Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, links, info, interviews, analysis, and more! Hope you all had a great weekend. Here are some links for you while you settle back into your jobby job on a Monday morning. You know what? There's Seahawks' football on Thursday.
Programming note: NFC West mostly rests - NFC West Blog - ESPN: Dashon Goldson's status: The 49ers have moved on at safety, so what happens with Goldson is a secondary concern in the division at this point. But the New England Patriots are reportedly interested in him. Goldson has been better against the run than pass, but he doesn't project as a replacement for Wilson in Arizona, based on previous evaluations from Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. Williamson nailed the evaluation for Goldson back in June: "He is not a Michael Lewis, not an Adrian Wilson. He is good at a few things, but not great at any and I am not really sure what his niche is. ... If you had one more top-20 corner to add to that secondary, all of a sudden he might look a little better. But if you are needing him to make up for deficits on the edges, no. There are a ton of safeties on the market who are better than him. ... You might tell him, 'See what you can get, let us know,' and if he can get a big number he goes, but if he comes back, you get him back at your price and everyone is happy.
Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M) game tape vs Kansas " Seahawks Draft Blog: This was Tannehill’s first game as a full-time quarterback, replacing Jerrod Johnson. I’ve included a second portion of tape looking at Aggies receiver Jeff Fuller from the same game – I have Fuller rated as the second best eligible receiver for 2012 behind Alshon Jeffery (WR, South Carolina).
Colin Cole, Deon Butler, Others Placed On Seattle Seahawks PUP List - SB Nation Seattle: The injury bug has seemingly been visting every single NFL team with regularity since the start of training camp, and the Seattle Seahawks are no different. They have placed four of their players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list already, taking some big hits along the way. Defensive tackle Colin Cole is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, landing him on the PUP list as of now. head coach Pete Carroll feels that Cole is still "quite a ways away" from getting back on the field, possibly remaining sidelined through training camp and maybe longer. Cole's first tast of football in 2011 may be after the season is in full-swing.
Seahawks | Free Agent Frenzy? Play it again, Goodell | Steve Kelley | Seattle Times Newspaper: This was so much fun, let's do it again next year. And the year after that and the year after that and ... Open up a small window maybe a couple of weeks wide, in early May, after the draft, and tell the NFL teams all of the free agents have to be signed in that period. Free Agent Frenzy.
Jackson excited about legit shot with 'Hawks - NFL - Yahoo! Sports: Back when he was a relatively obscure college passer at Alabama State, Tarvaris Jackson(notes) had a hot temper he didn’t make much of an effort to conceal. The Seattle Seahawks’ anointed successor to longtime quarterback Matt Hasselbeck(notes) is a lot mellower now, and that’s a good thing. Otherwise, at some point during the previous three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson would have reacted to the dismissive treatment he received from then-coach Brad Childress by throwing a Christian Bale-sized tantrum.
HeraldNet.com - Seahawks blog: Training camp notes, Seafair Saturday addition: Former Husky Isaiah Stanback, who continues to look good a year removed from a torn Achilles tendon, had a few nice catches on deep balls, as did Golden Tate. But no catch Saturday was better than the one made by undrafted rookie Ricardo Lockette (aka Lockette the Rocket), who out-jumped Brandon Browner and reached over the 6-foot-4 corner to haul in a pass from Josh Portis.
Seahawks.com Blog | Camp Carroll: Day 10 ": FOCUS ON The running backs. The only offensive position group that didn’t add a big-name free agent last week might be the most exciting — and complete — unit this season.
NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post: *The Seahawks did not get rid of Lofa Tatupu because they thought he could no longer play. They got rid of him because he no longer fit in their defense. Many believe Tatupu, at 6-0, 250, can only play middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. The Seahawks want to be more versatile with their front this year, and plan on morphing in and out of a three man front. Tatupu isn’t the guy to do that with.
ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens planned to re-sign Heap: Our Seahawks sources tell us two rookie free-agent receivers in particular appear to have caught head coach Pete Carroll's eye early in camp — Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin. The 6-foot-2 Lockette — who has been given the nickname "Lockette The Rocket" — has raised eyebrows with the speed that made him an NCAA Division II 200-meter sprint champion at Fort Valley State. The 5-foot-10 Baldwin, a Stanford product, made a half-dozen catches in one early practice that we hear resulted in a special pat on the back from Carroll. • On the other side of the ball out in Seattle, we hear physical CFL product Brandon Browner could be a sleeper worth keeping an eye on at cornerback.
