Seahawks problems may be perfect 'fit' for Bears offense

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Seahawks problems may be perfect 'fit' for Bears offense

Conventional wisdom (and being conventional in the NFL is death) is that you blitz a rookie quarterback, which the Seattle Seahawks have in Russell Wilson from Wisconsin.

But part of convention also is to blitz a struggling offensive line, which the Bears arent exactly, just one with potentially three starters next Sunday who werent in those positions nine days ago.

The intention is to force quick and multiple decisions by a group still in a molten state. With Gabe Carimi and Edwin Williams at guard (assuming Chris Spencers knee is not sound enough for a full game) and Jonathan Scott at right tackle, causing upheaval in protection schemes and ensuing assaults on Jay Cutler simply makes sense. The Bears are still 32nd in passing yardage, 30th in yards per pass play and 32nd in sacks per pass play.

But heres the problem for Seattle, ranked third defensively in passing yards allowed and seventh in sacks per pass play:

The Bears are 10th in rushing yards and the Seahawks are bad against the run (26th in yards per attempt). But it goes deeper than that.

Consider this assessment by Danny ONeil, Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times:

When Frank Gore rushed for 92 yards in the second half of Seattle's loss at San Francisco last month, it was chalked up to scheme. The 49ers ran a trap play that Seattle didn't adjust to adequately. When Adrian Peterson gained 182 yards on the ground two weeks later, it was a testament to Peterson's MVP-caliber comeback. But when Miami gains 189 yards on the ground? Well, that's a pretty sure sign of a serious problem. The Dolphins hadn't rushed for more than 100 yards in a game as a team since September yet Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas averaged more than 6 yards per carry against the Seahawks.

Pass blocking is defensive by nature; run blocking is offensive. For a Bears offensive line still coming together, a smash-mouth game plan plays into its strength as well as protects the less experienced.

Danny goes into some detail on the specifics of the decline in Seattles run defense. Then he points to a situation that further suggests if you just stay close to the Seahawks, they will crack.

No defense for the fourth quarter

Seattle is now batting .400 when it needs one stop to seal the game or force overtime. That's a great average in baseball, but it might turn out costing the Seahawks a playoff berth. Seattle's defense has given up a game-winning score in the final 5 minutes of its losses at Arizona, at Detroit and now at Miami. The Seahawks did manage to shut the door on New England and Carolina, but if coffee were for closersthen the Seahawks are sipping on tea.

And if anybody with any connection to Seattle isnt doing coffee, somethings already wrong.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty