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Morning Links: An eye toward the combine

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 7, 2014 at 2:15 am with 84 Comments »
February 7, 2014 2:15 am

Good morning.

We’re a couple weeks away from the combine in Indianapolis (Feb. 22-25). Yesterday, the list of invitees was announced. It’s a massive one:

Quarterbacks

Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San Jose State
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.)
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Keith Wenning, Ball State
Jeff Mathews (throwing QB), Cornell
Bryn Renner (throwing QB), North Carolina
Dustin Vaughan (throwing QB), West Texas A&M

Running backs

Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Dri Archer, Kent State
George Atkinson, Notre Dame
Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
Alfred Blue, LSU
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
J.C. Copeland (FB), LSU
Tim Cornett, UNLV
Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State
David Fluellen, Toledo
Devonta Freeman, Florida State
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
Marion Grice, Arizona State
Ryan Hewitt (FB), Stanford
Jeremy Hill, LSU
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Storm Johnson, Central Florida
Henry Josey, Missouri
Tre Mason, Auburn
Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
Trey Millard (FB), Oklahoma
Adam Muema, San Diego State
LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Silas Redd, USC
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Charles Sims, West Virginia
Jerome Smith, Syracuse
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Terrance West, Towson
James White, Wisconsin
James Wilder, Florida State
Andre Williams, Boston College
Damien Williams, Oklahoma

Wide receivers

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Odell Beckham, LSU
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt
Corey Brown, Ohio State
John Brown, Pittsburg State
Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
Kain Colter, Northwestern
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Damian Copeland, Louisville
Mike Davis, Texas
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Shaq Evans, UCLA
Bennie Fowler, Michigan State
Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
Ryan Grant, Tulane
Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
Robert Herron, Wyoming
Cody Hoffman, BYU
Josh Huff, Oregon
Allen Hurns, Miami (Fla.)
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
TJ Jones, Notre Dame
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Marqise Lee, USC
Marcus Lucas, Missouri
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss
Kevin Norwood, Alabama
Walt Powell, Murray State
Tevin Reese, Baylor
Paul Robinson, Colorado
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
Willie Snead, Ball State
Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
Devin Street, Pittsburgh
L’Damian Washington, Missouri
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Albert Wilson, Georgia State

Tight ends

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts
Trey Burton, Florida
Anthony Denham, Utah
Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State
Eric Ebron, North Carolina
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
Xavier Grimble, USC
Nic Jacobs, McNeese State
Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State
A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
Colt Lyerla, Oregon
Arthur Lynch, Georgia
Jake Murphy, Utah
Jordan Najvar, Baylor
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Richard Rodgers, California
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
D.J. Tialavea, Utah State

Offensive linemen

Matt Armstrong (C), Grand Valley State
Joel Bitonio (OT), Nevada
Russell Bodine (C), North Carolina
Conor Boffeli (G), Iowa
Justin Britt (OT), Missouri
Dakota Dozier (OT), Furman
Kadeem Edwards (G), Tennessee State
Matt Feiler (OT), Bloomsburg
Cameron Fleming (OT), Stanford
Zach Fulton (G), Tennessee
Ryan Groy (G), Wisconsin
Jon Halapio (G), Florida
Jonotthan Harrison (C), Florida
Seantrel Henderson (OT), Miami (Fla.)
James Hurst (OT), North Carolina
Gabe Ikard (C), Oklahoma
Gabe Jackson (G), Mississippi State
Ja’wuan James (OT), Tennessee
Wesley Johnson (OT), Vanderbilt
Cyrus Kouandjio (OT), Alabama
Tyler Larsen (C), Utah State
Charles Leno (OT), Boise State
Taylor Lewan (OT), Michigan
Brandon Linder (G), Miami (Fla.)
Corey Linsley (C), Ohio State
Spencer Long (G), Nebraska
Luke Lucas (OT), Kansas State
Marcus Martin (C), USC
Zack Martin (OT), Notre Dame
Jake Matthews (OT), Texas A&M
Jack Mewhort (OT), Ohio State
Morgan Moses (OT), Virginia
Matt Paradis (C), Boise State
Matt Patchan (OT), Boston College
Antonio Richardson (OT), Tennessee
Cyril Richardson (G), Baylor
Weston Richburg (C), Colorado State
Greg Robinson (OT), Auburn
Michael Schofield (OT), Michigan
Anthony Steen (G), Alabama
James Stone (C), Tennessee
Bryan Stork (C), Florida State
Xavier Su’a-Filo (G), UCLA
Travis Swanson (C), Arkansas
Brandon Thomas (OT), Clemson
Trai Turner (G), LSU
Billy Turner (OT), North Dakota State
John Urschel (G), Penn State
Chris Watt (G), Notre Dame
David Yankey (G), Stanford

