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Morning links: Washington all smiles in Seattle

Post by Eric Williams on June 21, 2011 at 9:25 am with 42 Comments »
June 21, 2011 9:25 am

Vic Carucci of the NFL Network catches up with Seattle Seahawks running back and returner Leon Washington, who expresses his gratitude for getting a deal done early and not being in limbo as a free agent during a recent interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Washington also told Carucci that he believes Seattle is in a position to be a regular contender for the NFC West title.

“I’m really thankful for that, and that was one of the big (reasons) why I decided to stay out in Seattle because I really feel like we’re headed on the right path,” Washington said. “If we can own the NFC West and get a home game every year in the playoffs, it’s to our advantage. The 12th Man (in Seattle) is unbelievable.”

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network ranks the top corners in the league. No Seahawk makes the list.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post joins the chorus of national writers who believe Matt Hasselbeck might be moving on in free agency.

Pompei: “Chances are looking good that the Seahawks may have two new quarterbacks by the time camp opens. They tried to re-sign Matt Hasselbeck before the lockout started and couldn’t come to terms. Now they may move on if they can find a better alternative (hello, Kevin Kolb) as a starter. Getting hurt in each of the last three years has left Hasselbeck vulnerable in Seattle. And it would almost be an upset if the Seahawks didn’t sign Matt Leinart to come in as a backup. The Seahawks might not be crazy about what they have seen of Leinart on tape, but coach Pete Carroll has won a lot of games with him, and he thinks he can win some more.”

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reviews his first season in Seattle with ESPN’s Shelly Smith in the video below.

Former Seattle Seahawks tackle Brandon Frye was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the Seahawks could be a darkhorse in the Nnamdi Asomugha free agent sweepstakes.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that according to a source, today’s NFL owners meeting in Chicago is one of the final steps to getting a deal done.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports predicts only six no votes at today’s NFL owners meeting in Chicago on the preliminary framework for a new CBA, more than enough for the league to move forward on a prospective deal.

Sports Illustrated offers a cool trip down memory lane with a look back at these 1980s posters, including one of Kenny Easley entitled “The Enforcer.”

Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders takes an interesting look at which teams sign their rookies first. Seattle is near the top of the list.

Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders takes a look at how complex defenses like the zone blitz will be affected by the lockout and teams having less time to prepare for the regular season.

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  1. excile – thanks for the heads up, but unfortunately from the price Duke pointed out, it’s probably a Chinese wholeseller, unless it is used (I’m definately not opposed to get a used one if I can find one), which is why I keep getting a network error when trying to reach that page. I’m at work and there is kinda tight security on our computers that don’t allow us to go to suspect websites. Anyways, I really appreciate the effort. It’s always awesome when people help you out, thanks again homey.

  2. 2 things:

    1- I LOVE have L. Washington on this team – works hard in games, does what you ask him to do and is effective in his role

    2. I get tired of everyone saying this guy is leaving, this guy is staying, yada, yada, yada, you have no clue. Teams and players can’t say what they are talking about right now. or shouldn’t be. it’s all guesses. You can predict based on needs, or rumors you have heard but in all honesty nobody knows.

    ok maybe 3 things!
    3. I don’t get all the Leinart love – we could have had him last year and didn’t want him, so why the big love fest now. don’t get it!

  3. None of our corners were highly ranked last year, bummer. I hope to see Leon in the backfeild a lot more this year, sweeps, screens, gadget plays, draws up the middle, all of it. I have a feeling if he is, the Hawks are going to be spending more time on Sports Center. To bad they messed up the returns this year, otherwise, it could of got ridiculous, but who knows, he still will probably wow us back there too.

  4. How crazy do you think Earl Thomas will be this year? I’m excited to see his ass make even more plays this year and be a little more solid overall.

  5. TruBlu – unfortunately the website doesn’t offer a telephone # but speaking Chinese would probably be required. Try visiting your local Star Bucks and borrow a notebook. Be prepared to pay $25 for shipping. (I’ve requested another form of contact .. stay tuned)

    A new CBA sounds to be on the horizon. Good news!

