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First Seahawks “game” day since the Super Bowl

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Aug. 7, 2014 at 10:52 am with 57 Comments »
August 7, 2014 11:17 am

Good morning from Mile High country. Just arrived in Denver for tonight’s exhibition opener against the Broncos (6 p.m., channel 13, 710AM/97.3 FM). Sunny and warm here now, but a chance of thunderstorms by early this evening.

I was astounded at the number of buzzing Seahawks fans inside SeaTac Airport this morning heading here — in full-on, regular season-caliber 12th Man regalia — for a preseason game. If I had been more alert, or if it hadn’t been 5 a.m., I’d be posting pictures on here for you of the scene.

My game advance in today’s News Tribune profiled Brock Coyle, who has gone in months from undrafted rookie free agent from FCS Montana to the starting middle linebacker for the Super Bowl champions matching wits with Peyton Manning tonight.

Expect Russell Wilson to play maybe one quarter of tonight's exhibition opener at Denver (Elaine Thompson / AP photographer).
Expect Russell Wilson to play maybe one quarter of tonight’s exhibition opener at Denver (Elaine Thompson / AP photographer).

That advance also has the game-day box detailing how Pete Carroll is going to play the kids tonight.

“It’s that time,” as Carroll put it, “for opportunity.”

Expect the starters to play about a quarter, depending on the length of possessions early. That could leave the final three quarters for Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor to quarterback. B.J. Daniels, the roster’s fourth QB, has “tweaked a groin” in the coach’s words and may not play.

A lot of discussion here on the blog about how Pryor is going to have to blow the doors off Jackson this month to win the No. 2 job behind Russell Wilson, with many of you rightly noting Jackson’s guaranteed contract of $1.25 million for this year. I see the Seahawks as likely to keep both Pryor and Jackson on the regular-season roster, so games like tonight likely indeed boil down to jockeying for position behind Wilson in time for the opener Sept. 4 against Green Bay. After that final exhibition at Oakland, backup quarterbacks aren’t going to get a ton of practice snaps to impress.

I’m interested in seeing how the Seahawks’ tackling is tonight. Following the injury-prevention trends around the league, Seattle hasn’t done any live hitting in training camp, with Carroll saying he and his staff are specifically preserving the players to be in peak condition to impress in these four exhibitions (including next week at home versus San Diego, Aug. 22 vs. Chicago and Aug. 28 at Oakland).

As for the guys Jackson and Pryor will be throwing to, watch for the chances Phil Bates, homecoming rookie Paul Richardson and former UW Husky Kevin Smith get tonight at wide receiver with Kevin Norwood and David Gilreath out injured.

Marshawn Lynch is listed on the team’s unofficial (not from the coaches, for the media) depth chart for this game. But Curt Warner may be more likely to run the ball for Seattle tonight than Lynch.

–Colleague Dave Boling explores the fact that the Seahawks’ recent unbeaten streak in the preseason over multiple summers isn’t by accident, nor going unnoticed within the team.

–For more on Coyle’s background as a ski racer at his local Big Sky resort near Bozeman, Mont., read this great profile from this week by The Herald of Everett’s John Boyle.



Leave a comment Comments → 57
  1. sluggo42 says:

    Win them all, regardless if meaningless

  2. emperorzook says:

    I’d take Curt Warner if his knee is OK

  3. doubledink says:

    Gregg, I am enjoying your wit. Bring it.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks for the article by Boyle on Coyle.

    I think Coyle has a good shot to make the team.

  5. I think Bates has the edge for the fringe recievers, but I want to see Kevin Smith represent for the Dawgs and tear some sh.. up. Also, I can’t wait to see our D get some hits in finally as well. Go Hawks.

  6. PugetHawk says:

    Great work Gregg. I appreciate it!

  7. montanamike2 says:

    Thanks for the props on Bozeman, it’s been on TV a lot lately too. Now that it’s becoming Bozeangeles, all my neighbors say to tell everyone how much this place sucks.

  8. Ray_Maines says:

    I don’t really care about the final score, except that I do.

