A whole new week is upon us. For those of us still left to wallow on Earth after the rapture, Football is still a nice respite. Here are some great links to sift through while you lament the fact it's Monday.
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Hawk Blogger Podcast: Special Guest Scott Enyeart: "Who needs an actual football season to talk ball? Not Hawk Blogger and Scott Enyeart! Download and listen to over an hour of in-depth discussion of the Seahawks, their draft, Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart and more. Scott is a long-time USC and Seahawks fan who also has coached Division I football, specializing in the offensive line. He has personal ties to some folks on the Seahawks staff, which has helped him to be one of the must-follow personalities on Twitter."
A really good listen, anyone interested in Pete Carroll and his defensive philosophy should download it. Here's a blurb from the podcast, where Scott Enyeart talks a bit on cornerbacks in Pete Carroll's defensive philosophy:
Corner is probably the least significant position in this defense. One, because you see a lot of cover-two being run, and in cover two, your corners are playing up. They're not getting deep, they've usually got a safety deep overtop. When you look at, and I've shared this on twitter, with you, and I think with some others, but obviously 140 characters limits you; when you look at the defenses that Pete had at USC, and all the players that were put into the NFL, very rarely was a DB an All-American, or a star player ever in the NFL. He always had, just kind of no-name, solid guys,... there weren't really any standout DBs in the Carroll era...
...At the safety position, it's critical in this defense. Carroll didn't use Polomalu the same ways that he used Mays, in the sense of, what their role as a safety was. Polomalu played up a lot, he could do a lot of different things in space that Taylor Mays wasn't able to do. But, their ability to be that center field kind of safety, just to deter people from even trying to go deep, and just the presence that they were as hitters, is what was critical to the defensive scheme, and what made them successful, and really what made them stand out.
So, you can kind of get those unassuming cornerback types that can be solid, but safey is key and that's why you saw them take Earl Thomas last year.
The Story of a little known Youtube video. " Where Random and Sport Collide: This is a really funny little anecdote about Field Gulls and the Mark LeGree video with a Miley Cyrus soundtrack. Check it out, this had me cracking up.
NFL: John Clayton examines 10 deals that need to get done when the lockout finally ends - ESPN: John "The Professor" Clayton for ESPN Insider. If you don't have insider access, here is what he says about NFC West teams: Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals: It's starting to sound like Marc Bulger, an East Coast guy with family considerations, might not be lured to Phoenix by the chance to be the Cardinals' starter. That may be the reason we're hearing more about a trade that could bring Kolb to Arizona. The Eagles want at least a first-round pick in return for Kolb, but the Cardinals might be willing to part with two second-rounders instead. Adding Kolb would be the most important addition in the quarterback-starved NFC West, and his presence could move the Cards back toward the top of the division.
Matt Hasselbeck re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks: Alex Smith's expected return to the San Francisco 49ers may not be exciting, but it was necessary. Jim Harbaugh was hired to foster a winning culture in San Francisco, and with no offseason to train players it makes sense to bring back Smith because Harbaugh won't have time to break in a new quarterback. The argument could be made that the Cardinals could be just a quarterback (Kolb) away from a 10-11 win season. Hasselbeck is aging but managed to get Pete Carroll a playoff win last season, and the Seahawks are more than a quarterback away from 10 wins. Giving up draft picks in a trade for a signal-caller would rob Carroll of the chance to draft key players for the long term, so bringing Hasselbeck back is the best option for Seattle.
Interview with Lawrence Jackson, DE Detroit Lions | ProFootballFocus.com: Interesting interview with Lawrence Jackson. Jackson seems like a good guy, it's too bad he didn't work out here in Seattle. Regardless, a good read.
Breaking down the 2012 CB class | National Football Post: Wes Bunting's series takes a look at the cornerbacks to watch this fall on Saturdays.
Breaking down the 2012 LB class | National Football Post: More from Bunting, this time on linebackers to keep an eye on.
NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post: Always a good read from Dan Pompei; another version of MMQB but not written by Peter King.
Charley Walters: Matt Hasselbeck might be a good fit as the Vikings' QB in 2011 - TwinCities.com: "Its beginning to look as though Seattle Seahawks free agent Matt Hasselbeck might be the Vikings