In my story today, Seattle Seahawks offensive line and assistant head coach Tom Cable discusses the maturation of his unit and why his exacting, up-tempo approach has finally paid dividends in the second half of the season.
Part of that success has been accelerated by Marshawn Lynch’s willingness to better understand the techniques used by his blockers in front of him.
“Their whole life they’ve just been given the ball and then go do their thing,” Cable said about his conversation with Lynch. “And we all joke about it – they’re extreme that way. But he was more than willing to say, ‘Teach me. I’ll do it the way you need it, and just don’t let me off the hook if I don’t do it right.’ So big props if you will to him, to have that kind of integrity, discipline and desire to want to be great at it.”
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Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the budding rivalry between San Francisco and Seattle – two teams on the rise in the NFC West. Michael Robinson had this to say about playing his former team: “Pride? Yeah, there’s a whole lot of pride at stake.They’re a great defensive and a great team. We’re not the same team we were the first week of the season.”
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com takes you back to the Chicago game with these photos.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says the team’s dreams of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor forming a formidable safety tandem have been realized.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says that Seattle’s backup as at the offensive line and cornerback are playing like starters.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that with Mike Williams going down, other receivers have to step up.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Tarvaris Jackson’s stock is up in his latest NFC West stock watch.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland writes that Kansas City provided the blueprint for beating the Packers – avoid turnovers, attack the middle of the field in the passing game and pressure Aaron Rodgers on the edge so he can’t escape the pocket.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the struggles of Arizona’s Kevin Kolb and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel shows the value of bridge quarterbacks like Tarvaris Jackson.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about the Niners ability to create turnovers. They have a league-best +25 turnover differential.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that there is a chance Patrick Willis could return from a lingering hamstring injury to play against Seattle on Saturday.