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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Trent Cole fined $7.5K for flipping Russell Okung

By Will Brinson

Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung suffered a season-ending injury -- a torn pectoral muscle, specifically -- in the final minutes of last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia.

As we noted at the time, Okung was injured when he was unnecessarily thrown over Trent Cole's shoulder away from the play, after the whistle.

The NFL agreed with our assessment that Cole should be fined and according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the league fined the Eagles defensive end $7,500 for the play.

"I'm not a dirty player," Cole said Wednesday. "At the time, all the stuff that led up to that, there was a lot of stuff that happened in that game. ... Watch that game closely and key on Okung and key on me and you'll see what I'm talking about."

At the time of the play, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll disagreed with Cole's notion, pointing out nicely that he didn't think the injury should have happened, because the take down was unnecessary.

"I heard his comments," Cole said of the Seahawks coach. "You all seen what happened. The guy was on my back after the whistle. He was holding me the whole game. If you look at that play he had me hooked. I'm running to the ball and he had me hooked."

In the screenshot to your right, Cole and Okung (bottom left) aren't anywhere near the play (top right). And the ballcarrier is clearly on the ground while Okung's being flipped, meaning Cole's excuse for the specific play doesn't really make a lot of sense.

While the $7,500 fine stings Cole in his wallet, it doesn't hurt him nearly as much as the loss of Okung will hurt the Seahawks who, at 5-7, aren't technically eliminated from the playoff race yet.

Though if Okung's injury has a hugely negative impact on Marshawn Lynch's revived season, that will change quickly.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:25 am
 

Eye on Football NFL Awards: Week 13

Posted by Will Brinson



Every week, our NFL experts will hand out the Eye on Football hardware to the best of the best from the NFL week that was.

Week 13 NFL Awards
Expert Offense Defense STeams Coach
Freeman  Cam Matthews Tolbert Coughlin
Judge  Tebow Harrison   Brown  Kubiak
Prisco Rodgers  Houston  Brown  Kubiak
Brinson  Cam Harrison  Brown  Kubiak
Katzowitz  Rice  Smith  Brown Munchak
Wilson  Cam Harrison  Brown  Carroll
Week 13 is a wrap and that means awards time!

Props to rookie quarterback Cam Newton for his first-ever division win, his first-ever NFL winning streak and now, his first-ever Eye on Offense Award!

On defense, we had a tie between Clay Matthews and James Harrison. Since Harrison's picture scares me more (my defacto tiebreaker these days), he got the nod for our Eye on Defense Award. Sorry, Clay.

Antonio Brown, who returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown as the Steelers whipped the Bengals, nearly swept the Eye on Special Teams Award.

And Gary Kubiak provided the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with its first start at quarterback by an alumni in the NFL ... and got the win with rookie T.J. Yates. That's worth something, right?

Leave your votes in the comments below or scream angrily at us on Twitter @EyeOnNFL.

Eye on Offense Award
Mike Freeman Clark Judge
Cam Newton Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Newton scored his 13th rushing touchdown this season. He ran for three alone against Tampa Bay on Sunday but did you see how he jumped over the Bucs defense on one of them? It was like a Michael Jordan dunk. It was crazy.