Defensive linemen

Jay Bromley (DT), Syracuse
Ryan Carrethers (DT), Arkansas State
Will Clarke (DE), West Virginia
Jadeveon Clowney (DE), South Carolina
DeAndre Coleman (DT), California
Scott Crichton (DE), Oregon State
Aaron Donald (DT), Pittsburgh
Kony Ealy (DE), Missouri
Dominique Easley (DT), Florida
Kasim Edebali (DE), Boston College
Justin Ellis (DT), Louisiana Tech
IK Enemkpali (DE), Louisiana Tech
Ego Ferguson (DT), LSU
Dee Ford (DE), Auburn
James Gayle (DE), Virginia Tech
Ra’Shede Hageman (DT), Minnesota
Taylor Hart (DE), Oregon
Kerry Hyder (DT), Texas Tech
Jackson Jeffcoat (DE), Texas
Timmy Jernigan (DT), Florida State
Anthony Johnson (DT), LSU
DaQuan Jones (DT), Penn State
Howard Jones (DE), Shephard
Zach Kerr (DT), Delaware
Demarcus Lawrence (DE), Boise State
Aaron Lynch (DE), South Florida
Eathyn Manumaleuna (DE), BYU
Cassius Marsh (DE), UCLA
Kareem Martin (DE), North Carolina
Josh Mauro (DE), Stanford
Daniel McCullers (DT), Tennessee
Tevin Mims (DE), South Florida
Zach Moore (DE), Concordia (Minn.)
Jonathan Newsome (DE), Ball State
Louis Nix III (DT), Notre Dame
Jeoffrey Pagan (DE), Alabama
Tenny Palepoi (DT), Utah
Mike Pennel (DT), Colorado State-Pueblo
Kelcy Quarles (DT), South Carolina
Kaleb Ramsey (DE), Boston College
Caraun Reid (DT), Princeton
Michael Sam (DE), Missouri
Chris Smith (DE), Arkansas
Marcus Smith (DE), Louisville
Shamar Stephen (DT), Connecticut
Ed Stinson (DE), Alabama
Will Sutton (DT), Arizona State
Robert Thomas (DT), Arkansas
Khyri Thornton (DT), Southern Mississippi
Stephon Tuitt (DE), Notre Dame
George Uko (DE), USC
Brent Urban (DT), Virginia
Larry Webster (DE), Bloomsburg
Ethan Westbrooks (DE), West Texas A&M
Chris Whaley (DT), Texas
Kerry Wynn (DT), Richmond

Linebackers

Jerry Attaochu (OLB), Georgia Tech
Anthony Barr (OLB), UCLA
Lamin Barrow (OLB), LSU
Chris Borland (ILB), Wisconsin
Carl Bradford (OLB), Arizona State
Jonathan Brown (ILB), Illinois
Preston Brown (ILB), Louisville
Max Bullough (ILB), Michigan State
Khairi Fortt (ILB), California
Jeremiah George (ILB), Iowa State
Anthony Hitchens (OLB), Iowa
Adrian Hubbard (OLB), Alabama
Andrew Jackson (ILB), Western Kentucky
Christian Jones (ILB), Florida State
Devon Kennard (OLB), USC
Chris Kirksey (OLB), Iowa
Boseko Lokombo (OLB), Oregon
Khalil Mack (OLB), Buffalo
James Morris (ILB), Iowa
C.J. Mosley (ILB), Alabama
Trent Murphy (OLB), Stanford
Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB), Boston College
Ronald Powell (OLB), Florida
Trevor Reilly (OLB), Utah
Ryan Shazier (OLB), Ohio State
Prince Shembo (OLB), Notre Dame
Shayne Skov (ILB), Stanford
Yawin Smallwood (OLB), Connecticut
Telvin Smith (ILB), Florida State
Tyler Starr (OLB), South Dakota
Jordan Tripp (OLB), Montana
Uani Unga (ILB), BYU
Kyle Van Noy (OLB), BYU
Avery Williamson (ILB), Kentucky
Jordan Zumwalt (ILB), UCLA

Defensive backs

Mo Alexander (SS), Utah State
Ricardo Allen (CB), Purdue
Dion Bailey (SS), USC
Deion Belue (CB), Alabama
Bene Benwikere (CB), San Jose State
Nat Berhe (SS), San Diego State
Tre Boston (SS), North Carolina
Bashaud Breeland (CB), Clemson
Terrence Brooks (FS), Florida State
Deone Bucannon (SS), Washington State
Travis Carrie (CB), Ohio
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS), Alabama
Ross Cockrell (CB), Duke
Aaron Colvin (CB), Oklahoma
Chris Davis (CB), Auburn
Darqueze Dennard (CB), Michigan State
Pierre Desir (CB), Lindenwood
Ahmad Dixon (SS), Baylor
Brandon Dixon (CB), Northwest Missouri State
Jonathan Dowling (SS), Western Kentucky
Antone Exum (CB), Virginia Tech
Kyle Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech
E.J. Gaines (CB), Missouri
Phillip Gaines (CB), Rice
Justin Gilbert (CB), Oklahoma State
Demetri Goodson (CB), Baylor
Dre Hal (CB), Vanderbilt
Victor Hampton (CB), South Carolina
Marqueston Huff (FS), Wyoming
Bennett Jackson (CB), Notre Dame
Kendall James (CB), Maine
Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), Nebraska
Dontae Johnson (CB), North Carolina State
LaMarcus Joyner (CB), Florida State
Kenny Ladler (FS), Vanderbilt
Nevin Lawson (CB), Utah State
Isaiah Lewis (SS), Michigan State
Craig Loston (SS), LSU
Dexter McDougle (CB), Maryland
Keith McGill (CB), Utah
Terrance Mitchell (CB), Oregon
Jabari Price (CB), North Carolina
Calvin Pryor (FS), Louisville
Loucheiz Purifoy (CB), Florida
Keith Reaser (CB), Florida Atlantic
Ed Reynolds (FS), Stanford
Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Oregon State
Marcus Roberson (CB), Florida
Bradley Roby (CB), Ohio State
Daniel Sorensen (FS), BYU
Dez Southward (FS), Wisconsin
Vinnie Sunseri (SS), Alabama
Jemea Thomas (CB), Georgia Tech
Brock Vereen (FS), Minnesota
Jason Verrett (CB), TCU
Jimmie Ward (SS), Northern Illinois
Todd Washington (CB), Southeastern Louisiana
Jaylen Watkins (CB), Florida
Lavelle Westbrooks (CB), Georgia Southern

Specialists

Chris Boswell (K), Rice
Steven Clark (P), Auburn
Anthony Fera (K), Texas
Zach Hocker (K), Arkansas
Tom Hornsey (P), Memphis
Richie Leone (P), Houston
Cody Mandell (P), Alabama
Pat O’Donnell (P), Miami (Fla.)
Cairo Santos (K), Tulane
Marcus Heit (LS), Kansas State

> The  Seahawks signed nine practice squad players to future contracts. They signed eight of them Wednesday, and quarterback B.J Daniels on Thursday, in what is largely a procedural move. Signed Wednesday were cornerback Akeem Auguste, wide receivers Phil Bates and Arceto Clark, defensive tackles Michael Brooks, D’Anthony Smith and Dewayne Cherrington, tight end Cooper Helfet and guard Jared Smith.

