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Morning links: Beast Mode hits big screen

Post by Eric Williams on March 28, 2012 at 7:47 am with 89 Comments »
March 28, 2012 7:50 am

KING 5 TV’s Chris Egan provides visual evidence of Marshawn Lynch’s appearance in the movie “Matt’s Chance,” a film by Seattle director Nicholas Gyeney taking us behind the camera in Lynch’s first movie scene in the video below.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated offers a blow-by-blow look back at the pursuit of Peyton Manning, including this tidbit about Seattle’s efforts: “One more surprise: Manning got a call informing him that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had flown, unannounced, with Seattle G.M. John Schneider to the airport in Englewood. Carroll would do whatever Manning wanted—talk for a while in Denver or on the plane to Arizona, his next visit, or fly him to Seattle for a lengthier discussion.

“Peyton Manning does not like surprises. He said no thanks. Carroll flew home.”

Clare Farnsworth of catches up with former Seattle offensive tackle Steve August.

Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with Seahawks fullback Mike Robinson, who says Tarvaris Jackson is excited to compete with Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job.

An AWOL soldier tried to steal Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s identity and some of his cash.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post takes a look at the ‘tweeners in this year’s draft like South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw to determine if they are outside linebackers or defensive ends.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post offers five things to look for when studying WR draft prospects.

The video below shows Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll mic’d up while coaching in New England and for Seattle, and provides a little inside look at his personality during games. It’s worth a look.

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  1. On the flight back home after Payton’s response –

    Schneider: I hope we play against him this year wherever he lands.

    Carroll: Word.

  2. hawkfan777 says:

    Lynch is probably a pretty funny teammate.

  3. hawkfan777 says:

    “He was excited,” Robinson said of Jackson. “He said, ‘Mike, you know, this always happens to me and I’m ready for it to bring the best out of me.'”

    I have a hard time believing that Jackson truly feels this way. Inside Jacksons head it would sound more like this:

    “Mike, you know, this always happens to me. I am going to lose the starting job again to another $%!@$#@ Green Bay QB”.

  4. National Football Post stuff on DE prospects doesn’t shed much light, but once again reinforces my concerns about these pass rushers. I like Coples and Mercilus, but the others don’t look like the kind of DEs Carroll favors, they don’t have the length and reach Pete likes.

    Perry and Upshaw and Ingram look to me like guys Ruskell would have drafted.

    If Coples doesn’t fall to us, I still like Mercilus. Another guy I really like was the weak side DE at Syracuse. I’ve always been an Orange fan, and Chandler Jones has always reminded me of Chris Clemons a little bit. Pretty raw, but he’s 6’5 260+ and should grow bigger. He might be a steal in the second round.

    The more I look at these guys, the more I want to see Schneider trade down

  5. You guys might have seen this elsewhere, but that other local paper reported that Baldwin, Obo, and Lockette have been in Alabama working out with TJack. This, plus a full camp/OTA season really gives me hope that we will see the coordination and timing of our offense kicked up a couple of notches come September.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Stevos – The more I watch Mercilus, the more I like him. He could fit very nicely into a traditional RDE position or Leo, when they feature an under front. Like nearly everyone else feels, it would be more comforting to have more than just one season to judge him off of.

  7. Alright fun little scenario to pick from would you rather have:

    Rounds 1&2
    DeCastro& Perry
    Coples & Polk/Martin

  8. Coples and Polk

  9. piperfeltcher says:

    I would rather have Decastro and Perry but I see them both going in the top 15. I like Polk but see him more as a 3rd down back then a everdown back but he is one of the best receiving RB’s I have ever seen for a back of his size. I think Miller will end up being the best RB in this class and yes Richardson is better but I do not see him staying healthy and having a long career with his running style. Pead is another back who could have a great career if he goes to the right team and can stay focused and motivated if he goes to a team without a strong group of leaders and a strong focused organization he will be a train wreck and out of the league in a few years. I am not meaning to imply Pead is a bad kid just lazy and really immature from what I have seen.

  10. Duke, same’s true of Jones, he’s coming out after Jr. year I think. But he could probably become big enough to play LDE. Either he or Mercilus would make my day on draft day. But I really don’t think Schneider will reach much for any player, so who knows how it plays out. I’m thinking if Kuechly is the BPA at round 1/12 maybe they can’t pass him up, then Jones looks like a good 2nd round pick to improve the pass rush.