    There are others available in FA that would seem more viable than an expensive aged CB. Giants have two DL that look intriguing.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    The Leinart talk is puzzling to me as well. Carroll winning a lot of games with him 6+ years ago in college has zero relevance on what kind of professional he’s been or what Carroll wants out of his NFL QB. Carroll knows as well as anyone who Leinart is and as been noted several times, he passed when he had an opportunity to grab him last year.

    Washington is such a solid dude, and an electrifying returner but I’d be a little surprised to see him used much to run the rock. I’d really like to see him used much like the Saints use Bush; as a matchup player. Getting him isolated on LBs and SSs in the slot and out of the backfield. I see that as more his value than taking handoffs, necessarily.

    I used to have that Easley poster. I’d love to get another one and frame it. That’d be sweet! (I also had The Land Of Boz poster too. But I won’t be looking for that any time soon. Although, Dorothy in it was hot, so you never know… Lol)

  7. the interesting stuff is on the 2nd page – lists some of the stuff that supposedly is on the table at this time. some of it old news, some of it new.

  8. Come on NFL. get a deal done dammit! I don’t want to have to watch cricket or some other awful sport (soccer, tennis, horseshoes, bowling) this fall/winter. I am not sure if there is anything better than a 75-80 degree Sunday in September when regular season NFL games start. it is like having your cake and eating it too. Football on the tube & sunny weather in the backyard. BBQ-ing in the heat and watching a game….best way to end the summer….

  9. I wonder if the ‘Hawks (and every team) are going to get a couple of “exclusive” days to negotiate contracts with their 4th year (and older) free agents (like Mebane/Matt). I doubt it, but you never know.

  10. DFloydd, your not from around here are you, 75-80 deg. weather in Seatown, maybe 60-65 overcast w/chance of rain. I feel you though, nothing like cooking on the grill watching some football w/an adult beverage in hand.

  11. Dang! I’ve been thinking that we will make a push for Asomugha since he’s the poster boy for what comPete wants in a CB, but if Peter King says it might happen, the odds just got a lot longer.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – Ah… you’re learning. King is a total boob. If he says it happening, it ain’t happening. lol

    We’re getting closer! Here’s a bit of the framework for the new CBA.

  13. Nothing wrong with trying to revive someone’s career here in Seattle. I’d rather go with Whitehurst and Leinart than paying Hasselbeck $7-$8M a year. Give me a break, the guy won 6 games last season with a soft schedule. It’s not going to be easy this year no matter who is quarterbacking the team. It’s time to move forward. I’d rather move forward with someone much younger at QB.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Leinart may be younger than Hass, but let’s not get carried away, he’s 28. If we’re moving forward, Leinart doesn’t really facilitate that, IMO. He’s different but not an improvement.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BB44-” Give me a break, the guy won 6 games last season with a soft schedule”.

    Here we go again! qbs don’t win the games, they help win the games! And if they don’t have a good supporting cast then they will most likely lose more than they will win.
    So BB44 bringing in someone younger must be the answer to the Seahawks problems at the qb position in your opinion. Good luck with that!

    Hasselbeck is a proven pro bowl qb with all the leadership skills and intangibles that any NFL team would want. He is still working hard to improve, and should be good for at least two to three more years.

  16. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Duke, thanks for that link. Interesting how the players are really “only” gettIng 53% versus the advertised 60. Interesting part about the 16 game Thursday night schedule; that could evolve into a “mini-Monday Night Football” game (i.e. another prime time slot)…sweet!

    I’m just happy (and holding my breath) that they are seeming to make progress. Let’s get it done and get back to football…

  17. Georgia – don’t try to ration w/people who don’t understand things like an offensive line actually helping an offense (and QB) look better (especially our horrific run blocking the last half decade… which makes it harder on QBs, too). Unless you’re Dan Marino, you are not going to look good without a running game (who has been to as many Super Bowls as Matt, by the ways…). In no way am I saying Matt is nearly as good as Marino, but if you’re smart enough to read b/w the lines, you get the idea…

  18. Dukeshire says:

    If the league does move to a full season Thursday night game, I wonder if the NFL Ticket lowers their prices…? Yeah right!

