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Giants hunting Whitehurst

The Seattle Seahawks have won the last two contests at Qwest Field over the New York Giants, no doubt putting a bull’s eye on a Giants [5-2] team that’s among the conference’s elite. But if you ask defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, the Seahawks are the ones to be hunted.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Led by Osi Umenyiora, the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, Fewell’s unit has the hunters to get the job done. The up-and-down Seahawks [4-3] are exact opposites home and away, winning all three of its home games and only winning one road game. They’ve been winning its home games on average, 27-12, and have recent history on its side against the Giants.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Fewell, however, sees this game as an opportunity to exorcise some demons, while indoctrinating a very green backup quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst, to a defense that has haunted and knocked out previous passers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />“We hope so. We want to command respect and make him nervous back there,” said Fewell when asked if he’s hoping his manic pass rush can rattle the career-backup Whitehurst. Hasselbeck was sacked eight times last week and suffered a mild concussion. When the official injury reports came out late yesterday afternoon, Hasselbeck was ruled out, allowing Whitehurst to start his first career game. Suddenly, Seattle is destitute at quarterback as Whitehurst has never thrown a pass in a regular season game and scout team quarterback, rookie Zac Robinson of Oklahoma State, was promoted to backup.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Fewell said regardless of who's taking the snaps, they have to pay.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />“If he [Hasselbeck] was back there, then we’d want to make him nervous. And if not, then make the next guy nervous,” Fewell said. “It’s a West Coast system and we hope to make whoever is back there release it a little quicker.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />While Fewell noted the differences in each quarterback, he said his unit will be prepared for whoever is under center – and rightfully licking their chops.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />“It’s a little more difficult [preparing for unknown] because we’ll have to account for different mechanics, what the reads are, and snap count,” Fewell said. “But you have to do your homework on the next guy, too, [and watch] pre-season games and find out what he’s like…if we stop the run, then we want our guys to have that mentality of there’s blood in the water and we’re the sharks, no doubt.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />When the Seahawks run the ball, they’ll utilize their own version of “Earth, Wind, and Fire” in thumper Marshawn Lynch, all-around back Justin Forsett, and third-down back Leon Washington. Fewell knows Lynch very well, as he coached him last season in Buffalo when the former was the Bills’ interim head coach.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Fewell said the real key is stopping the run and making Seattle a one-dimensional offense.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br />“He’s a hard runner and you better smack him in the mouth because he’s tough and knows how to break tackles,” Fewell said of Lynch. “He’s a slasher and can cut the ball back on you, too, because he has great vision. You better respect him or he’ll make you respect him. We better bring our best game and stop the run first and foremost.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />When asked about the Seahawks’ schizoid ways, Fewell said he’s preparing for the better version because the atmosphere, weather, and crowd noise always seem to fuel the Seahawks.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />“You prepare for their best game, whether they’ve been skittish on the road and really playing well at home because we have to know we’re going to get their best game,” he said. “So, you put [Seattle’s uneven play] out of your mind and say this is what they do well, play well at home.” <br />

 
 
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