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Morning links: Schmitt ready for new start

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 22, 2009 at 9:26 am with 9 Comments »
August 22, 2009 9:26 am
Jim Bryant/AP
Jim Bryant/AP

Owen Schmitt said he has learned from his incident over the summer, where he was charged with DUI in Black Diamond. Schmitt later pleaded to a lesser charge of reckless driving. Part of the sentence requires Schmitt to serve 24 hours of community service, pay $2,130 in fines and stay on probation for two years.

The incident was Schmitt’s first known violation. A spokesperson for the league said Schmitt’s been fined two game checks for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Schmitt will not be suspended for any regular-season games.

“That could have been a life-changer for me,” Schmitt said. “It could have ruined my entire career. The fact that I got a second chance has really opened my eyes to make the smart decisions and go from there.”

The Seahawks have the ninth best home-field advantage of all-time in the league according to the NFL Network.

Greg Johns of provides the top 10 list here.

More Johns: He writes about long shots to make the team in running back Devin Moore and wide receiver Mike Hass.

Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly weighs in on Seattle’s offensive line situation.

Clare Farnsworth profiles the Seahawks golden retriever of a receiver John Carlson, and offers some awards for training camp.

Video from the inaugural Seahawks’ wives flag football game.

ESPN’s John Clayton and Seahawks Mike Solari join ESPN 710s Brock and Salk to talk about a revamped offensive line without Walter Jones in this audio link.

ESPN’s Mike Sando joins Brock and Salk to talk about how the Walter Jones and Marcus Trufant injuries will affect the Seahawks in this audio link.

The Broncos top receiver Brandon Marshall did not make the trip to Seattle.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post suggests Kyle Orton needs to develop thick skin if he wants to be the starting quarterback for Denver.

Morning links
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  1. Bernie42 says:

    I got a pretty decent shot of Owen Schmitt at the open practice on Tuesday:

    You can see all the photos I took here, if you’re interested:

    I liked this one in particular, since I expect to see John Carlson (or the Golden Retriever) making catches like this all year:


  2. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks for posting those, very cool.

  3. IDHawkman says:

    I’m actually kind of shocked that the coaches aren’t all over Carlson for constantly jumping to catch passes at or below his shoulder pads. 3 out of the 4 passes I saw him catch in those pictures, he was jumping for when the ball was shoulderpad level or below. Actually all 4 pictures shows him in the air but one is justifiable.

  4. RichmondHawk says:

    I’ve been impressed with Schmitt’s blocking in the SD game. I don’t really know if the will miss Weaver much at all. They could use Weaver in Forsett’s spot but as a blocking FB Schmitt’s is way better.

  5. Bernie42 says:

    Funny you should mention that, IDHawkman. I thought it seemed the most odd in this particular picture:

    However, it seems that he’s catching just about everything thrown his way, so maybe it’s just how he works.

    The waiting for tonight’s game has been killing me, so I watched a clip of the Jets game last season and John Carlson used the jumping to his advantage to pluck the ball out of the air and score a touchdown in the snow-filled endzone.

    If he keeps on making catches and big plays, more power to him I guess.

  6. griffincsb says:

    going to the game tonight with a friend. psyched!

  7. I hope Owen turns this into a positive, learns from it, and has a good season.

  8. Bernie42 says:

    For those interested in Seahawks lineage, I thought this was pretty cool. Kelly Jennings talked to Tony Ventrella about how he’s learning things from Ken Lucas. He mentioned how Ken Lucas learned a lot of those same things from another great cornerback, Shawn Springs:

  9. We could go back to Patrick Hunter, Terry Taylor and Dave Brown too. Not that two of them were Pro Bowlers, but they were guys we could live with (when Taylor wasn’t screwing around).

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