One Seahawks Key to the Future: Max Unger " 12th Man Rising | A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Max Unger was a 2nd round pick who is entering the 3rd year of his 4 year rookie contract. Unger had a pretty good first year at guard despite being on a team coached by Jim Mora (Sorry I forgot we’re not to speak that name on the site). There was serious talk about moving him to center by the end of his rookie season. This leads me to believe that Unger harbors an intelligence he has yet to demonstrate in regular season games.
A few minutes with Michael Robinson, Seahawks fullback - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports: Bulking up, toughening up Robinson put on 17 pounds during the offseason, checking into training camp at 240 pounds at the request of coach Pete Carroll. So he’s ready for the physical and mental grind that offensive line coach Tom Cable’s version of the zone blocking scheme will demand. "We’re developing that philosophy of mental toughness," he said. "Obviously we’re bigger up front, and that makes a difference. I think having Big Rob (Robert Gallery) and bringing that experience, and more toughness, that helps. And you got the animal behind us in Marshawn Lynch, and just let him go. I think the philosophy of the zone scheme really gives him a chance to put his foot in the ground and go where he wants to go."
Seahawks go for young defensive backs - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com: The Seattle Seahawks didn't completely revamp their secondary from last season, but the depth of Seattle's defensive backs is younger and bigger. A year after the Seattle Seahawks gave up 60 passes of 20 yards or more, the second-highest total in the NFL and five more than any other playoff team, John Schneider has taken a pass on several high-talent cornerbacks who hit the free agent market and opted instead to stick with the young defensive backs that he and head coach Pete Carroll drafted in the last two years. "I think it's great," he said. "I'm really excited about it. The size, the strength _ you got some guys that are big and can run . I think when you look at that defensive backfield right now, there's a lot of young guys out there that look fast and big and strong and tough."
Seahawks | The Seahawks get busy reworking roster in a frenzied two weeks | Seattle Times Newspaper: John Schneider's office sits on the second floor of the Seahawks' lakeside headquarters, overlooking the facility's double-doored exit onto the practice fields. The symbolism is unintentional, but apt. Schneider is the general manager who oversees which players get to run onto that field, and for the past 12 days his office has been mission control for an overhaul that was as remarkably deep as it was speedy.
Seahawks go for young defensive backs - seattlepi.com: The Seattle Seahawks didn't completely revamp their secondary from last season, but the depth of Seattle's defensive backs is younger and bigger. A year after the Seattle Seahawks gave up 60 passes of 20 yards or more, the second-highest total in the NFL and five more than any other playoff team, John Schneider has taken a pass on several high-talent cornerbacks who hit the free agent market and opted instead to stick with the young defensive backs that he and head coach Pete Carroll drafted in the last two years. "I think it's great," he said. "I'm really excited about it. The size, the strength — you got some guys that are big and can run . I think when you look at that defensive backfield right now, there's a lot of young guys out there that look fast and big and strong and tough."
A few minutes with Jameson Konz | Seahawks Insider: A position switch A seventh–round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 out of Kent State, Jameson Konz moved from tight end to defensive end during training camp, and so far the results have been good. "I played outside linebacker for three years in college, and a little bit on third downs they’d throw me in as a rushing defensive end as well," he said. "So I kind of have a little bit of experience doing that. "When I got here, I expected to play a little bit on offense. But they need me on defense. And I told this organization from Day One – put me wherever you want me. And if I can help this team win that’s fine with me."
DE Brock joins practice, QB Portis shines | Seahawks Insider: * Carroll said that fullback Michael Robinson came in at 240 pounds in order to do the stuff the team wants out of him from the fullback position. Robinson weighed 223 last year.
