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Monday, September 15, 2008
Around the NFC West: Complacent Hawks?

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune blames the Seahawks' problems on complacency, a word Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu used to describe how the team played.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks have more problems than injuries to wide receivers. Boling: "The Hawks scored enough points to win this one regardless of the injury problems. But their veteran defense, which has come up with so many fourth-quarter stops and key turnovers in recent seasons, forced just three punts in the final 10 49ers drives."

Also from Boling: Isaac Bruce was a great receiver, but he shouldn't be catching four passes for 153 yards against anyone at this stage of his career.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders what's up with the Seattle defense. Tatupu: "There are still 14 games to be played. I'm not calling us the New York Giants, but they did start 0-2, didn't they?"

Williams and Frank Hughes saw rookie tight end John Carlson becoming a security blanket for Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Not that Hasselbeck had many other options.

Also from Hughes: So much for that Seahawks swagger.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says the 49ers supported Joe Nedney following his missed field goal, and Nedney rewarded them in overtime. Nedney: "I tell you what, that crowd is loud. The acoustics in the stadium and the way the crowd gets up for plays, it's a spectacle to behold. But there was nothing louder than 67,000 people dead silent."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks played it safe late in regulation because Mike Holmgren feared a mistake might cost his team the game. Problem was, Seattle never got the ball back.

More from O'Neil: A 2-minute drill with players of the game, a play of the game, a turning point and more.

O'Neil and Jose Romero take a look at Michael Bumpus' debut game as an NFL receiver. Also, Julian Peterson says the NFL doesn't want players to have a good time during games.

Also from Romero: The 49ers picked a good time to pull an upset at Qwest Field.

Percy Allen of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks gained more yards rushing against the 49ers than they gained against any opponent in 2007. Julius Jones, Mike Wahle and Walter Jones were three reasons for the improvement.

Brian McIntyre of breaks down the Seahawks in 1,743 words. He wonders if the team will bring in another punter.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer uses a mascot malfunction as a metaphor for the Seahawks' struggles. I had similar thoughts upon seeing a fan in a Seahawks No. 12 jersey changing a tire along the side of I-5 on the way to Qwest Field.

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with stopgap receiver Billy McMullen, who made three catches for 48 yards but also had a hand in two turnovers.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks are "stunned" and "surprised" by their early struggles. Also, Seattle has lost seven of its last eight overtime games under Mike Holmgren. Hmmmm.

Also from Farnsworth: A look at how the Seattle defense unraveled against the 49ers.

Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer checks in with Jones, the ex-Dallas runner, whose big game nearly helped the Seahawks beat the 49ers.

Also from Moore: Don't expect the Seahawks to pull the type of reversal the Giants managed during their run to the Super Bowl last season.