    I’m most interested to see how well the Seahawk depth players fare against denver depth players. If the ‘Hawks have the strong roster I think they do, they should win going away. If the Broncos win the 3&4 qtrs. I’ll have to re-evaluate.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I worked at Big Sky golf course one summer. One of the funnest summers I’ve ever had. Love the Gallatin Valley.

  10. This really blows in Calif tonight. They’re showing 9rs on TV and no Seahawks. Even the NFL channel not showing the reigning world champs. :(

  11. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Broncos will need more than words to beat this team. In a odd way, I hope the game is close and then we let our backups take out their backups. Maybe even the Broncos win tonight. Build that false hope. But come week three regular season in Seattle, our boys drop hammers on them again. That would reopen that Superbowl wound.

  12. doubledink says:

    Brock Coyle may be the Doug Baldwin of this year’s class of rookies. That guy who forces them to save a roster spot for him.

  13. jzulaski says:

    TruBlu – it’s “I before E except after C”. Remember?

    So, it’s “receivers”, not “recievers”.

    Just sayin’.


    I think that Bates has really helped himself but, some of the newer guys may beat him out. If Kevin Norwood can get himself healthy, he may challenge for one of the Receiver spots too.

  14. Coyle may be a good free agent story, but is he the best we’ve got if Wagner goes down? Feels like we’re a little thin at LB in general, at least until Irvin is back, no?

  15. That would be great if it were noisy there and Denver’s first snap is botched again.

  16. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    This is pretty Lame if the Bronco media is treating htis like a real actual game.

  17. RDPoulsbo says:

    If people out of the area have friends here and don’t want to pay DirecTV a king’s ransom for NFL Sunday ticket, now’s the time to buy your friend a Slingbox that you can use.

    Much easier than trying to find those internet streams the NFL is continuing to crack down on. Just saying, it’s time to plan ahead now while you’re only missing preseason games.

  18. Holy crap, Gregg made a reference to Curt Warner! And he’s a Raiders fan or something, right?! Good move, dude, Im impressed!

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Why is everyone presuming Gregg is a Raiders fan? Did I miss something?

  20. Carlsonkid says:

    The Raiders have fans ?!

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    It’s been a solid 6 months since the Broncos had a close look at T-Jack. I’m sure they’re going to take it very seriously…

  22. Gregg Bell says:

    Since it’s early in our relationship here, may I dispel something?

    I am laughing at the notion I am somehow a Raiders “fan.” Cover that team every day for four seasons like I did, see up close how that sausage got made in one of the more, shall I say “unique,” organizations in sports, and even an Oakland native (which I am not) would cease being a fan. Trust me, I am not a Raiders fan.

  23. CanuckFan says:

    Hey folks,

    Off topic, but… I’m a season ticket holder who lives in Canada (Vancouver), and just picked up my ticke package from the post office. I can’t believe this, but I was charged $62 in duty, and it looks to me it’s because of that glass book holder (or whatever you call it) – on my packing slip it’s listed as worth $398.98!!! Any other Canadians see this, and are any of you trying to contest the charges? I wouldn’t pay the $62 for that glass thing, let alone almost 4 bills! WTF??????

  24. SandpointHawk says:

    Gregg hasn’t stated his fandom preference yet, to my knowledge. Having spent time in Ohio where he was raised the guess would be Bengals or Browns….but the corner of the state he was raised in screams Steelers to me…I really have no idea though and I’m proud to be one of the 95% wrong group here on the blog so please ignore me…

  25. montanamike2 says:

    I think Coyle might be a good backup MLB’r. You spent a summer up in Big Sky Duke? To be fair, the Raiders do have a pretty good kicker.

  26. rramstad says:

    Canuck, contact your ticket rep. I’ve heard that if you take a picture or a scan of the paperwork, the Seahawks will reimburse the $62. The Seahawks used UPS to Canada this year, and in years past, had used FedEx, and apparently either something was fouled up or is different between the two.

  27. rramstad says:

    Gregg, it’s nothing personal and honestly the Raiders thing is kind of a compliment… I believe two of the best guys who manned this blog, Eric and Mike, were both Raiders fans from way back.

