John Clayton, football poobah of ESPN.com, stops by Cheney. He does not say a lot of things close Seahawk watchers do not already know.
Clayton discussed Robbie Tobeck, who made it to the Super Bowl with the 1998 Falcons, about the particularly tough road a Super Bowl loser faces in getting back to the game. Tobeck's response won't make you feel any better:The 1998 Falcons... like the Seahawks, came together as a team and surprised everyone before losing to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Jamal Anderson rushed for 1,846 yards that year. The next year, the Falcons were terrible, finishing 5-11.Clayton also does his "five things you should know" bit about the Seahawks, after visiting camp. They all seem like good points. Clayton, like me, is awfully big on Nate Burleson's potential with the Seahawks.
"Injuries were a big factor," Tobeck said of the Falcons' collapse. "The team got rid of Cornelius Bennett. They got rid of Tony Martin, who was our big-play receiver. Jamal Anderson goes down with a knee injury and his backup, Byron Hanspard, blows out his knee. Bennett was the leader of our defense along with Eugene Robinson, and those guys are tough to replace."
- With the latest mess re: Jerramy Stevens, Sando breaks down the injury situation:
This should still be a top-10 offense if the following things happen: 1) Two of the top three receivers remain healthy for most or all of the season (Jackson, Burleson, Engram); 2) Stevens returns and contributes; and 3) Seattle does not lose Matt Hasselbeck or Walter Jones... The injury situation on defense has actually improved."