Chancellor making name for himself with Seahawks " Kitsap Sun: A year ago, Kam Chancellor learned from a legend. Now the second-year safety has the responsibility of replacing him. Chancellor, a fifth-round pick in 2010, played sparingly as the understudy to four-time Pro Bowler Lawyer Milloy. At 6-foot-3, 232 pounds, Chancellor was certainly an intriguing prospect, but he had few chances to show what he could do. But with Milloy unsigned and seemingly not in the Seahawks' plans, Chancellor is expected to move into the starting strong safety role alongside free safety Earl Thomas, who is also starting his second season.
Seahawks Training Camp: Reserve Quarterback, Wide Receivers Impress - SB Nation Seattle: The Seattle Seahawks had their first full pads practice on Saturday, and with it came plenty of football action. The passing game of the Seahawks was on full display as third-string quarterback Josh Portis, cousin of Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, impressed with a range of wide receivers.
Seahawks | Nate Robinson attends Seahawks practice — as a spectator | Seattle Times Newspaper: Nate Robinson was at Seahawks practice Saturday morning. Considering Robinson's athletic pedigree, that statement requires a further clarification: Robinson was not in the Seahawks' practice. The Rainier Beach alum was in sweatpants and a gray top, watching the workouts. There are no plans for Robinson to have a tryout with the Seahawks, but this is the latest in a continuing flirtation with the sport.
Seahawks.com Blog | Camp Carroll: Day 9 ": FOCUS ON Sidney Rice. The freshly signed wideout, in only his second practice with the team, is already making a splash and proving why the Seahawks went after him in free agency last week.
17 Power, A Seattle Seahawks Blog: Why Training Camp is a Bad Time to Get Gimpy: A quick update on Seattle's training camp injuries - and more importantly, the ripple effects each might have, based on the excellent coverage from independent Seattle bloggers like Fieldgulls, Hawk Blogger, and Davis Hsu. Remember, players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list do not count against the final 53-man roster, but are out for the first six weeks of the regular season.
Seattle Seahawks training camp: Lighter Lynch looks like feature back again - NFL - Sporting News: RB Marshawn Lynch reported to training camp 10 pounds lighter than a year ago, looking very much like the feature back Seattle believed it acquired in last year's trade with Buffalo.
Seahawks' Browner back in NFL after four years with Stampeders: RENTON, Wash. -- Brandon Browner is not a typical NFL cornerback. The six-foot-four, 221-pound Browner towers over the Seattle Seahawks' secondary. He looks out of place, like a wiry linebacker. But the Seahawks are hoping he can bring a physical presence to the edge of their defence. "The only guy I can ever think of that was this big was Mel Blount a million years ago," coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "He just is so tall. Most people would say he can't play being that tall, but he's doing it."
It’s Chancellor’s time to ‘thunder’ - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports: Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor followed that advice closely in his rookie season last year, studying every move of veteran Lawyer Milloy and waiting for his chance to show what he can do. And the fifth-round draft pick from Virginia Tech earned that opportunity in his second season with Seattle. Coach Pete Carroll has anointed Chancellor the starting strong safety with Milloy not retuning to the team. "He’s really been on fire," Carroll said about Chancellor. "He’s gone three days in a row with (an interception), and made some big plays. He’s quickly kind of becoming one of the guys that guys look to, and he’s just the kind of guy that draws players to himself. He looks like a natural leader, and he’s had a great start to camp."
Seahawks' Washington grateful for second chance - Spokesman.com - Aug. 5, 2011: It was a simple thing, really. Leon Washington, late in Friday’s practice, lined up in the backfield with the first-team offense, caught a short pass from Tarvaris Jackson and sprinted down the sideline. But that simple act, something you’d see dozens of time every day during training camp, is a blessing in the mind of Washington as he begins his second season in Seattle. This time last year, the running back didn’t know what his future held. This time last year, Washington was in the final year of his rookie contract, playing in a new city, recovering from a horrific injury that could have been a career ender.
GM Schneider strayed slightly from "master plan" in free agency - Blog - MyNorthwest.com: Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined The John Clayton Show live from the VMAC on Saturday and discussed just how far he strayed from his "master plan" during the first week of free agency. "Once we got past the lights out period, and we had the issue with Matt (Hasselbeck) behind us, I think we kind of came into line fairly close to the way we were looking at it," said Schneider. "The only thing that was really different - that we strayed from - is Zach (Miller). We kind of looked at it like a draft and here's a guy still sitting there. And he's standing alone, quite frankly.