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Morning links: Paying homage to Mr. Jones

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 29, 2009 at 10:31 am with 7 Comments »
October 29, 2009 10:31 am
Jim Bryant/AP
Jim Bryant/AP

With the team’s announcement that Walter Jones was placed on the injured reserve with a knee ailment, ending his season, local writers paid homage to the Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle with the possibility of this being his last season.

Dave Boling of the TNT:

When he arrived in 1997, he was the best lineman on the field with his first step. He ran the 40 in the 4.6-second range at well over 300 pounds. He had a dancer’s feet and a wire-walker’s balance. I’ve been in attendance at almost every down he’s played for the Seahawks, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him off-balance.

At times early in his career, on those “reach” plays toward the sideline, he might block the entire side of an opposing defense, sealing off the end first, scraping off him to flatten a linebacker, and then hustling up the field to scare the wits out of a safety who dared try to support the run.

Most often, though, it was somewhat less spectacular – more a matter of rendering an opponent invisible. Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes talked about coaching against Jones, and how demoralizing his play was. Rhodes claimed it was as if Jones would bring his opponent to the park in a little sandwich bag, take him out of the bag, humiliate him for 60 minutes, and then put him back in his little bag before showering up.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times:

Jones went 10 consecutive seasons without missing a game because of injury. He treated even the best defensive ends as if they were little boys swinging their arms errantly at him. He earned nine Pro Bowl berths, six All-Pro selections, became the best player at his position and perhaps the entire NFL, and if this is starting to read like his football obit, well, it’s hard not to consider the end right now because Wednesday exposed a sad reality.

You can’t rely on Mr. Reliable anymore.

You can hope Big Walt will return; you can’t expect. That goes for both the public and the Seahawks.

Jim Moore, Seattlepi.com:

He’s probably done forever, but don’t tell Big Walt that. He plans to return next year. And you wonder why.

Jones will be 36 in January. Players his age rarely come back from microfracture knee surgery. Even if he does, Jones won’t be the player he once was — he will have been out for nearly two years since his last game on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas last year. That’s fine, you argue, a Walter Jones at 60 percent is no doubt better than his fill-in, Damion McIntosh, at 100 percent.

Part of me hopes he makes it all the way back and is a productive contributor next season. But a bigger part of me thinks he should hang it up. In his comments to the media, Jones sounded like an aging boxer who doesn’t know when it’s time to retire.
You argue again that Jones should be able to go out on his own terms. But in the NFL, how often does that happen? And what’s wrong with these terms — ending a brilliant career as one of the best tackles in pro football history?

Jones is headed to the Hall of Fame. He will be in the Ring of Honor. At some point he’ll raise the 12th man flag. He’ll be saluted as one of the finest to ever wear a Seahawks uniform.

Here’s my story on Jones’ heading to the IR.

And here’s a notebook on LB Lofa Tatupu and the possibility of his season ending this week.

I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness on Wednesday about the Jones, and what the team will do moving forward in this audio link.

Rob Sims talked with Ian about Jones moving on and the upcoming matchup against Dallas in this audio link.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks with KJR’s Mitch Levy about this week’s game in this audio link.

Wide receivers Nate Burleson and Deion Branch, along with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, highjack the airwaves at KJR in this audio link.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News writes about the coaching lineage of Wade Phillips and Jim Mora, whose fathers both coached in the NFL.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News quotes Dallas receiver Roy Williams saying that Seattle is inconsistent just like his team. Williams: “You don’t know what team is going to show up. They’ve blown some teams out then they’ve gotten beat. We’re pretty much like them. We don’t know what team is going to show up with us. But we’ve got a little streak going. We’ve just got to continue to ride this wave.”

Jeff Chaplan of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says second-year cornerback Michael Jenkins is becoming the player the organization envisioned.

A preview of Sunday’s matchup between Seattle and Dallas.

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  1. Is that Baraka Atkins next to Jones?

    Just saw a great video of Damion McIntosh taking out two DBs on one play.

  2. I think that’s Chuck Darby next to Jones

  3. Great tributes to this super Seahawk. I truly hope he comes back and plays well next season, but I think it’s more like what Jim Moore wrote:
    “In his comments to the media, Jones sounded like an aging boxer who doesn’t know when it’s time to retire.”
    I’d give anything to be proven wrong…

  4. bird_spit says:

    I hope Walt goes home to Louisiana and pushes Cadillacs over poster boards representing all of the nay-sayers. He needs to go find a place now that the pressure is off, to get better and turn that clock back. I have hope he will return as the best 36 yo LT to ever play the game. I dont expect he will be the best in the NFL, but I suspect he could be back as a top ten LT.

    If not, it does not matter. He has nothing to prove to anyone.

  5. BobbyAyala says:

    Considering how much the Hawks will get in return for his hefty price tag a year from now, Walt will either have to restructure or find a new place to play.

    His career as a Seahawk is all but over.

    As far as the team is concerned, this is a good thing, because it’s time to face the fact that it’s time to move on.

    That said, he’s the best to ever play in Seattle, and I may even make to the trip to Canton to see him inducted.

  6. It’s quite a ways away but it would be fun for some of us to make that very trip to Canton. There’s a good chance the Seahawks will play in that Hall of Fame game too.

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