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Archives: May 2012


Morning links: Giacomini brings the pain

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Breno Giacomini against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune talks with Breno Giacomini about his steady improvement.

In Year 3 with the Seahawks, Giacomini earned a two-year, $6 million deal and the starting right tackle job heading into the 2012 season. The University of Louisville product represents the tough, nasty attitude offensive line coach Tom Cable wants his guys to play with.

Boling: Have you ever seen those levered devices into which you place a soda can to crush it flat for recycling? On occasion, Giacomini, a 6-foot-7, 320 pound offensive tackle, becomes that device.

Defenders are the can.

It goes like this: Giacomini gets his hands on a defensive end’s shoulders, and physically crumples him to the ground. Maybe it’s holding; maybe it’s assault and battery. But it’s danged impressive.

And recycling is good for the environment.

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Jason Jones impresses, Clemons still absent

Defensive end Jason Jones has been one of the players head coach Pete Carroll has raved about so far during offseason work.

We had an opportunity to talk to Jones for the first time this afternoon. Jones said he was a basketball guy coming out of high school, and only started playing football his junior year.

But Jones switched over to football full-time when Eastern Michigan was the only school that offered a full scholarship for football.

Jones said he played tight end and defensive end in high school, but stayed with defense in college because he said of his tendency to fall down after he caught the ball.

“My issue was staying on my feet,” he said. “I could catch the ball but I couldn’t get the yards afterward. No YAC (yards after catch).”

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Morning links: Inside the triangle

Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne (DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES).

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports takes an interesting look at the key to success for run defenses on first and second down – the inside triangle.

Kirwan describes the inside triangle as the two defensive tackles and the middle linebacker in a 4-3 defensive front, and the two middle linebackers and the nose guard in a 3-4 alignment.

Kirwan notes that Seattle is one of the few teams making a change in personnel with the team’s inside alignment, with rookie Bobby Wagner looking to fill the huge shoes left by the departure of middle linebacker David Hawthorne.

Kirwan: First-down problems as well as second and 4- to 6-yard issues can be attributed to the quality of an inside triangle. In 2011, six teams limited opponents to fewer than 4 yards a carry on first down (Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle and Minnesota) and for the most part have very good inside groups.

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Morning links: Hill the mentor

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill. The Clemson product turns 30 in September, and has battled through off-the-field issues and injuries to remain one of the cornerstone players for the Seahawks on defense, serving as a mentor for a young linebackers unit.

Boling: Through Hill’s early seasons, Lofa Tatupu had been the leader of the defense, and Hawthorne accepted that duty when he succeeded Tatupu in the middle. Now, Hill is linebacker emeritus.

“I’ve never really had to do that; I usually just came in and played my position since there was always a leader,” he said. “This year, the guys are looking up to me. I’ve never had to be that, but it’s important to me and I’m taking on that role.”

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Morning links: Memorial Day links

A Seattle Seahawks football team flag, left, flies with the "12th man" flag, symbolizing the team's fan base, along with an American flag in front of the team hotel, the Hyatt Regency, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Dearborn, Mich. The Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I hope you are enjoying Memorial Day by relaxing and getting that barbeque going. But let’s not forget the purpose of today – to remember those who lost their lives so we can enjoy the lifestyle we have today.

With that, I direct you to this piece by Ken Crippen, executive director of the Pro Football Researchers’ Association, who provides a list of NFL players who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died for their country. also has a cool look at NFL players over the years who have served our country.

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Morning links: Forsett to visit Texans

Justin Forsett against Tampa Bay (The News Tribune file photo)

According to Mike Florio of, former Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett will visit the Houston Texans this week.

Seattle appears to have moved on from the 26-year-old, drafting Utah State product Robert Turbin in the fourth round, along with signing Tyrell Sutton and Kregg Lumpkin in free agency.

Joining the Texans would be a homecoming of sorts for Forsett, who went to high school in Arlington, Texas.

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Morning links: Can Winslow ignite Hawks’ offense?

Seattle Seahawks' Kellen Winslow runs during an NFL football organized team activity on Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Here’s my story from Thursday’s workout, focusing on new tight end Kellen Winslow.

The Seahawks would like to create a more dynamic passing attack to keep defenses honest in defending Marshawn Lynch and Seattle’s powerful run game.

Seattle averaged just 20.1 points of game last season, 23rd overall in the league. If they could raise that number to the 24 to 25 points a contest with the way the defense plays, the Seahawks could get to the nine or 10-win mark.

Seattle ran two tight end sets nearly 40 percent of the time last year, so Winslow will get his opportunities if he can stay healthy.

“He’s a wide receiver in a tight end’s body,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s got all of that ability and route-running like I mentioned, but more than that, he makes plays. As well as – the thing that I love about the guy the most – is that he’s a great competitor. He just loves to play the game, and we can’t have enough of that around here.”

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Winslow ready to make an impact

Tight end Kellen Winslow said he’s ready for a fresh start after the trade from Tampa Bay, as he practiced with his new team this week at the VMAC.

Winslow talked to Seattle-area reporters for the first time this afternoon after practice, saying there should be no issue getting on the same page with fellow tight end Zach Miller and the rest of his new offense.

“Zach Miller is a proven veteran here,” Winslow said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to do something like the Patriots are doing, with (Rob) Gronkowski and (Aaron) Hernandez. We kind of fit that mold, so I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

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