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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
28th

Morning links: Better effort at Pro Bowl?

Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) of the NFC runs after receiving a lateral during the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game against the AFC in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) of the NFC runs after receiving a lateral during the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game against the AFC in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

With league commissioner Roger Goodell considering the end of the Pro Bowl because it has turned into a flag football game, Kareem Copeland writing for NFL.com thinks the effort was better in this year’s game, a 62-35 win for the NFC.

Copeland: There were a few questionable moments. Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil pulled up when he had a blindside shot to sack Saints quarterback Drew Breesat one point. But there were also hustle moments. Saints punter Thomas Morstead chased down Chiefs safety Eric Berry from behind and was carried into the end zone during an interception return after a botched field goal attempt. There were even a few solid hits.

“Goodell got what he wanted. Defenders actually tackled. No one was injured. There was a reverse on a kick return and a trick onside kick. (Houston defensive end J.J.) Watt even got bloody early in the game.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wraps up the six Seattle players’ efforts in the Pro Bowl. Check out highlights from the game here.

Marshawn Lynch: 4 carries for 21 yards, 1 TD
Earl Thomas: 1 tackle, 1 interception
Leon Washington: 92-yard kick return
Russell Wilson: 8 of 10 for 98 yards, 3 TDs; 4 carries for 10 yards rushing
And the most important stat: No injuries of note.

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Jan.
26th

Senior Bowl primer with Rob Rang

Texas defensive end Alex Okafor (80) brings down Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) following a short run in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas defensive end Alex Okafor (80) brings down Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) following a short run in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

I talked with Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, to get an idea of some players who might fit what the Seattle Seahawks are looking for in this afternoon’s Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Ala.

Rang watched practice in Mobile this week, and he identified defensive line and receiver as Seattle’s most pressing needs this offseason.

With that in mind, Rang pointed to defensive ends Alexa Okafor of Texas and UCLA’s Datone Jones, Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, and receivers Clinton Patton of Louisiana Tech and Marshall’s Aaron Dobson as five guys to watch this afternoon that the Seahawks could consider in the first two rounds of the draft.

Check out Rang’s breakdown on each player below.

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Jan.
25th

Seahawks hire Matt Thomas as new VP of football

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have hired Matt Thomas as Vice President of football Administration.

Thomas replaces John Idzik, recently named general manager of the N.Y. Jets.

“Matt is a well-respected salary cap expert and was recommended by many top-ranking NFL executives,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider. “I am excited to welcome him to our football family.”

Thomas joins the Seahawks after spending the last three seasons with Cleveland in the same capacity. He began his NFL career in 1998 with Miami, spending 12 seasons with the Browns, including 2009 as the Dolphins vice president/general counsel and football administration.

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Denver, University of South Dakota School of Law and the New York University School of Law.

Jan.
25th

Morning links: Hawks in Hawaii

In this photo provided by IMG Consulting, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) look on as William Thomas, far right, a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Schofield Barracks, explains how he was wounded in action in Afghanistan Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Honolulu. Guny Aragon, far left, also a member of Warrior Transition Battalion along with Thomas had lunch and met six National League Football players whom are playing in this weekend's NFL Pro Bowl. (Eugene Tanner/AP Images for USAA. IMG Consulting
In this photo provided by IMG Consulting, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) look on as William Thomas, far right, a member of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Schofield Barracks, explains how he was wounded in action in Afghanistan Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Honolulu. Guny Aragon, far left, also a member of Warrior Transition Battalion along with Thomas had lunch and met six National League Football players whom are playing in this weekend’s NFL Pro Bowl. (Eugene Tanner/AP Images for USAA. IMG Consulting

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides coverage of this weekend’s Pro Bowl from Hawaii (Yes, Clare is a lucky man). He catches up with center Max Unger, who returns to his home state of Hawaii for the all-star football weekend.

Unger grew up on the big island of Kailua-Kona
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“It’s a little more special for me, being from Hawaii. It’s pretty cool, man. I hope they keep the game here. It’s a pretty special environment.”

There’s also a photo gallery from Thursday’s practice at Seahawks.com, which you can check out here.

You can listen to Wilson chat it up with Drew Brees in this video link.

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Jan.
23rd

Morning links: Desmond Trufant turning heads at Senior Bowl

Isaiah Trufant (left) and Marcus Trufant (right) pose with youngest brother, University of Washington defensive back Desmond Trufant at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week. (Courtesy of Isaiah Trufant via Twitter)
Isaiah Trufant (left) and Marcus Trufant (right) pose with youngest brother, University of Washington defensive back Desmond Trufant at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week. (Courtesy of Isaiah Trufant via Twitter)

Tim Twentyman at Detroit Lions Insider profiles University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant, the youngest brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.

According to the report, “Young Tru” is turning heads by his performances during Senior Bowl practices this week, and has been the best cornerback on the North squad.

