Seahawks Insider

Archives: Feb. 2011

Feb.
26th

Morning links: Hawks hire Smith as QB coach


Smith

The Seattle Seahawks have hired Carl Smith as the team’s new quarterbacks coach, replacing Jedd Fisch, who left to take the offensive coordinator position at the University of Miami.

Smith, 62, served as quarterbacks coach for Cleveland last year, but has some history with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, serving as his quarterbacks coach at New England, and also with USC in 2004.

Check out his bio here.

As far as the day goes, I’m hoping to catch up with Carroll at some point today. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is scheduled to talk to reporters today, along with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet. And we should have some action on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, with combine drills happening today. We’ll also be talking to defensive linemen and linebackers in the media room.

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Feb.
25th

UW’s Locker ready to answer critics

University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker appeared polished and poised while talking to reporters today at the NFL scouting combine.

And he alluded to one of the reasons he went back to school for another season instead of coming out last year was taking more time to get ready for both the league and the fishbowl that is the draft process.

“As a player and as a person I’m more prepared for this process,” Locker said. “Doing things like this, and going through this process and being comfortable going through it.”

Locker said he’ll throw and do everything but lift in terms of the workouts this weekend.

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Feb.
25th

Schneider on Hasselbeck: “We’re having great dialogue”

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked to reporters here in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting combine, and he looked comfortable in his first opportunity to talk to national reporters at the podium.

Schneider said that the team and Matt Hasselbeck are continuing to negotiate, and the team would like to bring him back, but no agreement has been reached yet.

“It’s going good,” Schneider said. “We’re having great dialogue. Matt’s Mr. Seattle, and he’s done a ton of great things for the city, on and off the field. We’ve had good dialogue. I think you’ve heard me say it before, the head coach and the quarterback are the most important people in the building.”

Whether or not the two sides come to an agreement, Schneider said that situation will have no affect on if the team takes a quarterback in the draft or not.

“It doesn’t,” he said. “You’ll see us looking at quarterbacks every year.”

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Feb.
24th

Hawks eying o-linemen Watkins, Hudson?

A 26-year-old former firefighter in Kelowna, B.C., Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins played two seasons at left tackle for Baylor, replacing No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith two years ago. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Watkins projects more as a guard at the next level, and doesn’t consider his age a hindrance in terms of where he will get drafted.

Watkins talks to reporters in the audio above (I apologize in advance, the audio is a little rough).

“Well, I don’t have arthritis so I’m feeling pretty good,” joked Watkins, when asked if league scouts were concerned about his age. “I don’t think so. I was doing my physical today, and I was one of the first guys out of there.”

Watkins is considered a fringe, first-round guy whom the Seahawks could consider selecting at No. 25 to fill their need for an interior offensive lineman. The other player is Florida center Mike Pouncey, who did not make it to the media center today, but likely will speak to reporters on Friday.

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Feb.
24th

A few minutes with James Carpenter


Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter.

Someone that the Seattle Seahawks could take a look at as a mid-round prospect to compete for time at right tackle is Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter.

A junior college transfer from Coffeyeville [Kan.] Community College, Carpenter came in and started immediately for the Crimson Tide after Andre Smith left two years ago at left tackle, and Alabama’s offense didn’t miss a beat.

He also fared well at the Senior Bowl a month ago, holding his own among the top tackle prospects in this year’s draft.

Carpenter weighed in a 321 today, and is listed at 6-foot-4.

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Feb.
24th

Spagnuolo says Rams are hungry

Just a programming note, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider is scheduled to talk to reporters at the podium here on Friday morning, so we’ll get the Seahawks’ perspective on the upcoming draft at that time.

St. Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo would not divulge what his team’s specific needs are for this year’s draft – although he admitted continuing to improve the offensive and defensive lines and finding more playmakers for quarterback Sam Bradford are high on the priority list.

The third-year head coach said it’s nice not to be drafting in the top five for the first time in three seasons. The Rams selected first overall last season, and No. 2 overall in 2009. St. Louis has the No. 14 overall pick this year.

“I live being there than sitting at the top all the time,” Spagnuolo said. “For two straight years it was one and two, so this is a little different dynamic. But it’s kind of exciting and fun, too, because you don’t really know how it lays out until actually that day.”

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Feb.
24th

Morning links: No franchise tag for Hawks


Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.

We’re off and running here at the NFL Scouting combine here in Indianapolis.

I’ve been told the Seattle Seahawks will not be using the franchise tag for the first time in four years. Today is the deadline to apply the franchise tag for the league

Last season, Seattle franchised kicker Olindo Mare at a $2.8 million price tag. This season, only Mare made any sense in terms of the team franchising him, which would have been a projected $3.1 million.

Currently 12 teams have used the franchise tag so far this year.

Mare was solid again last season, but will turn 38 years old in June, and the Seahawks may be looking to get younger at that position.

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Feb.
23rd

Morning links: Scouting combine primer


Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate at the NFL Scouting Combine last year.

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, which beings today, with interviews with the players taking place Thursday through Sunday. So check back here daily throughout the week for reports on what is happening with the Seattle Seahawks in Indianapolis.

My story from today provides a general overview of Seattle’s draft needs heading into this week.

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, provides his top 32 players heading into this week.

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