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Morning links: Kennedy waiting patiently for Hall

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 4, 2011 at 8:36 am with 12 Comments »
February 4, 2011 8:37 am
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (Bruce Kellman/TNT).

Dave Boling of The News Tribune catches up with former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy to talk to him about the possibility of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his third opportunity this season.


“Kennedy is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the strength of his eight Pro Bowl appearances and his Defensive Player of the Year honor in 1992.

“But whether he is announced as an inductee Saturday or in some subsequent year, he is deserving of inclusion if only for the uncompromising excellence with which he played when so few were watching and so little was at stake.

“At times he might shrug off a double-team and then flatten a fullback before deflating a ballcarrier for a loss. Or he would hustle his 300-plus pounds 80 yards downfield chasing an opponent. That it was futile didn’t mean it wasn’t worth the effort to Kennedy.

He explained: “We might be getting beat late in a game, but like I used to tell (linebacker) Terry Wooden, ‘Let’s not let that other team put on this film and see anybody quitting over here.’ There was pride in that.”

Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports argues that Kennedy is a very good player but not deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Seahawks assistant line coach Mike Phair is headed to Chicago to join the Bears staff as the defensive line coach, becoming the seventh coach to leave Pete Carroll’s staff.

Doug Farrar of takes a look at Seattle’s running backs in this personnel review.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a look at Seattle’s receivers’ percentage of targets vs. receptions. Brandon Stokley led the team in that category, finishing with a reception 74 percent of the time he was targeted.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reports that the NFLPA opposes the use of franchise tags when there is no longer a CBA in place.

Chad Reuter of provides 11 snubs not invited to the NFL scouting combine who could surprise.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve not read a lot of Jason Whitlock’s stuff, but generally like what I’m familiar with. But I can’t agree with his take here. Roaf was great and does deserve the Hall (he was my 5th choice in Ian’s poll) but to be so thoroughly dismissive of Cortez (and indirectly Walter Jones) is a classic case of “east cost” bias (He’s from Philly, I believe), or so it seems to me. His argument for Curtis Martin is that he was “productive” and “terrific stats”. Um… and Tez wasn’t and doesn’t? Please. Apparently to him, the volume of his opinion makes up for a depth of knowledge. To each his own…

    Can someone get Aaron Curry a copy of this quote, please?;

    “We might be getting beat late in a game, but like I used to tell (linebacker) Terry Wooden, ‘Let’s not let that other team put on this film and see anybody quitting over here.’”

  2. I like what Whitlock has to say and how he says it with a few minor exceptions.

    1. It does matter that Dieon cant/wouldn’t tackle. He is quick to judge an OL that can’t run block or one that Can’t pass block. it is expected fundamental aspect of the game that SHOULD not be overlooked. but I guess he feels it’s okay since its his opinion.

    2. To not include big Walt in his Lineman discussion is crazy – although the 5 he brought up were all great!!

    3. I value Tez higher than he does, but I guess that he is just a seahawks guy that I think deserves in.

  3. Nice piece by Dave Boling. I liked this part:

    Kennedy acknowledged that the lack of team success and exposure during his career has not helped his Hall of Fame candidacy, but he claims it was entirely worth it.

    “I’ll tell you … I wouldn’t change a thing about playing in Seattle,” he said. “I loved playing in Seattle. I have so much respect for the Seahawk fans and feel so much gratitude to them for the way they’ve treated me. If I had to go back and do it over again, I’d want to be drafted by Seattle again.”

    Whether he makes the HOF or not (and I think he eventually will), he’ll always be beloved by Seahawks fans.

  4. Whitlock is biased: he worked for the Kansas City Star while Roaf played for the Chiefs. Probably got to know the guy.

    Tez was one of the two best defensive tackles in the decade of the 1990s. If he had been one of the two best RBs or two best WRs, he’d be a cinch to get in. Besides, you can’t suddenly raise the bar after you’ve allowed guys like Howie Long, Lynn Swann and Andre Tippett to get in.

  5. Dave Boling says:

    Note that Whitlock’s five greatest linemen list does not include Bruce Matthews, 14-time Pro Bowler who started — at various times — at all five positions across the line. He went to the Pro Bowl as both a guard and center (and probably would have made it as a tackle, too, but he played there less frequently). So versatile, he also handled the long snapping. Oh, yeah, and also played in 296 games as an offensive lineman. For a perspective, the 296 games is 116 more than Walter played for the Seahawks.

    I also would debate the relative dismissal of Dermontti Dawson. Yes, Stephenson was incredible. But Dawson made two more Pro Bowls and played five more seasons than Stephenson.

  6. hawkfan777 says:

    You tell him Dave!

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    A bit off topic but worthy of comment; looking at the picture of Tez above makes me respect and miss the vintage uniforms. I like the new, but damn…bring back the throwbacks from time to time!

  8. Roaf and L.Allen should make the HoF, but of the 5 guys Whitlock mentioned, I’d hire any and all of them to play for the Hawks (in their prime) but still place Big Walt ahead of them. But I’m an inclusive-type homer. They should all be in the HoF, as should B.Matthews, D.Dawson, et al. If it was me, Canton would have a Sears Tower-sized HoF facility.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    SeahawkFan12 – Absolutely. How great are those helmets? They’re perfect.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    The more I think about it, the more I find Whitlock’s hypocrisy amusing. He’s impassioned about the inclusion of Roaf (rightly so) and is truly upset because he’s not (likely) going to get his fair due, presumably because Roaf played in the relative anonymity of N.O. and K.C.. He pleads for people to “Put the (bleeping) film on!”. Well Jason, I’d encourage you to do the same for Cortez before you start pointing fingers. Can you see it, Jason? You’re brought to tears by the injustice of an all-time great player not being given his rightful place in history, all the while behaving in just exactly same way. Too funny (Sadly, too typical…)

  11. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Yeah, Duke, those helmets are the best in league history, if you ask me. And I totally agree on the Whitlock hypocrisy. Tez is a class act who led and mentored some great players while dominating on bad teams. He never whined, never asked for a trade and played full-out all the time. Let the man in to Canton.

  12. freedom_X says:

    While I suspect Whitlock has dismissed or ignored Walter Jones, in fairness to him, Walt isn’t up for HOF consideration yet. So he wouldn’t be on the list. But everything Whitlock says about Roaf, is true for Jones +5.

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