Tim TebowTim Tebow, QB, Broncos
People said he can't throw, so he puts up a passer rating of 149.3. They said the Broncos couldn't win with him, but they're 6-1. Maybe it's time to start looking for what's right with the guy instead of what's wrong ... and what's right is that he has Denver in first in the AFC West.
Pete Prisco Will Brinson
Tony Romo Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
He completed 28 of 46 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants. He also drove the Packers to the game-winning field goal in the final minute. Give him this award every week.
Cam NewtonCam Newton, QB, Panthers
Newton set an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback on Sunday with his 13th on the season. Three of those came Sunday as Newton had arguably his best game as a pro, also throwing for another score. It was his first win in the division.
Josh Katzowitz Ryan Wilson
Ray RiceRay Rice, RB, Ravens
Remember how we criticized the Ravens for not giving Rice enough touches (and somehow John Harbaugh defending the strategy)? Yeah, this is what happens when Rice gets plenty of opportunities – 204 yards on 29 carries and a TD. Hopefully, Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have learned their lessons.
Cam Newton Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Not only is Newton the rookie of the year, you could make a good case that he's a top-10 NFL quarterback. Against the Buccaneers, he was 12 of 21 for 201 yards and a touchdown, but he also scored three more times on the ground. Oh, and he hauled in a 27-yard pass, too. This ain't your Jimmy Clausen Carolina Panthers.
Eye on Defense Award
Freeman Judge
Clay MatthewsClay Matthews, LB, Packers
The Packers defense isn't great and it can be had but every week it seems Matthews makes some sort of huge play. He did it again against New York with a pick-six. No, the Packers defense has holes but Matthews continues to make offenses pay.
James Harrison James Harrison, LB, Steelers
He had a team-high three sacks in the Steelers' 35-7 shredding of Cincinnati, keeping Pittsburgh on track with Baltimore in the AFC North. The Steelers' defense was supposed to wear down as the season went on. Instead, it's getting better,  allowing 16 points in its last two starts.
Prisco Brinson
Justin HoustonJustin Houston, LB, Chiefs
This rookie from Georgia had three sacks and spent the day in the Bears backfield. Houston gives the Chiefs another option on the other side from Tamba Hali. Three, zero, zero and three sacks, respectively, in four games.
Clay MatthewsClay Matthews, LB, Packers
For as much as junk as the Packers defense takes for giving up a ton of points, it's important to remember they've got a pile of playmakers -- Matthews proved that with a pick six of Eli Manning that ended up being the difference in the Packers shootout win over the Giants.
Katzowitz Wilson
Aldon Smith Aldon Smith, LB, 49ers
Aside from the fact Smith recorded two sacks against the Rams, his celebration after his final sack was awesome. Instead of dancing like a maniac, he sprinted to the sideline, tried not to touch anybody and just sat on the bench. It was awesome, sort of like Smith’s performance.
James Harrison James Harrison, LB, Steelers
Harrison missed four games in the middle of the season with an eye injury but since returning to the lineup in Week 9 he has six sacks, three coming against a Bengals offensive line that had done a good job of protecting Andy Dalton all season.
Eye on Special Teams Award
Freeman Judge
Mike TolbertMike Tolbert, RB, Chargers
The play he made on kickoff coverage wasn't the kind of play you will see on highlights across the country but it was damn impressive. Tolbert completely annihilated a kick return by the Jaguars. I mean, it was a textbook, single-handed destruction. And remember: Tolbert is one of the key cogs on offense and he still sacrifices his body like that.
Antonio Brown Antonio Brown, WR/KR, Steelers
H His 60-yard punt return for a touchdown finished off Cincinnati in a game that was supposed to be closer than it was. One reason it wasn't: Antonio Brown. The guy's been a productive receiver all year, but he pushed the Steelers to their third straight win and seventh in eight games with a nifty punt return. Hey, the more you can do ...
Prisco Brinson
Antonio BrownAntonio Brown, WR/KR, Steelers
He has emerged as a big-time receiver this season, but he's still a good return man. He had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown to make it 28-7 at the half against the Bengals.
Antonio BrownAntonio Brown, WR/KR, Steelers
Brown's one of the more underrated all-around performers  in the NFL. A big sleeper coming into his second season, the Pittsburgh wideout's begun blowing up as of late and doing it all over the field -- Sunday he took a punt 60 yards to the house to finish off the Bengals by halftime.
Katzowitz Wilson
Antonio Brown Antonio Brown, WR/KR, Steelers
Aside from his 45-yard catch that helped set up the Steelers first score, Brown also finished off Cincinnati late in the first half. After the Bengals scored to get some momentum and cut the lead to two touchdowns, Brown took a Kevin Huber punt and returned it 60 yards for the score to give Pittsburgh a 28-7 lead. And that was basically ballgame.
Antonio Brown Antonio Brown, WR/KR, Steelers
Pittsburgh hasn't been known for their coverage or return teams for some time but young players are changing that. Brown is not only an emerging talent at wideout, he's a dangerous return man, too. His 60-yard punt return against the Bengals capped a 28-point second quarter for the Steelers.
Eye on Coaching Award
Freeman Judge
Bill BelichickTom Coughlin, HC, Giants
I know, unusual choice, but seeing the Giants against the Packers after they were debacled the previous week, was interesting to see. Coughlin had his team ready and I don't think there's going to be a Giants collapse. For once.