Links:

> Four Seahawks will spend Friday at ESPN.

> John Clayton on the challenges facing the Seahawks’ attempt to build a dynasty:

> Russell Wilson “no time for sleep,” episode four.

> MMQB says “Kam’s the man” and should have been Super Bowl MVP. He would have received my vote.

> USA Today writes that Larry Fitzgerald’s restructured deal will hurt in 2015.

> A cool first-half Sound FX from the Super Bowl.

> Second-half Sound FX.

> The celebration is on.

Leave a comment Comments → 84
  1. So, we have the following picks, correct?

    1
    2

    4
    5
    6
    7

    And then whatever, if any, comp picks we’ll be awarded?

  2. The 3rd round pick was traded for Percy Harvin, along with our #1 and #7 last year.

    Or was the 3rd round pick “conditional,” which means Harvin did not probably (since he hardly ever played) meet the criteria for the Vikings to be awarded that pick?

    I think the 3rd round pick is gone to MN, but I’m hoping not. Anyone with any definite answers?

  3. RDPoulsbo says:

    The 3rd round pick definitely goes to the Vikings. Don’t have a link, but read it in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

  4. Here’s the funny thing about this year’s combine and NFL draft…

    At this point we’ve watched Schneider’s crew make their living in the draft in the 3rd-7th rounds. And free agents. Success in rounds 1 and 2 has had little bearing on building this Seahawks team (except for Okung, Earl, and Wagner). The Seahawks draft is all about rounds 3-7.

    Rounds 3-7 are beyond the knowledge and focus and resources that other teams put into scouting the draft. And its not just Schneider and Carroll, the NFL knows by now that our entire scouting staff is head-and-shoulders better than other teams have.

    32 teams will know who the best 1st and 2nd round candidates are. Yet very few teams will have their eyes set on future stars they see in rounds 4, 5, 6…

    And, all due respect to our sportswriters, and Rob Rang, and the other sportswriter-scouts… but none of them will have any clue who the Seahawks’ scouts are studying right now, and will be targeting after the 2nd round.

  5. banosser says:

    I for one wouldn’t be disappointed if you dropped the Clayton links.. I can’t see his name and not think how he whined and lobbied for Marshawn to have his $100K fine reinstated.. I know you can’t do that but that would be my vote

  6. banosser +1 my eyes started glossing over Clayton awhile ago also. He never has anything original to say.

  7. I used to be okay with Clayton until he talked about how the best kick returner in the NFL shouldn’t return kicks in the Super Bowl. That was one of the dumbest things I ever read from someone I thought used to have a clue.

    Even Buck and Aikman said a few dumb things in the broadcast that weren’t spot on if you follow the team. I can see some analysists not get some things right since many cover different games/teams on a weekly basis, but when you’re prepping for a Super Bowl and that audience… you should know more about the teams you’re covering.

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/49986/bennett-wagner-kearse

    FYI, if anyone is interested in trying to chat with a few Hawks

  9. RDPoulsbo says:

    It sure seems for a guy that supposedly knows a lot about Seattle living in the area and all, he’s being shut out from the organization.

    It’s Michael Silver that seems to be getting all the inside news, including interviews with Lynch and Clayton, throwing a temper tantrum because of it.

    Clayton is good at pulling stats off the top of his head when asked questions, but them again, that’s all stuff I can just look up myself. It’s not like those things are time critical knowledge you have to know in a split second.

  10. HawkFromDay1 says:

    It’s MAYOCK season! Love this time of year.

    Here’s a fun question:

    Will you be watching more of the Winter Olympics or the Underwear Olympics (AKA the combine)?

    I’m all in on the combine, and do not care about which European nation’s citizens are most responsive to gravity on slippery surfaces.

  11. DFloydd says:

    C’mon Todd. We know you’re a filthy Raiders fan (no offense, ha) but seriously though: what was it like being a neutral reporter watching this team completely dismantle the highest scoring offense to ever play the game (in the dang Superbowl no less)?

  12. yankinta says:

    lol,, Completely agree with Stevos!! :)

    I’ve put up with Clayton for a while but I was done when he called RW a lesser athletic version of Seneca Wallace, right after the 2012 draft…. I realized at that point that he is not cut out to do Player Analysis,, in fact he pretty much sucks at it…. lol.. he should stick to reporting news only…

    As for the Combine… I want to know/see how Fast Brandon Coleman and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are…. Those would be my targets at 32nd overall picks,, at least for now…

    Kelvin Benjamin has too many key drops this past season… no thanks..

  13. pabuwal says:

    The Seahawks success in the later rounds reminds me of Jimmy Johnson when he got to the Cowboys. Johnson was basically trading on Insider Information for his Cowboys drafts. He had coached, scouted, recruited and coached against nearly every blue chip prospect out there. And it showed with the values he unearthed. But when he got to the Dolphins, he no longer had this Insider Information and his drafts were average with a few notable hits like Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if this was also true with Carroll. Which means I am NOT expecting anywhere near the same success in later rounds. It’s a matter of keeping this group together and not expecting another Richard Sherman or even Byron Maxwell in the later rounds.

  14. seahawkNJ says:

    It’s finally sinking in that we won the super bowl.

  15. yankinta says:

    pabuwal,, that’s what everyone thinks…. Especially national media but they don’t know much. It is JS that’s leading the draft… not Pete Carroll… Plus the draft is only half of the equation. Pete has to develop and play these Rookies early…..

    Which is why I can’t wait to see what the other Pete in Town does with 37th ranked recruiting class…. the other Pete is also known for being able to develop HS players into Ryan Clady etc,,…. :)

    ———————————–
    As for this 2014 Combine… I want to know/see how Fast Brandon Coleman and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are…. Those would be my targets at 32nd overall picks,, at least for now… :)

    Kelvin Benjamin has too many key drops this past season… no thanks..

