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Morning links: Carroll’s first year in review

Post by Eric Williams on May 11, 2011 at 9:04 am with 13 Comments »
May 11, 2011 9:04 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll at Qwest Field in Seattle, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Ingrid Barrentine/Staff photographer

Clare Farnsworth of 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.

Reporters at the NFL Network debate where Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb will wind up next season.

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.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Brandt continues to provide clear and unbiased analysis. He’s been a breath of fresh air during this whole debacle.

    Before ACIB weighs in; has 59 been given to K.J. Wright yet…? (Hey-o!)

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Does anyone remember when Largent put on a clinic in one of the replacement games of the last strike? Something close to 300 receiving yards.

  3. Duke, where’s the “like” button?

  4. GeorgiaHawk, I looked it up. Here’s an excerpt from a PI article:

    On Oct. 14, 89 players crossed the picket line — including Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent, center Blair Bush and quarterback Jeff Kemp.

    In the Seahawks’ game at Detroit four days later, Largent caught 15 passes for 261 yards in a 37-14 rout of the Lions (Largent’s 261 receiving yards was a career high).

    After the game, then-Lions coach Darryl Rogers was asked the obvious question: Why didn’t he use double coverage on Largent?

    Rogers’ response: “Why embarrass two players, when you can just embarrass one?”

    Read more:

  5. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – That was during the strike of ’87. He had 15 rec, 3TDs and 261 yards.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Canfan – Beat me to it. And also crossing the picket line for the ‘Hawks were Norm Johnson and Fredd Young.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    This is an interesting read about NFL scouting departments and how to perhaps improve them, and how they go about their business.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Canfan and Dukeshire.

    “why embarrass two players, when you can just embarrass one?” LOL.

  9. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    “Before ACIB weighs in; has 59 been given to K.J. Wright yet…? (Hey-o!)”

    I love you. Got my modus operandi figured out and everything. Was literally going to post that!

  10. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    THANK GOD we’re moving on from Locklear and Spencer. Spencer has been underwhelming trash and remember when Tim Ruskell anointed Sean Locklear as the left tackle of the future?! Glad we don’t have incompetent baboons like him still running the show.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    ACIB – Lol! Thought you might like that.

  12. rgbuckl says:

    Isn’t it cool how well we’re getting to know each other on here? Really wish I was back home so we could all meet for a beer like I believe some of you have done before games.

    ACIB, amen on TR and Locklear! That dude was a penalty machine and a human turnstile. I hope Max Unger does well to replace Spencer though. It seemed like he was good at pass protection, but had no push for the running game. Still, I believe he was more natural at center than guard.

    I wonder how our line will do this year with those changes. I know it’ll take time for them to learn the system and all that, but has to give our mystery starting QB more time in the pocket to find an open receiver.

  13. raymaines says:

    I think the article Dukeshire linked to:

    and the second article that the first one linked to:

    point out how stupid and selfish the owners in the NFL are. God bless Paul Allen and the SeaHawks but that man has lost money on every single thing he’s invested in since Microsoft, and is not a particularly good business man.

    The lesson I learn from these two articles is that any owner that really want’s to win (and make long term money) should invest five times as much as they currently do in researching and developing both coaching and player talent. That would lead to fewer mistakes in the draft and free agency, and then better coaching of the resulting “better” players.

    It seems that the NFL owners are currently in the same mode as the CEO’s of Ford and GM in the 1980’s. They think they’re just too big to fail. They’re wrong.

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