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Archives: May 2011


Morning links: Carroll among highest paid coaches in sports

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen continues to show his commitment to bringing a Super Bowl to Pacific Northwest when it comes to plunking down cash for quality coaches.

According to this report by, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is the fourth-highest paid coach in Sports, making $7 million this year. Here’s the top 10.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million
2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million
3. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million
4. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million
5. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million
6. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million
7. Mike D’Antoni, New York Knicks: $6 million
8. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million
9. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: $5.25 million
10. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5 million

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Morning links: Hasselbeck and playbooks

Liz Mathews of ESPN 710 Seattle caught up with Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck at an event for retired Seattle players on Tuesday evening.

Hasselbeck tells Mathews he did not receive a playbook from Seattle’s coaches, but that he has got one anyway while working out with fellow players.

“I didn’t get one,” said Hasselbeck. “It definitely hurt my feelings, but it’s alright because all my teammates gave me theirs. So it worked out. It worked out fine.”

Hasselbeck also said some Seattle players might get together and have organized workout similar to what other teams are doing around the league. But that remains tough to do because most teammates are not working out in the Seattle area.

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Morning links: Qwest Field goes solar

As Gary Chittim of King 5 TV news reports in this video above, the Seattle Seahawks will announce plans for a state-of-the-art solar energy field that will cover the roof of the Qwest Field convention center this morning at 11 a.m.

The effort by the Seahawks is part of a friendly competition around the league to create the greenest, cheapest and most efficient way to power stadiums.

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Appeals court backs owners, keeps lockout in place

In what appears to be a decisive victory for NFL owners, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the league’s lockout of players should stay in place until a full appeal is heard.

The 2-1 decision from the three judges was the same as the court’s earlier decision granting a temporary stay – including a lengthy dissent from the same judge.

A June 3 hearing is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of the lockout.

You can check out the court’s 24-page ruling here.


Morning links: Orton not a fit in Seattle?

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard doesn’t believe Denver quarterback Kyle Orton, rumored to be on the trade block because the Broncos are ready to go with Tim Tebow, is a good fit for Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme.

Huard argues that Orton isn’t mobile enough for Bevell’s system, which relies on a movement quarterback and a quick passing game.

ESPN’s John Clayton presents Orton as a possible option for Seattle if they do not re-sign Matt Hasselbeck and are unable to trade for Kevin Kolb.

Orton threw for 3,653 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions with Denver last year, finishing with a 87.5 passer rating. He’s not a great athlete, but he plays with good anticipation and gets the ball out quick. I believe he could get the job done in Seattle.

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Mebane on contract talks with Seahawks: “I feel like I wasn’t in their plans”

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (TNT file photo).

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane had some interesting things to say about his pending free agent status and where he might eventually wind up playing this year when I caught up with him recently.

The 26-year-old said he’s splitting time between Seattle and Los Angeles, and currently is working out at a local health club with teammates Roy Lewis and Will Robinson.

Mebane said he also spent four weeks conditioning at Athletes’ Performance in Arizona in anticipation of the league year beginning at the end of April, when the lockout was temporarily lifted.

“It’s pretty weird because usually around this time you’re in OTAs, or minicamps or some kind of team activity,” Mebane said. “But right now due to the lockout and everything you can’t really make any moves

“The way I’ve been really trying to handle it is just being patient – that’s all I can really do now,” Mebane went on. “I think God has something good in store for me. Patience is the real key part of it. At times I think about it, but I try not to let it get to me. The good part of it is I took care of business on the field. So the thing about it now, is what team is it going to be?”

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Morning links: Carroll and Tutu

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll speaks at a dinner before an appearance at a community rally at the Tacoma Dome. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll participated as a guest speaker for an event Friday evening at the Tacoma Dome highlighted by one of the last appearances in the United States by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The program was part of the “Be the Spark” movement started by The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, along with the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and others to inspire citizens to take action and make the community a more positive place to live.

“Let’s get inspired – allow ourselves to be moved,” Carroll said to a crowd of 650 people at a $250-a-head, sold out dinner that also included Bill Gates Sr. and Tutu as speakers.

Carroll will host a coaching clinic at Stanford on Sunday.

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