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Morning links: Russell Wilson on the cover of SI

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:11 am with 29 Comments »
August 29, 2013 8:11 am


Due to hit newsstands today, check out Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson making yet another cover of a magazine, this time Sports Illustrated.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes a piece comparing Wilson to the player he looked up to as a teenager, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

“He’s more talented than I am,” Brees tells SI. “He’s more athletic. He grasped the NFL game at a faster pace than I did. He has not only great leadership qualities, great charisma, but also the It factor that you look for in a young quarterback. I couldn’t be more impressed. You watch the road he traveled, and you’re happy for him and root for him.”

We’ll get to watch the two quarterback in action on the same field when New Orleans travels to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Dec. 2.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated picks the Patriots to defeat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl in this video link.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (69) sets during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (69) sets during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

My advance of today’s final preseason game between Seattle and Oakland focuses on players on the fringe of the roster like defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who need to play well in order to earn a roster spot this evening.

Here’s my story detailing Seattle player injuries heading into tonight’s game.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle tells us what to make of Russell Wilson’s performance so far this preseason.

Clare Farnsworth of writes for some Seattle players tonight is their last opportunity to earn a roster spot.

ESPN’s Terry Blount predicts the Seahawks to finish 12-4 this season.

Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union writes that Jaguars have signed another former Seattle player, cornerback Will Blackmon.

Aaron Curry, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 draft for the Seattle Seahawks, announced his retirement via Twitter yesterday.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports places the Seahawks No. 3 in his power rankings.

Adam Rink of believes the Seahawks will take a step back this season. Rink: “On the flip side, the Seattle Seahawks will take a step back. I saw this from Pete Carroll way too many times at USC; the Trojans played their best when expectations were low, but once they became a title contender, losses to Oregon State and Stanford always derailed them. Good news for Pete: Mike Riley is still at Oregon State. Bad news for Pete:Jim Harbaugh is still in San Francisco.”

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  1. So, in other words, God told him to give up. I’m pretty sure God is a football fan, so that seems unlikely…what a shame.

  2. HawkyHann says:

    have to disagree Eric. Clinton McD. is a lock to make the team. He’ll be good this season.

    Now Jay Howard needs to show up big tonight to lock up a spot.

    I hope T. Pryor steals the job and runs with it. Never liked Flynn’s game and still dont. Good backup though, i guess.

    DangeRuss–the man!

  3. Southendzone says:

    Adam Rink says the Cardinals will soar under Bruce Arians? I think they will be better than last year, but unless to “Soar’ he means MAYBE get to 7 & 9 I strongly disagree.

    The Hawks could take a step back if one or more of the following happen:

    1) The D-Line is too injured early in the season to perform
    2) RW takes a step back
    3) The O-Line doesn’t perform and allows massive pressure on RW.

    It’s not going to happen because of the high expectations for the team.

  4. Nice to see Blackmon catch on with the Jags. I would expect that he’ll stick there for awhile.

  5. banosser says:

    Curry retired the day he signed wirh the Hawks.. He did put it off for a while.. while he held out…

  6. jawpeace says:

    Terry BLount of ESPN wrote this, “Never before in the history of Seattle sports franchises has any team entered a season with higher expectations. And no team ever has captured the heart of this city the way these Seattle Seahawks have.”
    Well I have to disagree on a certain level. It was the Hawks with huge expectations, but the year was 1984! The young Hawk team made a surprise push into the playoffs in 1983, making all the way to the championship game. BUZZ about this young team was sky high. Then the very first game against Cleveland, Warner blows out his knee. Which blew out the tire in the Ground Chuck mobile.
    The difference with the 2013 Hawks is the depth we have. Losing RW or ET would be as devastating as losing Warner in 84. So hoping for a fun, happy, and serious injury free season.
    Go Hawks!

  7. yankinta says:

    Southendzone, Bruce Arians is Overrated. He was on the Luckiest Team last year. He will not do well this year, although I wish Arizona will do well, so that the NFL world will have to bow down to NFC West,, but I don’t think it will happen. But I wish it. :)

  8. ChrisHolmes says:

    I like Arians actually. He’s a gunslinger coach… guy wants to hit the home run, loves the vertical game. But you need a lot to make his system work, and I don’t think the Cards have the personnel to do what he wants to do (especially on the OL). I think Luck was a smarter QB than Palmer ever will be, and even Luck had trouble with INT’s in that offense. I expect Palmer to throw 20+ INT’s this year.

    I honestly think Arizona’s offense could end up resembling the train wreck that happened to Oakland in 2006 when they hired Tom Walsh. I see the same ingredients coming into play… a guy who wants to force a vertical, 7-step drop offense on a team that isn’t equipped for it in the trenches or at the QB position. If Arians doesn’t adjust, this will be a turnover prone offense.

