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Archives: June 2011


Morning links: Washington all smiles in Seattle

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.”

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A new name for Qwest: CenturyLink Field

Considered a possibility in April when CenturyLink purchased Qwest, news of Qwest Field changing its name became official today.

The Seattle Seahawks released a statement this afternoon, stating that Qwest Field will now be called CenturyLink Field and CenturyLink Field Event Center.

“Although the name of this facility will change; the history, tradition and spirit of the 12th MAN and the Sounders FC supporters will never change,” Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin said in a prepared statement. “We are excited about our partnership with CenturyLink and our on-going commitment to positively impact the fans of the Pacific Northwest.”

The team

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Morning links: A few minutes with Carroll

I attended Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s Win Forever coaching seminar Friday night at the team’s Renton headquarters.

A few hundred high school coaches, business folks and media members attended the event. The audience included a few notables, including former Seattle SuperSonics coach Lenny Wilkins, an international rugby star and a football coach from England.

Also on hand was Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

The message was consistent with what Carroll emphasized with his players during his first season Seattle, as he focused on helping other coaches develop their own coaching philosophy.

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Morning links: DE Brock arrested for not paying tab

Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

FOX 29 in Philadelphia reports that Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Raheem Brock was arrested in Philadelphia last night for allegedly walking out of a night club without paying for his $27 bar tab.

Victor Fiorillo of the Philadelphia Magazine writes that Brock was with a female companion, and that both were taken into custody. Brock was charged with resisting arrest and theft, and released this morning without posting bail.

This is the second incident in the past year for Brock. In November, Brock was driving up to 90 mph on Interstate 5 after leaving a bar in the University District in Seattle when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning, a day before the Seahawks’ game at Arizona.

According to a report by the Washington State Patrol, a preliminary breath test showed Brock’s blood-alcohol concentration to be .133. The legal limit is .08. Brock refused field sobriety tests and was taken to the UW Police Department, where two breath tests put his BAC at .115 and .111.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll did not know about Brock’s incident before the Arizona game. Brock, 33, is a free agent, and the incident could have an affect on whether the Seahawks decide to bring him back for a second season, although the Temple product finished with a career-high nine sacks last season, and proved very successful in Seattle’s defensive scheme.

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Morning links: Hawks’ RBs breaking ankles

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch breaks a tackle against New Orleans. (TNT photo/Tony Overman)

I’m always interested to check out Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders’ report on broken tackles for NFL running backs.

And once again, Seattle Seahawks running backs are featured prominently on the list.

Both Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett rank in the top 10 among running backs with the highest broken tackle rate in the league, with Lynch at No. 2 and Forsett at No. 6.

New Orleans rookie running back Chris Ivory sits atop the list, which is no surprise if you remember watching him rumble through Seattle’s defense down in the Big Easy last year.

“That guy’s a beast,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said after the game.

I think the numbers are interesting, because they reflect the fact that if Seattle ever got a consistent push up front in the run game they could be an effective running team.

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Hasselbeck: “I’m prepared for whatever”

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (AP Photo/Ralph Freso).

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had some interesting comments about his future during his interview with ESPN Radio 540 Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde in this audio link.

Asked where he believes he will end up once free agency begins after the lockout ended, the veteran quarterback reiterated his desire to stay in Seattle, but acknowledged that ultimately it is not his decision.

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Morning links: Hawks under the microscope

TNT photo/ Joe Barrentine

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports takes a look at the Seattle Seahawks in his latest off-season review, and lists the needs for Pete Carroll’s team at quarterback, center, guard and defensive tackle.

Here’s a snippet of what Caplan had to say:

“Out of Seattle’s final five selections, fifth-round pick Richard Sherman is the most intriguing. He played wide receiver in his first three seasons at Stanford University, but moved to cornerback for his senior season. He has rare size for the position (6-2) and solid athleticism.

“While the Seahawks surprisingly didn’t select a quarterback in this draft, they remain interested in re-signing veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Should he sign elsewhere, look for the team to sign another veteran to challenge Charlie Whitehurst, who is the only quarterback currently under contract, for the starting job.”

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Morning links: Okung ascending tackle ranks

Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

The bloggers released their top 10 left tackle rankings this morning, and of course no players from the NFC West were among the top 10, with the likes of Walter Jones and Orlando Pace now retired.

But second-year pro Russell Okung did get one vote from ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando, and I’m sure he’ll be receiving more in the future if he stays healthy.

As Sando notes, Okung has the talent to be an elite player at his position. Now he just has to show the consistency and production over time to prove his worth.

Mike Williamson of Scouts Inc. also said that Okung will be in his top five a year from now.

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