  16. Vegas56 says:

    There was a moment in the second half Sound FX that was so very cool…Seattle is driving deep up 29-0 and Fox is pacing the sideline…he has no answers and is reduced to what sounds almost like a momentary prayer: “C’mon Russell, throw us one.”

    No chance, not answered…moments later is Kearse’s catch and run.

  17. Audible says:

    I think we have the most innovative FO in the NFL, so I wouldn’t underestimate their ability to gather the intel they need to evaluate players their way.

  18. JS/PC have said repeatedly they rely on EACH OTHER for the draft process -there are some picks that PC makes and others that JS makes.

    JS wanted RW – but he has commented he had to “CONVINCE” PC on the idea

  19. RDPoulsbo says:

    The combine…a weekend used by gym rats with few football skills to run junk drills so they can pretend they are better at football than they really are only to become bigger busts down the road. Sounds like Reality Crap TV to me. Enjoy, but I’ll be continuing my boycott of reading anything about or using any “stat” cited from the combine. I’ll be enjoying a weekend of skiing instead. A much better use of my time than making myself less knowledgeable about the game.

  20. yankinta says:

    Audible,, I completely agree with you!!….

    Everyone/ESPN keep doubting us,,, they doubt us in a new way every time we prove them wrong…. this will keep happening…and will not stop. The newest/latest doubt they’ve given us is “Seahawks can’t keep this up/build a dynasty”…. they use these dumb excuses/reasons to justify their doubts…. Some Fans buy it,, but those of us that know better do not buy it….
    :)

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    Here’s the link about the Vikings getting Seattle’s 3rd round pick:
    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/243371771.html

    As a side note, I have many friends who are die hard Viking fans. They were pretty mixed about the Harvin trade. On one hand, they loved his play, but always injured. They were pretty happy to see him get a ring while able to get Patterson with one of their 1st round picks last year. Then came the end of the game when T-Jack came in for mop-up duty. I don’t think they realized he was with Seattle, and suddenly they were aghast at the idea that he was getting a ring before Peterson, saying there’s no justice in this world and such. Was pretty funny.

  22. On that sound FX show, before the kickoff the Denver radio guy says something like “LET THE BEAT-DOWN BEGIN!” Ha ha!

  23. Audible says:

    Yankinta,

    Great point!

    It doesn’t matter how good you are at drafting players if you don’t give them a chance to earn a spot…

    Carroll has shown time and again that salary, draft position, reputation, tenure, longevity, and past performance do not influence playing time.

    Just ask Carpenter, Moffit, Curry, Whitehurst, Flynn, Jackson, Hasselbeck, Locklear, Kelly Jennings, Terrell Owens, etc…

    1. Backups, undrafted free agents, 7th rounders… know if they outplay starters, they’ll take the starting job.
    2. Starters know they have hungry, young players nipping at their heals and will lose their starting job if their performance slips.

  24. WilliamPercival says:

    Stevos- I agree we get the most press for 3-7, but don’t forget about Golden Tate in 2. We also have multiple undrafted that have stuck. A more accurate picture would be how we the Hawks do from 1 to UDFA.

    Banosser- Absolutely agree with you. I completely pass by each and every article or piece that has Clayton’s name attached. These guys get their stripes based on how many times their articles are viewed (clicked on). Traffic is king in the online world along with tuning into a radio show etc. I simply avoid him as I have no respect for this guy.

    Vegas- I heard that last night too but it was from Champ Bailey.

    On the SoundFX note, I was cracking up when Lynch came up to Carrol after his TD and asked him if it was ok if we score some more. Carroll replied that it would be ok an Lynch said he just wanted to make sure… Hilarious.

  25. montanamike2 says:

    I think the FO has deep ties to many programs and PC/JS seem like the guys to have many unburned bridges. Anyways the standards are in place for future players to follow, i love the way these guys draft. I’d rather swing and miss then settle for mediocre players, the ones we hit on are worth the risk.

  26. Sarcasticus says:

    I think in this new day of the CBA, the trick is to keep young guys on cheap contracts so you can pay your stars. With that said, I think you will see the front office stacking players. That is the luxury you have when you can hit on the draft like JS and Pete have done.

    That is why I think guys like Michaels, Tharold Simon, and Jesse Williams will be huge in the upcoming year(s). You can let moderately expensive players go because the “new” guys have been in the system for a couple of years and are still on low cost contracts. They are going to have to pay Sherman, ET, Okung, and eventually Wilson. Not everyone can get paid. So, I look for them to stack behind the guys that I think they will be letting go.

    If Rice and Miller are let go, then they need to fill those pipelines (I never want to see another McCoy drop.). So, I think we can watch those spots. I think we all want a guard in the draft, but I get the feeling that the coaching staff is OK with what they have. So, watch for one in like the 7th round.

    Where I don’t see the depth is at linebacker and safety. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is where they go near the top of the draft. (Completely biased, but if the stars are aligned as they have been, I want CJ Mosley).

    Every year, I watch the draft and it seems like a player no one thought would “drop” drops to the Patriots at the end of the draft. I am looking forward to that this year. Sorry for the long post, but I get just as excited for the off-season as I do for the regular season. (Well, maybe a bit less than the Super Bowl.)

  27. “Seattle is driving deep up 29-0 and Fox is pacing the sideline…he has no answers and is reduced to what sounds almost like a momentary prayer: “C’mon Russell, throw us one.” ”

    I noted that too when I watched. Have to say, Fox seemed like a decent guy throughout.

    Loved the bond between the Hawks DB’s, which we all know about, but it gets underscored when you can hear how they interact. I agree w/a lot of folks on here, the true core of this team that we need to keep if at all possible comes down to three guys: RW, Earl, Sherman.