  11. Schneider does not call the shots. He doesn’t have final say on the 1st round pick. Mr. Happy does.

  12. piperfeltcher says:

    Jones seems to be climbing the draft board not sure if he will be there when the Hawks pick in the 2nd. Another guy climbing the draft boards is Fleener I hear the Jets are intrested in him with there 1st.

  13. JazBadAzz says:

    Those articles like the national football post is the reason get their facts screwed up. Watch the game tapes yourself and form your opinion based on what you see.

    You wouldn’t trust your mechanic too tell you if your kids getting good drades?!? Don’t trust someone else’s evaluation with out seeing the players in action! (Youtube clips doesn’t count).

  14. Bobby, all due props, but what’s the point of repeating that all the time? Of course Carroll has final say, but Schneider is the one who works the phones and makes the deals on draft day re: moving down in draft, etc. If they trade a pick its because Schneider makes it happen. On draft day, I would bet there are 73 players Carroll really likes. Kidding but you get my drift.

    From what we’ve heard of the past drafts, it sounds like Schneider probably wields a lot of influence over managing Carroll’s options, even if Carroll pulls the trigger. I think these guys make a very good team.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    For what it’s worth (very little…) Rang has Mercilus moving up his draft board. He was at 27 (NE) for a long time and now he’s at 18 (SD).

  16. piperfeltcher says:

    Youtube clips can be a great way to evaluate players if you watch all Flynn’s throws against N.E. and then against Det. on youtube you can see the improvements he made from one year to the next.

  17. I meant to say – On draft day, I would bet there are 73 players Carroll really likes, not just 1.

    I wish I could be there in the war room watching Carroll jump up and down and shout like a ten-year old while Schneider tries to hold everything together. ;-)

  18. piperfeltcher says:

    Mercilus worries me as I hate DE’s with short arms. In college they are able to use there strength to move o-lineman around and to get leverage on the bullrush but in the NFL everyone is strong and can hold there own. Plus short armed DE’s get held a lot as they are forced to get into the body of the O-lineman. Not to say he will not be good as there have been lots of short armed DE’s but there have been lots that were busts to.

  19. piperfeltcher says:

    I always figured Carroll and Schneider worked the draft as a team and if there was a disagreement they would just walk off camera and do paper,rock,scissors.

  20. Mercilus doesn’t play like he has short arms. (?) Mercilus, Coples and Jones all look like they have a lot of reach.

  21. piperfeltcher says:

    I thought Mercilus had the shortest arms of any DE at the combine? But I could be wrong have so many players stats in my head right now. I can not wait for the draft so many good players this year.

  22. JazBadAzz says:

    Mercilus doent have short arms.

    I also believe Carrol only uses his “veto” power to cut players, its a team effort to build a team…JS is very good at finding talent, I read a lot about him in GB days and he gave Ted excellent advice about slipping players and ofcoarse Aaron Rodgers sliding to them if he got past 10th. (I might be wrong on the exact pick)

  23. RDPoulsbo says:

    The pass rush still hasn’t been fully addressed. Jason Jones will only help so much. They should look hard at DE in the 1st. I’d be happy with Coples or Mercilus. If they can trade down and get Mercilus, then even better.

    I know LB still hasn’t been addressed, but as of now, I’m willing to bet Heater comes back with a 1 year contract in hopes of finding a better market next year. Given the strength of the LB class this year, they’ll be able to wait for the later rounds to address it. There’s still some decent options out there for Will if they don’t want to bring back Hill. I’m guessing one of these spots will be addressed in the 2nd round.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Mercilus’ length is one of his best physical traits. He doesn’t have short arms. In fact, he measured the 3rd longest arms at the combine.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Jaz beat me to it…

  26. piperfeltcher says:

    Ok not sure why I thought he had short arms.

  27. piperfeltcher says:

    Do not see Coples being there at 12.

  28. HawkfaninMT says:

    I haven’t heard so much talk about short arms as I have this year… maybe humans in general are evolving to have shorter arms in an effort to help out the Offenses passing game?

    Mercilius seems like exactly what Pete would look for.. Big, Long, Fast, Creates Pressure, and Causes turn-overs… Am I missing something?

  29. the only thing Mercilus may lack is the size to play stout at LDE. He’ll probably spend his career on the weak side. But I could see him rushing on third downs from the strong side for us as a rookie — which we desperately need — and then moving to the weak side when Clemons retires. They need to address Clemons replacement at some point anyway.

