John McGrath of The News Tribune notes that Bruce Irvin actually is the seventh Seattle player (I failed to mention running back Vai Taua) to test positive for performance enhancing drugs in two years.
McGrath reports that only the Washington Redskins, with seven, have accumulated more drug suspensions than the Seahawks during that time frame. No other team has more than four.
Ten teams have just one suspension over that time frame, while nine others have none.
McGrath believes it’s time for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to address the team’s drug-test failures. Carroll will get his first opportunity to discuss the issue during an organized team activity workout on Monday open to reporters.
McGrath: “I keep waiting for Carroll to deplore the fact his team, among 32 in the NFL, ranks No. 2 in drug suspensions since 2011. I keep waiting for him to acknowledge what the rest of us are thinking: Whatever policy the Seahawks are following to discourage players from performance-enhancing drugs, it isn’t enough.
If Carroll were a taciturn sort given to choose words carefully, I’d understand his reluctance to elaborate on a sensitive topic. But he talks in stream-of-consciousness sentences that are more like chapters from an oral-history book, 1,000 words between every pause.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando examines Seattle’s pass rush rotation that will likely be without the team’s leading sack guys to begin the year in Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons. Sando: “Seattle’s current defensive linemen combined for 16 sacks on third down last season. The currently unavailable Irvin (5.5), Clemons (4.5) and Scruggs (1.0) combined for 11 of them. Bennett (3.0) and Avril (2.0) had the other five.”
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee writes that former Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette is getting help with the playbook from San Francisco quarterback and roommate Colin Kaepernick with the hopes of making the 49ers roster this season.
Dan Pompei writing for the National Football Post notes the growing use by NFL teams like the Seahawks of GPS systems and heart rate monitors during practice to monitor biomechanics and recovery.
Several Seattle players, with Marshawn Lynch at No. 3, are listed among ESPN’s top 300 fantasy football players’ list. What a difference three years make.
Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle discuss what Earl Thomas can do to take the next step in his development as a player in this video link.