WarpathInsiders--Leading up to the season opener against
.NET--Most fans are looking at this game with some
WarpathInsiders--I read the following in a preview of the upcoming game:
Of course, Jackson is a mainstay and a threat, but, at
the risk of sounding contentious here, beyond that it seems to me that the rest
of the Seattle WR corps consists of has-beens in the 30+ Joe Jurevicius and
Bobby Engram and the never-was Peter Warrick. It doesn't seem that this lineup
requires much depth at corner to handle. What am I missing in these receivers
.NET--In a word, possession. The days of
Jackson runs routes just about as well as any receiver in the NFL, is far better this season at grabbing the tough catch, and is a YAC maven. Perfect West Coast Offense receiver. Engram alternates between the "X" and the slot now – previously, he was a slot receiver pretty much exclusively. He is a fabulous clutch receiver, and Matt Hasselbeck's go-to guy on third down. Jurevicius is a huge target who caught touchdown passes in his first two games as a Seahawk. This is not a unit that will light you up – they like to implement slow death on defenses. And they're very effective at doing so.
WarpathInsiders-Name one Seahawk on offense and one on
defense that Redskins fans likely have not heard of who has the potential to
make a game-turning play on Sunday.
.NET--On offense, I would say that WR D.J. Hackett might be a big surprise factor if he plays. He suffered a sprained MCL against the Chiefs in the preseason, but he's ready to take the field again. Hackett, a second-year player out of
On defense, watch out for two guys – DT Chuck Darby and OLB Leroy Hill. Darby, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer acquired as a free agent this off-season, teams with Marcus Tubbs to form an extremely effective starting interior defensive line. Your "Hogs" will have their hands full with this guy. Darby is a bowling ball who can get under a guy's pads and take on double teams. Hill is a rookie OLB out of Clemson with great speed and pursuit ability. If Ray Rhodes sends as many blitzes as I hope he will, Hill and Mark Brunell may become very familiar with each other.
WarpathInsiders--Seattle spent a very high pick to draft Shawn Springs and then let him go in free agency without—correct me if I'm wrong here—putting up much of a fight. If this game was being played a Qwest Field, would Springs be getting booed and heckled unmercifully or is there just a feeling there that it just didn't work out and there are no real hard feelings?
.NET--There are hard feelings…and quite honestly,
there should be. When Springs left
an article by Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune published on the morning
of September 29th, Springs took pains to be a bit more PC about his
time here, but I think it's too late for most Seahawk fans. In the opinion of
WarpathInsiders--What player is the Seahawks' best overachiever and which one is its worst underachiever, in terms of physical talent vs. production.
.NET--Fortunately, most of the underachievers are gone, cast out in the purge of new Team President Tim Ruskell. If there's one current player that was giving Seahawk fans fits for a while this season, it was cornerback Marcus Trufant. Trufant has all the talent in the world, but he was getting lit up a bit in the preseason and in the first two regular season games. His performance against the Arizona Cardinals last week was much better, and we hope that will continue this week – it's quite possible that Trufant will draw Santana Moss as his assignment.
Probably the biggest overachiever right now is rookie MLB Lofa Tatupu. This guy was drafted in the second round, and was considered a reach by just about every draft expert (with the very notable exception of NFLDraftScout's Rob Rang, a longtime friend of Seahawks.NET). Obviously, Tatupu is used to hearing the "too small/too slow" criticisms. And like Zach Thomas, Sam Mills and Jonathan Vilma, he just doesn't care. He's now the starting middle linebacker, and his veteran teammates are extremely impressed with his adeptness in calling defenses and anticipating plays.