  28. TallyHawk says:

    Yakinta, a couple questions for you concerning kelvin Benjamin. What key drops are you talking about? How much FSU did you watch this season? I respectfully disagree with you. In the past he lacked concentration and did drop too many passes. This year was much different though. He made a lot more great catches than he had key drops. Winston had so much confidence throwing him the ball. If he put it where KB could get it he almost always did. My one question about him is wether or not he finally grew up or was he playing hard knowing it was a contract year for him? If he finally grew up the kid is going to be a beast at the next level. I would love to see him at pick 32.

  29. doubledink says:

    I am so done with Clayton. He is being out played all the time. He is good for current cap info, injury status and other facts that save you the time of looking up, but it is a steep dropoff from there when it comes to analysis.

  30. When a team is as stacked as the Hawks you are going to loose players and make tough choices. Still we are in a win now mode as once you hit the big one players prices go up and the team little by little becomes a shell of what it once was. Well that’s what has happened to most teams in this era or CBA. That said the team will extend those that they can and then the money is gone and can’t fill necessary vacancies. The pressure will then be on the team to fill needs and not best player available. In short I believe as the team begins to issue contracts to bench depth, and then extends and signs some of our FAs, we’ll know what our starting line up needs will be. The draft I believe will then gravitate more towards those positions of need.

  31. jawpeace says:

    Championships are built on the mid to late rounds picks. Also getting the undrafted FA who makes and contributes to the team is gold. That has been my key to FF. I think the tendency is to focus too much on the early rounds. PC and JS have been awesome at that.

    As Audible mentioned, “It doesn’t matter how good you are at drafting players if you don’t give them a chance to earn a spot…” Right on I remember a friend back in the 80’s who got to training camp. I asked him how he was doing and he said, “Okay for camp meat.” That is the way he felt as coaches never talked to him or gave any chance.

    Always compete! This mantra is awesome and it gives the FA and late round guys a chance that they often don’t get with other teams. And they know this. While it is true these guys get less rep and have less opportunity to show what they got, the Hawks give everyone a shot.

  32. The concept to build a championship team is EASY – as a GM get the best players that fit the coach you have the best – it doesn’t matter if you get it in the draft or FA or both but you have to get them. The hard part is the actual execution. Balancing the contracts and personalities

  33. I thought it was hilarious when Welker asked Manning what the score of the Oilers/Bills playoff game was…Manning didn’t answer and looked at him like he was an idiot.

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Great article by Michael Silver imo.

    I especially like it when he says something like-
    “Bad news for the naysayers that don’t think this organization will maintain it’s success”

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000324242/article/seattle-seahawks-smart-enough-to-thrive-in-nfls-salarycap-era

  35. yankinta says:

    TallyHawk,,, I only watched 2-3 FSU games this season… You’re right. I was not referring to this year…. I should probably elaborate…. What I meant was he’s dropped to many passes in the past,, he’s probably top 20 to 25 overall pick…. We’d have to trade up to get him. He’s not considered to have strong hands,, due to the drop passes in the past. I would say No thanks to trading up to get him,, even at 32 overall pick,, if he’s there, I’d say we trade down and get Coleman plus extra pick….

  36. Southendzone says:

    Vegas:

    “There’s a cool moment in the sound FX …”

    There at least a half dozen spine chilling, tear welling up in my eyes moments in that sound fx.

    The beginning with Earl giving the speech? “WE SPECIAL FOR A REASON!” Are you kidding me? That was so insanely great.. couldn’t believe it.

    Sherman to Kam “They wanted this storm!”

    Carroll “Omygod, I think Kam just killed that guy”

    Paul Allen giving Carroll a hug right after the game.

    I watched it last night and it felt like watching the game all over again. 4 days after the game and I’m in my living room screaming at the tv like I’m watching the game live. Incredible.

  37. http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/07/2013-nfl-announcer-rankings/?eref=sihp

    I’m hoping that this SB win will also translate into less games with bottom tier announcing teams. A lot less Myers and Ryan would be nice.

  38. doubledink says:

    JZ,
    no kidding. some of the crews just kill me.

  39. Todd Dybas says:

    DFloydd,

    It wasn’t much of a surprise to me, to be honest. I thought the Seahawks would win, and, if you read your News Tribune (or the blog) as I know all of you do, you read my prediction for the game:

    “The Seahawks’ secondary will buy its rush just enough time to get to Peyton Manning often enough that he ends up fumbling. That turnover, plus an interception, a solid day for Russell Wilson throwing and a big Percy Harvin kick return deliver the Seahawks their first title.”

    The margin was surprising, obviously. I figured the Seahawks would win by seven-10 points, but would have control throughout.

    In the run-up to the game, I watched several Broncos games. They relied so much on YAC, I didn’t think they could be very effective against the Seahawks. Constantly throwing underneath is precisely what the Seahawks want you to do, and Denver was inexplicably doing it voluntarily. I was stunned it didn’t have a better/altered offensive plan. I talked to Dan Quinn about this during the weeks before the game. They had been tackling very well in the playoffs and the Super Bowl was no different. Manning averaged 5.7 yards per pass in that game. A stunning number.

    Our seats weren’t centered, so, when Harvin was at the 25-yard line with a massive hole in front of him, we had a good angle to see what was coming. I turned to John McGrath and said, “Goodnight, everybody,” and off Harvin went.

    — Todd

  40. Skavage says:

    Does anyone know what the “typical” futures contract includes? Does it include salary, bonus money, etc? Or does it just contractually bind them to a team and covers them (insurance-wise) in case of off season injury while working out?

    I ask because players don’t normally collect any salary during the offseason. They get paid in the form of “game checks” during the season only. So I’m curious what a futures contract actually includes. (Guess I should Google it, the answer is probably out there!) :)

  41. With all the great picks in later rounds, Seattle has whiffed a few times, most notably in the first round with Carpenter, and also in the third with Moffitt, and twice in the fourth round with EJ Whatever, Kris Durham, and Chris Harper. While Durham is finally looking like a legit third WR for Detroit, its taken him forever and he wasnt drafted that high to be a third WR. Harper just isnt going to be ready for years either, it looks like; and he’s in GB.

