Doug Baldwin tried alerting his team to a talented running back that would be available at the late in of the draft, detailed in my story today.
The Seahawks receiver grew up in Pensacola, Fla., playing youth football and sharing spaghetti dinners made by Baldwin’s mother with Washington’s Alfred Morris.
“He was actually a hard-hitting linebacker, and I was the running back,” Baldwin said. “He was always aggressive, but very light-mannered; to himself and quiet. He never really was outwardly aggressive except on the football field.”
The Florida Atlantic University product was on Seattle’s radar, but the Redskins snapped him up in the sixth round, and as they say, the rest is history.
At 5-9 and 220 pounds and running a 4.67 at the scouting combine, Morris didn’t have great size or speed. But he beat out Tim Hightower, Evan Royster and Roy Helu for the starting job in the preseason, and churned out 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, proving a perfect fit for Washington’s zone blocking scheme.
Don Ruiz of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks are about as healthy as they can be heading into the playoffs.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times details the Seahawks issues on the road during the playoffs.
Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle likes the Seahawks big over the Redskins, 27-10. Moore: “I sincerely hope that RG III is fully recovered next week when the Redskins’ season is over. But this week? To be honest, I hope his knee gives him problems. He didn’t look as mobile against the Cowboys. He also didn’t throw the ball as well as he usually does, completing a season-low 50 percent of his passes.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com notes that exactly zero Seahawks were alive when the Sonics won the city’s only major sports championship in 1979. The Seahawks are staying at the same hotel in D.C. that the Sonics stayed in when they defeated the Washington Bullets for the NBA title.
Doug Clawson of ESPN’s Stats & Info blog provides some statistical background on the frequency of Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and the number of times that he’s been hit running the ball, which has went down the second half of the season. So Griffin has done a better job of sliding so he doesn’t get hit as much.
But here’s the number I found interesting: The Seahawks have faced 12 options rushes this season from the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers, allowing 3.3 yards per rush and only two first downs (league average is six yards per run).
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated profiles Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in this in-depth piece. There’s some interesting nuggets of information there about what happened during the three-man quarterback competition leading up to the regular season.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports takes a look back at how Pete Carroll and John Schneider have put together a roster that has the Seahawks in the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. previews the Hawks-Redskins game here after his film study of both teams. His key positional battle is Seattle’s offensive line vs. Washington’s defensive line, and how the Seahawks handle the Redskins’ zero blitzes. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Jim Corbett of USA Today does his best to scrape together some bulletin board material for the Seahawks. He reports that defensive tackle Kedric Golston called Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman a cheater for testing positive for a banned substance. Sherman’s four-game suspension was reversed by the league after he won his appeal.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports writes that Washington running back Alfred Morris provides proof that NFL scouts still miss on guys every year in the draft.
Rick Maese of The Washington Post examines how Seattle’s defense will handle Robert Griffin III and the Redskins’ potent offense.