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Archives: 2010

Dec.
29th

Morning links: Glass half-full for Hawks

John McGrath of The News Tribune says the glass is half-full as the Seattle Seahawks try to get into the playoffs with a losing record, using some examples from other professional sports leagues like the 1938 Stanly Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, who got into the playoffs with a 14-25-9 record.

McGrath:

While the Seahawks are hoping to defy history – as well as a porous defense, an unstable offensive line and a backup quarterback less inclined to harbor deeper thoughts than Billy Madison – they should remember that a team that once won 14 of 48 regular-season games is recognized on the oldest, most hallowed pro sports trophy in North America.

As far as the potential embarrassment of lugging a 7-9 record into the playoffs? It can’t be denied: Never has an NFL or MLB team qualified for a postseason berth after losing more games than it won. (I’m discounting the 1982 NFL season that was truncated by a strike.)

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Dec.
28th

Hawks shut out of Pro Bowl again

For a second straight season the Seattle Seahawks will not have a player competing in the Pro Bowl as the annual all-star game returns back to Hawaii this season.

The rosters were announced this afternoon.

The Hawks were one of two teams in the NFC to not have a player selected for the Pro Bowl. The other was Tampa Bay. Seattle is the only team in the NFC West not to have a player on the team.

Seattle’s last Pro Bowler was recently retired offensive tackle Walter Jones in 2008.

Seattle also added a player to the practice squad,

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Dec.
28th

McIntyre: A closer look at Hawks’ contracts

Editor’s note: Brian McIntyre regularly covers the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the NFL on his own football blog, and has graciously agreed to provide his weekly personnel files and analysis on player contracts on the Seahawks here on a semi-regular basis. We welcome him to Seahawks Insider.

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By Brian McIntyre
The Seattle Seahawks have an opportunity on Sunday night to end a two-year drought and go to the playoffs for just the 11th time in franchise history. For many long-time members of the Seahawks—Matt Hasselbeck, Sean Locklear, Craig Terrill, Jordan Babineaux—it could be the last time they patrol the home sidelines at Qwest Field.

Below is a position-by-position contractual breakdown for the Seahawks:

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Dec.
28th

Hawks-Rams stats

2010 Stats Seahawks Rams
Record 6-9 7-8
Total Yards Gained 4,432 4,662
Total Offense (NFLRank) 295.5 (28) 310.8 (25)
Rush Offense 85.5 (32) 102.1 (23)
Pass Offense 209.9 (18) 208.7 (19)
Points Per Game 19.6 (23) 18.9 (25)
Total Yards Allowed 5,713 5,055
Total Defense

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Dec.
28th

Poll: Playoffs of bust?

It’s been a heavily debated subject in the comments section over the past week, so I thought we’d do a poll. If the Hawks drafted right now they would have the No. 14 overall pick. If they win on Sunday and make the playoffs they will pick No. 21 overall. So here’s the question:

Do you want the Seahawks to win on Sunday and be the first 7-9 playoff team in league history, or

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Dec.
28th

Morning links: Pro Bowl announcements today

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (AP Photo/Andy King).

The NFL will announce Pro Bowl selections this afternoon on the NFL Network at 4 p.m.
The Seahawks have only two potential candidates, rookie safety Earl Thomas and returner Leon Washington.

Thomas has five interceptions this year, which puts him in the top 10. He also has a blocked punt return for a touchdown, and is tied for second on the team in tackles with 74.

Washington is averaging 26 yards a return and is tied for the league lead with three touchdowns on kickoffs. Washington also is averaging 14 yards a punt return, with a long of 84 yards.

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Dec.
27th

Carroll quick-hitters

Just got out of Pete Carroll’s Monday press conference.

He doesn’t expect Matt Hasselbeck to practice all week, so he’s committing to Charlie Whitehurst as this week’s quarterback. However, he did leave the door open to re-evaluation later in the week if Hasselbeck has a speedy recovery. After Hasselbeck’s MRI, he said that “we won’t know for days” whether he has a chance to return. He said he’s not in a lot of discomfort and “it might be manageable.” Whitehurst, he said, started slowly and made some “conservative decisions.” He had a few opportunities to go downfield with the passes

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