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Morning links: Developing NFC West rivalries

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 12, 2012 at 11:45 am with 20 Comments »
January 12, 2012 12:01 pm

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that with the closely played games between San Francisco and Arizona at the end of the 2011 season, along with the Niners first playoff appearance since 2002, the Seattle Seahawks are finally creating some rivalries in the NFC West.

Boling: “The Niners feature guys like Patrick Willis and Frank Gore, so admirable in their toughness and intensity; so damnable in that they appear twice a season. And St. Louis back Steven Jackson has never played on a winning team, but his effort has been so conspicuously unrelenting that he brings honor to the game.

As for Arizona, the Seahawks constructed a secondary of towering defenders just to combat Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But in the season-ender, he pulled in nine often-spectacular catches for 149 yards.

While some teams try bump-and-run on Fitzgerald, the Seahawks tried assault-and-battery, but on some plays after absolutely wicked collisions, they helped pry one another off the turf.

These are the real roots of rivalries.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper bumps Seattle up to a B-minus from a D-plus in his regrade of the 2011 NFL draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look at Seattle’s turnaround on defense this season.

ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a broken foot that he injured during his training that could require surgery, forcing him to miss the upcoming Senior Bowl.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post ranks the top 10 QB prospects in the draft. Interesting read, and brings you up to speed with developmental QBs Seattle could target in the draft.

ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck tells Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle that New England backup quarterback Brian Hoyer could be another option for Seattle.

Corky Trewin of provides visual evidence of the original day the 12th Man was honored with a retired jersey in the Kingdome on Dec. 15, 1984.

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  1. Nice Article Dave!! I still find it hard to route for Denver or Oakland because of the old AFC West days!!

    Kiper upgrading our draft grade – whatever! He rarely if ever is even close to having guys rated correctly. He is a blow hard who will always be quick to point out a teams “mistakes” but not that the guys he had rated so high were total busts!!

    and I give our draft a B+ would be A or A- if I thought Carpenter was more than he has been so far.

  2. BTW what picks do we have this year – not position # but are we missing any due to trades and what do we have coming back our way?

  3. ESPN’s Mel Kiper bumps Seattle up to a B-minus from a D-plus in his regrade of the 2011 NFL draft.”

    LOL! Translation: Mel Kiper realizes he deserved a D-plus for his April grades of the NFL draft.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    The Seahawks and 49ers is becoming a nice rivalry, in the vein of the AFC West days (i.e., hatred). Both games this season alone were very chippy, right from the opening whistle (or even before!). I love it. And what really helps is that both head coaches genuinely dislike one another, and both teams are improving as fast as any two teams in the league. This is going to be fun to watch it’s continuing development.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    It’s hard to take Bunting too seriously when he fails to put Seattle in his mock draft at all, has SF picking at 14, Denver at 9, Detroit at 28, etc… If you’re going to put one of these out, at least have the draft order accurate and correct, up to where we know it. And currently that is 1-24, with coin flips determining 8/9 and 11/12. It’s just careless and sloppy, but what do I know, he’s the expert.

  6. HawkfaninMT says:

    Hawks have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th

    We traded away a 5th for Lynch, and a 7th for Polumbus I think
    We got a 7th for Aaron Curry

    I am pretty sure that is all until the league grants extra compensatory picks

  7. “We traded away a 5th for Lynch”

    Wow, that works . . .

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    @Duke…that’s what I love about the mocks. The writers having no idea about the draft order and the playoff slot rules. Last year they had our Hawks drafting low when the play-off slotting had them in the mid 20’s…First thing I look at is the draft order….

  9. piperfeltcher says:

    I see that John Kitna retired today. He sure made the most out of the chances he was given. I remember watching him warm up as the 3rd QB in preseason and being impressed with his arm strength. He owes a lot to NFL Europe without the experience he got over there not sure he would have got given the shot he did in Seattle. I always wondered how good the Hawks would have been in Holmgrens 1st year if Galloway had not held out as Galloway and Kitna finished the year before on a roll.

  10. Piper, Rumor around tacoma is that Kitna is going back to Lincoln High to Coach football. Hearing the retirement news now, that is starting to make more sense.

  11. @HawkfaninMT

    After a little homework, as of this moment it looks like the Seahawks have one pick in each round, 1-7, of the draft. We sent out one(Polumbus) and brought in one(Curry)7th round pick. Believe that it was a 4th round pick for Lynch in a previous draft that was turned over from the 4th rounder we got for Branch from New England.

    Source here:

    Oakland’s 1st pick appears to be in the 5th round! Going to be a boring draft day for Raider nation.

  12. I found we sent one for Polumbus (round unknown) and got a 7th back for Curry.

    so I guess about one per round

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Galena – Nice.

  14. Someone made a reasonable point on the comments — if Flynn is as promising as some here think, then why didn’t Schneider make a move to trade for him in either of the last two years?

    Instead we gave up some value to trade for CW, and then picked up Tarvaris. Worth considering.

  15. RDPoulsbo says:

    Oakland fans are finally looking forward to a new regime from the ownership on down. This is going to be a rocky couple years while they work through the bad trades of the old leadership. 2 1sts, a 3rd and a 4th for Campbell, Palmer and Pryor and not a single one of those guys is a long term solution at QB. Back to the cellar you go Raiders.

  16. We don’t know they didn’t try to get Flynn, and when they made the deal for Whitehurst, Flynn was only in his second year.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Aside from draft picks, which Schneider values so, what / who could they have given Green Bay for Flynn? GB didn’t seem anxious to trade Flynn, and you would have certainly thought they would have been able to last year. Also, it’s hard to know what Schneider saw in him vs. how he’s developed the past two seasons. But it is an interesting point raised.

  18. RDPoulsbo says:

    Very true. Green Bay only keeps 2 QBs on the roster, something Schneider is trying to do here in Seattle. Besides Rodgers, Flynn was that only other QB these past couple years. That pretty much would have ended any trade discussion.

    I also think they’re in a better position to go looking for a franchise QB than they were then. I never thought Whitehurst was going to pan out, but liked the move anyway because it gave the team some breathing room with the media and fan base to go draft Okung instead of using a high pick on a QB as a lot of people were expecting at that time. Now that the embarrassment of an o-line has been addressed, they can start looking for a future QB. If they went out and spent an arm and a leg on a QB without fixing the line, we’d be looking at results similar to Bradford and the Rams right now.

  19. “Aside from draft picks, which Schneider values so, what / who could they have given Green Bay for Flynn?”

    Right – but we parted with picks for Whitehurst, why not for Flynn? Maybe it’s true that he wasn’t available from GB’s perspective and Schneider knew it.

  20. I heard Flynn was available for a 2nd round pick last year but nobody did it.

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