Gary Kubiak Gary Kubiak, HC, Texans
He wins without his top defensive player. He wins without his top offensive player. He wins without his starting QB. Now he wins with a rookie third-string QB, beating Atlanta behind T.J. Yates. Kubiak was supposed to be fighting for his job. Instead, he's jockeying for playoff position.
Prisco Brinson
Gary KubiakGary Kubiak, HC, Texans
Kubiak, after losing both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart to injury, beat the Falcons, who are a good team with rookie T.J. Yates making his first start. That's impressive. 
Gary KubiakGary Kubiak, HC, Texans
The meltdown is supposed to happen, because this is the Texans we're talking about. But no matter who goes down for Kubiak's team, he keeps the ship righted and Houston steered towards the franchise's first playoff berth. A win over would-be contender Atlanta was especially impressive.
Katzowitz Wilson
Jim Schwartz Mike Munchak, HC, Titans
Tennessee went to Buffalo and beat the fading Bills, and if you wanted to know why, you could point to Chris Johnson’s 23-carry, 153-yard, two-touchdown performance. But considering Johnson has had about two strong games this year and yet, the Titans are 7-5 and in the AFC wild card race, Munchak deserves plenty of credit.
Hue Jackson Pete Carroll, HC, Seahawks
Beating the Eagles in Week 13 doesn't carry quite the cachet as doing it earlier in the season but the Seahawks are one of the league's most improved teams over the last month. They steamrolled Philly last Thursday and if the 49ers hadn't run away with NFC West, Seattle might be in the running for another 7-9 division title.



Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Marshawn Lynch runs for all the Skittles Thursday

Posted by Will Brinson



During Thursday night's game -- a 31-14 Seattle win over Philadelphia -- Seahawks running back provided Marshawn Lynch provided an incredible highlight with a Beast Mode-y 15-yard touchdown run.

Even if he somehow wasn't the biggest story to emerge from the game, Lynch's touchdown run, and the ensuing Skittle snack that followed it, drew a ton of attention. But not just on Twitter -- Skittles themselves took notice and decided to offer Lynch a gigantic taste of the rainbow.

According to Darren Rovell of CNBC, Skittles is offering Lynch a 24- month supply and a customized Skittles dispenser for his locker room thanks to the exposure he gave their brand on the NFL Network.

Lynch's Skittle habit borders on addiction; the running back said later he's been eating them ever since he was a kid, because his mother rewarded him for touchdowns with the delicious, multi-colored mini sugar bombs.

If Lynch keeps playing like he has so far the past five games -- 591 rushing yards and five touchdowns in that span -- Skittles is going to have to send more candy.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:47 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Russell Okung out for year with torn pec muscle

Posted by Will Brinson

Russell Okung, the Seahawks top draft pick in 2010, will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle during Thursday's win over Philadelphia.

The team confirmed the news on Friday evening, and Okung will require six months of rehabilitation, which means if the tackle suffers any setbacks, he could potentially miss some of 2012 training camp.

Okung's injury is the third season-ender the Seahawks have dealt with on the offensive line in the past few weeks, as both James Carpenter and John Moffitt suffered season-ending knee injuries recently.

Not helping matters for the Seahawks is the fact that they believed it was dirty play by Trent Cole that knocked Okung out for the year.