  19. That’s an extra game each week on regular television with a greater chance of seeing the game/team that you want most (especially with those bye weeks), which could mean less sales for the NFL Ticket. I doubt it, but you never know. In this economy of cost cutting, it’s not as far fetched as it was a couple of years ago.

    I wonder if there would be a formula for teams playing on Thursday. I wouldn’t want to be a team playing on a Thursday after just having played 4 days earlier… and facing a team that’s coming off a bye week (especially if you had to do that 3-4 times during the course of a season, whereas you didn’t get that chance coming off a bye).

  20. chuck_easton says:

    A way to fix the Thursday game issue is if there are indeed 16 games try to schedule so that both teams playing on Thursday night had a bye the previous Sunday.

    That wouldn’t be possible in the earlier games as bye weeks don’t start until several weeks into the season, but towards the end of the year when players are all dinged up it could be worked out.

    Yes, it would be a major headache for the NFL schedule makers but it isn’t impossible.

    Otherwise I see a situation where once again we may see the ‘lesser’ teams, i.e. teams that aren’t in the AFC or NFC East getting shafted. It will magically work out that any time a West Coast team plays on Thursday night, that team will have just played on Sunday and they will be playing a team from the East that didn’t play on Sunday. How’s that for East Coast Bias and Conspiracy? We can add that to the 10am Sunday bias we all know is there even if the NFL denies it.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    I don’t think it’s that significant an issue, it’s worked out fairly well with the final 6 weeks of Thursday games. And on the flip side, it’s additional 3 days off for teams following the game, like a mini bye.

  22. I’m watching the NFLN and they have the greatest tackles of all time. The Largent hit on Harden was #4 (and the only tackle from an offensive player… lol). Great stuff!

  23. NFL Network (NFL Ticket?) has one SEA game listed in ’11. Can you buy just the one game or do you have to buy the whole enchelada?

    Duke- I haven’t read your link regarding possible new CBA stuff yet, but looking forward to it – thanx for the link. Meanwhile, does it say anything about using the ’10 or the ’09 CBA for the ’11 season? If it’s the ’10 then Matt Leinart is RFA and he received an original round tender (1st). Didn’t somebody say it would end up a 2nd rounder because of some technicality? HOU drafted Yates making it 4 QBs on their roster, so Leinart may well be odd man out there. If it’s the ’09 CBA they use for ’11, and southpaw Leinart is UFA it might make some sense to sportswriters about SEA drafting a RT (who’ll play RT) in the 1st round. They may figure only blind-side OL protectors are worthy of 1st rd picks, so to them getting Leinart could align with picking both Carpenter at RT and Moffit at RG(?) That is assuming they’re as good as PC sez at pass-pro.

    If JS eschews Hasselbeck for Leinart, maybe we end up within striking range of Luck in the ’12 draft?

  24. Of the anticipated ’12 QBs, who would be OK for the Hawks to take with their 1st in the ’12 draft (so far)?
    Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. Sposed to be a future HoFer.
    Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Accuracy and leadership skills compare to Aikman.
    Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Heisman contender, may come out in ’13.
    Nick Foles, QB, Az. Size and production intriguing.
    Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State. Has talent, leadership and from a pro-style offense.
    Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. Once a WR for the Aggies, took over as QB last season and might explode into a 1st-rd prospect this season.

  25. klm – pretty much everywhere I’m reading, it looks like 4th year players will be free agents (Sidney Rice, Matt Leinart, Brandon Mebane, Matt Hasselbeck, etc.). They are still working out the “franchise” stuff. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it tweaked to a straight out tag where we will never see a kicker or some position like that never franchised again.

  26. Thanx BobbyK. Gonna get very interesting when free agency starts. Wonder if JS concentrates on SEA FAs first, then in like the 4th and 5th days after it starts goes after other team’s FAs(?)

  27. Dukeshire says:

    McIntyre has a terrific list of the soon to be UFA when this deal gets inked.

    I’d be stunned if the Franchise Tag was re-designed to limit what players it could or could not be placed on. I can’t imagine kickers are upset about being franchised and it’s not as though it effects the cost at other positions. And of course, teams aren’t obligated to use it anyway.

