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Morning links: Cortez Conquers Canton

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 4, 2012 at 7:59 am with 18 Comments »
August 4, 2012 8:00 am
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy. (TNT file photo/Bruce Kellman)

Art Thiel of, who covered former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy while working as a columnist for the Seattle P-I, is back in Canton, Ohio for his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and writes this profile on Kennedy for The News Tribune.

Kennedy joins Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf in this year’s class

Kennedy’s induction will take place at 4 p.m. Pacific time this afternoon.

ESPN’s Mike Sando, who presented Kennedy’s case for the Hall of Fame and other Seattle-area reporters talked with Kennedy on Friday.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Kennedy received his gold jacket during a presentation on Friday. The article also includes a picture of Kennedy in his gold blazer.

Farnsworth will have blow-by-blow coverage of today’s ceremony in a live blog that you can check out here.

In my story today, talked with Leon Washington and special teams coach Brian Schneider about how the team will work to improve the return game – better timing on kickoffs and reducing penalties.

Rutledge Farm in Olympia made a corn maze out of the image of running back Marshawn Lynch in honor of his Beast Mode-like runs for the Seahawks. Planted in March, the maze will open to the public on Aug. 10 and Lynch will visit Sept. 1 to help raise money for his charity, Fam 1st Foundation and sign autographs. You might want to turn the sound down before you open the link.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports visited Seahawks practice this week, and writes that despite the money Seattle handed over to Matt Flynn in free agency, the three-way quarterback competition in is legit.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks offensive line has found rare continuity.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that cornerback Brandon Browner is looking to improve on last year’s Pro Bowl performance.

The NFL Network previews Seattle player’s fantasy value in this video link.

Tony Drovetto of focuses on the improved play of rookie offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy in his practice report.

KJR’s Curtis Crabtree writes that Russell Wilson got extended reps with the first unit in this practice report.

Kam Chancellor tells Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle that he’s dropped some weight, but will still bring the boom in this audio link.

Morning links
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  1. Skavage says:

    Thank you Cortez.

  2. Disappointed that Tez hasn’t replaced Tracy Porter, John Carlson, and the Beast on the Insider page for at least a week:(

  3. FleaFlicker says:

    Eric, enjoyed the article on Leon. Didn’t realize that we were totally shutdown on special teams returns last year. So easy to remember back to that San Diego game two years past and put on the rose colored glasses. These guys have to step up in so many places, but nothing seems out of reach right now. Especially after reading that Danny O’Neill link about the big boys.

    A resurgent return game…an offensive line with continuity…some key additions on the defensive front….a possibly emerging legitimate QB…we might be about to turn that corner.

    To address Macabrevity’s comment from yesterday: “I’m as jacked as all of you for this season, just keep in mind, we have an absolutely brutal start.” True. That is a brutal schedule. But I don’t see any scary defenses (except for SF) in the first half. This could be the most exhilarating or the most frustrating start to a season in a long time. It’s all on PC, and I’ve got faith in him. The talent is there, the question remains of whether or not we can consistently dominate more than one side of the ball. Feeling hopeful about this team for the first time in a long while.

    And one observation on the QB competition. Can anybody remember the last time we had a season that didn’t include an injured QB? There might come a time in the next few months where we were are relieved to have a back-up with solid prep time in training camp.

  4. CORTEZ!!!!! nough said!

  5. Carlsonkid says:

    ‘Tez , congrats on the HOF ! Long overdo IMO ..

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Despite no return TDs last year, Washington ranked among the league’s best returners, overall. As has been pointed out, the rule changes really made things difficult on all returners.

    I can’t wait to watch Tez tonight. That will be awesome!

  7. Soggybuc says:

    I want to see Tez, Gold jacket and all raising the 12th man flag on Monday night Football!
    I remember a game in the Kingdome years ago. watching 10 defenders run out and huddle up while Tez slowly sauntered on to the field. Tez never needed a huddle because he only had 1 job no matter the play call and that was to eat anything the Offense tried to put in his way and Lord help the man if that happened to be the guy with the ball.
    I still want to hear some stories from guy’s who had to line up against Tez on a regular basis, old Raiders, Broncos , chiefs and Chargers. it would be so cool to hear what it was like going into a week knowing you had him lining up opposite from you.

