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Halftime Adjustments and Big Walt Make the Difference


It was looking exrtemely bleak at the 2 minute warning until Walter Jones gave a heartfelt thank you to the 12th Man that reminded everyone why they used to love coming to these games in the first place. Jones fought back the tears as he rubbed his daughter’s head, and his mother stood proudly in the background. The whole thing seemed to lighten the otherwise dreary mood.

After that moment the Seahawks never looked back and didn’t allow Carolina to score again. Tatupu came up with  his first td since 2005 and Marshawn Lynch was finally able to showcase his talents passed the line of scrimmage. Lynch’s 24 yard td run was an amazing demonstration of power, balance, finesse, and the ability to just make a guy miss… completely.

Russell Okung had his best game of the season by providing the anchor for the running game’s debut as well as some pretty viscous hits. In particular a severe hit following a Hasselbeck interception made Okung look like he might be just as comfortable on the other side of the ball.

And let’s not forget the special teams heroics of Leon Washington. Had he not began his celebration early, he would have found himself with yet another touchdown return and perhaps a prow bowl invitation.

All in all it was nice to see the second half, but frightening in the first. Carolina should have been a team that the Hawks manhandled for a solid 4 quarters, yet they could only muster 2. However, those 2 were after halftime and a result of adjustments made by Carroll and his coaching staff. This was a nice change to see. I don’t ever remember the Hawks being particularly good at the halftime adjustments, especially last year.

The Seahawks still control their own fate as they are tied with St Louis for the number one seed in the uneventful NFC West. It is looking more and more like the Seahawks will be playing for the division in the last game of the season.

As a fan, you have got to love the relevancy of this season. Granted it is in the NFC West, but it sure is great to see Carroll and company still have something to play for this late in the season.

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  • Greg Scherzinger

    The halftime adjustment was amazing, and I’m sure it was more mental than anything. Going from a team that ‘hopes it won’t lose’ to a team that expects to win. I think attitude is everything. New England seems to be ok with ‘plug and play’ with it’s team … everybody plays. It’s not that they have more talent … its just that they believe. The ‘Hawks have the same kind of team. They just need to keep believing. I’ve said before that I like what Carroll has done with the team. The sheer number of roster changes was unreal at the beginning of the season, but it was apparent that Carroll was building a team, not just inheriting a team and hoping for the best. I bet Shanahan in Washington wished he had that kind of guts … instead …
    The 49ers can’t be overlooked, and the game should be a statement … especially if they hope to play Atlanta tight the following week … and Tampa as well. (wonder if they’ll just stay on the east coast between those two)
    The ‘Hawks play better when they go on the attack. The running game came together very well last week, after failing the week before. Though I think they gave up on it too soon. Something like only 12-15 runs in that game … thats only 3-4 a quarter! the ex-Cal duo of Forsett and Lynch could be great. Glad Okung is back … solidifying the offensive line is job one really. the talent is on this team. They just need to believe.

  • Riley Moore

    You make a great point with New England. D Branch is a case in point. His imediate success in New England shows how far the Hawks have to go, however, they are headed in the right direction. Go Pete, John, and Hawks!