SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 11: A general view of the national anthem flyover San Diego Chargers against the Seattle Seahawks during their NFL preseason game on August 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
It's a whole new day. Here's what's going on around the NFL.
Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Ken Whisenhunt on Kevin Kolb: "I just really like the total package.": Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt joined XTRA 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ to discuss the buzz and excitement amongst his players this year compared to last, what Kevin Kolb’s strengths are based on his limited up-close observations, how much of his offense is in place at this point in the preseason schedule, the potential to add another receiver like, say, Randy Moss, whether the Cards would ever consider keeping four QBs on the 53-man roster this year, what he’s seen thus far from first-round pick Patrick Peterson, and the balance he hopes to have on offense.
Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Robert Gallery Confident in His Ability to Help James Carpenter, Russell Okung and Rest of Seahawks’ Unpolished, Young Offensive Line: Robert Gallery joined KJR in Seattle with Mitch in the Morning to discuss last Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers, what he feels are the biggest adjustments for John Moffitt and James Carpenter on the right side of the Seahawks offensive line, helping his young OL teammates this season, what James Carpenter must overcome this season in order to be successful, and the injury suffered by Russell Okung in last Thursday’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
A brave new preseason | National Football Post: The last two weeks—a couple of the most bizarre and confusing in NFL history—led to some surprises in the first week of the preseason. Teams are still signing free agents and practice time has been severely limited. Secure veterans have never been enamored with training camp and they will certainly see the necessity as this year progresses. I once had a star offensive tackle as a client who was holding out of the Houston Oiler training camp in San Antonio. I called him with excitement to tell him that the team had accepted our offer, which broke new ground in line compensation and would make him secure for life. He responded, "I'm not taking it."
Bengals cut Tank Johnson | National Football Post: The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran defensive tackle Tank Johnson. Whether Johnson is done in the NFL remains to be seen. The eight-year veteran more or less announced his situation on Twitter last night, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
NFL.com news: Rule changes could take excitement out of kickoff returns: The new rules on the kickoff rules -- moving the kickoff to the 35 and limiting coverage teams to a 5-yard head start -- made headlines during Week 1 of the preseason. Do you think the changes ultimately will help or hurt the game?
When push comes to shove: As Marshawn Lynch was breaking his electrifying 67-yard TD run against the Saints to ice the wild-card playoff win in January, the signature play included his signature in-your-face move.
Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Spotlight On: Kam "Bam Bam" Chancellor: They don't make 'em like Kam Chancellor. The heaviest safety in the NFL was All-Pro Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals, weighing in at 230 lbs.
8/15: Let's be realistic about Seahawks QB Josh Portis - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: In Monday's Wrap Up video, Brock Huard and Mike Salk say Seahawks fans should temper their expectations for rookie Josh Portis, the team's third-string quarterback. Portis, who signed as an undrafted free agent, completed 5 of 9 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' preseason win over the Chargers.
Seahawks | Meet the Seahawks: Raheem Brock | Seattle Times Newspaper: You might know him from last year when the Seahawks signed Brock the week before the regular-season opener, and he finished the season with a career-high nine sacks.
RB LenDale White Released By Denver Broncos - SBNation.com: A year after signing him, RB LenDale White has been released by the Denver Broncos.
Curry favours newly defined defensive role at Seattle Seahawks - The National: "Just letting him know that, as good as he is - he's got speed, he's got power, he's got instincts and he's got a great attitude - that's a great foundation to be a really good player," Norton said. "He just needs to understand what he has, and be confident in it."
Seahawks GM John Schneider Apologizes for Ripping Vikings " The Viking Age | A Minnesota Vikings blog: John Schneider has backpedaled from his comments last week criticizing the Vikings‘ handling of Tarvaris Jackson. In an interview with Yahoo!, the Seahawks‘ GM infamously claimed the Vikings "[pooped] on" T-Jack for four years, a reference both to Brad Childress‘ benching of Jackson in 2008 and to the way Jackson was left hanging two straight off-seasons while the team waited on Brett Favre.
Left tackle injuries: Okung, Saffold, Staley - NFC West Blog - ESPN: Russell Okung was a limited participant in Seattle Seahawks walk-through practice Monday only four days after suffering an ankle injury that was less serious than initially feared. The Seahawks will not rush Okung back onto the field. His participation in the walk-through stands as evidence Okung is eager to rejoin his teammates. His repeated ankle injuries have been frustrating not only for the team, but also for Okung, who played in 47 consecutive games to end his college career.
Seahawks | New offensive line coach Tom Cable has Seahawks picking up the pace | Seattle Times Newspaper: Hurry up now. No time to waste. Not with Tom Cable coaching Seattle's offensive line this season. He demands everything be done on the hop, and that includes a trip to the water cooler during a break. "We go very fast," center Max Unger said.
Seahawks Blog | Position paper: Offensive line | Seattle Times Newspaper: Max Unger has played for four different offensive-line coaches and started at two different positions in his three seasons with the Seahawks. He also has started a career total of 17 regular-season games.
Booted once before, Coutu tries again | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune: In a mock game-on-the-line situation at Seahawks practice Sunday, Brandon Coutu came on with the field goal unit and responded by booting a 53-yarder. You may now take a moment to check the date at the top of this page.
Mebane finding his place with Seahawks line again " Kitsap Sun: Familiarity with a franchise kept Brandon Mebane in Seattle. Familiarity with an old position could lead to big things for the defensive tackle in 2011. Mebane, one the Seahawks' top free agents after the 2010 season, re-signed with Seattle after a hectic week of free agency, in large part because he felt comfortable with the Seahawks, the only organization he has known since coming here as a third-round pick in 2007.
Josh Portis and the Rebound Effect " thematchupszone: Josh Portis and the Rebound Effect by Drew Bales Whether you are relieved and choreographing a new version of the happy dance, drowning in your own personal pool of despair, or entirely indifferent to his having left, Matt Hasselbeck’s departure as the Seahawks quarterback has significantly changed the look and foundation of the ‘Hawks. For the past decade Hasselbeck was a near constant figure as our quarterback. Now our fixture is wearing a new uniform and throwing passes in a zip code several thousand miles to our southeast.