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Morning links: Hawks GM Schneider happy for Packers, focused on draft preparation

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 10, 2011 at 9:12 am with 19 Comments »
February 10, 2011 9:12 am
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider (Lui Kit Wong/TNT).

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who shares his thoughts on watching his former team Green Bay hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

“There were mixed emotions,” Schneider said. “I wanted them to win and I was really happy for everybody. But my wife and I made a decision to leave and try to go build our own thing, and team up with Pete.

“It’s been an incredible experience so far.”

Doug Farrar of reviews the Seahawks receiving group.

Mike Salk and Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle take a look at four Seahawks at a crossroad in their careers, and debate whether the team should move on from linebacker Aaron Curry, tight end John Carlson, linebacker Lofa Tatupu and cornerback Marcus Trufant.

Seahawks defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer had his high school jersey retired.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s workout session is this morning in San Diego.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers are expected to franchise talented receiver Vincent Jackson, a potential target in free agency for Seattle.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports a stalemate on the negotiation front between NFL owners and players already. The two sides cancelled a negotiation session scheduled for today, and apparently NFL owners cancelled an ownership meeting scheduled for next week. I think more and more it’s looking like this thing will drag out through the summer.

Rob Rang of offers his top 32 players heading into the NFL Scouting Combine in two weeks.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has Seattle selecting Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 25 in his mock draft.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post tabs Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder as Seattle’s pick at No. 25.

ESPN’s Mike Sando offers the number of free agents with at least three accrued season for all 32 teams in the league. According to the chart, the Seahawks have 25 free agents, third-most in the league.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I was thinking about Schneider a bit during the game. He was an important part of building that team, he should feel proud of hiis contributions there. (Hopefully he’ll put Seattle in a similar position…)

  2. wabubba67 says:

    It would be a nice gesture for the Packers front office to send Schneider a Super Bowl ring….seems as though he is deserving.

  3. Soggybuc says:

    No worries John, I’t is gonna feel even sweeter when Feb 2014 you hoist the trophy wearing Seahawk blue.

  4. Man I hope its before 2/2014. 2005 got me impatient and I’d like to see Hasselbeck get one.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If we could get a 3rd or 4th rounder for any of these guys,( Trufant,Curry,Tatupu, and Carlson), I would be happy!

  6. bsinnitt says:

    I can understand arguments for cutting bait with Curry, Tru or Lofa because of their recent production vs what they’re being paid but I’m surprised to see Carlson’s name thrown in there. I admittedly haven’t listened to the audio yet, but Carlson has shown great potential and should be on his rookie contract still isn’t he?

  7. bsinnitt says:

    Just read the link but still disagree with the argument against Carlson. He’s a young player with a lot of potential. As for Lofa and Tru, hopefully they’ll be willing to restructure. With Curry, we’ll probably have to let him play out his contract because I doubt we’d be willing to eat his remaining guaranteed at this point.

  8. freedom_X says:

    Interesting that Colorado was 5-7, but appear to have at least two potential 1st round picks?

    Carlson might need to go to the right system to flourish. For a guy that the article says is a mediocre blocker, they sure kept him in to block a lot while sending the other guys deep. Perhaps it was the lack of chemistry with Hasselbeck early that made Seattle gun-shy about going to Carlson more.

    I do lump Carlson and Curry in the same category because of these scheme issues. but Curry is much more questionable because unlike Carlson, he hasn’t demonstrated promise over a whole season yet. Outside of Curry’s 1st 5 games and a game or two scattered here and there after that, there’s not much there.

    But again, I don’t know if the scheme is keeping Carlson and Curry from posting better numbers, or their own limitations (whatever they might be) are pigeonholing them into those limited roles.

  9. seahawklovertoo says:

    We should all pitch some money and put a bilboard in Fayetteville, NC that states Aaron Curry is a bust. Ridicule like that would surelly “wake” him up to perform to his potential. Right now,he is just cruising on autopilot and collecting paychecks that 96% of Americans can only dream about.
    As for Carlson….being a new Dad has brought some extra changes to his life and work attitude. It does happen to many athletes ( including Brady who hasn’t won anything since becoming a father). Carlson will be “back in full force” next season. Lofa as well simply because he has a warrior heart and is playing for his old coach.
    Sadly, I think Tru (as we know him) is finished.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    $34 million is guaranteed, but if Curry plays out the entirety of the contract, it will cost them $60 million. He’s scheduled to make $10 mil ( 5 salary, 5 roster bonus) next year alone. Assuming they get a new CBA done before the draft, he’s someone I can see them trying to move. Of course, he’ll have to agree to restructure his deal with a potential trade partner, because no team will absorb his contract as is. But one way or another, I think they have to unburden themselves of him and it (the contract).

    BTW, I like how they say he has “freakish size”. 6’2″ 250. Lol, I wouldn’t categorize that as “freakish”, exactly. They also don’t mention how he plays with questionable effort, throughout a game. To me, that’s the overriding issue with him, how many plays he takes off.

  11. We all know Curry is an absolute joke dropping into coverage. He shows no potential to actually be average in coverage either.

    With that being said, plenty of good players make up for faults by being really good in another phase of their game.

