keys to offense: The primary weapon this season has been reclamation project WR Mike Williams, who has come back from a two-year hiatus from the NFL with a Most Improved Player of the Year-worthy season, earning a three-year contract extension Monday. Opposing defenses have had to account for the mismatches on the perimeter that Williams' dangerous combination of size and speed provides. Pete Carroll probably would have opted for in-season addition Marshawn Lynch as the offensive centerpiece Panthers end losing streak, top Cards_1073, but the former Bills running back hasn't filled the bill much of the season as part of the league's lowest-ranked ground game. That first-round OLT Russell Okung has operated much of the season on gimpy ankles hasn't helped matters.
Keys to defense: Look for the Seahawks to come at opponents with a host of different looks in an attempt to compensate for their across-the-board shortcomings — both against the run and pass. The run defense was severely hurt by the season-ending loss of DE Red Bryant, but the return of DTs Brandon Mebane and Colin Cole from lengthy injuries has improved the situation up front somewhat. LBs Lofa Tatupu, the traffic cop in the middle, and David Hawthorne are active go-getters who must be stopped. Seattle's secondary has been worked over pretty good, with teams having success late in the season isolating on CB Marcus Trufant and safeties Lawyer Milloy and Earl Thomas, who had five interceptions in '10, none in the last six games.
Player to watch: If the Seahawks are to be a factor in the playoffs Tresor Paris Necklaces, ace kick returner Leon Washington probably will be a major reason. Fully healed from a gruesome leg injury suffered last season, Washington has been the Seahawks' best player all season, providing valuable energy both on and off the field.
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Seahawks DE Raheem Brock and Chargers DL Antonio Garay were each fined $15,000 for low hits on quarterbacks in Week Two.
Brock announced that he was fined over Twitter on Wednesday night.
"Fined by the NFL today for being 'TRIPPED' by an o'lineman and fallin into the QB's legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air," he wrote.
Brock appeared to be tripped by Steelers ORT Marcus Gilbert, which sent him into the back of Ben Roethlisberger's legs. Brock was flagged on the play Fake Tresor Paris Earrings antasy outlook- TE Rob , and Roethlisberger left the game but later returned.
Garay hit Patriots QB Tom Brady below the knee. Brady said he was glad he had a knee brace on. He suffered an ACL injury on a similar hit in 2008. Garay was not penalized on the play.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Garay's fine.
Fantasy outlook: TE Rob Housler
Well what do you know? For the first time in this year's draft, the Cardinals appear to have filled what was considered a major need with the selection of third-round TE Rob Housler.
Cromartie and Hasselbeck engage in Twitter war
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Antonio Cromartie didn't mince words on Monday when discussing his thoughts on the labor struggle between NFL players and owners iners look for big retu, saying that both sides needed to get a deal done soon to avoid a lockout. After receiving some backlash from his fellow players Tresor Paris Bracelets, Cromartie spoke out again on Thursday.
Responding to a Tweet from Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck which said, "Somebody ask Cromartie if he knows what CBA stands for," the Jets corner posted a message of his own on his Twitter account.
Upon learning that Hasselbeck deleted his post, Cromarite wrote, "hey Matt if u have something to say be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."
About 45 minutes after that post, Hasselbeck responded Cheap Tresor Paris Necklaces 49ers pick Troy Smith to start vs. Rams_109, telling the corner, "Sorry for the joke man. No hard feelings. DB's & QB's have a hard time getting along I guess sometimes. lol."
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Both Cromartie and Hasselbeck are set to be free agents this offseason and will be directly impacted if there is a lockout. Players rushed to the side of the NFLPA after Cromartie's comments on Monday, and it will be interesting to see if any players step into this war of words between the two.
Niners look for big return on Ginn investment
We hear newly acquired Ted Ginn Jr., who was much more effective as a return specialist with the Dolphins than he was as a receiver, will be given every opportunity to return both kickoffs and punts with his new team. "You would think they would certainly give it a try," one team insider said of Ginn, who is expected to fill one of the Niners' more glaring needs. "We'll see how he does. One concern they might have is that he has a reputation for not liking to get hit Discount Alpinestars AX-03 Moto Shoes - Black/Red Sale - A5016, which is definitely going to happen on punt returns. On kickoffs Fake Tresor Paris Bracelet, he will see more of the field on his returns." Should Ginn, who had his share of problems holding on to passes with the Dolphins Cheap Alpinestars AX 04 Moto Boots-Black Sale - A5011, automatically figure as the Niners' new No. 3 receiver behind Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan? "It's up to him Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale," the insider said. "He certainly has the downfield speed. The biggest thing will be convincing (WR coach) Jerry Sullivan, who can be very dictatorial, that he's truly committed."
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Favre said he won't rule himself out Sunday
It appears that Vikings head coach Brad Childress will have to make the final call on QB Brett Favre playing Sunday against the Patriots.
Favre, who has two fractures in his left ankle and foot, did not practice Wednesday but said he is "willing to give it a try" on Sunday.
Speaking to the Vikings' media Tresor Paris Earrings hey said it- Patriots M, Favre, 41, also was wearing a walking boot to protect his foot. An MRI revealed a stress fracture in the ankle and an avulsion fracture in the heel.
After consulting with doctors, though, Favre doesn't need surgery. If he plays Sunday, it would be his 292nd consecutive start in the NFL.
"If I'm going to play, I want to play the whole game and give us a chance to win," he said on Wednesday.
Childress likely would make the final call to go with Favre or backup Tarvaris Jackson against the 5-1 Patriots.