  30. Ingram is the one with short arms who may get gobbled up by tackles in the NFL (but he sure is quick/fast/athletic).

  31. HawkfanMT – don’t put it past the NFL to outlaw long arms on defenders, since they cause valuable QBs to get touched too much. lol!

  32. EyeAmBaldman says:

    Ingram is the one with short arms.

  33. EyeAmBaldman says:

    Bobby beat me to it……

  34. I find myself warming up to Mercilus more and more. I’d be happy to have him.

  35. Dukeshire says:

    Steve – No doubt about it, Mercilus’ future (at least as far as Seattle goes) is on the weak-side. He played multiple positions across the line at Illinois, but that won’t be the case on Sundays.

  36. piperfeltcher says:

    I hope they resign Clemons he is one of the top DE’s and he has done it without a lot of help as he see’s most the double teams.

  37. Dukeshire says:

    He does have another year left and will be 32 when it expires… It will be interesting to see how Seattle handles his situation.

  38. piperfeltcher says:

    He has been durable and with his style of play if he is not hurt think he could produce another 3 years. Good edge rushers are so hard to find. Also he does not carry a lot of weight on his frame so his back and joints do not take the same pounding as a heavier DE. He reminds me of Charles Haley a tall lean DE who got better as his career went on.

  39. piperfeltcher says:

    Oh WOOT Mariners are in 1st place. Had to say it while I still had the chance.

  40. RDPoulsbo says:

    Clemons didn’t have much playing time while in Philly, so he does have low mileage for being over 30 years old. With the 3-tech DT addressed at least for this year, it makes sense to look for a pass rushing specialist since there’s nothing coming from the other side of Clemons. Let a Coples or Mercilus focus on pass rushing while allowing them to develop into 3 down player. If Clemons continues to produce at a high level, then keep him around. Maybe transition him into a pass rushing specialist in future years.

    There were only 10 sacks coming from d-linemen last year not named Clemons, 2 players that produced 6 of them are not coming back (Brock and Hargove). As of now, unless they blitz, they are left with a single guy getting to the QB or other guys lucking into gift sacks. That’s just not a good formula for bringing consistent pressure and they will need that to become a truly good defense.

  41. piperfeltcher says:

    With the push Red gives on his side against the run you would think it would free up the LB on that side to blitz a little more.

  42. Here is the excerpt from the linked article above on “Mercilus”.

    “I feel Merculus is somewhat like Coples. He has the talent, size and athletic skills to play defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. He has excellent size at 6035 and 261 with the frame to carry 270-plus. His arm length is very good (33.88) and he has excellent speed (4.68). He showed both at the Combine and his pro day that he was able to drop and he hasn’t scratched the surface of how good he can be as a pass rusher. I would think that many teams have him as a mid first round type because of his upside.”

    (33.88) arm length. Obviously they’re not that serious about arm length measurements since it’s only down to hundredths of an inch.

  43. Dukeshire says:

    How haw 3-tech been addressed for this year? Jones is not a base package 3-tech, if that was the thought.

  44. Dukeshire says:

    piperfeltcher – We did see a bit of that toward the end of last season, as they blitzed Wright. I believe we’ll see more of that in the future.

  45. piperfeltcher says:

    As of now it is Branch and Livingston on run downs and Jones on passing downs.

  46. HawkfaninMT says:

    I just keep picturing these edge rushers coming in on passing downs against an OT that has been just beaten up by Red all day… Mercilius or Coples would have a field day I think.

    Heck, who is to say they wouldn’t double down on edge rushers even? Grab Mercilius in the 1st, Branch in the 2nd, then a 3rd/4th round of LB/RBs combo (Irvin and Polk maybe?)

  47. HawkfaninMT says:

    By 3-Tech being addressed, i assume he means Joens, and that would be on passing downs…

    I think the simplistic look of the “3-tech” spot on our line will be based on down and distance with Branch on 1st and 10, 2nd and long would be Jones, 2nd and short Branch, etc

  48. @Dukeshire

    What’s your feeling on Brockers(if available) being groomed as our future 3 technique DT? Doubtful that he would pay dividends anytime soon but he is an intriguing prospect that could pay off big time in 2-3 years time. Branch’s contract is up after next year and if Jones plays his way to a longer deal a Brockers/Jones tandem could be appealing.

  49. And by tandem I mean “rotation” at 3 tech.

  50. tchristensen says:

    If you happen to watch the Pete Carroll video, at one point Pete yells out the word merciless. Just an odd coincidence with all this talk about Whitney.

