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Morning links: Hawks No. 12 in annual NFL organizational rankings

Post by Eric Williams on June 3, 2011 at 7:38 am with 22 Comments »
June 3, 2011 7:38 am
Seattle Seahawks' football training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)

In Adam Schein of Fox Sports’ annual NFL organization rankings, the Seattle Seahawks came in at No. 12 overall, up from No. 20 last year. Here’s what Schein had to say about the Seahawks:

“The facilities are state of the art. The home-field advantage with the “12th man” is significant. Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider inherited a total mess. They were super-active last season, bringing in different combinations of players, leading to a street free-agent gem like Mike Williams. Hiring Tom Cable to coach the offensive line was a great move. Seattle, finally, has a good structure in place.”

There appears to be reasons for optimism in the ongoing dispute between NFL owners and players. First, we had Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune’s report of a secret meeting between power brokers on both sides in Chicago.

And according to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports, actual progress took place in those talks, leaving one high-ranking member of the players’ side believing a deal could be reached in the next two or three weeks.

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post weighs in on today’s court proceedings between NFL players and owners, which begins at 8 a.m. Pacific time in St. Louis in front of a three-member panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sports Law professor Michael McCann offers his thoughts on today’s court proceedings for Sports Illustrated.

Seahawks offensive tackle Ray Willis talks with KJR’s Dave Mahler in this audio link.

According to Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, Lawyer Milloy still has not decided if he will return to the field in 2011.

According to Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, Kentwan Balmer had one of the worst run stop rates among defensive linemen last season.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a look back at the 1986 season.

Adam Rink of examines the Madden cover curse, which apparently succeeded with former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander after his electrifying 2005 season. Alexander appeared on the 2006 cover.

More Rink: The Seahawks old-school uniforms rank No. 6 in this look back at the best NFL uniforms of the past.

John Czarnecki of Fox Sports offers an interesting take on the new rules that will be implemented this season to try and curb illegal hits. He says the rules add more confusion and are taking away some of the physicality of the game.


“Everyone associated with the NFL wants a clean game, but the ultimate attraction of football is the speed of the game and the obvious physicality of its players. Fans love it when Harrison and fellow linebacker Lamar Woodley forcefully put a running back on his back. It’s why hockey fans cheer when there’s a clean check along the boards. Like Harrison says, if you are expecting a love tap from him, you are better off playing two-handed touch in a community park.”

Chad Reuter of CBS Sports offers a list of 12 seniors NFL scouts will be watching in the upcoming college football season.

Check out Walter Thurmond’s video promo for Adidas below. You think Phil Knight will allow him back in Eugene?

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  1. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Clare Farnsworth may want to recheck his spelling of the kick returner selected for the Pro Bowl in ’86 (see the side bar in his article). I could SWEAR his first name was spelled “Bobby”…

  2. MadSweeney42 says:

    It’s been too long since the silver and blue greatness of the Seahawks uni of old has graced the field. They need to do a throwback game this year, preferably at home. I was disappointed last season when they and Tampa didn’t do it for their game. This should be the year!

    And also, it’s time to honor the one and only thing Mora did right in his brief (but still too long) tenure, blue pants on the road guys. Blue pants with white jerseys = best uni in the NFL. White on white with top heavy blue in the shoulders and helmets looks like just another wannabe Arena/World league team.

  3. Ambassador says:

    Will someone explain the relationship between good organizational leadership and on-field success? It seems to me that good leadership is a starting point but does not always translate into championships.

    The hawks are certainly moving in the right direction. Imo, we’re looking at good orginazational leadership, and only need some of the right peices to fall into place for the on-field success to follow.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I just wish that Paul Allen was a little more hands on. Not like Jerry Jones, but enough to keep the staff from getting complacent like (imo) what was happening before P.C.
    And I could care less about the state of the art facility! It’s a distraction, and would be more useful as a retirement home for former Seahawk players. Send them back to the desert, at least for training camp.

  5. Another Football Outsiders article that has interesting stats is the one on pass defeats, and that Babs did pretty well. Hope they can bring him back.

  6. I rank those old school uniforms #1! If we could somehow keep the new logo but go back to everything else from those uniforms, that’d be great!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Unfortunately no throwbacks until 2012.

    I actually hope Babs is not brought back. I simply don’t see his value to a secondary that is getting younger and better. If either he or Jennings were back I’d be terribly surprised. A classic case of stats not representing accurately, the play on the field.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I agree, keep the logo and put it on the old and better uniforms! That should be a no brainer! Who’s in charge of this? The uniforms that they have now reminds me of what steak looks like when you leave it in the fridge to long.