    Nobody is perfect, but I for one dont want to see any more whiffs in the first round. You can recover from third/fourth round whiffs, but first round busts will kill you.

  42. My favorite SoundFX was Sherman saying “Lawd have Mercy……its Percy!” That cracked me UP!

  43. Super Bowl XLI

    P. Manning 25/38 247 yards 9.8 avg per catch 1 TD 1 INT MVP

    Super Bowl XLVIII

    R Wilson 18/25 206 yards 11.4 avg per catch 2 TD 0 INT Not the MVP

    If only Wilson had thrown for for 41 more yards, 1 less TD and 1 INT instead of 0, he might have been MVP.

  44. pabuwal says:

    Actually Wilson would have gotten MVP if Manning threw for 2 more TDs in this Super Bowl.

  45. RDPoulsbo says:

    I personally felt Kam deserved MVP, but Smith was worthy as well. As well as Wilson played, the story was the defense demolishing the ‘Greatest Offense to Grace Us with Their Presence’ ®

    I’m surprised the Broncos receivers didn’t lay the beatdown on Manning for continually sending them over the middle to be repeatedly hammered.

  46. Ray_Maines says:

    Not if Malcom Smith caught them both. ;)

    Hey, objectively speaking, has San Francisco drafted all that well in the last four years? I don’t pay too much attention to that sort of thing, but my gut feeling is that Harbaugh inherited most of his talent. I’m I right or wrong?

  47. Ray_Maines says:

    and RDP, I didn’t see much orange in the middle of the field in the second half, so maybe the receivers explained their concerns to PM (like: “OK big boy, how about if you go over the middle and I throw one to you? Didn’t think so. How about if we pick on that linebacker over on the left side instead?”).

  48. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I’m a super bowl champ!! Feels great to be on top.

    Best time of my life!!!

  49. Joe Namath was 17-28 with 206 yard passing (0 TDs, 0 INTs) and was Super Bowl MVP.

    Who cares who was MVP? I wanted Wilson to win MVP because I would have won a lot more than I already won on the game, but Kam and Smith were both worthy. Only one could win it though. The defense is the biggest reason we won the game so it only makes sense they give it to a defender.

    The defense gave up a TD and scored a TD. Throw in the Kam interception to put the offense in easy position to get a FG and it makes sense to give it to one of the members of one of the greatest defensive performances in Super Bowl history (if not the single greatest game by a unit ever in the game).

  50. I don’t really care who is MVP. But it does cheese me off that Wilson can put up numbers in the Superbowl that are pretty much double what Bradshaw and Rothlesburger did in their first SB wins, and he gets called a “game manager” and those guys are just called “Champions”.

    They treat RW like he is a Dilfer, when he is actually an excellent passing QB.

    I know, we won the Championship, so it doesn’t matter. Eventually, everyone will be on the Wilson bandwagon.

  51. vichawkfan says:

    Wilson’s 123 QBR was good enough for
    7th all time in a Super Bowl. Pretty remarkable and defiantly good enough to win MVP. Difference versus an Eli MVP Super Bowl with a lower QBR is the fashion in which the game played out. Defense won the game and it was over before Russell had his first TD pass. Kam set the table and Malcolm and Cliff sat down and ate some big steaks. Any of those 3 deserving of the truck.
    Anyone have a tiny bit of concern all this love for Russell has a negative effect on his play or prep next year? If anyone can keep it real it’s him. …I hope.

  52. We know the national people are fools because we follow this team and they don’t. They think they do but they don’t put as much time following this team and its moves as many of us do. Let them think what they want – I don’t care. The only thing I care about is winning more Super Bowls and we all know there’s going to come a time, like the Atlanta play-off game last year, where Wilson is going to strap the team to his back and lead a great victory (obviously, the defense couldn’t hold the lead in that one though).

    However, you don’t get noticed until you win that ring and now that he’s got it people are going to pay more attention to how good he is going to be. The kid has a lot more improving to do and he’s going to get better in only his third year in the NFL. That’s crazy to think he’s only going into his third year and he’s already pretty darn good! I think he and Luck are on another level than Cam, RGME, and the Krapper as far as young QBs are concerned. If I were the GM of the Hawks or the Colts and anyone offered me one of those three QBs AND offered a couple of 1st round picks – I’d laugh at them for making a stupid offer that I wouldn’t accept.

    To be considered a dynasty, you’ve gotta win three Super Bowls. To be considered the best dynasty, you’ve gotta win at least four of them. I’m hoping for the sky!

    Time to get the back-to-back thing. Although back-to-back is cool, teams who’ve “only” ever done it without anymore Super Bowls aren’t considered dynastys. Kind of like the Broncos of the late 90s. They went back-to-back but nobody ever talks about them as one of the great teams of all time, but people will talk about teams like the Cowboys and Patriots who were able to get three in four years (or the older 49ers of the 1980s and Steelers of the 1970s who were able to win four in a decade).

    Guess I should stop looking so far ahead, but it’s fun to speculate. Lets just try to get that back-to-back thing going… If the defense can kill it again next year, there’s no reason they can’t be considered the best defense of all time. After all, they are already being compared to the Bears of ’85 and the Ravens of 2000. Each of those comparisons is one heck of a compliment and those teams didn’t stifle the greatest statistical offense in the history of the NFL in their Super Bowl! Awesome stuff!

