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Archives: Jan. 2010

Jan.
30th

Thoughts on Senior Bowl

I just finished watching the Senior Bowl, and wanted to offer some quick thoughts on guys who played well, and some others who struggled a bit.

* As far as wide receiver play, I thought Tulane’s Jeremy Williams and Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard really stood out. Williams, who had two ACL knee surgeries during his college career, showed good hands and good quickness in and out of his breaks to get open.

Gilyard showed good explosiveness in his ability to consistently get behind the defense for big plays.

* Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham was probably the most disruptive defensive player in the game, but at 6-1, 263 pounds, Graham is a Darryl Tapp clone. The Seahawks need a taller guy with more leverage coming off the edge.

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Jan.
29th

Report: DeHaven headed back to Buffalo

According to this report from WIVB-TV in Buffalo, former Seattle Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven will return to Buffalo as the team’s special teams coach.

DeHaven, who has 23 year of NFL experience as a special teams coach, served in the same capacity for the Bills from 1987 to 1999, but was let go in 2000 after the Bills lost to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC playoffs on the “Music City Miracle.”

Jan.
29th

Morning links: Kerney retiring?

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney held a retirement party last week. I’ve had a couple sources confirm that the event took place, but so far the Seahawks or Kerney have not announced any plans of his retirement.

Although it makes sense that Kerney might be calling it quits. He’s 33 years old and is due to make $5.16 million in 2010. He had elbow surgery at season’s end, the third straight season he needed surgery at the end of the year.

Kerney only had five sacks in 2009, but he’s had an impressive, 11-year career, including two Pro Bowls and one appearance on the All-Pro team. With 82.5 sacks, Kerney is 45th on the all-time sacks list.

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Jan.
27th

Rob Rang talks Senior Bowl

I talked with Rob Rang, senior analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, who is in attendance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama about some of the guys who have stood out this week, and he provided me with a few names.

Rang also said the Tim Tebow show is even more of a spectacle than he anticipated with the game being held in SEC country, and that every move – bad or good – of Tebow is under the microscope.

“I expected a circus but it’s been even bigger that that,” Rang said. “We’re in the state of Alabama and he has his own cheering section. There’s more No. 15 jerseys than any Auburn or Alabama jerseys. He enters the field and he’s like a rook star. It’s nuts. …. Every single thing that he does is so analyzed. If he throws a very nice pass, it’s great. It he throws a poor pass, then it’s horrible. I mean everything is exaggerated.”

Rang went to say that although Tebow struggled on Monday, he’s continued to improve.

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Jan.
27th

Report: QB Warner expected to retire from Cardinals

Maybe Pete Carroll came back to the NFL at the right time. According to Jason La ConFora of the NFL Network, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner is expected to announce his retirement on Friday, bringing to a close what I believe should be a career that is good enough to get into a Hall of Fame.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic confirms the report here.

But more important for the Seahawks, that means Arizona should be taking a step back with Matt Leinart taking over at quarterback for the Cardinals.

Jan.
26th

Report: Knapp joins Texans as QB coach

Looks like former Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has landed on his feet. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have hired Knapp as the team’s quarterback coach.

Just like Knapp, Houston head coach Gary Kubiak has ties to Denver and former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. Kubiak hired new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison away from Denver a few weeks ago after former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left to join his father and become the offensive coordinator for Washington.

Jan.
26th

Something you don’t want to see at the Senior Bowl

Sure Eric didn’t get to the Senior Bowl like the other paper in the area, which means he misses out on seeing sights like the one above.

Yes, that’s Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody … and I will give you a moment to brush your teeth after vomiting.

That’s kind of gross on so many levels. It’s even worse perhaps than his former teammate Andre Smith and his mooby experience at last year’s combine.

Anyway, here’s a link to a story from SI.com about Cody and teammate Javier Arenas, who is considerably smaller than him. Cody weighed in

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