"He got thrown down after the whistle, really blatantly," Carroll said Friday. "Stuff like that happens in the game sometimes, but this was most unfortunate because he was damaged by it."

In the picture above, via NFL.com's Game Rewind, you can see the play in question: on the bottom left of the screenshot, Okung's being flipped over Cole's right shoulder as Cole ducks down and yanks him by the arm.

The result was the season-ending injury for Okung and it's a shame, because it came with less than two minutes remaining in a game that was most certainly over, on a take-down that, as you can see, wasn't anywhere near the actual action on the play.

Don't be surprised if the league decides to take some action (read: a fine) with Cole. Unfortunately, that won't bring back Okung, who will have missed 10 of 32 possible games by the time he finishes the second season of his career in Seattle.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:54 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:07 am
 

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Philadelphia continues to play poorly for Andy Reid (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All week long, radio hosts have wondered about the hot seat of Andy Reid, and each time they ask me, I say, “No, I think Reid is fine. He’ll have to fire some of his assistant coaches, but he’ll survive because of his resume. And besides, if Reid is fired, it won’t be long before Philly fans miss him.”

I’m beginning to think I might be wrong.

The Eagles looked horrendous for most of their 31-14 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night, and though I still believe Reid deserves another year (defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, I believe, does not), his team isn’t doing him any favors.

On the first play from scrimmage, Vince Young threw a disappointing interception (everybody on Twitter wrote at the same time: “Where in the hell was VY throwing?”), and Philadelphia struggled to get on track. Marshawn Lynch broke what seemed like a half-dozen Eagles tackles en route to his first touchdown run, and on his second, the gap vacated by Philadelphia’s defenders was immense.

The Eagles had a tough time stopping Lynch, the human Skittle-eating machine who rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 22 carries, and even quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (13 of 16, 190 yards, one touchdown) was efficient.

And then there’s DeSean Jackson. It’s hard to figure what’s running through his head lately. It’ll be tough, after all, to get paid a significant amount of money as a free agent when Riley Cooper is outplaying you. There’s been talk that the Eagles might simply franchise-tag him for next season and then trade him away, but at this point, Jackson isn’t giving his team much of anything. Including, it seems, much effort.

Though it was a touch unfair of the NFL Network to continue showing Jackson appear to ignore Young when the quarterback appeared to be trying to instruct Jackson -- we can’t really know if Jackson was truly ignoring him based on what we were shown -- but the fact he just sat there staring straight ahead while Young’s lips moved wasn’t the greatest PR move.

If it looks like you don’t care, it’s not the height of hyperbole to say that the people who could give him a ton of money also believe that he doesn’t care. That obviously doesn’t help his market value, especially when sideline reports said Jackson wasn’t talking to his teammates (he didn’t have a problem, though, talking to his old Cal buddy Lynch when Nnamdi Asomugha lay on the turf with an injury).

After the game, Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane asked one of the Eagles what was up with Jackson? Responded the player: "He's f------ around." When he talked to the media afterward, Jackson said he was frustrated with losing but not with his role on the team. He also didn't want to talk about any dissension on the team. After taking a few of those questions, Jackson turned back into his locker and stopped speaking with reporters.

But Jackson is only one problem, and as we’ve seen for most of the season, the blame for the Eagles season can’t be placed on only one player or one unit or even one side of the ball. You have to believe at this point that it’s an atmosphere problem. The person in charge of that, of course, is Reid. Who will continue to face immense heat after this loss.

He still has time to save his job -- and I still think he should keep it -- but he’s also beginning to change my mind.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:46 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:26 am
 

Asomugha knocked out of Seattle game with stinger

N. Asomugha injured himself on this play (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE (10:31 p.m. ET): Asomugha will not return to the game with a concussion and a stinger.

With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie not active Thursday night vs. the Seahawks, one-third of the so-called best secondary in the league did not start vs. Seattle. Now, the Eagles have lost another one.