  53. Dukeshire says:

    “Game manager”, as Troy Aikman noted, is a backhanded compliment. And Wilson can absolutely take a game over, it’s simply a matter of fact that Carroll, offensively, protects Wilson at this stage of his career, by not asking him to carry the load. One of the great defenses in modern history, and a commitment to running the ball, relieves Wilson from having to shoulder the team’s total success. They threw no more than 25 passes in a given game during the playoffs/Super Bowl (and 8 games in the regular season). Wilson’s season high pass attempts was 33. By comparison, Luck had 10 games with 34+ attempts, Tannehill 14, and Griffin 7 (13 games). That is protecting a young QB. I hate to say it folks, but that’s a similar path that Pitts. took with Roethlisberger, who has 2 rings (in 3 appearances). I’m not comparing the two players’ skill sets only the team’s so-called “blueprint”.

  54. Dukeshire says:

    Correction, 9 regular season games with more than 25 attempts.

  55. Dukeshire says:

    Bob- You’re right about the Bronco’s perception, not being considered a so-called dynasty. But I think that has more to do with their 3 pervious losses (in 4 years, not considering the ’70s loss) than it does how good they were. Wouldn’t you agree that every other franchise that’s gone back to back is, or was, considered a “dynasty”. Let’s hope we have this “problem” in Seattle. lol

  56. Dukeshire says:

    Todd – Looking at the invitees to the combine I don’t think it’s much bigger than recent years. Isn’t it generally around 300 players?

  57. Back 2 back is INCREDIBLY hard. I certainly think the Hawks can, but you have to depend on health, luck, and the modern cap. I really hope/see 3/4 SB’s like the early 00’s Pats. Haws, dynasty of the 2010’s.

  58. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It will be interesting to see if/how other NFL teams will try to follow the Seahawks successful blueprint moving forward.

    Here is a comparison on how it’s done successfully and how it isn’t.

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-fans/2014/02/06/falcons-seahawks-take-divergent-paths-from-201213-playoffs/

  59. DFloydd says:

    Thanks for the reply and insight, Mr. Dybas. Appreciate it. Very cool. I think I said the same thing to my buddy who was watching the game with me. As soon as they tried to kick it short and Harvin came out to get it I just turned and said, “uh-oh. Watch this”
    I still can’t believe they didn’t kick it out of the end zone for a touchback (I mean Prater talked all week about how he can kick it 70+ yards)

    Anyway, today I am having people over to watch a rerun of the Superbowl. I’ve avoided watching it again all week. Should be fun to see it again. Go Hawks.

  60. DFloydd says:

    Georgia. I agree. I bet a lot of teams will try and want to follow the Seahawks model but unless there is a Coach Carroll clone and John Schneider clone out there it isn’t gonna happen. Seahawks have found s perfect balance between coach and GM which is rare. Will be fun to watch all the teams/coaches try to emulate the atmosphere the Seahawks organization has created. It won’t be possible. Pete and John started this 4 years ago and had to build their philosophy from the ground up and work it into every player’s psyche. To actually get players to treat every week like a championship is difficult to maintain.

  61. montanamike2 says:

    I can’t wait to finally be able to buy Madden for my ps3, right now it’s a designated blue ray player. I’ve been waiting for years, almost gave in and bought last years edition but then it was announced we added Avril, Bennett, and Harvin to the roster so it’s a no brainer to hold off for this years edition.

  62. montanamike2 says:

    I’ve waited so many years.

  63. I don’t recall anyone ever talking about the Dolphins or Broncos being a dynasty and one of those two Dolphin teams went undefeated. I don’t think most fans know the Dolphins went back to back because so much 70s attention is given to the Steelers.

  64. Dukeshire says:

    I agree about the Broncos, and I was too young to understand the game when Miami went back to back. But in reflection, the Steelers and Cowboys are the franchises that get the “team of the ’70s” talk.

  65. True, Duke. The Steelers of the mid-70s are still the gold standard in a way. But I’m a bit older and I remember. My first season following football week-to-week was 1972, and I grew up in the AFC East. Inevitably, I became a Dolphins fan and a Don Shula fan.

    I watched the great Steelers dynasty, and the great Cowboys teams — but this current Seahawks team reminds me more of that 1971-74 Dolphins dynasty than any other.

    1972 Dolphins: The No-name defense, many of whom were ‘unknown because they were young, not college stars, drafted to fill specific roles. Their coach was unafraid to follow his own philosophy and build a team that didn’t look like the rest of the NFL at the time. Their defensive scheme was a hybrid 4-3 / 3-4, with a hybrid RDE/ROLB. That defense punished receivers and hawked the ball. The Dolphins offense was built on a power rushing game that pounded a fullback at the opponent relentlessly, regardless of whether he gained a lot of yards or not. Once the opponent was worn down, they released Mercury Morris’ speed on the edge and select deep passes to Paul Warfield for TDs. The Dolphins didn’t pass a lot, they didn’t need to. They ground you down. They punished you and stole the ball. And they did it with 45 players who each knew their roles and played their roles and believed in each other.

    2013 Seahawks: We have a lot in common with those Dolphins.

  66. seahawk44 says:

    Todd, could you post the super bowl player snap counts?

  67. Todd did.

  68. Here are the Superbowl snap counts from the Seattle Times.

    OFFENSE
    J Sweezy, 60

    B Giacomini, 60

    R Okung, 60

    Z Miller, 58

    R Wilson, 57

    M Unger, 54

    D Baldwin, 49

    G Tate, 48

    M Lynch, 35

    J Carpenter, 31

    P McQuistan, 29

    P Harvin, 29

    J Kearse, 20

    A Bailey, 16

    R Turbin, 16

    L Willson, 13

    M Robinson, 8

    L Jeanpierre, 8

    R Lockette, 6

    T Jackson, 3

    DEFENSE

    E Thomas, 69

    B Maxwell, 69

    B Wagner, 66

    K Chancellor, 61

    R Sherman, 55

    W Thurmond, 51

    K Wright, 50

    M Bennett, 47

    C Clemons, 46

    C McDonald, 45

    C Avril, 41

    M Smith, 34

    B Mebane, 23

    O Schofield, 20

    T McDaniel, 19

    R Bryant, 18

    B Irvin, 17

    J Lane, 14

    D Shead, 8

    M Morgan, 3

    H Farwell, 3

  69. pabuwal says:

    Those have been posted already.

