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Archives: June 2011

June
30th

Morning links: Konz out to prove he belongs

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository checks in with Seattle Seahawks tight end Jameson Konz. The Kent State product wound up on the season-ending injured reserve list after suffering a hip injury during training camp.

But he hopes to stay healthy and earn some playing time this season. Athletically gifted, Konz has to prove he can be effective at this level.

Konz says he’s been in Seattle the last two months working out with Matt Hasselbeck and others at the University of Washington.

Konz: “I don’t have any insight on what my role might be. Whether it’s receiver, tight end or H-back, I’ll do everything I can. The position doesn’t matter. My love of the game is profound. I just want a chance.

“I feel like I’ve recovered 100 percent. I still feel fast. I feel back to normal. I know I have the passion and the potential to do whatever they want me to do.”

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June
29th

Milloy hosts football camp in hometown; free agent could play elsewhere next season

Lawyer Milloy of the Seattle Seahawks talks to players at his football camp at PLU, while teammate Deon Butler looks on. (Janet Jensen/TNT)

Time passes, but Pacific Avenue remains the same for Lawyer Milloy.

The Tacoma native and Lincoln High graduate caught a glimpse of the busy thoroughfare he used to spend time on while driving on it Wednesday on the way to his football camp at Pacific Lutheran University.

”I went downtown to eat at the Matador, and instead of getting on I-5, I said, ‘Let me drive through the old ‘hood,’” Milloy said. “And that’s what it’s all about ¬ to come back to where it all started out for me. Those streets are very familiar. A lot of times I lived on those streets. So I know and can relate to what some of these young kids are going through.

”I think it’s up to us while we’re on that platform to use it in a positive way. And what better time than right now, while we have all this extra time (because of the NFL player lockout).”

Partnering with Sports International Football Camps, Milloy hosted his first camp in Parkland this week, with Seahawks teammates Deon Butler and Marshawn Lynch chipping in to make appearances in order to teach kids the ins and outs of the game.

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June
28th

Offseason rewind: The money down

San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker (46) and Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) in action during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

I thought we’d take a look at third down percentages from 2010 on both offense and defense to get a better understanding of how the Seattle Seahawks can improve in those situations in the upcoming season.

Seattle finished 24th overall in the league defensively in getting off the field on third down, at 39.5 percent.

Offensively, the Seahawks were not much better, converting 35.5 percent of third down opportunities to continue drives, good enough for 22nd overall.

Let’s take a look at the issues on defense first.

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June
28th

Morning links: Lime green jerseys get thumbs down

The Seattle Seahawks take the field in their lime green jerseys against the Chicago Bears in 2009. (AP file photo).

Adam Rank of NFL.com ranks the Seahawks lime green jerseys as among the worst in league history. It’s hard to argue against that.

Rank: “The Seahawks are another team that should have never changed uniforms, because the classic look is the best. But what in the name of the World League of American Football is going on here? Seattle has the greatest fans, and the MLS Sounders outdraw a number of baseball teams. But when it comes to day-glow uniforms, keep it to that version of futbol, not the American version.”

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June
27th

A closer look at Malcolm Smith

Seattle Seahawks linebacker and USC Product Malcolm Smith, upper right, flips over Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall, lower right, as quarterback Steven Threet looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

This post is the beginning of a individual look at each one of the Seattle Seahawks draft picks leading up to (we hope) the beginning of training camp at the end of July.

And so we begin with USC product Malcolm Smith.

For Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Smith is a known commodity because he coached him while with the Trojans. Although Smith is light for a linebacker at 6-foot, 226 pounds, Carroll believes that he can get up to about 240 pounds, and likes his ability to play with speed an agility at the linebacker position.

The team’s final pick, Smith was drafted 242nd overall in the seventh round.

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June
27th

Morning links: More jumbo sets in store for Hawks?

Russell Okung and Tyler Polumbus watch practice last year. (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders provides some interesting analysis on NFL teams and their use of six offensive linemen sets – or jumbo packages where an offensive tackle replaces a tight end up front.

Teams traditionally use jumbo packages in short yardage or goal line situations to get an extra push up front in the run game. What’s interesting is Oakland – under head coach Tom Cable – used the most jumbo sets in the league last year, a little over 12 percent of the time, averaging a league-best 6.2 yards per play in that formation.

Predictably, the Seahawks, with pass-happy Jeremy Bates and no run game were toward the end of the list, using jumbo set .8 percent of the time.

So, will Seattle use more jumbo sets with Cable now the team’s offensive line coach? It’s possible, depending on how well the new offensive line comes together with rookies James Carpenter and John Moffitt up front, along with the Seahawks’ ability to play from ahead so they can focus on running the ball more.

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June
24th

Morning links: Roy Lewis a shutdown corner?

Seattle Seahawks' Roy Lewis, right, against Arizona Cardinals' Trumaine McBride, left, during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Among a list of some of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, including Nnamdi Asomugha, Darrelle Revis, Asante Samuel and Tramon Williams, one surprise name was on the list – Seattle Seahawks defensive back Roy Lewis.

The University of Washington product made NFL.com’s list of cornerbacks who gave up the lowest number of completions last year. To make the list, players had to have at least 30 attempts go their way.

Lewis, who played mostly on slot receivers on third down and obvious passing situations, finished with a 43.3 opponent completion percentage, sixth overall on the list.

Revis topped the list at 33.9 percent, followed by Asomugha, Oakland’s Stanford Routt (39.4), Kansas City’s Brandon Carr (39.8) and Oakland’s Chris Johnson (40.5).

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June
23rd

Morning links: Earl Thomas an elite safety?

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (Tony Overman/The Olympian).

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network continues his position-by-position analysis this week, ranking Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas as one of the top five safeties in the league.

Kirwan:

“The only person who has coached both Polamalu and Thomas is Pete Carroll, who told me at the end of the season that Thomas is the closest he’s ever seen to Polamalu’s skills. Thomas had five interceptions as a rookie, the same number as Reed and more than both Collins and Polamalu.”

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