Both brothers Marcus and Isaiah Trufant (pictured above) are down at the Senior Bowl practices this week to provide support for Desmond.

“It’s been a lot of help having my older brother here to help me through the process,” Desmond said. “I just need to get my hands on the ball a little bit more and stay aggressive. I’m staying patient in my technique and I think I’m doing pretty good.”

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com echoes Twentyman’s report about Trufant here, saying the University of Washington defensive back’s one-on-one matchup with Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton was one of the highlights of Tuesday’s practice.

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Jan.
21st

Russell Wilson named to Pro Bowl roster

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out to look for an open reciever against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out to look for an open reciever against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

The accolades keep coming for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson initially was named as a third alternate for this year’s Pro Bowl team. But with injuries to Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Washington’s Robert Griffin III and now Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Wilson will be added to this weekend’s Pro Bowl roster, the team plans to announce this afternoon.

Wilson joins five other Seahawks headed to Hawaii, including safety Earl Thomas, running back Marshawn Lynch, return man Leon Washington, and offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung.

Wilson is the first Seattle quarterback to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl since Matt Hasselbeck in 2007.

Wilson threw for 3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions, finishing with a 100.0 passer rating. Wilson tied the rookie record for passing touchdowns in a single season of 26, set by Peyton Manning in 1998.

Jan.
21st

Morning links: Harbaugh Bowl a bore?

This combo image made of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, photos shows San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, in Atlanta, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in Foxborough, Mass., during their NFL football conference championship games. Get ready for the Brother Bowl_ it'll be Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh when Big Bro John's Baltimore Ravens (13-6) play Little Bro Jim's San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) in the Super Bowl at New Orleans in two weeks. (AP Photos/Mark Humphrey, Matt Slocum)
This combo image made of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, photos shows San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, in Atlanta, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in Foxborough, Mass., during their NFL football conference championship games. Get ready for the Brother Bowl_ it’ll be Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh when Big Bro John’s Baltimore Ravens (13-6) play Little Bro Jim’s San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) in the Super Bowl at New Orleans in two weeks. (AP Photos/Mark Humphrey, Matt Slocum)

John McGrath of The News Tribune says that he’s not looking forward to a matchup of brothers John and Jim Harbaugh when Baltimore takes on San Francisco in this year’s Super Bowl, the first time two brothers have faced off as head coaches in the big game.

Specifically, McGrath is not looking forward to the two weeks of endless stories on the two brothers leading up to NFL championship.

However, I think this storyline will pale in comparison to the win one for Ray Lewis storyline, which I’ve had enough of as well.

McGrath: I guess it all comes down to the Harbaugh brothers. Lunatic Jim against John, whoever he is. We’ll find out. We’ll find out about the brothers, and the parents, and the home that produced a collision of coaches unprecedented in American sports.

Jim Nantz, on Sunday, asked the first question. Only 999,999 to go.”

So who do you like in the big game? Are you sticking with the NFC West and going with San Francisco? Or does the thought of Jim Harbaugh hoisting the Lombardi trophy make your breakfast rise up in your esophagus? Vote below.

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Jan.
20th

Morning links: The Bradley effect

Jacksonville Jaguars new head football coach Gus Bradley, left, smiles as he answers questions from the media during an NFL football news conference on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. Team owner Shad Kahn looks on. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)
Jacksonville Jaguars new head football coach Gus Bradley, left, smiles as he answers questions from the media during an NFL football news conference on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. Team owner Shad Kahn looks on. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

There’s been a lot of talk here on the blog on what type of effect the loss of Gus Bradley will have on the Seattle Seahawks moving forward.

Some argue that Pete Carroll really served as the team’s defensive coordinator anyway, and Bradley just executed his orders. Others blame Bradley for the team’s struggles in closing out games, and say good riddance.

From Seattle’s perspective, believe me, defensive players are sad to see Bradley go. He’s always positive, and one of the best motivators on the team. Bradley also was proactive in getting the best players on the field in the right situations, was a good listener in trying to understand what was going wrong on the field, and was unflappable in intense, adverse situations.

He will be missed. The Seahawks were lucky to have someone like Dan Quinn available to replace Bradley as defensive coordinator. But even though Quinn is a great coach in his own right, he’s not as dynamic of a leader as Bradley, so I believe there will be a void left by Bradley’s departure.

According to this report by Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times Union, Bradley hired another familiar name to be his offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch, who served as Seattle’s quarterback coach in 2010. Fisch had moved on to work as the offensive coordinator for the University of Miami.

Bradley hired Bob Babich, a former Chicago Bears linebackers coach who worked with him at North Dakota State, to run his defense.

It looks like Seattle defensive line coach Todd Wash might stay put. Jacksonville’s defensive line coach Joe Cullen remains on the staff at this point.

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