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Archives: June 2013

June
30th

Morning links: Can Carpenter reach his potential?

Seattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter walks off the field Monday, May 20, 2013, following an NFL football Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter walks off the field Monday, May 20, 2013, following an NFL football Organized Team Activity workout in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

My story today is the first of an occasional look this offseason at issues the Seattle Seahawks need to address once training camp begins.

Today’s story focuses on the offensive line, specifically the position battles at left and right guard.

The Seahawks are hopeful that James Carpenter can return from offseason knee surgery and wrestle away the starting job from Paul McQuistan at left guard. And at right guard, John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy continue to battle for the starting job. Getting consistent play at both guard positions is one of the keys to the Seahawks solidifying the offensive line for the upcoming season.

Also, blog commenter Tyler Welch once again has put together a very useful Excel spreadsheet detailing this year’s 90-man roster, which you can check out here. Thanks again Tyler.

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June
28th

Morning links: “Tha Monstar” makes his mark

Seattle Seahawks' Jesse Williams runs through a drill during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Jesse Williams runs through a drill during NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com spotlights the Seattle Seahawks in CBS Sports’ Finding the Fits series.

Rang points to Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, selected in the fifth round by Seattle in this year’s draft, as a player that could have a significant impact on Seattle’s defense in the upcoming season.

Rang: “Williams twice underwent knee surgery while at Alabama, the most recent procedure taking place following Alabama’s victory over Notre Dame to win its second consecutive BCS title. Recovery from surgery kept Williams sidelined for much of the combine. And while he performed well at Alabama’s Pro Day, teams obviously remained concerned about his recovery.

Seattle initially pegged Williams as a three-technique defensive tackle. The Seahawks brought in former Miami Dolphin Tony McDaniel to help replace free-agent defection Alan Branch (Buffalo Bills), but Williams, as well as fellow rookie Jordan Hill, could wrestle away the starting role next to nose guard Brandon Mebane.

Since arriving in Seattle, however, Williams hasn’t just impressed at the three-technique position but as a backup to Mebane on the nose and as a five-technique defensive end, as well. This isn’t surprising, considering he played both roles well when called upon by Nick Saban and his staff at Alabama.”

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June
26th

Morning links: SF’s Davis says Hawks building a dynasty

San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis, left, is hit by Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor, right, during a reception attempt in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers’ Vernon Davis, left, is hit by Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, right, during a reception attempt in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis had some interesting things to say while talking with Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network at the league’s rookie symposium this week.

Davis, who took a vicious shot from Seattle safety Kam Chancellor in his team’s 42-13 loss at CenturyLink Field last December, said that the Seahawks are building a dynasty in this video link. His comments advance the continued banter between the two rivals during the offseason.

Davis: “I think it is a great division. You have a team like Seattle who is coming up. They are building a dynasty over there. They have some good players over there who are eager to win. These guys are starving. We have to really keep that in mind because these guys are coming to take us out. I respect them, just like I respect my team, but we want to win too. We are in it to win. We don’t want to lose, especially after last year. We get all the way to the Super Bowl [and] lose the game. We have to really take it upon our responsibility and put it all out there and play each game like it is our last game.”

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June
25th

Hawks’ offense fueled by experienced playmakers

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in action during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in action during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As a rookie during the Seattle Seahawks offseason program, Russell Wilson was immersed in a three-way battle for the quarterback job, relegated to splitting reps three ways with the first-unit offense.

The limited reps for Wilson hindered his ability to develop chemistry with the first unit, which played a role in the team’s slow start offensively.

The Seahawks averaged 17.2 points a contest through the first five games. But once Pete Carroll loosens the reins, Wilson led Seattle’s offense to 29.6 points a contest for the final 11 games of the regular season.

Wilson’s inconsistent play during the first month of 2012 is distant memory as the Seahawks completed the team’s offseason program two weeks ago. With all 11 starters from last season still in the fold, Seattle’s offense is ahead of the curve heading into the 2013 season.

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June
25th

Morning links: Harbaugh’s the man you love to hate

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non call by the officials after a 4th down play against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh protests a non call by the officials after a 4th down play against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle delves into Seattle’s growing dislike for Jim Harbaugh on the heels of recent comments made by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. The Notre Dame product said he’d like to give the San Francisco head coach the Sean Lee treatment during an interview with Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby last week.

O’Neil: “Our city has had enemies, plenty of them from Ken Behring and his attempt to hijack the Seahawks on down to Los Angeles to that venti drip of coffee baron who sold our NBA team – and at least a little bit of his soul – to some carpetbaggers from Oklahoma, to a certain vertically challenged basketball commissioner who did everything but rent the moving vans to send the Sonics east. Alex Rodriguez inspired more than a decade of hostility when he left for all that money in Texas while Bill Leavy remains despised in this city after the officiating mistakes that marred Seattle’s Super Bowl loss to Pittsburgh.

But those are villains as opposed to rivals, and the fact that we waste more time hating them than they spent worrying about us makes it all the more aggravating.

And that’s why this increasing antagonism with the 49ers in general and their coach in particular is so compelling: Seattle finally has a dance partner in the rivalry business.”

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June
24th

Hawks announce training camp dates

The Seattle Seahawks announced training camp dates that will be open to the public this afternoon.

The Seahawks will host 14 practices open to the public at the VMAC, beginning on July 25 and ending Aug. 14. To register to attend a practice, click here.

Registration begins this Thursday at 10 a. However, pre-sale for season ticket holders started this afternoon. And Blue Pride members can register on Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m.

According to the team’s press release, registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis and fans 15 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

A $7 transportation fee will be charged per person, as fans will be required to park at an off-site location and shuttled to VMAC before and after each practice. The VMAC parking lot will be closed to the public.

The Seahawks have partnered with The Landing Shopping Center in Renton to serve as the Seahawks Training Camp Parking and Transportation Center. Guests will receive transportation transfers and training camp passes upon check-in at the Seahawks Training Camp Guest Services Center which is located at 910 North 10th Place, Suite B, Renton, WA 98057.

Here’s the full list of practices open to the public.

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June
24th

Morning links: Hawks lean on play-action

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, hands off to running back Marshawn Lynch, left, during a drill at NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, hands off to running back Marshawn Lynch, left, during a drill at NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Good morning. First off, I want to give Dave Boling a shout out for handling blog duties last week while I was on furlough.

Also, I will be filling in for Dave Grosby this afternoon, joining host Bob Stelton on ESPN 710 Seattle from noon to 3 p.m. I think we will be talking Seahawks, among other things, so tune in if you have time this afternoon.

Mike Ridley of Football Outsiders notes that the Seahawks used play-action 35 percent of the time, No. 2 in the league behind Washington (42 percent).

It will be interesting to see how much this number changes in 2013, particularly with the addition of Percy Harvin. We could see the Seahawks go with more of a quick passing game to get the ball into the hands of playmakers like Harvin, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin using three or five-step drop, instead of the deep drops on play action fakes.

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June
22nd

GMs through the years

I was going to tack this on to the last post as an answer but it lengthened into a post of its own.

First, thanks, MontanaMike … I enjoy getting in here with you guys. EW is such a champ with this that I know he gives you the full buffet … I’ll keep occasionally trying to add a tasty biscuit here and there.

On the opinion of GMs over the years: Didn’t know much of John Thompson except the way his loyalty to the sinking Patera took him down, too. McCormack really knew the game, obviously, and was keen

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