Archive | March, 2012

12 Years Ago

26 Mar

I remember the morning of March 26th, 2000 like it was yesterday. On this day, 10 years of childhood memories came crashing to the ground in a form of concrete and dust. For those of you who don’t remember this day or what I am talking  about, here’s a big hint…

I attended a large handful of Mariners games in the Kingdome from 1996-1999. As much as it pains me to admit, I only attended one Seahawks game in the Kingdome; a 41-7 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on August 28th, 1999. Despite this being my only Seahawks experience in the Kingdome I have great memories of this night. As a kid I was terrified of sitting in the Kingdome’s 300 level. As a 9-year-old kid I had a slight fear of heights but on this night I could not have been more calm. Seahawks fans are different from Mariners fans and Husky football fans. Even for a preseason game, it was the rowdiest experience I had been a part of to that point in my life, and I loved every single second of it. The two biggest memories I have of the game are Chad Brown and Cortez Kennedy dominating the Cardinals for the first part of the game, and the constant chants the entire stadium participated in when the Seahawks gained a first down.

After the game was very emotional for me. The Mariners had already moved into Safeco Field and knowing that it was unlikely I would attend another Seahawks game during the 1999 season, I came to the realization that this was probably going to be the last time I ever stepped foot into the Kingdome. After the game, Me, my dad, and my two cousins went up to the top of the upper deck and touched the bottom most part of the Kingdome roof.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love CenturyLink Field. It is the most beautiful building in the National Football League. However, there are times when I do have nostalgic moments with my friends and the Kingdome always come up in our discussions. It is yet another part of my childhood that has disappeared and sometimes I wish I could go to one more sporting event in the Kingdome. I am astonished to see younger kids at Seahawks games and think “they never had the chance to go see a game in the Kingdome, that is too bad.”

I cannot believe it has been 12 years since the implosion. I loved that building no matter how ugly, cramped, and dark it may have been. My memories in the Kingdome are something that will never crumble, just as the building did 12 years ago today.

Seahawks Free Agency To This Point

14 Mar

I hate the fact that finals occurs at the very start of NFL free agency. Now that I am done I’m  finally back on the blog. Here is a recap of the Seahawks moves over the last 25 hours, and what could be happening within the next few days:

Red Bryant Re-Signed: Within the first hour of free agency, the Seahawks took care of their biggest priority. Locking up Red Bryant for 5 years is a great move and I am very happy that we were able to get the deal done so quickly. According to Bryant in an interview earlier today, the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots showed interest in his services but he wanted to stay in a system and a city that he was comfortable with.

Heath Farwell Re-Signed: Farwell is a solid special teams player. Not the biggest signing but definitely a move to keep special teams continuity in tact, and to keep continuity in the Seahawks linebacker corps.

John Carlson signs with Minnesota: The Vikings reached an agreement on a 5-year, $25 million contract with the former Seahawks tight end. With this move, there are whispers that the Seahawks may be interested in bringing in tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Shiancoe, formerly with the Vikings is another player familiar with Darrell Bevell’s offensive system and would be a solid replacement to line up in a tight end set with Zach Miller.

Multiple teams interested in Hawthorne: Through twitter, I have confirmed that both the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints have interest in linebacker David Hawthorne. After Red Bryant, I believed that re-signing Hawthorne was our next biggest priority. The fact that no movement has been made from Seahawks camp on a contract with Hawthorne leads me to believe he will not be back in Seattle in 2012.

Flynn, Hutchinson, Jones to make visits: Reports indicate that quarterback Matt Flynn, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, and defensive tackle Jason Jones are all scheduled to meet with the Seahawks over the next 24-48 hours.

It seems to be a two-team race for Flynn between us and the Dolphins. Since the Dolphins are still in the running for Peyton Manning, I think the Seahawks may be the leading candidate to land Flynn. I believe that there is a good possibility that Flynn will leave Seattle on Friday morning with a contract offer.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times tweeted today that unless another team “blows away” Seattle’s offer, Hutchinson will be returning to the Seahawks. If the price is right I would not be opposed to bringing Hutch back, however I am having a hard time picturing our offensive line with Hutchinson in the mix, especially if John Moffitt and James Carpenter are both healthy.

