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Morning links: Urgency needed in labor talks

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 8, 2011 at 9:15 am with 19 Comments »
February 8, 2011 9:16 am

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says that now the season is over, it’s time for league commissioner Roger Goodell to start earning his money and turn up the heat in leading the owners and the players to a new CB agreement in time for a 2011 season.


“The best thing Goodell could do is to convince owners and players that this thing needs to reach two-minute-drill tempo immediately.

“Why? Because dragging it out hurts everyone involved. And it will be pointless. This will get solved. Neither side can afford to lose a season.

“First, this is not about child labor or human rights or safety for stockyard workers in 1900. There are no matters of principle requiring sacrifice. It’s a matter of divvying great wealth.

“Players have such short careers and are famed for being poor managers of money. Some will cave when the next Bentley payment comes due. Owners have a better cushion, but it would take only a week or two of empty stadiums around the country to have them sweating Perrier.

“The American public will not tolerate a work stoppage. And, probably of greater fiscal relevance, the networks would place both sides in a vise before it costs them programming time.
So, it will happen.”

Art Thiel of notes that Seahawks general manager John Schneider cut his teeth as a personnel executive for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, and has Seattle in a similar position to succeed after trimming burdensome contracts from the roster last season.

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with Cortez Kennedy, who says he is not disappointed after being left out of the Hall of Fame again this year and is enjoying the process.

Jamsion Hensley of the Baltimore Sun considers cornerback Josh Wilson the most important offseason addition that helped the Ravens reach the playoffs last season. The list also includes former Seahawks T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Cory Redding.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says the Super Bowl showed the continued trend of spreading defenses and attacking the secondary in the passing game, which puts an emphasis on having an elite quarterback to win consistently in the NFL. The running game was emphasized less on both sides of the ball. That sounds like a Jeremy Bates-led offense to me.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says former Seahawks secondary coach Jerry Gray, now an assistant head coach at his alma mater Texas, could join new Titans head coach Mike Munchak’s staff with the Titans as the defensive coordinator.

Rob Rang of provides some risers and faller from this year’s all-star games heading into the scouting combine in two weeks. Risers include Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts and Baylor offensive guard Danny Watkins. Fallers include Delaware quarterback Pat Delvin, Arkansas offensive guard DeMarcus Love and Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Aaron Levine of KCPQ Ch. 13 catches up with Seahawks running back Justin Forsett during Super Bowl week and takes a tour of the running back’s high school in the Dallas area in the video below.


Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. Wow – Forcett’s HS had lotsa stuff mine never had. Where did he play in college?

  2. That’s right – he was a Cal Bear.

  3. Re: spread offense, is it better to follow the blueprint, or go the other way and build a power game. After all, the rest of the leagues defenses should be patterned to stop the spread O. The one eyed man is king in the land of the blind.

  4. Gotta love Tez’s attitude. He knows he’s going to get there eventually. It will probably happen next year, with such a mediocre first-year eligible class.

    Any current player going to be a HOFer? We can only hope that Okung and Thomas turn out to be HOFers. No one else has much chance.

  5. Soggybuc says:

    I think we got a taste of how the hawks plan on countering spread style offenses with the bandit packages we saw this year. they were effective a few times and will only get better as we stockpile better secondary talent.

  6. I could really care less about the spread or building a power running game if we don’t have the players to make it work. There are different ways to make an offense tick but if you don’t have the horses, you really ain’t got jack.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    With due respect Eric, I disagree about the Steelers / Packers and a Bates offense, comparison. I would however, say that Pitts failure to run the ball on their last possession, putting them in a 3rd and 4th and 10 situation. (They had a timeout left.) That somehow reminded me of Bates, sadly.

    Green Bay abandoned the run out of sheer desperation. AKA injuries. And Pitts ran it only 23 times mostly due to the fact they were down 14 after the first quarter.

