Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald addresses some interesting points in his story discussing the makeup of Seattle’s roster heading into this season. Johnson reports that 36 of the 53 players on this year’s roster are different from the team’s Super Bowl season in 2005.
Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian also weighs in on the Seahawks future here.
Johnson points to several roster decisions the team made over the last three years that seem to have backfired.
They include the departure of left guard Steve Hutchinson through free agency after the Super Bowl season in 2005; signing Seneca Wallace to a 4-year, $6.3 million contract last year as the potential quarterback of the future; not drafting a receiver in the 2008 draft to help bolster a depleted receiving corps; and giving up a first round draft choice in a trade for Deion Branch, who has had trouble staying healthy.
Obviously there’s been a lot of talk on the blog about the job team president Tim Ruskell has done in building this team. Ruskell supporters believe he put the pieces in place, particularly on defense, to help Seattle get to the Super Bowl in 2005. While Ruskell detractors point to the Hutchinson episode and the Branch signing as moves that ultimately played a role in the disappointing record of the Seahawks this season.
Instead of looking back and dissecting the team’s triumphs or failures, I think it’s more interesting to look forward. The Seahawks should have some flexibility under the salary cap next season to sign free agents. But they will have to choose among their own players who they want to bring back, including Leroy Hill, Bobby Engram, Rocky Bernard, Leonard Weaver and Koren Robinson.
What should Seattle’s management do with the team? Are the Seahawks still a couple players away from competing again for another NFC West title and making a deep playoff run, or should this team be blown up and rebuilt for another run three to five years down the line? Let us know in the comments section.
Owen Schmitt will likely get the start at fullback on Sunday. Frank Hughes talks to Schmitt about his first season in the NFL.
Wide receiver Courtney Taylor looks to prove that he can play again.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press reports Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch are ready to go.
KJR’s Mitch Levy talks to wide receiver Bobby Engram about Sunday’s game against the Cardinals in this audio link.
And KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler and Hugh Millen interview Cardinals’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt in this audio link.
San Francisco 49ers
Isaac Bruce tells John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle that he will not be emotional playing against his former team the Rams.
More Crumpacker: Running back Frank Gore is ready to play.
San Francisco safety Mark Roman is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams. If he can’t go Keith Lewis will start, according to Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News.
San Francisco tackle Jonas Jennings returned to practice this week after dislocating his shoulder in Week 2, but the 49ers will work him back slowly, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Kurt Warner is on the path to the Hall of Fame, writes CBS Sports Pete Prisco.
Anquan Boldin talks about the Cardinals season and his contract situation with members of the NFL Network.
Boldin continues to play well since his return from injury, Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune reports.
The Cardinals will continue to do what they do best – throw the ball, reports Kent Somers of the Arziona Republic.
Arizona Safety Antrel Rolle has four interceptions returned for touchdowns — and to more called back — in the last year and a half. He leads a Cardinals defense that thrives on big plays.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams expect more from running back Antonio Pittman, Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports …