Pat Kirwan of the NFL.com takes a closer look at the needs for NFC West teams. Specifically, quarterback, defensive back and defensive tackle rise to the top of the list for Seattle.
Kirwan suggests that Seattle should make an offer for Cincinnati Bengals’ Carson Palmer that they cannot refuse. He also advocates bringing back defensive end Raheem Brock and signing New York Giants’ defensive tackle Barry Cofield in free agency.
Kirwan: “Seattle knows the secondary has to play better. They have a great young safety in Earl Thomas and a solid corner in Marcus Trufant, but Kelly Jennings and Jordan Babineaux are free agents and Lawyer Milloy is done. The team likes Kam Chancellor, a big, second-year safety from Virginia Tech, but the Seahawks still need a veteran. Getting a top-flight cornerback like the Bengals’ Johnathan Joseph would be ideal. Maybe the Seahawks even look at the Cleveland Browns’ Eric Wright or the New York Jets’ Antonio Cromartie.”
Jay Busbee, who covers NASCAR for Yahoo Sports, takes Seahawks’ receiver Golden Tate to task for his comment via twitter stating that NASCAR drivers are not athletes.
Here’s what Tate said initially via twitter: “Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism.”
Tate later softened his remarks via twitter: “Apologies for my offensive comment to NASCAR fans. I actually read up on it and NO I couldn’t race a car 150 mph.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando lists Seattle’s Russell Okung as one of the NFC West players he expects to be dominant from 2014 to 2016.
More Sando: The Seahawks come home empty handed after a night at the ESPYs.
Still more Sando: He takes a closer look at how NFC West teams performed when sending pressure on 1st and 10.
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly says the Seahawks are confident Max Unger can take over for Chris Spencer at center.
I think the jury is still out on that position change. Unger is a cerebral player, but has had trouble holding up against bigger nose guards in pass protection since joining the league two years ago, along with getting a consistent push in the run game in Seattle’s zone blocking scheme because of his lack of size. That’s one of the positions I’ll be watching closely once training camp begins.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the franchise’s 1988 campaign.