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Morning links: Ground game making a comeback

Post by Eric Williams on June 2, 2013 at 8:52 am with 25 Comments »
June 2, 2013 8:52 am
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson hands off to Marshawn Lynch during the first half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson hands off to Marshawn Lynch during the first half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News writes that the demise of the running game in the NFL is a misnomer.

He notes that the top three rushers in the league last year – Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch – all played on teams that made the playoffs in 2012. While top three passers in terms of yardage –Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford andTony Romo—all led teams that fell short of the postseason.

Teams still lean on the running game to create balance on offense, but throw the ball to put points on the board, particularly in the red zone.

Bob Glauber of Newsday has interesting story on Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who has transformed him self from a big spender who blew $5 million dollars in his first two years of the NFL, to a frugal, penny pincher driving a Toyota Prius.

ESPN’s Mike Sando lists Golden Tate as someone playing for a contract with Seattle in 2013. Sando: “The receiver set career highs in 2012 with 45 receptions for 688 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 15.3 yards per reception, a gain of more than four yards over his previous career average. The Seahawks loved what they saw from Tate, but that did not stop them from acquiring Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings and making Harvin the highest-paid receiver on the team. Harvin’s arrival invited questions about whether Tate figured into the Seahawks’ long-term plans. It also invited questions about whether the team would continue paying fellow receiver Sidney Rice at Rice’s current rate.”

KJR’s Mitch Levy talks with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn about the changes being made to Seattle’s defense in this audio link.

Country singer Kenny Chesney practices with the Seahawks in this video link. Chesney played at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.

Clare Farnsworth of notes that Seattle is less than 100 days away from the team’s season opener at Carolina on Sept. 8.

Joel Corry of The National Football Post explains why June 1 isn’t an important deadline anymore to release players with excessive contracts.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports talks with Frank Supovitz, the NFL’s senior vice president of events, about contingency plans being put in place for the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl that will take place in February 2014 at MetLife Stadium.

More Judge: He interviews former NFL head coach Eric Mangini about his new role with San Francisco as a senior offensive consultant.

Pro Football Weekly says goodbye after 46 years of covering the NFL.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    PFW ending, eh? Well, that’s really the end of an era. Publishing is such a hard business to make it in, now, more than ever as their general ledger clearly shows.

    Chesney looked decently athletic out there, although I did chuckle at his out-and-up route (but I’m not sure I’d look any better. Likely worse.)

  2. HonHawksLSB says:

    Painful to watch this ATL playoff game replay on NFL network. I have week 10 circled. If we own the Redskins then the same can be said about ATL owning us.

    Hon Hawks!

  3. HonHawksLSB says:

    3rd and long killing us the entire game, Guy and Trufant were the main culprits. Can’t wait to see the impact of Winfield and ???(whoever steps up at dime DB)

  4. bryndildaddy says:

    I bought a Pro Football Weekly long sleeve T from their site several years ago, which I’ve always worn proudly. It bums me out to think that it’s now a retro kind of statement. Their betting line info on Wednesdays during the season was always top notch.

  5. jawpeace says:

    Antonio Cromartie, cool that he is giving financial advice to younger players. He also needs to tell the younger players to keep their penis in their zipper or at least a condom. TEN kids to pay child support = a lot of money.

  6. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    watched a bunch of highlights again. we are going to miss Mc Coy more than most will admit. another observation is if tate takes that next step and harvin fits in this offense i don’t see rice here in a year.

  7. OregonHawk says:

    What type of player do we replace Rice with?

    Anyone in mind?

    Are you thinking of a low pay player?

  8. sluggo42 says:

    Great video Georgia, thanks..!

  9. raymaines says:

    All in or all out! John, are you paying attention? No? OK dude, see ya. Write if you find work.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    That’s awfully cryptic. It certainly doesn’t sound like it wa his decision, if we jump to the most obvious conclusion.

  11. raymaines says:

    I’ve said before that John Moffet seems like a guy that thinks life is just one big long never ending joke. He’s accused of assaulting a girlfriend, he pee’s in a parking lot, then goes back to the mall he’s band from. Overall, nothing too serious. Well except for the girlfriend thing.

    His biggest sin is (was) getting beat out by a rookie converted DT and then embarrassing Mr. Allen. It’s never good to embarrass your boss, let alone if he’s a gazillionaire. Right now it looks like he’s a gonner and that he’s a dumb shxx.

  12. raymaines says:

    About one too many “he’s” in that last paragraph. Paul Allen is one of the “he’s” and John Moffet is the other two. You can figure it out.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Beating his girlfriend? When did this allegedly take place? Either way, that tweet can mean nearly anything. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

  14. Too bad PFW is going out of business. I remember 20 years ago when there was almost nothing published on football that was written by actual football pros and scouts besides PFW and Ourlads. These days, we are blessed with 100x as much coverage, including this blog, espn blogs, etc., but the majority of what’s written on football on the internet these days is crap. PFW wasn’t. I’m sorry to see real pros go out of business.

  15. The Dan Quinn interview with Mitch Levey the other day was interested. Levy repeatedly tried getting some info out of him regarding schemes or how he would use certain players, and Quinn steadily avoided answering any of the questions. He wasn’t going to divulge anything he is thinking to the press.

    I remember watching Quinn working with our D linemen at the VMAC a couple of years back. He worked hands-on very closely with them, much like Tom Cable works with his O linemen. He spent a lot of time with them in pass rush drills and technique drills. I credit him not only with recognizing Red Bryant as a 5-tech DE, but also with teaching Chris Clemons better hand technique. Michael Bennett Blossomed under him too.

    One the the best things Quinn can do this year is try to teach young Bruce Irvin how to use his hands and arms to free himself from blocks. If anyone can teach him, Quinn can.

  16. raymaines says:

    Of course it will be October before he can teach Bruce Irvin anything. I feel confident the PED’s will pay a big dividend over the last 12 weeks though. NOT.

  17. OregonHawk says:

    Irvin is only supposed to miss 4 games, NOT camp

  18. raymaines,
    Bruce Irvin can practice and play all the way through the preseason. More teaching is done by coaches through July and August than any other time of the year. Irvin only has to sit out four weeks starting September. After working with Dan Quinn, I think he’ll be improved in October, and be a pass rush monster by December.

    And no one here knows how many players’ careers have been helped by PEDs. No one here knows that. But we should assume players would not take them if they didn’t work.

  19. bbnate420 says:

    I take that Moffitt post to mean he’s leaving Twitter. Who knows. Some people are reading a lot into a very vague statement.

  20. FairbanksDoug says:

    Can’t see Moffitt giving up Twitter. My guess if we haven’t heard from a confirming source about issues with the team, then it would be Moffitt’s practical joke.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Are the malls that great of a place to go out west that you have to keep coming back even after being kicked out for a year?

    Must be some really good beer there that you can’t get anywhere else.

    And is that a mug shot of Moffitt in this article?

    Dukeshire, get with Eric fast and see if Eric can convince Moffitt to make his home in Portland for the offseason.
    And keep him away from the mall in Portland. We wouldn’t want him running into Tanya Harding.

  22. ryanryan says:

    that article called moffitt a ‘serial urinator’…lol

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