Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle boldly predicted that the Seattle Seahawks will finish 19-0 and win the franchise’s first Super Bowl in the upcoming season.
However, Bruce Irvin’s four-game suspension and Cliff Avril’s foot injury has Moore waffling.
Moore: “Unless I’m mistaken, the Seahawks in their first four games will have only one true pass-rushing defensive end in the currently sore-footed Avril. After tearing his ACL in the playoff game at Washington, Chris Clemons likely won’t be available. Neither will Greg Scruggs, who recently tore his ACL.
Maybe Bennett, the hybrid defensive tackle/end, can fill in. Maybe converted linebackers Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan can, too.
But these are red flags. Forget about an unbeaten season; what about overtaking the 49ers in the NFC West?
For that to happen, the margin of error is slim, and Irvin’s mistake doesn’t help matters at all.”
Greg Garber of ESPN has an interesting story on the history of NFL coaches, from Sid Gillman to Pete Carroll. The story is part of a larger ESPN series on NFL coaches in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s birth. Carroll acknowledges that he’s tried to build the Seahawks in the image of Lombardi’s teams at Green Bay. Carroll: “I don’t say this very often, but in putting together our team in these three years, I had this image in my mind about creating a team that could function like a Lombardi team. Where they were so committed to the running game. And disciplined. And a really smart quarterback that can make great decisions. And see if we couldn’t put together a team that could do so many things right that you just were hard to beat.”
Herm Edwards writing for ESPN, offers his list of the top 20, all-time NFL coaches. George Halas tops his list, followed by Vince Lombardi. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Brian McIntyre of Yahoo Sports UNLV linebacker John Lotulelei received the largest signing bonus among undrafted rookie free agents in the league, taking $25,000 in guaranteed money to sign with Seattle. However, McIntyre also notes that the guaranteed money does not mean that Lotulelei has a guaranteed spot on the 53-man roster.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about sixth round pick Spencer Ware’s conversion from hard-running tailback to fullback.
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports the Seahawks have the fourth-youngest roster of projected starters in the league.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports lists Seattle at No. 5 in his updated NFL power rankings. Prisco: “They’ve had a nice offseason, but the four-game suspension for Bruce Irvin taints it somewhat. They still have a talented roster.”
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post provides some statistical data to support his idea why San Francisco will not return to the Super Bowl in the upcoming season.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that draft will be moved to mid-May next year, and could move from New York to another city after 2014.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com provides the rundown on San Francisco being awarded Super Bowl 50.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle does the same thing on the Texans being awarded Super Bowl 51.
New San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen gets blasted on Twitter for wearing an Oakland Raiders hat to In-and-Out burger and posting a video of it. Just send that Raiders hat to me Keenan.