    It is funny to hear your analysis, though, as I had been thinking something very similar… anyone who covered a dysfunctional organization up close for a number of years would end up with a very real picture of what that team really was all about… and if you came in as a fan, you might leave as a critic… certainly with the Raiders…

  28. Someone mentioned that he was probably a Raiders fan, and I took the ball and ran with it…just a silly joke. Not everyone from Cali is a Raiders fan, and he isnt from Long Beach….

    Ugh, comparing that organization to the making of sausage; I knew they were screwed up, but thats really something lol!

    No crocodile tears will be shed by me for them, I still hate them–though not as passionately as when Seattle was in the AFC West.

    Doesnt matter who he roots for, as long as he gets in-depth with Seattle. Eric did a great job, and he wasnt a Seahawks fan. Sometimes the objectivity of not being a fan can be a big help in analyzing them.

  29. Also, everyone who runs this blog gets poached, several by ESPN. A couple were Raiders fans, so its likely that one of the two would happen…since Gregg isnt a Raiders fan, then he’s gonna get poached…hopefully not for a couple years lol! This blog could use some continuity lol!

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree with sandpoint. Sounds like Steelers to me.

  31. SandpointHawk says:

    Steubenville, Ohio is about 40 miles from Pittsburgh Pa….How did Long Beach Ca come into the conversation? Lord help us and let the games begin so we have something real to debate….

  32. In my old neighborhood in Montana, it seemed half the place was scumbag Raiders fans on meth from Long Beach…

    I was implying that Gregg is a million miles away from any of those cretins…

  33. SandpointHawk says:

    Oh, got it…

  34. montanamike2 says:

    We have a ton of GB,Broncos and Whiner fans here in Bozeman.

  35. RDPoulsbo says:

    Sando, Eric and Dybas were all Raider fans, then you look over and see he covered the Raiders. That’s where the jokes came from. TNT seemed to be very good and finding the few left and hire them.

    Anyway, Clayton was a Steeler fan so maybe they’ve decided to switch it back that way? At the very least, I’m sure the pool of reporters that are also Raider fans has run very dry…

  36. CanuckFan says:

    rramstad – thanks for the info regarding the tix, I’ll be sure to post something when it gets sorted out.

    Cheers, and GO SEAHAWKS!

  37. SandpointHawk says:

    A lot of the Rocky Mountain fandom came from what channels you could receive prior to cable and satellite. My father in law raised in the bay area and a 49 fan became a Bronco fan in the late 60’s because the only games he got on his antenna in North Idaho were the Broncos…Can’t blame him (much) he loved to talk football with his buds…

  38. montanamike2 says:

    What would that do psychologically to Denver if tonight’s game was another blowout?

  39. DFloydd says:

    This will ruin any of the .01 millimeter of a reputation I might have here but I hope Gregg is a Steelers fan. I have admitted it before here but my two favorite teams are Seattle and Pittsburgh. Born and raised in WA. Never even been to Pennsylvania. I just remember the first Superbowl I watched was ’79 Steelers when I was around 7 years old. That was my introduction to NFL football. Have followed them ever since. I know it’s blasphemy in this state to admit my liking the much hated Steelers but I’m sorry. I love both teams.

    Although when I worked in one of the prisons here I was almost torn limb from limb for wearing a Steelers shirt and Seahawks hat to work one day. Just wasn’t paying attention. It was a few months after the SB XL debacle. And no it wasn’t inmates who threatened my life. It was the guards. Suffice to say lesson learned.

  40. trout_hound says:

    New blogger, new header. Love the photo! Welcome aboard, Gregg. And of course, being a Montanan, gotta root for Coyle.

  41. montanamike2 says:

    Yeah, cool header, i’m rooting for coyle too.

  42. HawkfaninMT says:

    Grrrrrr!!!! Shame on you Boyle! You take a Griz great, and the discussion becomes how awesome the Gallatin Valley and Bozeman are…. Blech!!