    How about actually tackling a ball carrier? Well, he sucks at wrapping up. No strength there.

    How about him being fundamentally sound? Well, he sure likes to overpursue. Sucks there too.

    He must be a double-digit sack guy then, right? Right? Or someting.

    With that being said, what good is he or where does his potential lie?

    I’ve thought for quite some time that he should be a Leo (still feel that way) but now even my optimism for him there is severely lacking. Unfortunately, I feel that Curry will be another Tony Woods. He was a guy who turned out surprisingly good against the run (as a converted OLB to DE) but never became the pass rush threat that had been hoped for. Sure, he became a functional player for the Seahawks as a former 1st round draft pick but he didn’t eat up so much of their salary structure either. If Woods would have been one of the highest paid players in the NFL, I would have said they should cut him. Maybe Curry can be an average NFL player (that’s being utterly and overly optimistic at this point) but do we really want someone who “could” be average to be a 6 year and about a $60 million contract?

  12. Mike Mayock has Locker ranked No. 2 among QBs!

    I hope the Seahawks don’t get tempted by the potential of one of these QBs. I’d rather they go for the unsexy pick: an offensive lineman.

  13. Something keeps eating at me that says the only QBs I “trust” this draft are Locker (and perhaps Dalton — as much as a 3rd/4th round QB can be “trusted”). Granted, I have no good evidence in support of them, but it’s more of a gut feeling. I know I should not like Locker, but I can’t help thinking about a guy like Rich Gannon. I remember when the Vikings traded for him shortly after the Patriots drafted him (much later rounds than Locker will get drafted in) and the newspapers around here kept saying he was a John Elway clone minus the cannon arm. He refused to play another position if I remember right and was traded… great, original, athletic ability. Turned out that Gannon was good… defintely took him some time to develop though. If we could ride Matt for two more years and then hand the reigns over to Locker, I’d consider myself a happy camper although that’s an opinion against the grain around here (and for good reasons; at least from many of you). I doubt he’ll fall to #25 so this speculation really doesn’t matter.

  14. seahawklovertoo says:

    I still think that PC will wait for Barkley ( right spelling?) to come out of USC.
    As for the rest of the QBs this year…. there is very few that really impress. They can do well under the reight guidence,coaching and playcalling (That is why I wanted Dallas’ Garrett to come to the Seahawks— look what he did with Romo, a college QB who wasn’t worth the paper on draft day).
    Last year I wanted Mallett,but now I realise he isn’t as good or as smart as I hoped for. I just wish this year they’ll go for the beef on both sides, pick up the best (that money can buy) #1 WR and top CB FAs. Forget the QBs.
    Next year they should “pull Ditka” and get Andrew Lock if he stays healthy ,and that is it.

  15. freedom_X says:

    The “freakish” comment on Curry is because there are very few 6’2″, 250+ guys that can run 4.53 in the 40, have a 37″ vertical leap, and a 12′ 4″ broad jump.

    However, he was only average at best in the shuttle drills that attempt to measure lateral agility – perhaps a foreboding of his weakness in pass coverage. But, every other athletic number he posted was good to fantastic for an LB, especially of his size and strength.

    In the 1st 5 games of 2009, we didn’t have these questions. He was crushing ball carriers (remember the Steven Jackson hit?) He was knocking people sideways and blowing up blockers. I’ve asked before and ask again – what happened between then and now? What went wrong? Were those 1st 5 games just a mirage?

    Conspiracy theory – maybe he was a product of modern chemistry? And the more advanced pro testing exposed him? Did Seattle draft another Bosworth?

  16. Dukeshire says:

    freedom – I don’t get it either. I was at the home opener against the Rams and he was all over the field and the fastest player on it. By far. I came away so impressed and thought the sky was the limit for him. I was wrong and have no idea how or why he’s not developed. And worse, the effort on the field has totally regressed. Your conspiracy is as good as any reason I’ve heard.

    His talent is rare and one could argue freakish. But they specified size. In any case…

  17. bulldog80 says:

    If they can’t find a willing trade partner for Curry they need to just sit him on the bench. You can’t start him, regardless of what he’s making, because he’s a liability on the field right now. You can’t just release him because you’ve then lost everything you’ve put into him and any potential value that he still has. Benching him is exactly the humbling experience this guy needs to bring him back to reality. Hopefully the benching would only have to be temporary untill he pulls his head out of his a@@.

  18. Mine won’t be a popular opinion here, but I think its too early to give up on Curry.

    He could very well be trade bait in this years draft, and some team might take a chance on trading for him. Schneider likes trades on draft day, so it could happen. And I’d be all for it if it does.

    Otherwise, I really won’t be surprised if Curry improves considerably in his third year. So far, Curry has looked easily confused, a slow learner, and an underachiever. But he has only had one year under Ken Norton Jr. and Carroll’s defensive scheme. He’s still young, and he isn’t a bust yet.

    I want to see what Coach Norton can do with Curry given another training camp of drills and film study. (and with the contract Curry has, there isn’t much they can do but try to teach him)

    By the way, I wonder how many here think Leroy Hill will be on our team next year?

  19. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    I TOLD you guys Curry was a bust!!! HE WASN’T EVEN GOOD AT WAKE FOREST!!!

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