  51. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m assuming Branch will be 1st and 2nd down with Jones in on passing situations while Bryant kicks in on short yardage. They really can’t devote a 3rd roster spot to another 3-tech, but they do have Clint McDonald who can move over in a pinch with Jones getting more early downs.

    Before they signed Jones, Brockers would have been my 1st choice for the draft. At least in the near term, that signing helps with the interior pass rush and makes the pass rush from the strong side the next weakest link on the team IMO.

  52. RDPoulsbo says:

    Today is another day of brain farts I guess. Bryant at DE with the big guys in the middle for short yardage like McDonald.

  53. The Jones signing was huge, IMO. With getting him on defense and Flynn at QB, in addition to resigning many of our key guys, I don’t know how anyone could be disappointed in our off-season up to this point.

  54. piperfeltcher says:

    Yes it has been a great offseason. Still a little worried about the O-line.

  55. Well nighthawk2 is disappointed, but if he wasn’t I would be scared.

    Flynn and Jones were tops on my Christmas wish list so I’m stoked! It’s simply that once one weakness is addressed we move on to the next most glaring deficiency. Which depending on who you are is either our lack of an edge rusher, interior rusher, LB or our lack of DeCastro.

  56. @RDP

    Down the road I could see Brockers at 3-tech with Jones(assuming he’s still here) kicking out to 5-tech spelling Red on those obvious passing downs. Just a thought.

  57. Dukeshire says:

    Galena – I like Brockers and think he’s further along than some, even if he’s not a plug in and play from day one. Where he needs to really keep developing is with pass rush, but he seems to have all the tools. He physically fits what Carroll likes: athletic, long, and young.

  58. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Duke, I’d LOVE your input–official or unofficial–on this:

  59. Dukeshire says:

    Something to also keep in mind is whether Seattle will revert to an under front, or continue with the over they primarily employed last season. If they stick with an over, the 3-tech will be on the strong side, and likely see fewer double teams, which would benefit Jones. However, if Carroll wants to go back to the under (3-tech on the weak side) Jones would be far too light to be effective as an interior lineman, and they would surely have to address 3-tech in the draft, like Brockers or Jerel Worthy, later.

  60. Dukeshire says:

    SeahawkFan12 – First impression: it’s a little dainty, not strong enough. But I’ll have to see it in context of the entire uniform. This coming Tuesday…

  61. RDPoulsbo says:

    That’s a good question. I personally like the under front for it’s tilt toward the pass rush rather than the over’s emphasis on the run. IMO, they already have the personnel that have run defense as their strength, so there’s no need to overcompensate with an over front.

    At least from Sando’s blog post on the Jones signing, the plan for Jones is to be depth behind Bryant while bringing interior pass rush. That suggests a return to the under front anyway.

  62. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Thanks, Duke! Just thought you might have…a different perspective, let’s say. Ya know, based on where you live! LOL…

  63. Dukeshire says:

    SeahawkFan12 – I can say this now that I’m no longer working for Nike: I hadn’t seen that particular color combo for the logo, but I saw several prototypes. Most were just god awful. There was one, a couple months back however, that had them reverting back to a silver helmet with a more classic blue along with the current blue. It was awesome. Here’s hoping they settle on that.

  64. Dukeshire says:

    RDPoulsbo – I agree. And with Red and Mebane anchoring the strong side, it wouldn’t seem to negatively effect the overall run defense. But we’ll see…

  65. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Duke, thanks for that. Hope the version you described with silver and the two blues comes out!

  66. Don’t know about you guys, but I’m so stoked about Nike taking over. Besides the possible makeover of the uniform, their other related apparel is vastly superior to Reebok. I can’t wait to see the hats, shirts, & sweatshirts.

  67. I like that new logo (if that’s what it turns out to be) with the silver!

    I just don’t want futuristic crap that will make us look like a USFL team. Or the Denver Broncos.

  68. JazBadAzz says:

    It’s funny how some people say(post) the same things everyday no matter the leading topic! *sigh*

  69. From what I’ve heard about the new uniforms (from a friend who saw the new uniforms, but wasn’t really supposed to tell anyone…) Expect more neon green. That’s not what I wanted to hear, but that’s what I know.

    I’ve been enjoying these uni mock-ups online (totally fake, I’m sure. But entertaining.)

  70. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – That’s funny. Last thing I heard before I left, was less neon. I worked on campus, and nosed around the Jordan and Mia Hamm building (both are secure, mind you) pestering everyone I felt comfortable with. They kept that stuff locked down, I must say. God I hope you’re wrong.