While attempting to intercept a Vince Young pass, Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was taken down by Seahawks receiver Mike Williams and appeared to suffer a head injury. While Williams seemed to interfere with Asomugha, no penalty was called, and it appeared that Williams accidently landed on Asomugha’s head as they both tumbled to the turf.

Asomugha slowly walked off the field under his own power, though he looked somewhat woozy, and he immediately went to the locker room. The Eagles are calling it a neck injury and are saying that Asomugha is being evaluated for a head injury. His return to the game is questionable.

Meanwhile, Eagles special teams standout Colt Anderson is out for the game with a knee injury.

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Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Sidney Rice done for the season

S. Rice suffered two concussions in three weeks (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The past couple of seasons have not been kind to Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice and to the teams who employ him.

After starting only three games last year because of a hip injury, the Vikings declined to give him a long-term deal, which allowed Seattle to do exactly that, inking him to a five-year, $41 million contract before this season.

But if the Vikings believed he was brittle -- and by not signing a talent like Rice, that obviously was one of the reasons they didn’t re-up him -- he’s done nothing to disprove that theory.

That’s why it’s not surprising to hear, via the Seattle Times, that the Seahawks will place Rice on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in three games (Rice also suffered through a torn labrum early this season and missed practice lately because of knee problems).

"We're going to sit him down to make sure we take great care of him as we gather more information," coach Pete Carroll said. “We have to give him time. He's going to have to sit for a number of weeks before he would be able to play anyway. We just want to make sure we take care of him and don't bring him back too soon."

It’s an unfortunate occurrence for Rice, who seems to have disappeared in Seattle.

Remember in 2009 when he caught  83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns? That seems like ages ago. In the past two seasons combined, he’s recorded 46 catches for 537 yards and eight touchdowns.

Obviously, Rice is still a scoring threat because he’s 6-foot-4 and speedy. But on a game-by-game impact, the 25-year-old has grown nearly irrelevant because of his injuries. Now we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he’s really the receiver he once was.

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Harbaugh on Seahawks game: 'We had to throw it'

Posted by Will Brinson



In Week 10, Baltimore inexplicably lost to Seattle 22-17. Even more inexplicable than the actual loss, though, was that Ravens running back Ray Rice only got five carries against the Seahawks.

As we noted in Sorting the Sunday Pile, there's a common thread to the Ravens three losses: Rice doesn't get carries. In the Ravens six wins, Rice averaged 18.67 carries (including just nine carries against the Rams in a blowout). In the three losses to the Titans, Jaguars and Seahawks? Rice totaled 26 carries. John Harbaugh does not see this as a common thread, however.

Recapping Week 10

"The comparisons that people want to draw between the three games, that's all hypothetical, theoretical stuff," Harbaugh said, per the Baltimore Sun. "When you know football, you understand the schemes that you see and the situations that you face are different in every single game.

"I'm not a psychologist. I think what you do is you look at football. We're moving forward. We took responsibility for the loss and we're moving forward."

This would be a perfectly fine explanation, except there is a common thread. When the Ravens lose, Ray Rice averages 10 carries less than when the Ravens win. This isn't cherry-picking statistics. It's just clear that Baltimore abandoned the run way too early.

"I don't know how you would do it any differently," Harbaugh said. "We were in a situation where we lost two possessions [on turnovers]. When you don't have very many plays, it's hard to build up your running game. The way the game went, we had to throw it.

"In that game, I didn't see a lot more opportunities to run the ball."

The turnover point is valid, because losing two possessions is crippling for an offensive attack. But it's not like the Ravens were getting blown out at any point in the game. Their biggest deficit was 15 points, after a Steven Hauschka field goal made it 22-7 with 12:26 left in the third quarter.

And Joe Flacco still attempted a whopping 53 passes on Sunday, which was probably 10 too many. He wasn't helped by the fact that his receivers didn't show up, but he's still averaging the third-most pass attempts per game in the NFL (40.1) behind only Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford.

The problem is Flacco's only converting 54.8 percent of them. Although he might be hitting a higher percentage of them if defenses even bothered to concern themselves with stopping the run.

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