Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at Pete Carroll’s first year in charge in Seattle, noting the up-and-down season that led to the Seahawks first NFC West title in three seasons.
“Carroll’s first season also will be remembered as one of transition, as he and first-year general manager John Schneider made 284 roster moves.
“The team’s leading rusher – Lynch – was acquired in a bye-week trade with the Buffalo Bills. The leading receiver – Mike Williams – was signed in April after passing a minicamp tryout, and being out of the league the previous two seasons. The leader in sacks – defensive end Chris Clemons – was obtained in a March trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The record-setting kickoff returner – Leon Washington – came in a draft-day trade with the New York Jets. The leader in interceptions – free safety Earl Thomas – was one of the team’s two first-round draft choices. Their best offensive lineman – left tackle Russell Okung – was the other first-round pick.
“You get the picture – which also helps create a picture of how a team could start 4-2, finish by winning two of its final three games and go 2-7 in between.”
More Farnsworth: He takes a look at the surprising single-season receptions leader, Bobby Engram, with 94 catches in 2007. Steve Largent is actually fifth on the list with 79 catches in 1985.
According to Pro Football Weekly, free agent offensive linemen Sean Locklear and Chris Spencer likely are done in Seattle. Locklear’s fate reportedly has been sealed with the fact that rookie James Carpenter has been given No. 75, Locklear’s number, while Max Unger is expected to move to center this year, replacing Spencer.
Seattle Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel will speak at Port Townsend’s Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field on Saturday as part of a fundraiser for that facility.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post takes a look at the possibility of new rule governing free agency once the league’s labor dispute is settled, and also weighs in on why the NHL and NBA are watching the NFL’s labor dispute closely.