Cowboys could be coming

Seahawks: Expect Dallas to take page from Arizona playbook and blitz rookie QB Wilson aggressively

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comSeptember 14, 2012 

RENTON – Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell understands his unit could see a replay of last week’s game when Seattle plays host to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, with the opposing defense blitzing from every angle imaginable.

“That would be probably the smart thing to do,” Bevell said. “If you watched that game, whenever you leave yourself open for things like that, as we always say, it’s a copycat league. And until you prove you can stop it, then somebody’s going to continue to (try to do) that.

“So it just falls right back on us to make sure we’re right with our communication, and all the things we’re trying to do to go along with that.”

The Seahawks face Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for a second season in a row. Seattle’s offensive line allowed just one sack in a 23-13 loss to Dallas at Cowboys Stadium last season, although quarterback Tarvaris Jackson threw three interceptions in that game.

The twin brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan is in his second season with Dallas. And similar to Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Ryan doesn’t mind dialing up a blitz or two.

“These guys are out to come after you,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about the Dallas defense. “The Ryan family is pretty famous for blitzing, so we’re not going to be surprised if that happens.”

After rookie quarterback Russell Wilson struggled against Arizona’s pressure last week, the Seahawks could see a similar blitz package from the Cowboys. But even though he was sacked three times and hit another seven times by the Cardinals, Wilson said he’ll be ready if Dallas chooses to blitz more often.

“They’re very, very similar,” Wilson said. “Most 3-4 defenses are, for the most part. They’ve got a lot of talent up front. They fly around and make plays. They bring different types of pressure, just like Arizona did. And so we just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there’s a lot of green grass behind it. And so we have to capitalize on those.”

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said that just because the Cardinals had success getting after Wilson by blitzing doesn’t necessarily mean his defense will be executing the same scheme.

“What we try to stress as a coaching staff is to be who we are,” Garrett said. “You certainly see some things week in and week out in all three phases (offense, defense, specials teams), and say, ‘Boy, that was a good idea. That was effective for them.’ But my experience has been that if you copy what other people do all the time, you lose your identity in all three phases of your football team.

“So you certainly want to watch the game and game plan, and see what was good for the opposing teams, and what was maybe not quite so good. And maybe see if you have something in your package that fits.”

INJURY UPDATE

Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice did not practice Thursday for a second straight day because of a knee issue, making his availability for Sunday’s game in question.

Tight end Zach Miller also did not practice because of a foot injury. Miller was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was a limited participant for a second straight day. And offensive tackle Russell Okung (knee) returned to practice as a limited participant a day after sitting out.

Receiver Golden Tate (knee), defensive end Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (shoulder) were full participants. Receiver Charly Martin (chest) remains out for this week.

For Dallas, center Phil Costa (back), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) did not participate in practice on Thursday.

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) was a limited participant. Receivers Miles Austin (hamstring) and Andre Holmes (knee), cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), running backs Felix Jones (ribs) and DeMarco Murray (wrist), safety Danny McCray (neck), linebacker Kyle Wilber (thumb), tight end Jason Witten (abdomen) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion) were full participants.

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