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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
28th

Morning links: Carroll goes to Olympia

Pete Carroll, right, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, holds a "12th Man flag" as he poses for photos with Gov. Jay Inslee, left, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, during a visit to the Legislature at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Carroll was promoting his community efforts to prevent youth and gang violence through his program, “A Better Seattle.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pete Carroll, right, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team, holds a “12th Man flag” as he poses for photos with Gov. Jay Inslee, left, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, during a visit to the Legislature at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Carroll was promoting his community efforts to prevent youth and gang violence through his program, “A Better Seattle.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll headed south on I-5 to Olympia to visit the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Carroll’s agenda included a brief meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee, along with state lawmakers, asking them for state funding to help expand a youth outreach program he heads, A Better Seattle.

“I’m fired up about our football team, but we’re here for a different reason today,” Carroll said. “We’re hoping to continue to spread the message and save some lives and save some families.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has all the details of Carroll’s visit here.

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Feb.
27th

Morning links: Alex Smith headed to KC

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles as he is chased by Seattle Seahawks defensive ends Jason Jones (90) and Chris Clemons (91) during an NFL football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The 49ers won 13-6. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles as he is chased by Seattle Seahawks defensive ends Jason Jones (90) and Chris Clemons (91) during an NFL football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The 49ers won 13-6. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports confirmed what had been rumored at the NFL Scouting Combine last week – quarterback Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City.

Glazer reports that the San Francisco 49ers completed a deal that would send Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade. That trade cannot be completed until the new league year begins on March 12.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports the framework of the deal is San Francisco will get a Second round pick this year and a similar pick in the 2014 draft.

However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, who first reported the potential trade last week, writes that the expectation was for a third-or-fourth-round pick.

Whatever that compensation, I think the trade is good news for the Seattle Seahawks, as they continue to listen to offers for a potential trade for backup quarterback Matt Flynn. The asking price for Flynn could be higher than initially anticipated.

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Feb.
26th

“Young Tru” sizzles, “Honey Badger” impresses in final day at combine

Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

University of Washington product and Tacoma native Desmond Trufant predicted he would run fast when given the opportunity to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

And “Young Tru” did not disappoint, posting unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash today.

Check out Trufant running the 40 here.

Trufant’s official time of 4.38 seconds put him among the leaders in the 40-yard dash for cornerbacks, and tied him with older brother Marcus Trufant, who also posted a 4.38 at the combine in 2003.

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Feb.
26th

Morning links: Hawks’ offseason in focus

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches NFL football practice on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Carroll and the Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Jan. 6, in an NFC wildcard playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches NFL football practice on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Carroll and the Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Jan. 6, in an NFC wildcard playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dennis Dillon of Sports Illustrated take an in-depth look at the Seahawks as part of his web site’s inside look at all 32 NFL teams.

Dillon lists improving the pass rush, bringing in more weapons for Wilson an making the tight end more a part of the offense as things that should be on Seattle’s to-do list this offseason.

Dillon: “The Seahawks need to adapt the blocking scheme of their offensive line to where it’s more in sync with the 5-foot-11, 206-pound Wilson, who is not a prototype pocket passer and throws a lot while he’s on the move. Tight ends and backs also might have to help. Keeping pass rushers off Wilson, who was sacked 33 times (once for about every 12 pass attempts), is paramount. Right tackle Breno Giacomini is someone the team could stand to improve on, especially in a talent-rich free agent class at the position. The team doesn’t necessarily need a home-run signing there, but the right deal at right tackle could go a long way.”

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Feb.
24th

Desmond Trufant upholding family name at combine

“Mic check — one-two, one-two,” echoed Desmond Trufant’s voice trough the microphone, as the Tacoma native began his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine, like a rapper preparing to drop some lyrics.

Yes, the youngest Trufant is a little more boisterous than his more reserved older brothers Marcus and Isaiah.

“I feel like they’re way more relaxed and chill on the field,” Desmond Trufant said. “I think just being the youngest brother, I’ve always had to fight my way onto the court or the field. Or just to play video games – just anything with them. And it definitely translated to the field.”

But he’s just as proud of the legacy established by his older brothers, and looked forward to joining them in the NFL.

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Feb.
24th

WR Tavon Austin impresses in morning group

West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

I had a chance to go inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning and watch the first group of receivers and quarterbacks work through the route tree from a box suite.

I saw Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watching from the field, and head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sitting together watching from the stands.

You also see interesting pairings of people sitting together watching the action. For instance, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson sat with San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke and Seahawks senior executive Scot McCloughan watching the action.

Obviously, all three know each other from their years working together — Thompson and McCloughan in Green Bay, and Baalke an McLoughlin in San Francisco.

Here’s some thumbnail notes that I took on players that could make sense for Seattle.

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Feb.
24th

Morning links: UCLA’s Jones in Hawks’ crosshairs

The Seattle Seahawks have shown an interest in UCLA defensive lineman Datone Jones.
Seattle interviewed Jones at the Senior Bowl, and talked to him again at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, which I write about in my story today.

Measuring in at 6/3 ½ and 283 pounds, Jones is a versatile performer who can backup Red Bryant at defensive end and also move inside to rush the passer on third down.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll tried to recruit Jones to USC, who hales from nearby Compton, Calif.

Jones says he tries to emulate single-season sack leader Michael Strahan. Listen to Jones talk about Strahan in the video above.

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