Monday, October 19, 2009
Around the NFC West: Seahawks appear done
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks can forget about their plans for this season after losing 27-3 to the Cardinals. Kelley: "These Seahawks, like last season's Seahawks, are going nowhere in January. In the latest tragedy for this season by Aeschylus, they lost defensive leader and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu for the season Sunday with a torn pectoral muscle. Their offensive line remains a 'who's-he' of mismatched parts. When they opened camp in July, nobody on the Seahawks' staff expected to start a line of Kyle Williams, Steve Vallos, Chris Spencer, Max Unger and Ray Willis. Forget about the playoffs."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks crossed midfield just once Sunday -- on a fake punt. O'Neil: "Seattle crossed midfield just once, and that was on a 42-yard pass from punter Jon Ryan on a fake. It was Seattle's longest play, setting up the field goal that kept the Seahawks from being shut out, and accounted for nearly half of their first-half total of 90 yards of offense."
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times describes the Seahawks' performance this way: "It wasn't just a joke. It was a full-fledged roast, a relentless punch-line assault on a punchless, pathetic, plummeting football team."
Percy Allen of the Seattle Times says Matt Hasselbeck was an easy target for Arizona. Adrian Wilson: "We weren't trying to proving anything to anybody. If anything, all this does is prove we're still the team to beat in the NFC West. Seattle controlled this division for a long time, but now we'd like to get a run going like they had."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com names Kurt Warner player of the game for his efforts against Seattle. Larry Fitzgerald: "Kurt does such a good job of reading what the defense gives us. He’s just so efficient with the football. He doesn’t make many mistakes. Those are the kind of games he’s going to play."
Also from Farnsworth: News that Lofa Tatupu would miss the rest of the season hit Seattle hard. Hasselbeck: "That’s terrible, terrible news. I don’t know what to say."
More from Farnsworth: The Seahawks can forget about using their bye week to get everyone healthy. Tatupu's injury wrecked those plans.
More still from Farnsworth: Twelve Seattle starters have missed a combined 35 games.
Art Thiel of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks didn't need Owen Schmitt to bang his helmet against anyone's head. The Cardinals did it for them.
Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune recounts Fitzgerald's latest domination of Seattle.
Also from Pacey: The Cardinals' opening drive was "demoralizing" for Seattle, according to Warner.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Tatupu had missed only one game to injury before this season. Pectoral surgery is scheduled for this week.
Also from Williams: Julius Jones says there can be no excuses for Seattle's performance. Jones: "The excuses are over with. It’s time to perform. And if you can’t get it done, then somebody else can. But we’ve got to come together as a team and decide what we want to be. We need a bye, especially after getting thumped like that. We've just got to regroup. Sometimes you have to hit the reset button, and this could be it for us."
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks found out the hard way what it's like to play with fourth-string offensive linemen. The drop from third- to fourth-string was catastrophic for Seattle. Boling: "Injured starting left guard Rob Sims should be back after next week's bye. His spot had been filled by Mansfield Wrotto, who later made way for Steve Vallos. But there are no guarantees that starting tackles Walter Jones and Sean Locklear will be healthy to return after the bye. The knee problems of Jones started the dreadful domino avalanche. Locklear had to move into that spot, only to be replaced by Brandon Frye after Locklear was hurt. Frye's injury last week meant that Kyle Williams –- the fourth left tackle of the season -– had to go Sunday against the Cardinals defense."
Todd Fredrickson of the Everett Herald says the Cardinals reinforced the message they sent by winning at Seattle last season.
Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald charts the Seahawks' futility in Week 6. Myhre: "Seattle had just 128 yards of total offense, and 42 of those yards came on one play -- a fake-punt pass completion from punter Jon Ryan to tight end John Carlson. The 128 yards matched the seventh-lowest total in franchise history. The Seahawks finished with seven first downs, tying for the sixth fewest in team history. And Seattle failed to get a rushing first down, the fourth time that has ever happened."