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Morning links: Protection is the problem

Good morning.

The Seahawks aren't the only team in the NFL searching for a way to better protect the quarterback. It's an issue league-wide and always has been.

Seattle may be the only team which will pick up two starters back to the line in the second half of the season, however. The Seahawks are desperate for their return. Our Dave Boling writes:

With 27 sacks at midseason, he’s on pace to become the most sacked quarterback in Seahawks history, exceeding Dave Krieg’s 1985 mark of 52.

The Seahawks had just 40 offensive snaps in Monday’s 14-9 escape from St. Louis, and on seven of them (17.5 percent), Wilson was sacked. On 10 of them (25 percent), he was hit.

He was taken back more yards on sacks (48) than the Seahawks gained rushing (44).

The performance caused the Seahawks to plummet to 31st in the NFL in sacks-per-pass play. And Wilson is now only six sacks shy of the total (33) he absorbed his entire rookie season.

Those are brutal numbers.

I wrote about the opportunities that are now in front of Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette thanks to the injury to Sidney Rice.

Lockette said he is "night and day" different than his rookie year of 2011 with the Seahawks.

Links:

> ESPN writes that Percy Harvin returning this Sunday is unlikely.

> There is some suggestion that the NFL change it's taunting rule so referees can take away a touchdown on a play like Golden Tate's score from Monday. That's how it is in college.

"A lot of people felt that the touchdown shouldn't have counted [but] a taunting foul is always treated as a dead-ball foul, meaning whatever happened during the play counts, and the foul is enforced on the next play, which would be the kickoff," Head of officiating Dean Blandino said on the NFL Network. "In college, this action would take back the touchdown."

Pete Carroll thinks that is a bad, bad idea.

> Danny O'Neil answers some questions over at Hawk Talk on 710 ESPN.

> Seahawks.com says Seattle's "gamble" on Bruce Irvin is paying off.

> Seahawks.com also says Doug Baldwin is at the front of the line to replace Sidney Rice.

> Aldon Smith is out of treatment and visited the 49ers.

> The Bucs will have a new starting left guard this Sunday for the fifth time in eight games.

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