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Morning links: Hill the mentor

Post by Eric Williams on May 29, 2012 at 7:23 am with 39 Comments »
May 29, 2012 7:23 am
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.”

Pro Football Weekly reports that according to a team source, Matt Flynn did the best by far out of the three Seattle quarterbacks competing for the starting job last week during OTAs of withstanding pressure and avoiding turnovers.

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly lists Sidney Rice as the Seahawk that will be the most heavily scrutinized player on the team this season. Edholm believes that Rice could have a bounce back year if he stays healthy and Seattle has better quarterback play.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll talks with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle in this audio link.

Matt Maiocco of declares the 49ers as his favorite to win the Super Bowl in the upcoming season.

Charles Curtis of The Daily interviews former Seahawk Patrick Kerney, who recently completed his MBA at Columbia University and wants to teach former NFL players how to defend their money.

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  1. Hawks85 says:

    I really want Rice to stay healthy, but 3 concussions in a 12 month period is very telling, and that’s not even mentioning his two shoulders, or his his hip. The guy is a huge difference maker on the field, but he’s rarely on the field

  2. The Pro Football Weekly report, which cites “team sources,” actually says that it’s too early to tell if any QB has a leg up, but that Flynn “did the best job, by far, of the three in terms of withstanding pressure and avoiding turnovers” — on the OTA day that was open to the media.

    Regarding Sidney Rice, perhaps we should save him for the second half of the season and the Super Bowl run. (Yes, I’m setting expectations quite high.)

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Good for Leroy. This past offseason hiccup aside, it’s nice to see him maturing and embrace the leadership role.

    No question Rice is hugely important to this offense. He’s so versatile in how an OC can use him, he provides some awesome mismatch possibilities. He opens everything up in a way no other player on this team can. *But*, he’s got to stay healthy. Here’s hoping.

  4. mocarob says:

    NFL Yearbook covering the 2005 season will be on NFL network today at 10am. Followed by the Steelers version of 2005 at 1030am.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Regarding the Flynn report, let’s remember one thing: only one practice of the 3 day OTA was open to the media. However, my money is still on him to be the opening day starter.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Nice mocarob. Also, at 7:15 tonight, Carroll will be hosting a webcast: the 12th Man Town Hall Meeting. I’ll provide a link to the event this afternoon, as soon as it’s forwarded to me.

  7. I sent a GIANT roll of bubble wrap to Sidney yesterday, but I still doubt he gets through training camp and the preseason unscathed. With Sidney, “IF he stays healthy” is like saying IF I win the lottery. I hate to say it but odds are strongly against us here. Concussions these days are treated like knee injuries of the past. Once it’s exposed it becomes a target; the defense will “affect the head” at every opportunity. Getting him out of the game is going to be a priority for every team we face no matter what Roger Goodell says. It’s really too bad, because he is such an elite talent at WR, with no true replacement. All that said, I would happily eat mass quantities of crow if he plays all year (or if I win the lottery)!!

  8. Macabrevity says:

    It’s good news about Flynn – imo he would have to come out and prove he’s not starting material for either of the other guys to get the nod. I really don’t think there’s much those guys can do to beat him out without his help in the matter. It’s up to him to lose the job. I refuse to believe this is a perfectly even competition given the circumstances.

  9. hawkfan777 says:

    A guy from San Francisco is predicting the 49ers to win the Super Bowl? That is a shocker.

  10. bird_spit says:

    49ers to win the Super Bowl…crap, and I was so wanting to watch the games. Now I need a new fall entertainment on Sundays.

    Whats the point of keeping up with this team now?

  11. “Edholm believes that Rice could have a bounce back year if he stays healthy and Seattle has better quarterback play.”

    JoSCh believes that the Seahawks will win games if they score more than their opponents will. PAY ME PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY!

    Eric Edholm apparently went to the Yogi Berra/John Madden school of journalism.

  12. JoSCh – your amusing comment reminds me of what Terry Bradshaw said many years ago when asked what the Steelers were going to have to do to beat the Rams in the Super Bowl. “We’re gonna have to outscore em.”

  13. Hawks85 says:

    I would be happy if we got 12 regular season games from Rice as long as they are the 8 divisional games, and 4 games against tough teams outside the NFC West. Here’s hoping that Durham, Tuinei, and Butler can makes some people expendable. It’s Flynn’s job to lose in the next two seasons, but I’m sure glad we got RW. The guy is just a winner, and the more I read about him, the more I think that we just stole the draft with that pick.

    I’m really glad to hear that about Hill, and I hope his tough nose play can rub off on some of our young LBs. He was always (IMO) our best run defending LB even when compared to Hawthorne and Tatupu. I still remember him running full speed, jumping and meeting a running back head on above the entire pile happening at the LOS for a loss.

  14. FleaFlicker says:

    So Vegas has posted the over/under season win totals:

    Seahawks: 7
    Cards: 6.5
    49ers: 9.5
    Rams: 5.5

    No respect, I tell you. Either for our team or our division.

  15. I remeber Hill poppin’ AP twice last year for losses, never seen Peterson look so confused, probably never been hit like that before. Leroy my boy.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    FleaFlicker – Respect has nothing to do with it. There’s nothing personal when it comes to gambling, in Vegas. Simply about where they can get money spread to both sides. Pure business.

