Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News writes that the demise of the running game in the NFL is a misnomer.
He notes that the top three rushers in the league last year – Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch – all played on teams that made the playoffs in 2012. While top three passers in terms of yardage –Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford andTony Romo—all led teams that fell short of the postseason.
Teams still lean on the running game to create balance on offense, but throw the ball to put points on the board, particularly in the red zone.
Bob Glauber of Newsday has interesting story on Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who has transformed him self from a big spender who blew $5 million dollars in his first two years of the NFL, to a frugal, penny pincher driving a Toyota Prius.
ESPN’s Mike Sando lists Golden Tate as someone playing for a contract with Seattle in 2013. Sando: “The receiver set career highs in 2012 with 45 receptions for 688 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 15.3 yards per reception, a gain of more than four yards over his previous career average. The Seahawks loved what they saw from Tate, but that did not stop them from acquiring Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings and making Harvin the highest-paid receiver on the team. Harvin’s arrival invited questions about whether Tate figured into the Seahawks’ long-term plans. It also invited questions about whether the team would continue paying fellow receiver Sidney Rice at Rice’s current rate.”
KJR’s Mitch Levy talks with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn about the changes being made to Seattle’s defense in this audio link.
Country singer Kenny Chesney practices with the Seahawks in this video link. Chesney played at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that Seattle is less than 100 days away from the team’s season opener at Carolina on Sept. 8.
Joel Corry of The National Football Post explains why June 1 isn’t an important deadline anymore to release players with excessive contracts.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports talks with Frank Supovitz, the NFL’s senior vice president of events, about contingency plans being put in place for the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl that will take place in February 2014 at MetLife Stadium.
More Judge: He interviews former NFL head coach Eric Mangini about his new role with San Francisco as a senior offensive consultant.