Good morning and Happy Father’s Day. One quick note: I will be starting my furlough beginning on Monday, so I leave you in good hands with my colleague Dave Boling manning the blog for the next week.
Speaking of Boling, he has an excellent story on John Nordstrom this morning. The former Seattle Seahawks owner is a regular attendee at team practices, always greeting you with a sincere hello and a handshake.
Boling’s meaty profile on Nordstrom provides some great back stories on the beginning of the franchise, and is a must-read this morning.
One of those back stories is the fact that the Seahawks initially wanted Bill Walsh to coach the franchise when they began in 1976.
Boling: “While (John) Thompson wanted (Jack) Patera as the first coach, Lloyd Nordstrom was a fan of a sharp assistant coach under Paul Brown at Cincinnati: Bill Walsh.
‘Lloyd got on a plane and saw Paul Brown,’ John Nordstrom recalled. ‘He wanted to get clearance to interview Bill Walsh for the head coaching job. But Brown told him, ‘Oh, you don’t want him, he’s a terrible alcoholic, we’re having all kinds of problems with him.’ Lloyd hadn’t been in the league before so he bought what Brown was telling him. It wasn’t true … (Brown) just didn’t want to lose him, and we never got the chance to interview Bill Walsh.’”
Mike Floro of Pro Football Talk offers his Mount Rushmore for the Seahawks in this video link – Steve Largent, Shaun Alexander, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones. I’d go with Kenny Easley over Alexander.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times provides a position analysis on the Seahawks roster.
Danny O’Neil and Tom Wassell of 710 ESPN Seattle share their thoughts on where the Niners-Seahawks rivalry ranks in this video link.
ESPN’s John Clayton interviews cornerback Richard Sherman in this audio link.
Ben Muth writing for Football Outsiders has a nice breakdown on the outside zone running play using an Alex Gibbs teaching video. Watching the Gibbs video alone, which I posted below,is worth checking this out this morning. Warning, this is Alex Gibbs, so expect some salty language.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has an interesting story on Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and his coaching tree, which includes Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley.