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Morning links: Last week of OTAs

Post by Eric Williams on June 3, 2013 at 7:39 am with 25 Comments »
June 3, 2013 7:39 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, second from right, takes part in a drill with teammate Spencer Ware (44) as running backs coach Spencer Sherman, second from left, looks on during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, second from right, takes part in a drill with teammate Spencer Ware (44) as running backs coach Spencer Sherman, second from left, looks on during an NFL football practice Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle Seahawks begin the team’s last week of organized team activities (OTAs) today, with a morning workout that will be open to reporters.

Thursday’s session also will be open to the media, so we will have a practice report this afternoon and on Thursday.

The Seahawks close out the team’s offseason workout program the following week with a mandatory minicamp June 11-13.

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with Newsday NFL columnist Bob Glauber, who says the Seahawks have a lot to prove after several PED violations.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Post-Gazette writes that the Packers plan on moving Bryan Bulaga from right tackle to left tackle. Bulaga was owned by Bruce Irvin in Seattle’s contest against the Packers on Monday night, which you can check out in the video below.

Peter King of Sorts Illustrated discusses the possibility of Colin Kaepernick being a Raider in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback column. Oakland liked Kaepernick and wanted to draft him in the second round of the 2011 draft, but the 49ers moved up and got him.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports gives us his Top 10 worst coaching firings in NFL history. Chuck Knox’s dismissal from Seattle earns an honorable mention.

Levi’s applied for the trademark “Field of Jeans”. The clothing company bought the naming rights for the 49ers new stadium.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Field of Jeans? Good lord…

    Eric, is this a 3-day session as well?

  2. juliusvrooder says:

    Who is Spencer Sherman?

  3. chuck_easton says:


    They have also applied for a trademark on the phrase
    “win one for the Zipper”

    Trademarking the phrase simply ensures that no other entity can profit off of the slogan. Now only Levi products are allowed to display those phrases.

    Doesn’t mean Levi’s will use them (but you can almost guarantee they will in some marketing ploy). It means that nobody else can.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – I thought you were making a terrible pum after the first paragraph only to realize that you weren’t after the second. That is simply god awful.

  5. chuck_easton says:

    Well, with OTA’s going again this week and the Media being invited to two of them, perhaps we can get to the bottom of the Moffitt tweet.

    Well, except that OTA’s are voluntary so just because he might not be on the field it wouldn’t prove he is no longer on the team.

    But if he is on the field then I guest that would indicate he’s still on the roster. They don’t let ya practice unless you are on the Roster or you are some famous guy (Chesney…).

  6. Moffit tweet? Did I miss something?

  7. hawkdawg says:


    Not quite right on trademark law. Or at least not complete.

    A trademark is abandoned, and the owner no longer has exclusive trademark protection, if the owner of the mark deliberately stops using the mark in commerce for a continuous period of three years or more.

    So Levi’s will have three years use the mark in commerce, or lose it.

  8. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Moffitt tweated yesterday “Ok it was a fun ride!! Bye!”
    I took this as he was leaving twitter as he has gotten a ton a crap from people about the peeing incident. People flock to twitter to talk crap without having to be accountable or having to reveal who they really are. I’m hopeful he just had enough of twitter and isn’t talking about his status with the Seahawks.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:


    I hope Moffitt is leaving twitter.

    More time for him to workout.

  10. eric,
    Are scruggs,carpenter, and clemons in the weight room or on the field?

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    Would love to hear some info on how our Rookies are acclimating…

    The new DL, harper, and Michael in particular.


  12. HawkFromDay1 says:

    I think “win one for the Zipper” is a line from Airplane.

    Are they also trademarking “do you like movies about gladiators?”

  13. rramstad says:

    I think that’s a great explanation of the Moffit tweet. If he was released, the Seahawks would have officially announced that, and they haven’t, and it’s been long enough that they would have. Also IMHO the incident doesn’t sound all that serious, and in fact, to my mind, it very likely will be thrown out — how can he trespass when he did not know this other business was considered part of Bellevue Square? The signage over there is lacking, for sure, especially in the restaurants that have exterior entrances. I think the court may very well find that the property owner is overreaching and needs to improve their signage and paperwork if they intend to bar someone from ALL properties owned by this particular firm if they have an infraction on any of the properties. They probably need to provide written guidance on the ban as well as a map and list of properties that are verboten, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they weren’t making that list detailed enough.