  8. Hawksince77 says:

    Reading the Silver piece on the QBs…

    …one thing that struck me was the several references to PC’s comments on Russell Wilson at various points in the process of drafting him and getting him into practice.

    Can anyone find comparable comments (in terms of quality of play and potential) from PC on Matt Flynn? I don’t believe they exist. If they do, I’d love to see the reference.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    As pabuwal would happily acknowledge, Carroll has been tempered, at best, with his comments on Flynn. He has overwhelmingly praised Wilson compared to Flynn.

  10. tchristensen says:

    I believe the praise for Wilson is to boost his confidence but at the end of the day, Flynn WILL be the starter.

  11. Don’t think PC, and Flynn personalities really vibe, not that it’s a bad thing. Not everyone is going to love the HC being head cheer leader as well. Flynn seems more than happy to be low key, and RW is the same mold as Mr.Happy. He’ll walk the line, smile, and enjoy all that love that PC, fans and the media give him.

    I just want the season to start already, and let the games begin. Tjack probably goes against the Titans first team, Flynn vs Broncos and RW will probably find reps some where.

  12. chuck_easton says:

    As much as we don’t really want to hear this somebody has to say it. The team’s first pre-season game is a week away. There likely won’t be any indicationas to which QB is pulling ahead until after the second pre-season game if not the third.

    So we have at least two to three more weeks of arguing about who is going to win the starting job.

    It could get ugly around here. Let’s just try to remember we’re all fans of the same team. We each may have our personal favorite and opinion of whose going to come out on top, but we don’t need to resort to insults and demeaning of other opinions!

    Unless we just want to designate one person to be the generic goto ‘idiot’ on all things QB related.

    A lottery? Rock paper scissors? Majority rule?

    I’ll start. I know the winner won’t be Portis! There I’m definitely going to be right. ;)

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – If I may, I’ve been saying, for months, that we won’t really know who’s taking control of the position until games are played.

    Eric – I’ve been doing a few mock drafts in preparation for my fantasy season, and for Baldwin they say that the TNT is / has reported Baldwin may move out of the slot and into flanker. I ESPN misquoting you or is this something you (TNT) has yet to post to the Insider? Has he taken any snaps at flanker?

  14. Soggybuc says:

    I think that would be a mistake to put Baldwin at Flanker, he would be matched up with the better corners and outside is where taller recievers do better.
    Just my HO, but i see him like Welker, could you put Wes at Flanker? sure you could. would you be a total DumbS*^% to do so? sure you would!
    I think Pete would put Doug at FB for a few reps just to see how that looks.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Washington would’ve had a punt return for a TD if not for a BS block in the back call.

  16. Hawks85 – Love the “Mr. Happy” reference!


    I think Flynn should be the starter. I won’t be upset if Wilson gets the job from the get-go. Anything else (barring a trade that won’t probably happen) is not acceptable if our ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl.

    Yes. Pabs would be thrilled to read someone else doesn’t think Flynn can be good (except for that start last year). Must be the same people who think that T-Jack never improved from his early starts to the ones in his twenties and thirties (b/c T-Jack can improve in those 30+ starts, but someone Flynn can’t… oh wait, Flynn probably can’t improve on anything from his last start… lol).

  17. nate – right on! That call is what it is, but we know, all things being equal, that it should have been a TD for Leon in that Cleveland game (and a win).

    “somehow” not “someone”

    By the way, T-Jack has improved almost infinity from his early starts to the ones in his late twenties. I’m sure he’s the only QB to ever get better w/experience. lol

  18. GeorgiaRay says:

    ‘Tez owned the HOF speech last night…Couldn’t care less about the music “playing him off”

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