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Morning links: Tatupu takes flight for Falcons

Post by Eric Williams on July 8, 2012 at 7:06 am with 34 Comments »
July 8, 2012 7:06 am
Atlanta Falcons' Lofa Tatupu takes part in a team football practice at mini camp Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe catches up with former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons after sitting out in 2011.

Tatupu will be playing in a new defense for a familiar face, with Mike Nolan signing on as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator. Nolan, known as a 3-4 guy, will employ both 4-3 and 3-4 looks because the Falcons’ personnel still fits a 4-3 scheme. Tatupu is competing with 2011 third-round pick Akeem Dent for the starting spot opened up by the departure of free agent Curtis Lofton.

Tatupu said lingering injuries were not the reason he sat out last season.

“It wasn’t my choice,” Tatupu said. “It wasn’t anything to do with concussions or lingering injuries. I was ready to play last season. I got released, like a lot of people did, and I just didn’t catch on with anybody.”

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brady Henderson provides an overview of Dave Grosby and Matt Pittman’s conversation with former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner about Seattle’s three-way quarterback battle. Warner believes that Matt Flynn ultimately will be the first man up when the season starts.

Seattle fullback Michael Robinson talks with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson about the quarterback competition in his latest Real Robinson Report. Check out the video below.

Greg Rosenthal of also believes Matt Flynn will be the Week 1 starter for Seattle, and that he will be a significant upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson.

Ian Rapoport of talks with former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, who still believes that the league discriminates against short quarterback like Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore.

Bob Wolfey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that according to a poll compiled by Public Policy Polling asking 686 Oregon residents to name their favorite NFL team, the Packers edged out the Seahawks 16 percent to 15 percent. The poll offered the Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Giants, Raiders, Chargers, 49ers and Seahawks as team choices. Someone else/don’t have a favorite team received the most votes at 34 percent.

Andy Behrens of Yahoo Sports takes a look at the Seahawks from a fantasy football perspective.

Earl Thomas returns home to Orange, Texas to host a free football camp.

Tony Ventrella of checks in with general manager John Schneider, providing rookie spotlights on Russell Wilson, Korey Toomer, Robert Turbin and Jay Howard and Winston Guy and Jeremy Lane.

Meg Wochnick of The Olympian interviews Carolina running back and Lacey, Wash. Native Jonathan Stewart while he’s back home putting on a two-day football camp.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has a nice offseason breakdown of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN explores what defensive coordinators are doing to counter the growing trend of prolific passing offenses in the NFL.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Oregon, especially Portland, really resents Seattle. It’s weird. This ought to be died-in-the-wool Seahawk terrirory, and it’s anything but. Portland I a great town, but the residents are very insecure and niave, sports-wise.

  2. PHXHawk says:

    Living in Portland 30 years, I would say those that were football fans liked the 49’ers. The people surveyed were probably not fans of anyone, just naming a well-known team. SF was the team always on TV, until recently.

  3. The NFL “discriminates” against slow DBs and skinny guards.

  4. orbeavhawk says:

    Duke – You’ve got that RIGHT, I moved to Portland in 1986 after living in WA, Spokane, Seattle, and Tacoma for 46 years [SeaHawk fan since they were born]. I figured on Sundays everyone down here would be zeroed in on “THE HawK Game”……….”WHAT SeaHawk Game?” that was more what I found it to be down here. And at that time if/when I would tell someone I was SURPRISED there were not more Seahawk fans down here – they might say they were 49’er fans. Needless to say – I was very disappointed.
    There may be more Hawk fans around here now than then – I know there are quite afew Mariner fans down here.


  5. I want the Hawks to have as many fans as possible from as many places as possible just as they don’t wear that green and yellow trash to CenturyLink.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    There are water towers on roof tops on a number of buildings in my neighborhood, here in Portland. I’m tempted to climb to the top of one the Saturday night before their season starts (Sept 8) and fly a 12th Man flag, just to see how long it lasts up there. Lol.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Apparently using 8 and th for the eighth produces a sunglass wearing smiley face. Who knew?

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Is it true Dukeshire that people in Portland can walk around naked in their yard and not be arrested.
    No wonder there are not many Seahawk fans there. I guess they have more important things to do! Lol.

  9. OregonHawk says:

    I was so ticked off when I came down from Spokane Washington to Salem Oregon to find 49er games on instead of ‘Hawk games!

  10. 8th Testing, Testing — will I get a sunglass-wearing smiley face?

    Tats sure has a lot of Tats

    It will be a sad day when Michael Robinson leaves the Seahawks. His Real Rob Reports are priceless.

  11. Hmmm … smiley face didn’t work for me. Perhaps you hit another key, Duke.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. I guess… 8th

    Georgia – I imagine we could. Lol

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Who knows what the hell I did?

  14. bbnate420 says:

    686 people hardly constitutes a comprehensive poll, not to mention whether or not they actually followed other scientific criteria for conducting a poll. I have no idea how the public in Portland feels about the Hawks but, this doesn’t provide any real evidence IMO.

  15. bayareahawkfan says:

    Duke, it’s “8)” – somehow you must have entered that right paren. Had you done it on a real keyboard I’d guess you might have accidentally hit shift and the 0 – no idea how you did it on an iPhone.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    No question it’s a small sample size, but it does support anecdotal evidence, if nothing else.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Old news here, but still fun to see the ‘Hawks featured (also, watching this never gets old).

  18. PixelDummy says:

    @Duke, that’s a great clip…I watched it several times to see the break downs mentioned in the article…hilarious to hear the play-by play at the beginning each time – “Lynch not going to get anything…well…maybe…”

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Imagine what Lynch would have done behind our great left side of Jones and Hutch, and with Strong lead blocking!

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dukeshire could have got 3 yards a carry behind that line. Lol.

  21. bbnate420 says:

    19 days and counting ladies and gentlemen!

  22. bbnate420 says:

    Yep, it’s “8)”, without the parenthesis obviously.

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – Let’s not get carried away here. With my speed and their Hall Of Fame blocking, and I fell forward after contact… 1 yard loss Average. Lol

  24. TomlPDX says:

    You’ll find pockets of Seahawks fans in Portland. They televise every game here, which is great, so I get to watch each one. Try being a Hawk fan in Texas…now that’s a stretch!

  25. confucious says:

    Eric?…. Dave?…. We’ve been reduced to talking about smiley face origin! For god sakes,throw us an insider bone!

  26. Chris Burke: “Because the Seahawks were more or less out of the playoff picture by the 2011 season’s midpoint, they kind of flew under the radar late. Which means that a lot of people now fail to grasp how close this team was to contending.”


  27. mojjonation says:

    Olympics start on the 27th and training camp opens the 28th. Oh the dilema.

  28. We could talk about how badly I hate Carlos Santana, Sergio Santos, Brian Roberts, Brennan Bosch, Heath Bell, and some of the other worthless losers that are on my fantasy baseball team who are destroying my season!

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Canfan – Thanks for passing along. Good read, although I did chuckle at Whitehurst being listed among the “key subtractions”. Also, I’m not convinced that Ruud is expected to start at Mike. I think Wagner will have every opportunity to earn that.

  30. bbnate420 says:

    Maybe the CBJ subtraction was “key” because that means we won’t have that worthless POS as our backup and possibly stinking up the field for us this year.

    What’s wrong with Carlos Santana? His “Black Magic Woman” cover is a great song! 8)

  31. bbnate420 says:

    Duke, I’m also not convinced that Irvin was a reach and that the O-line would have to be better with the “less mobile” Flynn behind center, as opposed to TJack.

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