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Morning links: Obomanu spreads his wings

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 7, 2011 at 8:27 am with 17 Comments »
January 7, 2011 8:27 am
Seattle Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu (AP photo).

Since taking over as a starter opposite Mike Williams, wide receiver Ben Obomanu has provided steady play and some big-play ability for Seattle. And after five years with the Seahawks toiling on the fringe of the roster as a seventh-round pick, the University of Auburn product finally has gotten a chance to spread his wings.

He has 30 catches and four touchdowns on the year, and is averaging 16.5 yards a reception, which is among the league leaders for players with at least 30 catches.


“A lot of guys earned their spot during training camp and no matter what happens, that’s their spot for the whole season. You’ve got to wait all the way to the next season in order to prove yourself. So the competition thing throughout the season has really given everybody an opportunity to earn what you want to accomplish.

“It was something that I envisioned for myself going into training camp personally. But for it to actually happen is a surprise to me, too. But I’m grateful and humbled for it.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune believes Tennessee outcast Vince Young would be a good fit for the Seattle Seahawks in their search for a quarterback of the future. I do not.

Young is a game manager who played with perhaps the best running back in the league in Chris Johnson, appears to have little respect for authority and not a great worth ethic. I don’t think he would be worth the hassle, but McGrath makes good points about Pete Carroll’s other successful rehabilitation projects, including Mike Williams and Marshawn Lynch. And Carroll knows Jeff Fisher well because of their USC ties, so he would have the 411 on Young.

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune writes about the pressure on New Orleans to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

It’s a Blue Friday, which means the team asks fans to wear their Seahawks blue today. The 12th Man flag will be flying from atop the Space Needle today.

Clare Farnsworth of writes about Seattle’s running back trio of Justin Forsett, Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington sharing the workload on Saturday.

Doug Farrar of writes that the Seahawks will have to be more balanced offensively to beat the Saints this weekend.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune, Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times and KJR’s Hugh Millen and Mitch Levy discuss the Seahawks upcoming contest against New Orleans in this audio link.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Falcons would not be upset if the Seahawks upset the Saints on Saturday.

Mark Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune takes a look at the matchup between Seahawks receiver Mike Williams and New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer.

More Triplett: New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins (knee) and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) made the trip to Seattle on Thursday but are still questionable.

Looks like Walter Jones will raise the 12th Man flag on Saturday, although no formal announcement has been made by the team.

Dave Goldberg of NFL Fanhouse predicts a 27-10 win for New Orleans.

Andy Benoit at CBS Sports predicts a 35-13 Saints win.

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  1. Bates loves running bootlegs, and in the area, Young would do great. While I’ve always liked him I don’t want him as my QB, I’d rather have Locker than him, and that’s saying something (even though I don’t hate Locker). Regarding Obomanu, it’s great to see him finally get some love, a player I’ve always liked since he has fought so hard to earn his place on the team, and that is something I have tremendous respect for, plus, I’ve always liked what I saw from him whenever he got a chance.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I agree with Eric regarding VY, 100%. I don’t see BMW in the same way as Young at all. Williams worked his ass of just to show Carroll he was worthy of another shot. (And then once given an opportunity he’s taken full advantage.) Young, coming off a season of personal upheaval in ’09, melted down again this year. Including a fight at a strip club and a very public shouting match that nearly turned physical with his head coach. His immaturity is not what Seattle needs under center, IMO. Someone will give him a job, that’s for sure. I just don’t see Carroll as the patron saint of all wayward football players, however.

    Got to be happy for Obo; humble, works hard, does whatever is asked of him willingly. And oh yeah, a hell of a receiver.

  3. This is a really telling statement:

    “the competition thing throughout the season has really given everybody an opportunity to earn what you want to accomplish.”

  4. Here is one of the few articles I’ve seen that put the Seahawks in a positive light…

  5. The Onion reports on our Seattle Seahawks:,18750/

    Read only if you have a sense of humor…

  6. I’m not so sure I’d want Vince Young’s immaturity on our team either. He’s been a disappointment.

    That said, i can’t help wondering if the Seahawks happen to end up drafting Jake Locker, it seems that Young might be a great backup to him since both QBs have a similar running ability and style. It doesn’t seem likely to me that Jeremy Bates would want the team to draft Locker for his system, but if it goes that way its an interesting possibility.

  7. I just heard that Sean Locklear is missing practice today for a personal matter. Odd on the day before a playoff game, to say the least. Stacy Andrews is apparently practicing at RT. I hope Andrews gets the start tomorrow and unloads his 340-pounds hard and nasty on those Saints D linemen.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – Lock’s been absent all week with a family issue. Carroll expects him back for the game. Andrews has been at RT since Tuesday preparing.

  9. I’m already sick of the Vince Young talk. He’s a moron. Comparing him to BMW is ignorant… unless they are comparing him to the BMW between Det-Car or Car-Oak. That’s where Vince Young is in his life. He’s an entitled clown who plays a position where you cannot have questionable attitude/work ethic. If he played a different position, by all means, give him (another) a chance. You do NOT F-around with the QB position with some dimwit with a 2 cent head (see wonderlic, work ethic, rap sheet, NFL teammate comments about him, and coaches, etc.). If you put a regular persons brain into Vince Young’s body… by all means, sign him!!! But it doesn’t work that way.

  10. “put a regular persons brain into Vince Young’s body… by all means, sign him!!! But it doesn’t work that way.”


  11. IdahoHawk says:

    This game makes me alittle nervous. I hope the hawks can hang with the Saints passing game.

  12. Maybe Vince Young should back up Michael Vick…he just might learn something.

  13. Sarcasticus says:

    This game shouldn’t make you nervous. By all rights (simply read the national coverage of the game) the Seahawks shouldn’t even be here. This is all bonus time. I hope the team comes out and just goes for it. Don’t get nervous and play tight. I want them to play like they have nothing to lose.

    I am sure this was posted by someone, but if not, enjoy.

  14. Sar,

    Fun article…thanks!

  15. MattandCindy says:

    Jim Harbaugh signs 5 year deal to coach the 49er’s….he’s dead.

  16. HawkSoop says:

    Seriously… ‘Hawks in the playoffs with a home game to boot… does it get better? Isn’t this a rebuilding year?

    Go SEA! HAWKS!

  17. ‘Bout time Walt raised the flag!

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