Veteran receiver Brandon Stokley has become Matt Hasselbeck’s Bobby Engram – a reliable receiver on third down that the 35-year-old quarterback can trust will be in the right spot at all times.
And Stokley’s intimate knowledge of Seattle’s offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ offense from his time in Denver helped him fit in quickly.
“He was the missing part, really. We were running a lot of these plays that were – we called them ‘Stokley plays’ because this offense is, in large part, the Mike Shanahan 2008 Denver Broncos offense that Jeremy Bates is running.
“There’s a lot of plays that are kind of for that slot receiver – ‘Get a feel for what the defense is doing and win’ – and we tried a bunch of people there. They were all right, but they weren’t Stokley.”
Pete Carroll’s comments about wanting Matt Hasselbeck back for the 2011 season show that Seattle’s options may be limited because of the uncertainty of CBA negotiations and the team having a lower, first-round draft pick because of an unexpected playoff run.
Our own John McGrath of The News Tribune is back in Chicago doing advance work, and he catches up with former University of Washington product center Olin Kreutz, who anchors the Bears’ line with his no-nonsense approach.
Staying true to his motto always compete, Pete Carroll tells ESPN 1000 that he has no choice but to kick the ball to explosive return man Devin Hester.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says running back Marshawn Lynch has come full circle since joining Seattle during the bye week this earlier this season. He faces Chicago on Sunday, the same team he faced in his first game with the Seahawks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Seahawks quarterback coach Jedd Fisch has accepted a job of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach job at the University of Miami.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated breaks down the Hawks-Bears game, and says this is when the fairy tale ends for Seattle.
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network says Seattle will face a different Bears team this time around.
Vaughn McClure of The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago will be ready for the blitz this time around.
David Haugh of The Chicago Tribune writes that the Bears better hope quarterback Jay Cutler’s nonchalance is just an act.
Neil Hayes and Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times write that the Bears had a hard time watching the first game against Seattle.
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated offers his top 25 draft prospects heading into this year’s draft.