  43. trout_hound says:

    DFloydd – when I was really little my old man would always wager with me on the Superbowl, and he always picked the underdog. I lost to Broadway Joe, but won big with the Dolphins, Raiders, and the Steelers later, thus became fans of those teams. Even wore 59 on my jersey for Jack Ham for a number of years. Of course when the Hawks came along later, all bets were off, literally, and we rooted together. And I started hating any other team in AFC, including those two, and the AFC West. Funny things is, the Raiders are the only team in the AFC West I actually like now, and it started when Chucky coached them.

  44. Did I just get hit by the grammer police up above, damn.

  45. DFloydd says:

    Cool story TroutHound.I have to agree the Raiders were different with Gruden but it’s still the Raiders. First Kingdome Seahawks game I got to see in person was a Raiders win.. They’ve been on my hate list for too many years. Heh heh.

  46. Dukeshire says:

    Gregg Bell – Good man. lol

    Why does Gregg have to be a fan of any team?

  47. DFloydd says:

    Not to be a d**k TruBlu but it’s spelled Grammar. Haha. Just effing with you. If the point comes across fine I don’t get too concerned with people’s spelling and grammAr. However my biggest annoyance is the people who call someone a “loser” but spell it like “he’s such a looser” well, dummies now you look like the loser. I guess I’m just a loose loser. Sorry all, not making sense. Just trying to kill the time til kick off. Thank you Jaysus! See you all on the other side which is known as the 2014 NFL Season. Life is whole again.

  48. DFloydd says:

    Well. Duke. I can agree but it’s football. We’re mostly rabidly mad fans so having the blog host a fan of any team makes it better. How? Couldn’t tell you. Just a feeling. Plus a big part is the what’s behind the mask/curtain curiosity more than anything for me….just plain curiosity

  49. Reading some of the Broncos websites, it’s amazing to me how so many Broncos fans think the Superbowl just “got off to a bad start that the Broncos couldn’t recover from.” That’s why they lost, because of a safety.

    As if a 2-0 deficit with 59:48 remaining in the game was just too daunting for the greatest scoring offense in NFL history. It was a pure beat down in all phases, not a flukey game at all.

    I can also report, that after perusing the internet for NFL commentary, the Niners seem to have the most juvenile, profane, angry fans in the NFL. Maybe it’s because they had 3 straight years of almost getting it done but failing. No other team seems to have as many angry little 14 year olds rooting for them.

    I hope Seahawks fans in Denver make a lot of noise, and the Denver fans try to out-yell them, while the Denver offense is on the field. Imagine another botched first snap for the Denver offense.

  50. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yeah, not too much to talk about until Seattle’s backups play Denver for the 3rd time in a calendar year…

    I am looking forward to seeing Coyle, but I’ll be most interested in the Leo position since that’s the one spot on defense that’s really up in the air. On offense, it’ll be how well the o-line holds up and how far along the RBs are.

  51. Dukeshire says:

    DFloydd – Well, yeah, it’s fun to get to know the person, agreed. But as an adult, after covering so many teams and the league, he may simply be a fan of the game. I just don’t presume he’s an “X” fan in hiding.

  52. Macabrevity says:

    Unlike Chuck, whose area of expertise actually lends quite a bit of insight into football matters, I’d like to keep my work (that being English grammar specifically) completely off this blog if at all possible. You guys don’t want me opening up a can of grammatical whoop-age on anyone here. Let’s just assume any and all mistakes are typos and leave it at that. I know I’ll make my share, especially with our conspicuous lack of an edit button…

    Back to football… anyone think Pete and John are happy as can be that Norwood could be red-shirted this year? I’m hoping Bates and Lockette are the beneficiaries, both those guys are going to be human missiles on kick coverage.

  53. Macabrevity says:

    If the Broncos win tonight’s grudge match they more than erase any bad memories and prove that Peyton can win the ones that really count. I hope he stays in there the entire first half and gets his mojo back while we’re busy working out our depth chart. Go Broncos! (j/k)

  54. montanamike2 says:

    Who’s their backup QB?

  55. MontanaMike2–Two demerits! Thier backup is Brock Osweiler, Montana Boy extraordinaire!!

  56. Ray_Maines says:

    Brock Osweiler

  57. Ray Maines–Slug Bug!

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