    As for Curry… wow. I’m just blown away. I didn’t know jack about him coming out of college, but the way all the “experts” talked about him being the most NFL-ready, the “sure” thing… a “can’t miss” prospect… I was excited to have him. And he just turned out to be one of the biggest busts in franchise history.

    Well, good riddance.

    I, for one, am happy we have PC and JS manning this ship. Because in 3 seasons they’ve built a juggernaut roster. Teams want our cast-offs… Which is what PC said he wanted to build. And we finally have our franchise QB.

    We have weapons. We have some great RB’s… the best defense in football. Should be a fun year.

  9. RDPoulsbo says:

    If God is a football fan, then he most assuredly told Curry to give it up.

    Arians became an interim coach of a team put together and inspired by another guy. All he did was ride the coattails of a lucky season into a big paycheck. Levi Brown is back, protecting the blind side of a statue. Their 1st round pick is out for the season, leaving them with about as much talent up front as Miley Cyrus. Speaking of Palmer, it speaks volumes that Oakland gave him away for a song and dance to take their chances with their current crop of failures. As for the defense? Ray Horton isn’t there to get the most out of them anymore. Not to mention significant defensive turnover. I just don’t see how they’re supposed to be a surprise team this year. In fact, I think it’ll be very hard for them to match their 5 wins from last year.

  10. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Palmer will be sacked…….a lot in AZ. Luck was sacked plenty last year and his line was probably better than what the Cardinals have right now. Sacks and INTs. This should play right into the Seahawks D. I’m looking forward to watching it live in AZ, Oct 17th.

  11. chuck_easton says:

    I still don’t get the Flynn bashing. He was a good teammate, at least in public. Any distractions were behind closed doors. He has moved on.

    I personally wish him the best. I hope he gets his chance to show he can be a decent starter in this league. Unfortunately for him he has to do it behind an 0-line that acts more like doormen at the local 5 star hotel and simply wave the defender on through.

    Also, I still think Flynn having success in Oakland reflects well on this franchise. They signed him. They gave him the big bonus. He got beat out by a guy that is truly once in a decade type of player. But if Wilson hadn’t come along Flynn would have been just fine running Seattle’s offense.

  12. “And he just turned out to be one of the biggest busts in franchise history.”

    Oh, I don’t know if I’d call him “one of”. He certainly is THE biggest. This spot was originally held by Brian Bosworth, but for my money Curry has supplanted him, easily. See, Bosworth ultimately let us fans down, and the Seahawks org in general, but it wasn’t for lack of good football instincts, or just the ability to play at a high level. To the contrary, Bosworth had game, it’s just he didn’t have great genetics, and well, taking steroids f***ed him up pretty good. Bosworth also didn’t fleece this organization for nearly the king’s ransom that Curry did.

    Aaron Curry is the biggest sham I think I’ve seen among Seahawks busts. He looked the part in so many ways, but it was all just for show.

  13. MoSeahwak12, Do you live in AZ? I’m a long time Seahawk fan, lived in Seattle 38 years. Been here in AZ for 12. Always looking for Seahawk fans here in the valley to maybe watch games with. email me if you’d like.

    GO HAWKS!!

  14. Rink-a-Dink

  15. The biggest bust in Seahawk history really wasn’t his fault – the owner wanted the son of a friend at QB, Mira. Not Mira’s fault. But Chuck Knox wanted some kid from down south – what was his name? (ans. Favre). Chuck quit in protest. . . .

  16. You must mean Rick Mirer. (sp?)

  17. Jawpeace, that was a funny line:
    “Then the very first game against Cleveland, Warner blows out his knee. Which blew out the tire in the Ground Chuck mobile.”

    I was devastated! Wasn’t it amazing that relying on the passing game with the young undrafted qb and a great defense we had the best season in our history so far?

  18. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’d go with Dan Mcguire as one of the if not the biggest bust we’ve seen. Nearly 7 ft tall and a big arm, but as mobile as a boulder and terrible accuracy. That former owner, won’t waste my breath speaking his despicable name, drafted him with the 16th pick in the first round when not one other team was even looking at him. Dude was not good, of course the team was pretty ugly then as well. Expect the D and Cortez.

  19. “I’d go with Dan Mcguire as one of the if not the biggest bust we’ve seen.”

    Dan McGuire didn’t fail for lack of effort or want-to though. He failed simply because he wasn’t built for the NFL. His contract also pales in comparison to the kind of money Curry got.
    Aaron Curry has gone on the record as stating that he was a selfish player; that he didn’t put much effort into being the best while in Seattle. He basically won the NFL’s version of the lottery and proceeded to collect his paychecks knowing all the while that he really didn’t give a sH** about being a cornerstone for this franchise like a 4th overall pick is generally supposed to be.

  20. OregonHawk says:

    And how about Kelly Stouffer (sp), We did not draft him, but traded away draft picks for him, after the Easley trade fell through

    But Dan McGuire was horrible!

