Happy Turkey Day everyone. Hopefully you get your fill of football today. The Seahawks practice at 12:15 today, and I’ll have a short report after practice.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson matches up with one of his fellow rookies from this year’s draft class for the first time this season when he faces Miami’s Ryan Tannehill on Sunday.
Of course, the two quarterbacks won’t have anything to do with stopping each other. But with Tannehill selected at No. 8 overall, and Wilson the only one of the five rookie quarterbacks starting this season that was not selected in the first round, it’s interesting to note where the two quarterbacks are in their development, as Dave Boling of The News Tribune delves into here.
Boling: Wilson’s competitive drive is manifest in his manic preparation. While the team was given last week off for the bye, Wilson returned to the practice facility Friday, Saturday and Sunday ‘… just to get back into the routine of things,’ he said.
Judgments on the value of these rookie quarterbacks are better reserved for a time when more evidence is available.
But if Miami for some reason made a straight-up offer to swap its first-round quarterback for Seattle’s third-round quarterback, I doubt that the Seahawks would be interested.”
From my notebook today, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is looking forward to playing against his old Penn State teammate, Cameron Wake, who had to make his way through the CFL before turning into one of the best pass rusher in the game for Miami. “In college we all knew he was loaded with talent,” Robinson said about Wake. “We just wish he had a little bit more dog in him and he found it. Good for him. I’m glad to see he is doing well.”
Larry Stone of The Seattle Times writes that the Dolphins chose between Wake and fellow CFL product Brandon Browner during a tryout in 2009, and Browner had to go back to the CFL for another season.
Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle writes the Seahawks must take their show on the road if they want to make the playoffs. Wyman: “To be safe, they must win one or both of those games if they want to ensure themselves a spot in the playoffs. That point was made clear Monday night after the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers put a 32-7 beatdown on the Chicago Bears.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando also takes a closer look at the Tannehill-Wilson comparison.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that linebacker K.J. Wright is pleased to be back on the field. “This game is really special to me,” Wright said. “When I was standing there on the sideline, I saw how much I wanted to be out there.”
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel provides some matchups to watch for Sunday’s game – WR Davone Bess vs. Marcus Trufant in the slot, and Marshawn Lynch vs. LB Karlos Dansby.
Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post writes that the Dolphins will face a Seattle team that likes to lay the wood on both sides of the ball.
Brian Burke writing for The New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a 61 percent win chance at Miami.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. likes the Seahawks over the Dolphins, 17-10. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Williamson: “In the first half of last Thursday’s loss to the Bills, the Dolphins had more penalty yards than offensive yards. Seattle’s defense doesn’t have a weakness. The Seahawks are better at home than on the road, but they’ll be a tough challenge for Tannehill.”
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports that Seahawks senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan’s name has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacant Carolina Panthers general manager job.
Jack Bechta writing for the National Football Post shares the five best things about being a sports agent. Interesting read.