    Did anyone notice #67 in the old uniform pic? Reggie McKenzie was a beast! He would just flatten any defensive player in his way, even if it was 20 yards down field. Some of the best o-line hitting that I ever have seen.
    This is what an o-lineman would look like today minus 50 pounds of fat.

    Does anyone have Reggie videos without #32 in them?

  9. Audible says:

    Like our stadium, a “state-of-the-art” facility helps to recruit top free agents, so I’m glad Paul Allen made the investment.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Greenbay and Pittsburgh doesn’t have state-of-the-art facilities.
    I think it’s important at this time to recruit top free agents,( and I think Carroll has more to do with that than anything else), however ,(in the long run),I would like to see the Seahawks build their team more like the top teams do, with good drafting and player development and much less recruiting of top free agents.

  11. chuck_easton says:


    How does Seattle get players to move all the way up to Southern Alaska if they don’t have state-of-the-art facilities and are prepared to pay top dollar? Also Seattle has to pay top dollar to keep their people. Reality is Seattle might as well be in Alaska as far as most NFL players are concerned.

    Seattle is 800 miles away from the nearest NFL city. Players want to play in cities in the East where you have several teams within a couple of hour drive of each other.

  12. It’s not just the players that prefer the shorter travel schedules of the east coast, the media travel grind is nearly unbearable. In my corporate life flying frequently to Florida for reward events took most of the joy away from it after the novelty was over.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    That’s a major reason the ‘Hawks will always log as many or more travel miles that any other team, the are further away from their closest NFL “neighbor” than anyone else on the league.

    Seattle’s marketing department in conjunction with Nike will develop the new unis. And I agree, please go back to something like the old ones.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    chuck_easton- Good point! It’s a common perception in the east that Seattle is a miserable place to live and it rains too much.
    Almost everyone that I have met in the south will say the same thing, without ever looking it up to see how much it rains. And when I tell people in Atlanta that it rains about 10 more inches than in Seattle per year they look puzzled.
    In fact every major city east of the mississippi has more rain per year then Seattle.

    I don’t think that players are all that thrilled about living in Wisconsin and/or Pennsylvania either. I have been to and through all of these areas and by far Seattle is the better area to live.
    My point is that players don’t have to live in the city that they play in, and Seattle can sell itself without having a state of the art facility on a beautiful lake.
    A player will go anywhere if the money is good.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Being in south Alaska has it’s benefits. Our fan base covers the Pacific northwest, and Alaska. No other team comes close to having the amount of geographical area that the Seahawks have, and that is probably why the Seahawks have the greatest fans in the NFL.
    With our great fans alone, we could have football in a corn field and they will come.
    And with a enough money the players will too!

  16. williambryan says:

    Just wanted to put in a vote for the current uniforms. I am a big fan of the all blue uniforms and all white. I am not a fan of the “retro” look at all. It is horrible and looks like it belongs in the 70’s (where it obviously came from…).

  17. Dukeshire says:

    While I’m not a “hater” of the current uniform (all blue and the all white, which I actually think is pretty cool) Their ’83 unis. are my favorites. The two tone blue (Two Blue) they wore a couple time was almost as horrific as the green alternate.

    (Oh and if you want to vomit in you mouth a little, check out the “logos that never were” I would kill someone if that ever took the field. Just sayin’…)

  18. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Been a fan since Day 1. Literally. I was 5 when the team was born, and my granddad gave me a t-shirt with the original helmet design plastered on the front of it. I wore it until the helmet was faded and the holes in the armpits we too much for my mother to stand. I’d love to see the retro look come back, and actually love the uni design we had just before the “new blue” look. Either way, if Nike is a part of the new design, my hope is that they go back to the old color scheme, silver helmets and blue face masks, and a badass hawk on the sleeve. That’d be sweet…

  19. Dukeshire says:

    SeahawkFan12 – Hear hear.

  20. Via Doug Farrar and Shutdown Corner, here are interviews of my two favorite Seahawks:



    Love this quote from BMW: “The six hours of cardio is 2 ½ hours of football workouts, and then it’s two different sessions of basketball. It’s not just me doing my Lance Armstrong [stuff]. It’s just that everyone assumed, ‘Oh, with all this time off and his attitude, he’s gonna be fat again. Well, good luck with that.”

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Canfan – Those were both great interviews. And the Ivan Lewis interview in the Farrar piece was interesting as well. I’ve been waiting for these guys to get together like this for weeks and the timing is finally right.

    Damn it I miss football. I get like this every year regardless of the circumstances, but now with the lockout… Just get the deal done already.

  22. SandpointHawk says:

    This would mean 4 home games in Seattle…Not real happy with the NFL at this point, either side.

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