    Brady was also a Game Manager when he won his Super Bowls. Rodgers needed a pretty good Defense to win his as well.

    Fact is, a QB rarely ever has a career year and then carries the team to the SB. Players win MVPs and teams win SBs.

  70. I think these Seahawks are going to emerge with big names though. Almost everyone in America has now heard of Sherman and now the LOB with Kam and ET. If these guys keep it up for a few more years we are going to be talking about them as HOFers.

  71. Interesting stats:
    Sweezy = 60 snaps
    Giacomini = 60 snaps
    Carpenter+McQuistan = 60 snaps

    And two more stats:
    QB sacked = 0
    QB under duress = 19% of dropbacks (5-of-27)

    Didn’t we keep hearing here all season (I’m not mentioning names) about how terrible Sweezy and Giac and Carp and McQuistan were?

    I guess that must have been the same logic that believed the Broncos were going to beat the Seahawks.

  72. Common sense should tell us that when you face teams with great pass rushers that you’re going to give up more sacks than when you face a team that sucks at getting to the QB.

    I love how foolish some people can be when it comes to common sense.

    I bet the Bills would have had a better record in 2013 if they could have played the Redskins 16 times but if they would have played the Seahawks 16 times that their record would have been terrible.

  73. I think its interesting how few snaps Mebane and Bryant played. They weren’t even on the field for the first snap of the game. Probably because Denver doesn’t run much, and once they got behind they hardly ran the ball at all. And I heard on the Sound FX show that Carroll told the guys to not even worry about the run.

    Avril Clemons and Bennett were fantastic.

  74. You’re as salty as always, Bobby.

    Denver’s D had 6 sacks in the post season. Those 6 sacks came against San Diego and New England, not the Bills. Only San Francisco had more sacks than Denver in the post season.

    That same Denver D had ZERO sacks against Mr Sweezy, Giacomini, Carpenter, McQuistan Unger, and Okung.

    I just think the guys who earned a super bowl deserve credit.

  75. Moreno was given only 5 rushes in the super bowl. That’s pretty astounding. He had 37 rushes in the previous two playoff games. Obviously Denver abandoned the run after falling behind, but having Mebane and Red Bryant sitting on the bench was a great insurance policy. Denver knew those guys were ready to step in and crush the run.

  76. Stevos–Using those stats to judge the line is incomplete at best, a total lie at worst. Seriously, Trevathan and Pot Roast and whoever went against Okung on pass plays were making Wilson run for his life much of the time, and they couldnt even get LYNCH 3 yards per carry, and he’s a total stud! My dead Grandma could damn near get Lynch 3 YPC!

    Wilson and the coaches made that line look competent. They arent. SB or not, they were just good enough to let Wilson and company make them look good. They did not play a very good game, and they remain arguably the worst offensive line in football.

    All year long, in advanced stats, they ranked in the bottom 5 in the league for offensive lines. They didnt suddenly get good in the SB. Heck, even Okung could hardly block a second-tier pass rusher all game long, and committed 2 holds that cost us.

    Im not going to bag on them constantly, they got the job done; but anytime I see someone whitewashing their ineptitude, Im going to have something to say about it. A sows ear is a sows ear; it will never make a silk purse.

  77. Stevos–No, its not the same logic. McQ, Carp, Giac, and Sweeze are all simply awful. They were awful all year long. The rest of the team is awesome, every position group far above avg–except the line. And they are simply bad. There’s no getting around that fact. Anything else is just wishful thinking and/or willful blindness.

    Okung is injured. He never fully healed. But he surely looked like one of the bottom-tier LT’s and not a top-6 pick in the Draft.

  78. Right on Stevos! The O line did play a good game. I thought they were going to hold us back from winning a title this year, and I am very happy to have been wrong about that.

    Another nugget from the Sound FX show from the Superbowl: In the 4th quarter Carroll asked Lynch something like: “You want to score another touchdown don’t you?” and Lynch replied “Hell no, I just want my ring!”

    The game was essentially over, and Lynch wasn’t interested in padding his stats. That was probably around the time lynch had his shoes off, and Carroll was trying to keep him interested in the game.

    I bet a lot of coaches in the NFL would not have gotten so much out of Marshawn Lynch. Carroll lets Lynch be Lynch. A lot of the “tough guy” NFL coaches would probably not be able to coexist with Marshawn.

    Back in the 1970’s when the Seahawks practiced at Carrillon point (hard to believe, but they did) Largent and Raible used to buy donuts for the team at my Moms deli/donut shop in Kirkland.

    For those of us who have been Seahawks for life, this Superbowl win will never get old!

    Seahawks forever!

  79. Ok, STTBM, you can keep dissing our O line, but repeating an argument does’t make it true.

    Just like 2012, or O line performed better and better throughout 2013. Their final performances were against some of the best defensive lines in the NFL – San Francisco twice, Arizona, St Louis. Sure they had trouble with those D lines. Those were defenses who were crushing other O lines around league. When we played teams that had average O lines – the Saints and the Broncos – our O line punished them.

    The Broncos D line had kicked the crap out of the Patriots and were playing very well coming into the Super Bowl. Against us, they had to stack the box to stop our running game. That wasn’t four linemen stopping our rush. It took their whole front seven. And with every run, our O line BEAT THEM DOWN until their D line was whipped by the fourth quarter.

    Our O line was clearly not terrible in 2013.

    I expect Sweezy and Carpenter to continue getting better and better and probably start 16 games each next year. These guys aren’t All Pros, but they are both young and improving and they got the job done. McQuistan might be about done after 8 years. I felt like he got half the snaps in the super bowl not because he’s better than Carpenter but because he earned the chance to play in the big game. Giacomini can be replaced by Bowie or Bailey or someone else could be an upgrade there. But this idea that our O line was terrible just aint true.

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