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Category: Coaching Decisions

July
10th

Cliff Avril glad docs kept him out of Super Bowl’s final quarter: “Concussions aren’t anything to play with”

The Seahawks were on their way to enjoying a double-digit lead in Super Bowl 49. They were getting to quarterback Tom Brady enough to keep him and New England stuck on 14 points late into the third quarter of the Feb. 1 championship game.

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn moved Michael Bennett inside from end to a tackle position for much of the game, and Bennett sped past New England’s rookie center Bryan Stork all night. Bennett had four hits on Brady. And the speed of fellow defensive end Cliff Avril coming off the other edge kept New England from totally

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July
8th

Who is Marshawn Lynch’s heir? It’s not apparent

When Marshawn Lynch signed his two-year contract extension in March, it not only gave him $5 million more in guaranteed cash this year. It made it more conceivable the 29-year-old star running back could retire before his three-year, $31 million deal’s expires with a $12.5 million hit against the Seahawks’ salary cap in 2017.

His ongoing back pain that caused him to miss the start of the key NFC West showdown at Arizona last December and his unpredictability make anything possible in regards to Lynch’s future beyond this season.

That all makes it more necessary than ever for Seattle

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July
6th

Who is going to block for Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, et al this season?

Lost amid all — and I do mean ALL — the noise over when or if Russell Wilson signs a contract extension this year is a more fundamental concern: Who will be blocking for him this season?

Finding the five starters on the offensive line remains the Seahawks’ most important task in training camp this summer, at least on the field. Line coach Tom Cable said last month he thinks that’s going to happen sooner rather than later once camp begins July 31 in Renton.

I came across this advanced statistic from Pro Football Focus a couple weeks ago, and

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June
10th

Line coach Tom Cable expects spring parade of centers to yield new starter by early in preseason

Tom Cable, joking about Russell Okung interrupting a post-OTA-practice interview on Tuesday in the video above, isn’t more than the Seahawks’ offensive line coach this spring. He’s become the team’s chief mixologist.

Cable’s been using more centers than a hockey team does. That’s been since Seattle sent two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans in March in the trade that added star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks’ recently meager passing game.

Lemuel Jeanpierre, Unger’s backup for most of the last five seasons, has been the first-string center for the majority

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June
9th

Michael Bennett’s only kinda-sorta OTA protest; Paul Richardson’s progress, more from OTA practice #8

The Seahawks just finished the eighth of 10 organized-team-activity practices on the field here in Renton. How relatively casual did this one feel to the Tuesday ones I witnessed the previous two weeks?:

Sherman spoke to the media afterwards — and chuckled when asked if he’s been talking to teammate Michael Bennett, the defensive end who has skipped these voluntary practices after saying

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May
11th

Tom Cable’s conversion of defensive tackles into offensive linemen continues

This weekend coach Pete Carroll remarked his offensive-line coach Tom Cable was “like a kid in a candy store” with all the projects he was leading through the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp.

Fourth-round pick Terry Poole, a plowing, 6-foot-5, 323-pound left offensive tackle at San Diego State, moving to left guard for Seattle. Sixth-round choice Kristjan Sokoli, a defensive tackle at the University of Buffalo, looking impressively athletic at center.

And now Kona Schwenke, a defensive tackle at Notre Dame, on the New York Jets practice squad and on the rosters of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, to guard.

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May
2nd

Hoping Seahawks’ Saturday to end NFL draft is better than their Friday that began it

Back here at Seahawks headquarters for the team’s final six picks during rounds four through seven of the NFL draft.

Seattle has picks 130th and 134 in the fourth round, 170th in the fifth round, 209th and 214th in the sixth round, and 248th in the seventh round. Four of those six points are compensatory picks awarded by the league the Seahawks cannot by rule trade.

This Saturday has to be better than Friday here.

At least that’s how many outside the Seahawks are viewing rounds two and three yesterday because of Seattle’s initial pick, defensive end Frank Clark from Michigan with

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May
1st

Seahawks top draft choice Frank Clark, kicked off Michigan’s team in November after DV charge: “Believe in me.”

The Seahawks rarely do the expected in the NFL draft. It’s how they have separated themselves with 36 wins in their last 48 games and reaching the last two Super Bowls, winning one.

They just did the unexpected — and already controversial — by drafting defensive end Frank Clark from Michigan with the next-to-last pick of the second round, at No. 63 overall tonight. It may be the riskiest, leap-of-faith pick in their franchise’s 39-year history.

Sure, Clark is 6 feet 2 and 277 pounds, described as having an explosiveness in pass rushing that Seattle loves. The Seahawks’ team

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