  21. ChrisHolmes says:

    See, I don’t think you can have a single player as the biggest bust in franchise history, which is why I said what I said. It think there are a lot of candidates to the throne.

    Bozworth certainly comes to mind. I think what sets Bozworth apart a bit and makes his situation different is that he was SO overhyped; magazine covers, etc. Curry was just labeled as a “sure thing” by the draftniks, but he never had Bozworth’s media status and he didn’t garner that kind of attention.

    And then to get run over by Bo Jackson… I mean, that’s a huge part of the Bozworth bust legacy.

    The other guy I would put at the top is Rick Meier. He was selected 2nd overall. We lost out on hometown boy Bledsoe. Meier had a good college career at ND and seemed like he was going to be the franchise QB we’d been lacking.

    And he was a mess from the beginning. A guy who looked, frequently, like a deer in headlights. A kid who, when his first read wasn’t open, tucked and ran… He lacked courage in the pocket, lacked pocket awareness, lacked the ability to read defenses… his mental game just wasn’t there. I can’t recall a more fearful looking QB in all my years watching the NFL. He just looked scared all the time.

    There’s been other guys (and yeah, McGuire was a terrible pick, but really, he shouldn’t have been picked that high, and I don’t think you can label him as big of a bust as Meier when Meier was picked 2nd overall), but to me, Bozworth, Meier and Curry all deserve claim to the throne. They all had high expectations and failed miserably.

  22. MoSeahawk12 says:

    doubter, yes been in AZ for about ten years now in the east valley. Also lifelong Seahawks fan. I’ll email you and see if we can get together for a game or ten.
    Go Hawks is right.

  23. RDPoulsbo says:

    IMO McGuire is easily the biggest bust, even bigger than Bosworth or Mirer. 2 years of fail and it was back to drafting another 1st round QB. He shouldn’t have been drafted that high, but then again, none of the busts should have been drafted as high as they were. No, not the money of Curry, but it was 2 years of zero progress and in an era when contracts weren’t insane. At least the Seahawks were able to con Chicago out of a 1st rounder for Mirer so he wasn’t a total loss. Boz had a couple years of averag play, when he wasn’t injured. Curry is a close 2nd though.

    In short, it goes McGuire, Curry, Boz, Mirer. They definately separate from guys like Lo-Jack, Ray Roberts or Chris McIntosh.

  24. Don’t wanna beat a dead horse, but I’d hope Aaron Curry could make do with the $34M guaranteed from PA. AC’s picture could be in the NFL dictionary next to the word “bust”, but not related to a ‘HoF bust’. He played well enough in college. Was it that he was hungry until he made his rookie contract, then all motivation evaporated? He practiced hard in TC and he worked hard in games, probably a prima donna wouldn’t.

    Was it that his athleticism was adequate to perform successfully in college, but not good enough to get by in the pros? He was athletic enough to hit like a truck, defend passes and run down players in games. AC was 6-2/255, ran a 4.56-40, 37″ vert, 10-4 broad, 25 reps, etc. (Bigger, faster and stronger than Clay Mathews). Wake Forrest played AC as an ‘on the ball’ SAM which not alotta people can play because of the required strength, and they also played him in space almost like a nickleback. Two mutually exclusive skill sets and he was successful at them both while at Wake Forrest.

    Maybe he just wasn’t bright enough? Did you ever see AC’s wonderlic scores? 50 increasingly tough questions in a 12-minute test. They were pretty good. On his first test (probably taken entering his senior season at Wake Forrest,) he answered 35 of the 50 questions and got 24 correct (the average for ’09 OLBs was 19 correct out of 34 answered). His second test was taken at the combine, where he got 26 correct out of the 43 that he answered (the average was 23 of 40). That was the same wonderlic score that Clay Mathews got at the combine. AC did better than the average of every position group taking the wonderlic in ’09 but QBs, who got 26 right out of 40 questions answered, whom AC tied. For example, among WRs P.Harvin got 12 right out of 42 questions answered on the same wonderlic. P.Harvin is plenty smart enough to play WR, as well as most other positions on the field.

    In ’10 one of the first jobs PC/JS took on was to see what they could do with AC. After AC got 2 starts, he looked a little confused at times, and KJ Wright beat him out for the SAM. AC didn’t have the skillset to shed blocks and get to the QB at the Leo, seemed to get lost in outside coverage, and just wasn’t big enough to play 3T, so early in the ’11 season AC was traded to OAK for a 7th round pick. He was on OAK’s PUP most of ’12, got cut and was signed by NYG in May and was amongst their early cuts.