"You have to weigh both Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, what he's telling you (and your opinion)," Childress said. "I've said before, sometimes you have to protect people from themselves as well."
The coach and QB appear to be at odds on some of Favre's decision making. Childress called out Favre a few times in his postgame press conference following the Vikings' loss to the Packers Sunday night.
Favre acknowledged that Childress probably was right in some of his criticisms and said the two have discussed it privately since.
"Emotions run high for players and coaches," Favre said. "I can't disagree with some of his comments. I'd be the first to tell you there (are) plays I should have made Cheap Tresor Paris Earrings, plays I should have read differently."
Favre later added: "That doesn't mean we have to agree all the time."
They said it: Patriots Monday edition
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and linebackers coach Matt Patricia spoke to the media on Monday before this week's divisional-round playoff game against the Jets. The following quotes are from transcripts provided by the Patriots.
Belichick on Rex Ryan saying that the game will be "Rex Ryan vs. Bill Belichick": Well, I might have a little quickness on him. He's probably got a little more strength and power on me. So, I don't think you'll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches. At least you won't see me doing it. It's probably a good thing for our team.
Belichick on Vince Wilfork's versatility: "Vince is really a versatile player. His first year in the league he played defensive end during the season and in the postseason. Really, from the time he's gotten here, he's shown that he can play anywhere from the outside shoulder on the tackle to all the way down to the zero technique on the nose and those spots in between. So, he gives us a lot of versatility there: his ability to handle blockers, read blocking schemes, play multiple responsibilities. It gives our defense a lot of flexibility. He's very smart, instinctive, reads well Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, and also Tresor Paris Bracelets, he's a good technique player. All those things work toward that end."
Caserio on the state of the defensive line: "We made the move the other day with Mike Wright, but there are a number of guys who have played a lot of football for us this year. Vince (Wilfork) has been out there. Gerard (Warren) has been out there. Myron (Pryor) has come back. It was good to have him for the last game and he had a chance to practice last week. Landon (Cohen)'s come in and made a contribution since he's been here. We just work with the players that we have and just try to figure out the best way to utilize them on a week-to-week basis. The defensive staff does a great job with that and that'll be the case this week. So Patriots players of the week_17, it's been a combination of a number of different guys, some guys that don't have as much experience in our system relative to some other guys that do. And those guys, whatever they've been asked to do this season, they've stepped in."
Caserio on ORT Sebastian Vollmer: "Sea Bass has had a real consistent year. He's been out there since Day One. To my recollection, I don't think he's missed a practice. I think he missed one last week Fake Tresor Paris Bracelet Kraft denies reports of deal with OLG Mankins_727, but that might've been the first one all year. Sea Bass has been a consistent performer really since he's arrived. He's improved. He's got a pretty unique skill set. He had to play left tackle last year. This year, he's predominately played on the right side, but he's got good size. He's a good athlete for his size. He's a smart guy. He studies. He understands what we're trying to do offensively. He works well with that entire group."
Patricia on the return of ILB Brandon Spikes, who is back after a four-game suspension to end the season: "I think Brandon is a guy that is out there right now getting himself back in the groove of everything we're doing here and what we are trying to get done. I think anyone that misses any type of work for four weeks, comes back to it with a little bit of a degree of having to get adjusted, so I think that's all to be expected."
Patriots players of the week
The Patriots' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 23-20 win over the Chargers in Week Seven.
Offense: QB Tom Brady
Brady, like the rest of the Patriots' offense Brady's comments about Patriots not surprising_792, did not play well, but he wins this honor through the process of elimination. Brady did look like himself in the second half, completing 10 consecutive passes throughout two scoring drives spanning the third and fourth quarters. But for the most part, the Chargers' defense stifled him with good pressure and solid coverage. Without Brady's big second half, though, the Pats don't win that game.
Defense: S Sergio Brown
In his first career game Patriots of 2007, Heat faced similar fan obstacles, the undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame made several key stops, but none bigger than the final offensive play of the game for San Diego. Covering Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates, Brown made a crucial tackle Cheap Tresor Paris Earrings, leaving the Chargers short of a first down and forcing a field goal that, following a Chargers' false-start penalty, Kris Brown missed Tresor Paris Necklaces Sale, giving the Pats the win. With top safety Patrick Chung and backup Jarrad Page out with injuries, Brown came out of nowhere and had a huge debut.
Special Teams: PK Stephen Gostkowski
Since starting the season by making just one of his first four FG attempts after signing a contract extension, Gostkowski has now made nine consecutive field goals. He nailed all three of his attempts on Sunday Fake Tresor Paris Necklaces, with a long of 40. With the Patriots' offense stalling often in the red zone, Gostkowski made sure the Pats would not be empty-handed. Seems his early-season struggles are over.
Patriots release RB James from practice squad
The Patriots released RB Javarris James from their practice squad on Tuesday.
The rookie out of Miami (Fla.) has yet to be active this season. The Patriots added RB Thomas Clayton to their 53-man roster last week. James Tresor Paris Bracelet Sale Patriots wading through unforeseen obstacles_875, the cousin of RB Edgerrin James Tresor Paris Earrings Sale Divisional-round matchup tidbits_255, ran for 802 yards in his freshman year at Miami.
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Patriots place six on AFC Pro Bowl squad
Not unexpectedly, the 13-2 Patriots lead the way on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster with six players. Surprisingly, however, four of the players are on defense — that on a team that is considered much stronger on offense than on defense.
Baltimore placed five players in the Pro Bowl, four on defense, followed by Indianapolis with four.
Following are the players chosen for the AFC squad (* denotes a starter):