Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, links, info, interviews, analysis, and more! Happy Monday y'all. We're almost to a point where I can bring you real, actual news. Until then, here you go.
Your upcoming labor talks schedule | ProFootballTalk; "With an apparent last minute power play in the works, we still have some important labor talks left to go. So what’s the schedule for the upcoming days?"
NFL.com news: Back at it: Owners, players will meet again Monday or Tuesday: "It was hoped that NFL owners and players wouldn't have to meet this coming week and could handle their remaining issues via phone calls, email and their respective legal teams. It looks like that hope won't be fulfilled. NFL Players Association executive committee members are scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon and meet amongst themselves to review details of a potential labor deal. Then they will follow U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan's direction to meet with owners and/or management types, either Monday or Tuesday."
Seahawks fan asks Carson Palmer about Seattle " Seahawks Draft Blog: "Palmer has remained tight-lipped in recent weeks on his future, choosing to stay out of the media as the lockout dragged on. This weekend he’s been competing in a celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe, Nevada and declined to comment to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy on his future. No worries, leave it to a member of the 12th man to cut to the chase and ask a question most Seahawks fans would like to know."
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Remember...our pass rush? A Series Looking Back @ 2010 Seahawks: "Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock had a combined 6.5 sacks in 2009. They exploded for 20 sacks--11.0 for Clemons and 9.0 for Brock--in 2010. Brock added two more in the playoffs and Clemons added one. Their production warranted a deeper look in an earlier blog post.They were the sixth-most prolific sack pair in the NFL last season, and were responsible for more than half of the team's 37 sacks. That was a 32% increase in sacks from the previous year."
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Remember...our "running" game? A Series Looking Back @ 2010 Seahawks: "Pete Carroll and Jim Mora were alike in at least one way: both coaches spent tons of time talking about establishing the run and then ran out a rushing attack that ranked near the bottom of the NFL. Carroll added offensive line guru Alex Gibbs, massive guard/tackle Stacy Andrews, and later Marshawn Lynch. None of it had the intended impact. The Seahawks finished 29th in total rushing attempts (385, ~24/game), 31st in rushing yards (1424, 89/game), and 29th in yards/attempt (3.7/att)."
Rock out with your mock draft out: Sideline Scouting - Mocking The Draft: "An interesting note on this mock is Seattle having the second overall pick. That will be an interesting dilemma for head coach Pete Carroll. Presumably the team would need a quarterback if they're drafting that high. Does Carroll go with Oklahoma's Landry Jones or personal favorite Matt Barkley of USC? Sideline Scouting goes with Barkley, which I tend to agree on."
Questions about Cincinnati Bengals need answers | Lancaster Eagle Gazette | lancastereaglegazette.com: "When the new CBA gets ratified, teams will have 72 hours to try and retain their own free agents. Many around the league consider Joseph to be the second best cornerback on the market, behind only Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha. Joseph, however, would come in at a lower price than Asomugha. If the Bengals want to keep one of the best cornerback duos in the league together, they are going to have to spend in the neighborhood of $8-10 million per year to keep Joseph. If they balk, then expect the Texans, Lions or Seahawks to be among the favorites to sign him."
'Nice market' in FA for Tarvaris Jackson? - CBSSports.com: "In Minnesota, Christian Ponder has become the unquestioned future at quarterback, and even if the Vikings end up pursuing and/or signing a veteran free agent, it will be in a "mentor" role. What about the past, though? We know Tarvaris Jackson isn't coming back to Minnesota, and we know that there's a need for quarterbacks around the NFL. But could there be a market for a guy like Jackson, who's got potential but has struggled so often to succeed at the NFL level? Well, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora certainly thinks so and notes that he foresees "a nice market" for Jackson in free agency. Specifically, LaCanfora cites the Redskins, the Seahawks and the Dolphins as "strong possibilities" to sign the former first-rounder."
NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post: "Seahawks coaches want to tweak the way they use linebacker Aaron Curry. They want to have him drop less, especially in space. When Curry does drop in the future, it likely will mostly be on hooks to the flat. The fourth pick in the 2009 draft is a more effective defender on the line with his hands on the tight end. That way, he can use his strength and length to his advantage, and he doesn’t have to think as much. Curry is a strong point of attack player who also could be an effective pass rusher. It’s possible he will get more chances to chase the QB as well."
Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " After Tommy John Surgery In December Jamie Moyer Says He’s Going To Try To Play Next Year: "At 48 years young and 24-years into his Major League career, it truly seemed like Jamie Moyer was ready to retire when he announced he was having Tommy John surgery in the 0ff-season. Moyer would like to tell MLB fans to think again. The man who has logged over 600 plus starts and 4,000 innings had his surgery on December 1st, and is now throwing from 125 feet away. His big hurdle will be throwing from a mound in about a month or so."
On verge of free agency, it's decision time - JSOnline: "Cullen Jenkins 2010: 11 games, 29 tackles, seven sacks Injuries dogged Jenkins again last year, but he still managed to put together one his finest seasons. After missing a month of action with a nagging calf injury, Jenkins returned for Green Bay’s postseason run. Was a force in Green Bay’s NFC title win in Chicago with a tackle for loss, a half-sack, two QB hits and a pressure. Suffice to say, he earned himself a big payday somewhere. With some extensions in order down the line — Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton, Jordy Nelson, even Aaron Rodgers again — Jenkins probably will cost too much for Ted Thompson. Known for re-upping contracts ahead of time, nothing was done here. Look for the Packers to count on one of their young ends to emerge as a starter in camp. It’s smarter. It’s cheaper. Chances of staying: 5 percent
James Jones 2010: 50 rec., 679 yards, 5 TD A true Jekyll-and-Hyde receiver. Has served an invaluable role in Green Bay’s offense but is prone to maddening drops. Despite boasting natural pass-receiving ability — think Atlanta Divisional Playoff game — Jones let deep, potential touchdown grabs slip through his fingers against Miami, the Jets, the Giants, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb around, the Packers may not be willing to shell out much dough here, either. Chances: 20 percent"