  17. Duke, are you going with the over here?

  18. FleaFlicker says:

    Duke – I totally agree. Vegas is a neutral arbiter of bad decisions. The lack of respect is in the sense that those win totals reflect the balance of opinion of the wagering public.

    I think NFC West is going to be a brutally competitive division for the foreseeable future. But national press doesn’t notice. We’ll prove them wrong.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    I won’t play it at all, actually. I’m not nearly objective enough to put money on the ‘Hawks. That said, ask me after camp and the 53 has been set.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    FleaFlicker – Got ya and there’s certainly merit to that.

  21. I wouldn’t give the Hawks any respect if I wasn’t a season ticket holder/fan and from the NW. What have they done? This league is about wins and losses, they might be getting better but from the outside looking in they have been 7-9 the last two years. Like others have mentioned Vegas is about making money not person favorites or respect.

  22. Ewalters7354 says:

    dacmike,the Hawks haven’t done much in the past few years but they are still a joy of mine.Seeing this team develop into a contender is a beautiful thing to see.

    I live in New Orleans and the Saints have sucked all my life,but now that they are winning things are very pleasant come football season.So just be patient bro they are on their way!

  23. Ewalters7354, I agree with you, I live and die as a fan with the Seahawks, my wife would rather have me at the game then yelling at the tv when the Hawks are not doing so hot or watching guys that I have drafted in a FFL and watch them play like the bad news bears on weeks when I really need them to step up. I can’t wait for the season to start, my football withdraws are bad…

  24. Ewalters, are you a saints fan at all? How is all this bounty/brees contract stuff going? Are the fans up in arms or handling it well? I’m curious to know because of all the media attention it has gotten, and i don’t know anyone who lives there…

  25. Ewalters7354 says:

    jboard,no I actually hate the Saints lol…but the bounty situation has a lot of fans really desperate for the Saints to sign Drew Breed NOW.The guy is really the heart and soul of this city,so the fans are upset because they have been paying big bucks in FA but have yet to make any progress in contract talks with Drew.He himself is livid.

  26. Glad to hear you hate them! And yea i can imagine those fans are getting close to the ledge. I’d be so pissed at the team for not signing brees, ontop of the whole bounty deal. Sucks to be them, and a good time to be a hawks fan IMO.

  27. Ewalters7354 says:

    Agreed bro.I can’t wait until the season starts so I can see the Hawks kick ass.

  28. Dukeshire says:

    Ewalters7354 – Keep an eye on Heater for us, this season.

  29. Ewalters7354 says:

    Will do Duke.Will Herring was pretty decent for them as a special teams ace but that’s about it.

  30. chuck_easton says:


    Nice story on Kennard Cox. Good to see a kid turn his life around.

    One thing I noticed though. The article talks about him being back home while he negotiates his new contract.

    Seattle currently has 12 CB’s 1 FS 3 SS and 2 generic DB’s on the roster. That’s 18 bodies for only 8 or nine spots. Not sure there’s room for Cox here anymore.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    Cox is a difference maker on special teams coverage. That said, some young, hungry kid, looking to stick will step in to that roll this summer. Cox needs to earn a roster spot at corner, if he wants to make the 53, IMO.

  32. SandpointHawk says:

    Yes I agree, he may be waiting in vain, I wish him luck. I thought his dream of playing for Miami was very telling. The Seahawks aren’t negotiating very hard it would seem…

  33. Dukeshire says:

    Nice mocarob. Hopefully people tuned in. Despite the fact I want to go on and on about it, I’ll leave it at this: I’m All In.

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dam Dukeshire, you are sounding like a tea party you no what! Lol.

    Kinda cheesy don’t you think?

  35. Dukeshire says:

    Did you see it? Easy to get carried away.

  36. I agree, nice story on Kennard Cox. But its hard to believe he’s negotiating a contract with Seattle from Miami, missing OTA’s. More like Seattle cut him last year and isnt offering him a contract this year unless a ton of injuries happen. Which is a bummer–I really like Cox, he’s fast and doesnt mind contact, and is a fine special teams player.

    Im glad Hill seems to have pulled his head out, and I surely hope he stays healthy. It wasnt too long ago Tatup was insisting Hill was the best LB on the team. If he’s lost a little weight and is a little faster, thats all the better. I’d love to see him improve on last years sack total.

    I dont mind the Kellen Winslow signing, since we cant count on Morrah to play consistently or block ever, and McCoy was flat awful last year. I think the guy dropped 1/4 of the passes thrown his way last year–I counted at least 5 drops in limited time–and I swear Deion Butler can block better than him. But Winslow has been a total asshat his entire career. He could have been one of the most dominant players in the NFL, if it werent for his idiot decision to do tricks on a crotch rocket bike before he even knew how to ride it. That added to his history of mouthing off isnt encouraging.

    But so far Carrol has done very well bringing in guys like Winslow, and he’s shown that if they dont buy in and perform, he’ll cut them so fast thier head will spin. So Im not worried one bit, but I am intrigued; what if he really can stretch the field still? What if he’s good enough in the red zone we actually throw a pass into the end zone and get some TD’s?! What if he’s good enough to leave BMW in single coverage outside?! Maybe, just maybe we will actually see 20 TD passes from a qb in Seattle?! Its been a freaking while!

    What I wouldnt give to see Seattle actually throwing Flag routes, fades, and skinny posts into the end zone for a change…

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