    The shame was that PC was the perfect coach to get AC to work out on an NFL team, if there was one. Why? First, no NFL team would play AC like Wake Forrest did, it would mean going back to something like a 5-2 base D and letting AC either back into slot zone coverage or rush the passer getting past the C or G. No NFL team today would do that. AC would have to learn how to adapt his game to the NFL. That was the main difference between Clay Mathews and Curry. Mathews played at USC and his college play translated directly into GB’s D.

    PC wants to get his players to play within a state of mind where they aren’t over-worried, where they aren’t bothered with doubts and distractions, but are focused totally on playing successfully in the play at hand. AC started playing for Mora like that, but because he was playing a position quite different from anything he’d done before many natural mistakes came up and AC started doubting. Negative feedback loop and the confidence evaporated and it snowballed. By the time PC got to AC there were too many built-in issues to deal with before AC’s game could be turned around. The AC trade was expedient for a coaching staff that already had 200+ transactions to deal with.

    Could say it was the old CBA’s rookie wage scale that doomed AC’s career. Very much too bad, great potential that never had a real opportunity to develop in the NFL because of a $60M contract that didn’t fit.

  25. CDHawkFan says:

    Money can change people for the worse, but I am still surprised teams don’t do more homework on campus. Maybe they do, but it seems like there is a lot of busts due to motivation or lack thereof after a big payday. I graduated high school with a 1st round NFL bust, out of the league in 3 years. I could have told the Eagles he was super lazy.

    A bit different, but I went to college, and used to hang out with a future USA Olympic ice hockey player. Good guy, but a bad temper which I saw a few times after college games, seen him kick in his dorm door, trash his room and get away with it. He was on the US team that trashed their hotel rooms after the Olympics in Japan, I knew he had to have been part of it.

    Point is, there is dirt on these guys on campus, but I’m not sure the NFL puts anyone there to find out. Would be curios to hear if former students/frat brothers/teachers are surprised about Curry.

  26. wabubba67 says:

    According to Peter King (and others), almost all organizations have a “security team” that researches all collegiate players that they are interested in…especially the ones that will soon be signing multi-million dollar contracts. Talking to everyone (professors, friends, girlfriends, trainers, coaches, ballboys, dentists, bartenders, etc.) is typical before drafting.

    Owen Gill (RB-Iowa) remains the biggest Seahawk bust for me. The highest pick that year for the team in the 2nd round, Gill was cut before the end of training camp by Knox. As a kid at the time, I was thrilled that they were able to draft Gill in the 2nd round. He was a beast at Iowa, but never did anything in the NFL. One of the few Knox high draft picks that never worked out. McGuire was obviously the other, but that wasn’t really a Knox pick as most were labeling the immobile, inaccurate, from a small college (SD State) as bust well befoe the draft. Behring knew better and took him in the mid-first round anyway. A southern California QB to lead a franchise that was bound to move to southern CA if Behring had his way….perfect for the Stay-Puft owner.

    Is Behring still alive? I hope that he lost everything during the real estate downturn of 2008.

  27. Southendzone says:

    Speculating on future bust potential, is it out of the question for Harvin to become the biggest bust ever? 1st & 3rd, and a huge contract which could preclude us from signing other proven players on our own roster.

    Worst case: we hang on to Harvin next year, he never gets healthy, and we can’t resign Sherman/Okung/ET, or someone else because of his contract. You give up 2 draft picks and lose en existing all-pro player for ZERO! This in my opinion would out-bust anyone that’s been talked about so far.

  28. ChrisHolmes says:

    One thing you have to consider is that these security guys who do these background checks – they have a tough job, because people often don’t speak ill of these kids coming out of college. So it’s hard to get the truth out of people.

  29. CDHawkFan says:

    Chris, especially if they have to admit, or say up front that they are from a NFL team which could be the case.

    Its true you hear guys slide a bit for character concerns gathered from interviews, but they slide maybe a half a round, or maybe a full round. My point is (if people close to Curry would agree there were issue before the money), being taken 4th overall and being out of the league in 4 years should have made him slide from #4 to like #204 and no dirt I have ever hear of before the draft has had anyone slide like that. So it was either the money which triggered something nobody saw coming, or these ‘security’ teams didn’t do enough work. For $34 million and knowing you are picking 4th overall, you could have hired a few people to enroll, or employed a few students on 3-4 campuses to take a few of the same classes, go to a few keggers, hang out after practice, etc at the schools were you were interested in a particular player. I am sure with the connections of the coaches and admin staff, someone probably new a student or two at Wake Forest. Maybe they see this as ethically wrong, or maybe it was just the money that made him selfish and self-centered, making him unproductive in NFL LB terms.

    Right now, if you are Oakland, would you like for about $100-150k put 2 guys on campus, in the same classes at South Carolina to watch Clowney off the football field? Is it much different than hiring a football scout to watch him on the field? These guys will represent their NFL teams off the field and are subject to suspension for off the field activities, so why not? There is also a lot of money at stake.

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