    But to the point that Bates somehow wanted to spread out defenses; didn’t see this year. What I did see was an OC looking for one-on-one matchups and attacking them, regardless of down and distance. And nearly always outside the numbers. Green Bay and Rodgers attacked the middle of the field pass after pass, which ought to be open to an offense running a so called spread. When we get right down to it, the spread offense is essentially an updated run and shoot. I saw very little from Bates and the Seahawks last year that resembled that.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think Pittsburgh would have won if Pouncey played. We better get his brother in this years draft! And I hope we can draft Casey Matthews out of Oregon.

    Bloodlines rule!

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Cool piece on Forsett, thanks for passing that along E.

  10. We’re only about 78 days and some change from the draft!

  11. Now it’s just 77 days and some change!

  12. I hear some QB action in the near future.

    comes in on a prayer
    signed short term
    sent to the Cards for a song … crickets chirp

  13. Cornutt says:

    Is that a haiku?

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Not sure if anyone else missed this besides me, but Asst Defensive coach, Mike Phair resigned and took a job with the Bears as defensive line coach.

    And this is really odd. Apparently UCLA retracted their offer to Seto. Strange situation.

  15. Hey Dukeshire: I’m going to clarify my comments on Bates later on this week in a blog post.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. I’m going through football withdrawals at the moment, so I may have been a little overzealous and read into what you said. Either way, Xs and Os… yes please!

  17. It’s alittle scarey wondering if Hawks are gonna re-up Matt. If they’re gonna do it they oughtta get it done prior to March 4. So if they don’t, that means Matt is going to MIN, or SF, or AZ, or CLE, or ? If they do re-up Matt, then lose Losman to make room for the Hawk’s future QB (Ponder or Mallet in 2nd, Dalton or Devlin in 4th, Stanzi in 5th, Yates in 7th or low-tendered RFA?). CW needs to improve for the money he’s making, or maybe he could be traded for someone who might fit Bevell’s WCO better, or cut and add a QB FA if he fits better than CW.

    Keep RBs Beast-Force, & re-sign LW. Get a blocking FB. Love UFA Michael Robinson’s STs work, but we need another Mack Strong. There’s some good FA FBs out there, or late round pick?

    We still need a fast, tall #1 WR with good hands. If there is a FA period and the team has the end of the tunnel in needed personnel in sight, get Vincent Jackson, Sidney Rice, or Santonio Holmes – someone who stretches the field and makes big catches. #2 WR BMW & #4 WR Obo are already extended and Tate is sposed to become our #3 WR. If Butler is our #5 WR then let Martin go in FA? I know JS & PC’ll have 14-15 WRs in camp, but I don’t see Hawks ending up with more than 5?

    What’s Bevell & Cable gonna do with Hawk’s TEs? Baker was a good blocker for the Pats, but I didn’t notice much from him this season(?) I don’t believe any of Hawks TEs are FAs though, so I can’t know if there will be any cuts or additions. But there are some good ones familiar with ZBing available in FA, like: OAK’s Zach Miller, HOU’s Owen Daniels. Did anybody remember watching Anthony McCoy this season?

    Hawk’s OL is more mixed up now than was SEA’s structured OL of ’05. Okung’s gotta be a lock, even though he was injured much of this season. Andrews and Polumbus are tackles who were moved to guard. Unger was a tackle who got moved to center at UO, then SEA played him at guard. None of them look like guards to me, but Locklear looks like a guard and they play him at tackle. Do Lock and Spencer fit in Cable’s plans going forward? Does Cable move Andrews to RT and let Lock leave in FA? Does Spencer leave if another team offers him good starting pay? Is Willis too injury-prone to stay? Are Hamilton and Pitts physically done? My hopes are on Cable’s being able to create an OL comparable to OAK’s (but with better pass-blocking).

  18. piperfeltcher says:

    I think it is pretty sad when the union and league keep bringing up how they have a 3 hour meeting scheduled for next week like they are really working hard. They should be doing 8 hour meeting all week and getting a CBA done.
    Looks like Locker may fall to us although I expect him to have a big combine love to get a good QB prospect to sit behind Matt for a year and learn. I also hope we go after Galley from Oak as he knows the system and is a beast in the run game who has a serious nasty streak.

  19. Cornutt says:
    February 9, 2011 at 7:59 am
    Is that a haiku?

    lol… needed to look that up but could be i’m guessin:)

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