  71. Dukeshire says:

    Jaz – Like what? Who? We’re all friends here…

  72. If you guys want to get dumber, watch this:

    My favorite part is where these idiots talk about how CB is a main problem for the Seahawks. “Josh” Moffitt looks to be one of our guards, too. lol

  73. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I didn’t get that the CB position was the main problem with the Seahawks after watching this link BobbyK.
    However you can’t ever have enough of top CB talent, imo.

    Maybe if Moffitt had done anything to make a name for himself he wouldn’t be called by the wrong name!

    Just draft DeCastro and our line issues will be close to being solved!

  74. Duke, I have this hilarious image in my head of you sneaking around the Nike campus at night trying to steal the secret seahawks uni plans and modify them to your liking. John Belushi sneaking around campus in Animal House comes to mind… lol!

  75. Macabrevity says:

    It’s official, the single-most important trait in a DE is arm length. Let’s draft Jimbo Jobberbob from Middle Nowhere St. because he has unbelievable 36″ arms! Forget Ingram who dominated future NFL talent at the senior bowl, and forget Upshaw who was an absolute terror on the field for Nat’l Champ Alabama…. we want Jimbo Jobberbob!!!


  76. I dunno with a name like Jimbo sounds like a monster of a player.

    Stevo those mock where terrible just terrible, only one i remotely liked was the logo on the Titans helmet. Bears fans would burn down the stadium if the team wore that Uni.

  77. After O’Neil was talking they went to the blowhards on NFLN and they were talking about how good the S position was set-up but that the CB situation was weak. lol

  78. Just scrollin through the comments, man, I will be pissed if their is more neon green on the uniforms then there already is. I like the uniforms the way they are, but if they are going to change it up, take it back the other direction and go retro. Didn’t realize we were going to be playing under black lights on Sundays. Also, there better not be any feather trim going on, and Nike does have some nice clothing, but what they are doing with the Ducks is hidious and they better not try that shit up here.

  79. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    ok if we draft ingram, mercilus, and any other DE would be a situational pass rusher. call me crazy but wastinga number 12 on a situational guy makes no sense . just as the weak arguments that because we have spent so much on OL the last couple of years that drafting decastro is a waste. the front office has proven that they can get kinebacker later in the draft and my guess is that the heater is on his way back. if you draft DE you are planning to replace clemmons in 2013 as to not waste that pick. i personally think we can get a very good situational pass rusher in the second, OLB in the third.

  80. EyeAmBaldman says:

    OK, so explain how this uniform stuff works. Nike takes over the contract from Reebok and THEY redesign the Hawks logo and unis? Does the team NOT have a say in this?

  81. EyeAm – I would expect that the Seahawks marketing people designed the uniforms with Nike.

    I probably won’t like the changes much since I like the tradition of our team, but things like uniforms, and marketing, change over time. I grew to really love the all dark blue home uniforms.

    At least two things in this world people should know not to mess with: a man’s favorite beer, and the uniforms on his favorite team.

  82. EyeAmBaldman says:

    Absolutely agreed, Stevos. I really dig the Seahawk blue unis and was good with getting away from the silver. I don’t know…Ugh…..

  83. HawkfaninMT says:

    If you think drafting a situational pass rusher is a bad idea, ask Niner fans if they are upset about Aldon Smith at 7 from last year

  84. Can someone explain me how that we can’t get enough OL and CB but somehow we have enough DL. U can ask Giant fans what they think, and why are niners take situation pass rusher. And we don’t have adequate replacement for Clemson. DL is only position where u cant get enough good players

  85. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    montana and are you telling me that we cant find one at 43 and make mcquistan the back up he is. flynn will get killed behind this OL, and all i am saying is it is crazy to take situatiional pass rusher at 12 if decastro is there if he isnt then it doesnt matter. most boards have him at the 5-7 best player in the draft. the point i have made over and over is this line is not great its not set and decastro is a beast and the best interior lineman in years.

  86. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    oh and on the niners, they have been picking in the top 10 more years than notfor 12 years they can afford to do it. we signed an interior pass risher in FA we need an edge rusher for passing downs. i think we can get one later 2nd round. what we cant do is get a decastro to solidify the left side of the line. just think hutch and walt all over again.

  87. If you can get one in 2nd round then Buffalo wouldnt give 100m$ to Mario. Clemson is at 30. and he is good pass rusher. But we dont have anyone behind him. He cant play all the time, and we still missing other end in 3&long. Other end is Must have

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