    All conjecture, but I think correct, Moffit is probably done answering fans on Twitter, quite possibly on the advice of a lawyer, and he’s not leaving the Seahawks.

    Way to put two and two together, his tweet bothered me too, but this makes total sense.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:


    Was it trespassing or treepissing?

    Either way it’s good to have a little comic relief,( no pun intended ) around here sometimes.

    BTW- Moffitt will be alright imo. Every team needs a Moffitt or two.

  15. Kirwan is an idiot. Firing Landry was the best thing Jerry Jones ever did, besides hiring Jimmy Johnson as his replacement. Landry, while a sure bet HOFer, was no longer a good coach and had no business being in charge of a team; he’d held the job for years on past glory.

    Firing Knox was a stupid move, but Knox was pretty much past his prime too.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I have to agree with that STTBM. Now the firing of Jimmy Johnson is the worst thing any owner could have done imo.
    The Cowboys very well could have won 4 or 5 Super Bowls with Johnson.

    I see a lot of similarity’s with the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys and the Pete Carroll Seahawks. I just hope we are lucky enough to accomplish something close to what the Cowboys did.

  17. Georgia–those cowboys teams were built by the Herschel walker trade/fleecing of Minnesota, while Carrol started from scratch. If Carrol wins multiple SB’s, he’ll be a HOF shoe-in.

  18. Hope to see a practice report soon :) curious to see if there is any rooks or real young guys who have improved over the few OTA’s

  19. Nice to see the clip of the bruce irvin pass rush against Green Bay.

    Remember how strong he looked early last season? he didn’t seem to have any of that strength left at the end of the year. This year I expect him to be stronger and have better endurance for the late season. I know a lot of people are pissed at Irvin over the PED thing, but I’m still expecting him to surprise people this year. He was so raw last year, given some work on technique and some endurance, he could still be a monster.

  20. Kirwin is an idiot, I agree with that.

    That said, I’d have to agree with Kirwin that firing Marc Levy from Buffalo after he put the Bills in four super bowls was one of the dumbest things that dumb Ralph Wilson ever did.

    Tops on my list of the worst coach firings? When Don Shula was fired from the Dolphins – not because his team was losing (they were division champs nearly every year) but because Jimmy Johnson sat in the TV booth criticizing Shula every Sunday while living on his yacht off the Miami shore during the week. Shula was quickly fired, Johnson hired miraculously the next day, and Johnson then proceeded to oversee the demise of the once-great Dolphins as they faded into obscurity.

  21. Stevos–I dont know, I always thought Shula suffered from Old Coaches Disease–every coach eventually does; its when they stop innovating, get increasingly conservative in all aspects of coaching, and repeat what worked 10 years ago ad nauseum. Landry had it, and I feared Knox did too, though I still think it was a terrible move to fire him.

    But I sure could be wrong. Perhaps he didnt have the money to run the team the way he wanted. Like Knox, who “played the hand he was dealt”. I am still convinced that had Knox had top-15 money to spend, he would have won SB’s.

    Yeah, that was pretty shady by Johnson. He got what he deserved, failure. As I pointed out earlier, Johnson won by having much more talent than his opponents, just like in College. When he had to start from scratch–without the windfall of the Herschel Walker trade–he couldnt replicate that success. Also, he had Old Coaches Disease pretty bad…

  22. I think the majority of the cause of Irvins late-season disappearing act wasnt his lack of conditioning–he’s one of the top-conditioned athletes on the team–but that other teams watched film of him and saw his weaknesses. He is simply a speed rusher without the strength or technique to dominate yet. They stopped his 2 or 3 moves, and didnt worry about him bullrushing, and thus neutralized him. He hit the rookie wall.

    I expect him to break through, though perhaps not until next year. It takes DE’s awhile to break out, except in the case of freaks like Kearse or Watt.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes agree STTBM, Irvins late season disappearing act had nothing to do with conditioning.

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