Seahawks Insider

May
22nd

Jon Ryan goes very un-punter-like American Ninja Warrior Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC

The Seahawks have a bad-ass punter. How bad-ass? A national-television audience is about to find out.

Yes, Jon Ryan wants you to know he is no normal punter. Some evidence: his fake-punt touchdown pass to Garry Gilliam started the Seahawks’ comeback from 16-0 down in January’s NFC championship Seattle ultimately rallied to win in overtime to advance to Super Bowl 49.

Now this: Monday, Ryan goes national with his offseason, full-body workouts on Monday, Memorial Day, when he appears on NBC’s America Ninja Warrior competition program (8 p.m. Pacific Time, channel 5 in the Seattle-Tacoma area).

How many punters are ninjas?

Seven

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May
21st

Michael Bennett nails it – again: Playing for Pete Carroll is “like playing for Willy Wonka”

Michael Bennett appeared in a telephone interview from his Seattle-area home on 750 The Game radio in Portland this week — and had what may be the most apt description yet of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from one of his players.

“It’s like playing for Willy Wonka,” the disruptive, and always glib, defensive end told the station’s John Canzano.

“He’s crazy. He wants to be young,” Bennett said of Carroll. “He just is one of those guys who’s always up beat, wants to have a good time, and let’s you be yourself.”

“You

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May
20th

“Entourage,” unheard-of poll numbers: Russell Wilson, the people’s quarterback (at least in Washington state)

By at least one measure, Russell Wilson should run for governor.

A firm known as one of the most accurate political polling companies in the country surveyed a same of Washington state residents and found the Seahawks quarterback has an unheard-of “favorability” rating:

Govornor Jay Inslee or even President Barack Obama — who has had Wilson as a guest at the White

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May
19th

History says Steven Hauschka won’t notice PAT snaps moving back to the 15-yard line this season

NFL owners today approved a rule change of point-after-touchdown kick attempts now being snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the 2. That makes the 1-point try the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal.

Seahawks’ kicker Steven Hauschka hasn’t missed from the 30-39-yard range on a field goal since 2011. He is 52-55 from that range in seven NFL seasons.

Another rule change that came out of the league meetings in San Francisco also make the PAT ”live,” in that now the defense can return a blocked kick or a turnover on a two-point play for two points. Two-point conversion attempts

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May
18th

Wait…Ryan Tannehill, $45 million guaranteed? A good day for Russell Wilson’s side of contract talks

That clicking noise you might be able to hear could be the meter running up on the Seahawks’ negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson on a contract extension.

Monday, a member of Wilson’s 2012 QB draft class got his new deal: Ryan Tannehill agreed with Miami on a $77-million, four-year contract. That’s on top of the $18.3 million and two years he still had left on his rookie deal as a first-round pick three years ago.

The more pertinent — and stunning — detail: the reported $45 million in guarantees Tannehill will be getting from the Dolphins.

Even if some

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May
18th

DT Jesse Williams in team’s “thoughts and prayers” while facing kidney surgery, last week’s diagnosis of cancer

The Seahawks announced today Jesse Williams, one of their young defensive linemen who missed all of his first two seasons with the team because of a knee injury, will undergo kidney surgery after being diagnosed with papillary type 2 cancer.

Doctors found the cancerous cells last week, though it is not immediately known how far the cancer has progressed. Williams’ surgery will be soon.

“Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” the 6-foot-3, 325-pound native of Australia said in a release from the team. “I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with

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May
18th

Pete Carroll says Bruce Irvin didn’t mean Falcons when he said “Atlanta”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Bruce Irvin really doesn’t want to play for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, after all.

Last week Seattle’s linebacker who is entering the final year of his rookie contract this coming 2015 season, was quoted in a story posted on blacksportsonline.com this way: “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready. … Atlanta is where I want to be. Believe that.”

Over the weekend Carroll said that didn’t mean Irvin wants to play for his hometown Falcons, now coached by his former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

May
15th

League source: Report Russell Wilson, Seahawks are so far apart new deal may not got done before season is almost entirely fictitious

A league source who knows exactly what’s going on with Russell Wilson’s contract negotiations told me this afternoon the Bleacher Report post from this morning that the two-time Super Bowl quarterback and the Seahawks are so far apart it is unlikely to get done before this season is inaccurate.

In fact, the source said today’s national report is almost entirely fictitious.

What is fact?

These talks, which began in earnest following the Super Bowl Feb. 1, are simply a work in progress. That’s it. Any talk of an almost insurmountable gulf is inaccurate.

This isn’t dealing for new loafers at

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