Seahawks Insider Blog

Morning links: Eye on the prize

A couple programming notes. I’m headed back to Seattle this morning, so we’ll have today’s Monday Morning QB chat at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Then I’ll have an afternoon report from Seahawks head coach Jim Mora later on today. Mora’s press conference begins at 2:15 today.

My game story today focuses on the Seahawks ability to rebound from a 1-3 start and take care of business at home over the next two weeks. Mora certainly did not want to be 1-3 a quarter of the way into the season.

Injuries have taken their toll on the team. However, the Seahawks also have made penalties and mistakes that have cost them, particularly against Chicago, where if Seattle could have made a couple more plays they would be 2-2 right now and sitting in a much better position in terms of trying to position themselves for a playoff run later in the year.

I also talked with wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who said his role in the offense is evolving, and that he and the rest of the team are going to continue to work hard to try and turn things around.

Todd Milles, our Husky beat writer, filled in nicely with regular columnist Dave Boling unable to travel and still recovering from shoulder surgery.

Milles wrote about the troubles Seattle’s makeshift line had blocking the Colts’ talented defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

And Milles also wrote aboutthe impressive performance Peyton Manning put on at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Clare Farnsworth of says the Seahawks are willing to accept the challenge of digging out of a 1-3 hole.

ESPN 710 Seattle has audio of Mora, Aaron Curry and others talking about the game.

ESPN’s John Clayton, who was at the game on Sunday, says the Colts are running away with the AFC South.

More love for Peyton Manning, this time from Alex Marvez of, who also was at the game.

A pretty good photo gallery of the game from the Indianapolis Star.

Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star writes about Edgerrin James’ homecoming.

Mike Chappell says the Colts made Seattle one dimensional by stopping the run.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has an interesting story on the late Army Ranger and former NFL player Pat Tillman.

Apparently, if Tillman had sought out a release from his commitment to the Army a year earlier, there was interest from then-Seattle Seahawks general manager Bob Ferguson to sign him to a contract to play safety in Seattle in the Fall of 2003.

Tillman contemplated the opportunity but decided to stay with his commitment. He died in the well-documented friendly fire incident in April 2004.

Ferguson had drafted Tillman in the first round while serving as the GM for the Cardinals in 1998.

San Francisco 49ers

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the 49ers 35-0 drilling of the Rams at Candlestick Park.

Columinst Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says with the 49ers at 3-1 and wins over all three NFC West opponents, the team is playoff bound.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes San Francisco earned its first shutout since 2002. He says the players still remain humble after the team’s impressive start.St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams have hit a new low, losing a franchise-record 14th straight game in the 35-0 blanking at San Francisco.

Columnist Bernie Miklasz, who’s been covering the NFL for nearly 30 years, says the 2009 version of the Rams could be the worst, non-expansion team ever.

More Thomas: He reports the Rams are having difficulty scoring, totaling 24 points all season.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are not making big plays offensively.

Darren Urban of reports that Arizona’s offensive line is getting back to the basics during the bye week.