Archive | February, 2012

Leroy Hill Arrested….. Again

27 Feb

Sources have confirmed this afternoon that Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested in Georgia over the weekend for possession of marijuana. This is not the first time Hill has been in trouble with the law. Hill, as many Seahawks fans may recall, was also arrested in January 2009 after he was found passed out in the driver’s seat of his car while stopped at an intersection. Atlanta police found marijuana in Hill’s car at this time as well. Hill is slated to be a free agent this offseason.

I remember in an interview on KJR during last season’s training camp, Hill stated “I have a chip so big on my shoulder, you have no idea.” The Seahawks gave him another chance and he played well last season. I really thought his previous run-ins with the law as well as the very realistic possibility of not making a team would have changed Hill for good. I guess I was wrong. Hill once again is a free agent this year and in my opinion this is his third strike. I firmly believe he will not be back in a Seahawks uniform next season and I believe this unfortunate situation completely changes how we are going to shape our defense for next season. This affects our perspective on potential free agents and may change the direction that we go in round one of the draft.

Leroy, I think you are a really good football player but your lack of good judgement has frustrated me numerous times because I know you are smarter than this. A lot of general managers are going to look at you as an off-the-field cancer and because of this I think there is a good chance you may have played your last game in the NFL. You only have yourself to blame for these reoccurring problems and if you see yourself playing in the NFL again, you need to grow up and stop getting yourself into these situations.

The 12th Pick

24 Feb

I kind of knew this was going to happen. The NFL conducted the coin flip between us and Kansas City this morning for the 11th and 12th picks in this year’s draft and we lost the flip, meaning we will pick 12th. It seems kind of fitting though. Even though the records and strength of schedule were the same, I feel we had a better season than Kansas City so they deserve the right to pick before us. Also, the Seahawks have been built around the 12th man, so to have the 12th pick seems kind of ironic.

Some may wonder if there is any significant difference in picking one spot after we could have. Multiple Kansas City Chiefs fan sites report they are in need of an Offensive Tackle or a Nose Tackle. Since the Seahawks most likely will not pick an OT or NT in round one, I do not see having Kansas City pick the guy we want to be a problem. Because we are looking for different positional needs, the coin flip may not matter. The only way I can see this coin flip hurting us is if we are looking to trade up. The difference in one pick could play a significant role in the other pieces of a potential trade. Even though we pick one spot after we could have, the 12th pick is simply not as good of a spot as number 11, so if we were looking to trade up, not having that 11th pick could cost us an additional pick in the late rounds, or even a player that may not exactly play a significant role but a player we may not need to trade if we had got the 11th pick. Not saying this would happen, but the possibility always exists.

NOTE: In multiple interviews with various reporters yesterday at the Combine, Seahawks GM John Schneider noted that Marshawn Lynch WILL BE BACK next season, regardless of whether Lynch gets a multi-year contract completed or if he receives the franchise tag.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: My preliminary plan is to watch as much Combine coverage this weekend as I can and be blogging simultaneously. Stay tuned this weekend for observations during these player workouts!

Mario Williams or Red Bryant?

23 Feb

The Seahawks have lots of salary cap room this offseason to potentially sign high-profile free agents. A name that I have seen recently that the Seahawks might be interested in is Mario Williams. Williams, the 1st overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, is an unrestricted free agent and possibly the top defensive player available in free agency this offseason.

If the Seahawks were to make a play for Mario Williams, the probability of letting Red Bryant walk away is pretty good. Williams will be lobbying for big money; money that will not be able to go to other big name free agents should we sign Williams. This could turn out to be a good debate on who would be a better fit in Seattle, and who would the fans want more. It is safe to say that Williams is the better all around player. Although he is coming off an injury that forced him to miss the final 11 games of 2011, he still had 5 sacks in the 5 games he played. He would have been on pace for at least 16 sacks if he had not gotten hurt. Williams would add a pass rush that the Seahawks haven’t seen since Patrick Kerney signed in 2007. Williams would best fit in a 4-3 defensive scheme as a defensive end opposite to Chris Clemons.

Although Williams is a dominating presence on the field, adding Williams could hurt our rush defense, which was dominant last season. If we were to sign Williams, it is almost certain Red Bryant would be signed by another team. As I have stated in prior posts, Bryant adds  veteran leadership and re-signing him maintains continuity among the defense. In my opinion he is the one defensive player we cannot lose.

We will only have room for one of these players. In simple, Williams adds a dominant pass rush but will come with a large price tag. Bryant maintains continuity among the defensive unit, leadership in the locker room, and will maintain a rush defense that finished in the top 5 in the NFL last season. As a fan I would love them both. As seen in my Peyton Manning opinion, I am unsure which player I would like to have more.

UPDATE: It was announced today that free agency will officially begin at 1:00pm pacific time on March 13th. Also the NFL will conduct a coin flip tomorrow morning at the combine between the Seahawks and Kansas City to determine will pick 11th and 12th in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Combine: Day One

22 Feb

Today is the official start of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Today is mostly paperwork and administrative responsibilities. Saturday is the start of the on-field workouts. Stay tuned for constant combine coverage over the weekend, as well as other posts over the next couple days, as I have been running low on posts over the last few days. For that I apologize.

