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Seattle Seahawks Aim to Pluck Arizona Cardinals’ Perfect Home Record on NBC Sunday Night Football

December 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Rich Monroe

Tomorrow night the Seattle Seahawks (10-4) take on the Arizona Cardinals (11-3) on NBC Sunday Night Football. Pay no heed to all the hype and post season scenarios surrounding this primetime NFC West division game. The game will be about the NFL’s number one defense traveling to Glendale, Arizona to put a stain on the Cardinals perfect 7-0 home record.

The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 19-3 on Week 12. There’s been a lot of hand wringing in the media, though, about the seven sacks the Red Birds gave quarterback Russell Wilson that afternoon at CenturyLink Field. Concerns are valid, because the Hawks offensive line is working through some key injuries and not playing at 100 percent.

Fans watching recent games may have noticed a trend in Seattle’s attack. Quick, short throws by Wilson, taking advantage of defenses stacked in the box, defending against the NFL’s number one ranked rushing offense. It appears the team’s passing strategy has been a shakedown and the strategy was validated last weekend, when rookie receiver Paul Richardson scored on a quick slant from the 10-yard line, against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Defensive End Cliff Avril Signs Four–year Contract Extension

December 19th, 2014 at 7:15 PM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks announced today they have reached agreement on a four-year contract extension with their defensive end Cliff Avril reported to be worth 28.5 million with 18 million guaranteed.

Avril signed with Seattle as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013, after originally being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (92nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

"Cliff has been instrumental in what we’ve been building on the defensive side of the ball and we are excited that he’ll be with us for another four years," said Executive Vice President & General Manager John Schneider. "He has been relentless in his approach to the game and his passion for winning is contagious. This is another great day for the Seahawks and the 12s."

Head coach Pete Carroll said he and Schneider have found the core group of guys they like and are jumping at every chance to keep them around. He gave his GM plenty of credit for the atmosphere and stability now being created on the team.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Linebacker K.J. Wright Signs Four-Year Contract Extension

December 18th, 2014 at 7:52 PM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks and outside linebacker K.J. Wright confirmed today they have reached agreement on a four–year contract extension, reported by Ian Rapport of NFL Network and NFL.com to be worth $27 million dollars.

"In the offseason, we identified K.J. as one of our core players moving forward and aimed to keep him as a part of the Seahawks family for a long time," said Executive Vice President & General Manager John Schneider. "Since Day One, K.J. has been a true professional in his daily approach and we are excited for K.J., his family and the 12s to keep him in the organization."

The contract extension and its amount is a definite statement by the franchise that it wants to keep its core group of players intact in the months ahead. Trading WR Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in October certainly freed up much needed resources for Schneider to begin to do just that.

"K.J. is the epitome of a team guy," said head coach Pete Carroll. "We are excited to reward a player of his caliber for all the hard work he has put in over the years to become an important piece of our defense."

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San Francisco 49ers Release Defensive Tackle Ray McDonald

December 18th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

Hours after learning that its eight year veteran defensive tackle Ray McDonald had been named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation, the San Francisco 49ers released him.

"Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision–making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that can no longer be tolerated," general manager Trent Baalke said.

Last weekend during the 49ers 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, McDonald sacked quarterback Russell Wilson once and during an interception, threw an egregious "peel back block" against offensive tackle Russel Okung as time ran out in the half. The dirty block bruised Okung's lung, who came up coughing blood, and will now miss at least one and maybe two games.

Keep an eye out Bay Area, for automotive sales associate Ray McDonald, coming soon to a used car lot near you!

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Pre-snap Penalties Could Be the Seattle Seahawks Achilles Heel

December 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL with 56 pre-snap penalties. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trail Seattle with 44. Many of these penalties killed drives resulting in punts or field goals, reducing Seattle’s ability to apply situational pressure on its opponents. These mental mistakes might end up costing the defending super bowl champions the shot at an NFL history making repeat.

During the past 15 weeks, how many games can you think of, where one, or at the most two breaks may have made a difference? Did the Seahawks shoot themselves in the foot during any of their four losses?

Week 2 in the 21-30 road loss to the San Diego Chargers, Seattle was called for three pre-snap penalties; two in the second half. Week 6 at home against the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle lost 30-23 and had five pre-snap penalties. Week 7 in the 28-26 road loss to the St. Louis Rams, Seattle had four pre-snap penalties in the first half. Finally, on Week 11 during the 24-20 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle had five pre-snap penalties.

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