Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne, who has 90 tackles on the year, 10 away from reaching triple digits for a second straight season.
His 90 tackles are 11 more than anybody else on the defense (Lawyer Milloy is next at 79). And after a statistically moderate early season, Hawthorne has hit stride in his new position so well that he’s averaged almost 10 tackles a game since the start of November.
“He has really natural instincts ... he gets the game,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It comes easy to him. He’s a natural football player – hitter and tackler. There’s nothing that you ask a linebacker to do that David can’t do.”
So they’ve done exactly that, asked him to do just about everything.
“It was different for me in the beginning,” he said of his move to outside linebacker. “I was seeing the field from a different perspective and covering things from a different angle. It was a new start at a new position. You take every new experience you put in your book. And as the season has progressed, I’ve gotten more and more comfortable.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press says the Seahawks are traveling 3,000 miles for a game against Tampa Bay that could be meaningless by the time the game kicks off if St. Louis beats San Francisco earlier on Sunday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that both Leon Washington and Mike Williams are candidates for comeback player of the year.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com writes that Tampa Bay got ahead on its rebuilding effort by drafting an athletic, efficient thrower in Josh Freeman.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, KJR's Hugh Millen and Steve Sandmeyer discuss the Seahawks upcoming contest against Tampa Bay in this audio link.
KJR’s Ian Furness talks to former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg about going through a similar situation as Matt Hasselbeck at the end of his career in this audio link.
ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down a deep pass post to Ben Obomanu from last week’s game against the Falcons in a play designed to get ball to Cameron Morrah on a hook route. Huard thinks Hasselbeck will turn this into a completion this week.
Brian Burke of Advance NFL Stats gives Seattle a 29 percent win chance at Tampa Bay this week.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times profiles Hawks receiver Mike Williams in his return to his hometown of Tampa.