Source: Seahawks, Lynch working on long-term contract

19 Feb

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting tonight that the Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch are working on a long-term deal to keep the 25-year-old pro bowler in a Seahawks uniform. The Seahawks have between tomorrow, February 20th and March 5th to determine who to apply the franchise tag to. If the Seahawks can complete a contract with Lynch over the next few days, I expect the Seahawks to use the franchise tag on either defensive end Red Bryant or linebacker David Hawthorne. If contract talks between the Seahawks and Lynch break down, then I expect the Seahawks to tag Lynch before the March 5th deadline.

The Pros and Cons of Peyton Manning

19 Feb

The Seahawks have been mentioned by several media outlets in connection to having interest in Peyton Manning, should Manning be released by Indianapolis before his March 8th bonus deadline. Today a cbssports.com article explains that the Seahawks may potentially be the leading candidate to land Manning if he is released. Everyone who knows about the Peyton Manning/Colts dilemma understands the potential high risk/high reward that would come with another team signing him. Here are my pros and cons that the Seahawks and the 12th Man should know about if we pursue Peyton Manning this offseason.

PROS:

Peyton Manning is better than Tarvaris Jackson: Okay I know this is an obvious statement but think about it for a little while. If the Seahawks sign Peyton Manning we would not be getting the same Peyton Manning who broke the single-season passing record or the Peyton Manning that led the Colts to a championship in 2006. However, I believe that if Manning can get his velosity up on his throws to be able to perform well in a game, a diminished Manning is still better than a healthy Tarvaris Jackson.  Also, Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com said in a radio interview on Friday that Manning “still has 100 percent of his brain.” Manning’s decision-making I believe would be an upgrade to the decisions Jackson made in certain situations last year. Peyton Manning is a smarter quarterback and has the ability to make the other ten guys on offense around him better. Going off of this last point….

We have the offensive weapons to be explosive with Peyton Manning: A lot of people including myself looked at our offense last season and said we are going to be real good as soon as we can get a decent quarterback. Let me drop some names real quick; Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Zach Miller. Rice and Miller specifically are former pro bowlers who signed big contracts last offseason. Many believe in Rice’s case that he got his big money because of the season he had in 2009 with Brett Favre in Minnesota. Superstar quarterbacks can turn ordinarially talented receivers into superstar playmakers. Imagine what our offense would look like with Peyton Manning instead of Jackson. I think with Manning at the helm both Rice and Miller could be heading back to the pro bowl in 2012.

Veteran Leadership and Mentoring: Matt Hasselbeck was one of the best leaders the Seahawks have ever had. Peyton Manning may be next coming of Hasselbeck’s leadership in Seattle. Manning was a perennial captain with the Colts. His knowledge and understanding of the game would have a great effect on this young Seahawks team. The lessons he could teach this team I believe would be a great benefit for future seasons; lessons that could not otherwise be taught if Manning was not a Seahawk. Hypothetically if the Seahawks were to bring in Manning for the present and we aquire a young quarterback for the future, do you truly believe there is anybody better to have that young quarterback sitting under and learning from then Peyton Manning?……. I didn’t think so.

CONS:

Health: Most of these cons are pretty obvious but bear with me. There is a chance that Manning’s arm strength will not be up to his or any other  team’s standards come training camp. If this is the case you potentially lose the chemistry with your backup quarterback (most likely Jackson) and you could set the team back an additional year or so in regards to signing or drafting your future solution at quarterback.

Cost: I have no idea what kind of money Peyton Manning will ask for if he becomes a free agent but I can guarantee you it won’t be the $4 million that Tarvaris Jackson is making this year, or even the $5 million Charlie Whitehurst made last year. The Seahawks have the most cap space of any team this offseason so investing in Peyton Manning may not be a total burden, but if he is asking for too much the Seahawks will not spend. I think John Schneider knows the ballpark number he would be willing to spend on Manning and if the price is too high, I believe he would know better than to go all in on him. If Manning’s price tag is reasonable to the Seahawks standards, there is a good chance he may land here, but I am not expecting this to be the case to be honest. This may be the biggest hurdle to signing Manning.

Could Manning be the Next Favre?: Brett Favre played two seasons in Minnesota. In year one the Vikings came within a minute of winning the NFC championship. In year two, Favre got hurt and the Vikings finished 6-10. I think the Vikings are still recovering from the Favre era; they invested in Christian Ponder to be the quarterback of the future and they are picking 3rd in this year’s draft. The Seahawks are doing a great job in building this team to be a consistent winner and the thought of Manning being the next Favre is a scary proposition. If we sign Manning and things do not work out, then we have wasted this construction effort by the front office and we could potentially be set back for many seasons to come. If this is a realistic possibility, which it could be, I don’t think it is worth taking the risk.