  28. Dukeshire says: have the rookie spotlight today on the best player in the 2011 draft (well, at least my favorite player in this past draft. lol), Moffitt. In nearly 3000 snaps at Wisconsin, he gave up 2 QB pressures and 3.5 sacks. And Schneider goes on to say “… his real strength in in the pass game”. Oh hell yes!


  29. Dukeshire says:

    Goodness. “… real strength in the pass game.” (See how excited I get!)

  30. Soggybuc says:

    Actually Duke he said his real strength is in the run game. either way I think we got us a hell of player in moffit
    I dont think drafting Carpenter has anything to do with getting Lienehrt or any other “lefty” but was part of their plan all long to get some young bookends in place.
    4/5 ths of our line are now very young guys with Unger bieng the old man of the group. things are looking much better for Barkley to have a good year in 2012.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    We are well on our way to having one of the best o-lines in the NFL! Bruising, in your face, pancaking power running dirtbags!
    Lynch has got to love it!

    Eric- Has there been any reports on how Okung is doing with the ankle injuries from last year ?
    And how about big Red and his rehab?

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Soggybuc – I tried to correct myself and I STILL got it wrong. Lol.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – I’ll be damned if I can remember who said this (Burleson maybe…), but he was working out in Arizona and Red was at the same training facility and looking great. He (Red) actually told this person he was looking forward to becoming a Pro Bowl DE and that he was 100% committed to that.

    (I’m sorry I can’t remember who this was. Damn it! I’m exhausted, it will come to me in the morning…)

  34. We’ll see, Duke. I’ve read in multiple places through the years how the players aren’t happy being restricted (even w/the franchise tag… even kickers like Josh Brown) and that the original intent of the franchise tags were supposed to be for “real” franchise players (i.e. like QBs or extremely GREAT players). It wasn’t meant for guys like Hill or Mare; like we’ve used them on (except taken away from Hill after the Curry pick). I doubt I’ll be able to make a game in ’11, but maybe we’ll wager the first couple of rounds at a game in ’12? You just can’t let your girlfriend make you (almost) late for the game and you have to come down the night before. :)

  35. Soggybuc says:

    Duke lol, i’ll let it slide this time.

    Georgia i couldnt agree more with you. the more i look at what John and Pete are doing the more I think it is based on a long ranged plan that will end up less with the Hawks “competing” and more with kicking the bejebuss outta the rest of the teams. I cant wait!!! but I think we will have too. at least for a little while.

  36. Dukeshire says:

    BobbyK – Done! (LOL) And I agree that none of the players like the tag and being restricted. But unless they’re planning to eliminate it altogether (doesn’t appear that way) I can’t see them letting some players “off the hook” as it were, while having it apply to others, regardless how it was originally intended. But, we’ll see. I’ve been wrong before…

  37. If it is changed, I wonder if it’ll be where you can franchise someone (anyone) but they will have to have to average one of the top 3-5-10 players in the NFL. This would eliminate any team from ever considering paying a kicker, tight end, etc. like a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Or if they’ll have one for QBs and then lump every other position together where if you franchise someone… they will make the average of the other non-QB positions (like LTs and DEs will probably dominate this list). We’ll see. I’ve been wrong many, many times, too. This is the topic I’m personally most interested in seeing how they negotiate.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dukeshire- Thanks for the info on Red. Sounds like very good news!

    I did happen to come accross this article and/or opinion on the sceme and position that Carroll uses for Red.
    (Not to diminish Reds contribution at all), there were some interesting points made that I hadn’t put a lot of thought into before I read this.

    Soggybuc- Your right. Carroll is use to having such an physical advantage at USC, (however much harder to do in the NFL), that ,(IMO), he will build this team into one of the most physically dominant teams in the NFL. A welcome change from the land of lilliputians!
    I do think though that we can still take our division while we keep building a dominant team.

  39. Dukeshire says:

    Maybe, but a player like Antonio Gates certainly would deserve a FT even if he’s not a QB. Anyway, we’ll find out soon enough.

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