Seahawks Insider

Category: Coaching Decisions


No baby delievery for Sherman; among Seahawks’ Super Bowl inactives: NFC title game hero Garry Gilliam

Richard Sherman’s (very) pregnant girlfriend is not imminently close to labor with their son, so the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback is indeed full-go for today’s Super Bowl.

Undrafted rookie free agent Garry Gilliam is inactive for Super Bowl 49, two weeks after the former Penn State tight end caught a fake-field-goal touchdown that sparked the Seahawks’ rally past Green Bay in the NFC championship. Gilliam’s mother Thelma “Vene” Shifflett and her older son made the trip from Carisle, Pennsylvania, on Thursday to be here for Gilliam.

Seattle’s other inactvies: third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels, cornerback Marcus Burley, center Patrick Lewis,

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Seahawks play caller Darrell Bevell on Marshawn Lynch: “Definitely, probably, THE best player on our offense”

Great news for those who think too much Marshawn Lynch is not enough in the Seahawks’ offense: the play caller says he wants to get the ball to the plowing running back in every way possible.

Asked following Wednesday’s practice about the increase in Lynch catching screens and swing passes in recent games — a product of how fleeting or non-existent Russell Wilson’s pass protection has been — offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell answered with this:

“Well, we want to use our good players. And he’s definitely, probably, THE best player on our offense. And we want to get him the

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Percy Harvin’s hasty exit to Jets means Seahawks’ return to Marshawn Lynch. Remember him?

UPDATE: A league source with knowledge of the deal says the Seahawks are getting a conditional, sixth-round choice in the 2015 draft from the New York Jets in the now-official trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin. Depending on how many games Harvin plays and how much he produces the rest of this season, that pick could become a fourth-round choice next spring.

The Jets made the official announcement of the still-stunning trade this morning. The Seahawks were waiting for New York, as the acquiring team, to official announce the deal.

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Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell on Marshawn Lynch: “I do have to do a better job of getting him the ball”

The Seahawks are off the field following an indoor practice out of the rain at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

After it, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke — mostly about the need for better execution, more conversions on third down and, yes, for him to give the ball more often to four-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.

And, yes, Bevell hears you screaming at him to do just that. He also realizes that’s part of his job when the Super Bowl champions begin their defense of their title at 3-2 with an offense that’s been throttled in both losses.

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Hey, c’mon back from that ledge! It’s still way early in this Seahawks season

For those of you who may be reading this while your toes are dangling from a ledge of a tall building, a reminder:

It’s mid-October.

These are long seasons, full of teams on winning streaks, losing streaks and injury streaks — many of which are still to happen. The nature of NFL teams usually playing only once every seven days means there are six days in between to scrutinize and inflate the importance of the most recent game. Win or lose that last game becomes a confirmation or indictment of an entire season.

In fact, it’s 1/16th of it.


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Do the Seahawks have too many weapons and ideas on offense for their own good?

Finishing my game story and notebook last night for today’s News Tribune on the Seahawks’ 30-23 loss to the Cowboys, I dug up this telling statistic on Seattle’s use — and misuse — of Marshawn Lynch since it acquired him from Buffalo in a trade four games into the 2010 season:

The Seahawks are now 2-9 when the giving Lynch 10 or fewer rushes in a game. That includes 0-2 this season, Sunday’s second loss in 21 home games for Seattle and his six-carry day last month in a 30-21 loss at

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Waiting for the “real” Russell Okung; Richard Sherman says Dez Bryant “matters”

Who says your voice isn’t heard here?

After reading the long discussions the last few weeks here about the current state of Russell Okung, I made it a point yesterday in Renton to explore what the Seahawks think of their linchpin left tackle through four games of this season. The story is in today’s News Tribune.

I found the team is united in two beliefs: 1.) This isn’t the real Russell Okung, and 2.) The real one is on its way.

“He’s about 80 percent, yeah. That’s fair,” offensive-line coach Tom Cable said Wednesday when asked him where Okung

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Seahawks on break; Marshawn Lynch’s 10 great minutes on the radio; snap counts from win over Denver

This morning the Seahawks are as far away from the NFL as they can possibly be during the regular season. They have started a seven-day break during their lone bye in the schedule, due back at their headquarters in Renton on Monday to begin preparing for the Oct. 6 game at Washington.

The Seahawks took the same full-week break during their bye last season before a Monday-night home game against New Orleans, though that was far later in the season, in late November.

In today’s News Tribune I wrote why the break

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