At this point I am uncertain whether I would want the Seahawks to bring in Manning. Like I said earlier, it’s high risk/high reward. If the Seahawks were to bring in Manning I would fully expect they will have done their homework to make sure they are not going to be spending money on a guy who may not be able to get the job done anymore.

Seahawks Uniforms Follow-Up

17 Feb

Yesterday I blogged about the possibility of the Seahawks new uniforms being released next week. Today I confirmed through Dave “Softy” Mahler of Sports Radio KJR that the Seahawks will unveil our new uniforms in early April. This information comes from a chat between Softy and Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. I will continue to follow this story should any new details surface over the next few weeks.

Seahawks New Uniform Unveiling Coming Soon?

16 Feb

One of the most interesting stories that I have been keeping an eye on so far this offseason is the new Seahawks uniforms. I asked Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times in a Seahawks chat on Tuesday afternoon if he knew any information on our new uniforms and he said he did not.

Many people are predicting that the new uniforms will make their debut around the time of the draft in April, but after doing some research we may not have to wait much longer. I have not confirmed this, but according to the user “shicks” on seahawks.net says the unveiling of the new Seahawks uniforms will be on February 24th with the jerseys going on sale to the public one week later on March 1st. “Shicks” explains that a close relative works for Nike and that there will be a press release and jersey unveiling on this day.

If this turns out to be true I for one will be extremely excited. Here’s to hoping our new uniforms are not the NFL version of the ugly Oregon Ducks uniforms that have blinded audiences for the past decade.

Seahawks Notes 2/16: Our Free Agents

16 Feb

The Seahawks have 16 unrestricted free agents, 3 restricted free agents, and 2 exclusive-rights free agents. I have tiered all of our free agents in levels of importance. These are strictly my opinions regarding our free agents.

TIER ONE:

Marshawn Lynch: Beast Mode is only 25-years-old. His best years are ahead of him after running for over 1,100 yards last season, we need to be able to retain a hard-nosed runner like him. Never before have I seen a running back run harder than Marshawn. He will never fall down on his own (*cough* Shaun Alexander *cough*). I expect a contract to be in the neighborhood of 4-5 years worth between $40-$45 million. I believe that Marshawn may be the lead candidate for this years franchise tag, which will give him a one year tender worth about $8 million.

Red Bryant: Red has emerged as a vocal leader on defense and one of the better run stuffers in the league. Losing Red would be a huge blow to our run defense and an even bigger blow to our locker room. Red is another candidate for the franchise tag.

David Hawthorne: Losing Hawthorne would be a big blow to our linebacker corps, mostly due to his leadership and mentoring ability. I think it is safe to say Hawthorne played a big role in the emergence of K.J. Wright last season and losing him would also be a big blow to our entire defense.

Michael Robinson: RealMikeRob made his first Pro Bowl in 2011 and he has become one of the better fullbacks in the league. There are not many options that could be considered an upgrade at fullback should we not re-sign Robinson.

TIER TWO:

Leroy Hill: If we could sign Hill to another one-year contract I believe he will he a great keep in order to sustain continuity to our linebackers, especially if Hawthorne leaves in free agency.

Roy Lewis (RFA): Roy is one of my favorite Seahawks. We consistently talk whether during training camp practices or before games. He is a captain and an important player in the secondary. He is a play-maker when he steps on the field and is a great mentor to young guys like Walter Thurmond and Richard Sherman.

Anthony Hargrove: Although he was not a starter, Hargrove played well last season. He has a great motor and would be a great player to keep to bolster the defensive line.

TIER THREE:

John Carlson, Justin Forsett, Paul McQuistan, Matt McCoy, Steven Hauschka (RFA).

TIER FOUR:

Atari Bigby, Raheem Brock, Mike Gibson (RFA), Kennard Cox (E-R FA), Clinton McDonald (E-R FA).

TIER FIVE:

Charlie Whitehurst, Jimmy Wilkerson, Heath Farwell, David Vobora.

Seahawks Notes 2/15: Welcome Back Marquand, Seahawks-Bills trade

16 Feb

Not much going on in Seahawk land today. Pete Carroll did announce today that we have hired four new coaches for 2012. Among them is former Seahawk Marquand Manuel who joins the team as a special teams assistant. Manuel is best known for replacing Ken Hamlin 5 games into the 2005 Super Bowl season after Hamlin suffered brain injuries after being beaten outside of a night club following the Seahawks victory over the Houston Texans. Manuel finished the season as our starting Strong Safety and had an interception in the Seahawks 34-14 victory over Carolina in the NFC Championship game. Manuel is young and relatable, and will be a good addition to help some of the younger special teams players along in 2012.

It was also announced that the compensatory pick the Seahawks agreed to trade in the Marshawn Lynch trade in 2010 will be a 5th rounder. The Buffalo Bills will receive this pick due to Marshawn’s playing time in last season.

Later this week I will start to look at free agency; talking about our free agents, who we absolutely need to re-sign for this season, and what free agents of other teams would be a good fit in Seattle.