Jason Jones has been with the Tennessee Titans for the last 4 years. He has taken a visit to St. Louis and has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks. Adding Jones would bolster our defensive line depth but I believe the Rams have a better chance to land Jones, as he would be reunited with head coach Jeff Fisher.

Stay tuned for more free agency news as it happens!

Seahawks to release Trufant

7 Mar

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times is reporting at this hour that the Seahawks have released cornerback Marcus Trufant. An announcement is expected to come later in the day.

Trufant, a Washington State graduate, was drafted 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. Trufant made both the Pro Bowl and the NFL All-Pro team in 2007, which was his best season. Trufant is the longest tenured Seahawk, and Leroy Hill is the only player remaining from our Super Bowl XL team of 2005.

Although Trufant was a steady player on the field, he made an even bigger impact on the Seattle community. The Marcus Trufant Family Foundation helps families all across the Seattle area.

I for one will truly miss Trufant. I got to meet Trufant at Applebees in 2007 and not only did he sign autographs and talk to me and my friends, we even invited him over to join us for a buffalo wing or two, to which he politely declined. Although this news is no surprise to me, the Seahawks will definitely miss him. Best of luck to Trufant in his future endeavors. My guess is that is career is not over and he will play for another team in 2012.

Should the Seahawks consider bringing back Lofa Tatupu?

4 Mar

With David Hawthorne becoming an unrestricted free agent and Leroy Hill being arrested on counts of marijuana possession, the Seahawks linebacker corps looks like the biggest question mark heading into the 2012 offseason. Because of this, the Seahawks may be interested in bringing back Lofa Tatupu, who was the staple of their defense from 2005-2010.

As you may remember, Tatupu was cut before the 2011 season for refusing to take a pay cut. Although he was looked at as an option by multiple teams after his release, he spent the entire 2011 season at home. Many people including myself believe this is because his demands money and contract wise were too much for any potential suitor. Tatupu is only 29-years-old and I believe he still has the fire to be a force in the NFL, if he can stay healthy.

I believe the Seahawks should take a good long look at Tatupu this offseason, especially if we are unable to retain Hawthorne and/or Hill. After sitting at home, Tatupu may now understand he is not worth what he originally thought and he would be willing to accept a reduced salary. Tatupu also brings excellent veteran leadership and is already familiar with Coach Gus Bradley’s defensive system.

There are a couple of red flags however, primarily his inability to stay healthy. Between 2008 and 2009, Tatupu missed 12 games due to injury and when he returned, many fans including myself could tell his play had declined. Tatupu was also arrested in 2008 for DUI.

I believe we should definitely take a look at Tatupu and seriously consider bringing him back. I don’t expect him to be the three-time Pro Bowler he was early in his career and I don’t think he would even be a starter with the Seahawks, but if we lose Hawthorne and Hill, there is no doubt we will need linebacker depth, and who better to bring in then a guy who knows the system, is a great leader on and off the field, and a guy who after signing a contract extension in 2008, stated “I’m going to end my career with the Seahawks?”

Seahawks sign Lynch to multi-year contract

4 Mar

According to reports the Seahawks have signed running back Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract. $18 million is guaranteed.

This can also translate to 31,313,313 bags of Skittles.

The Seahawks now have a very big decision to make in the next 18 hours. With Lynch re-signed we can now decide to use our franchise tag on a different player. If I had to take a guess on which player will receive the tag, should we decide to use it, my money is on linebacker David Hawthorne. Hawthorne would receive a one-year, $8.8 million dollar tender if he is tagged.

The franchise tag deadline is tomorrow (March 5th) at 1:00 pacific time. I will update the blog when I learn more about our intentions in regards to the franchise tag. Stay tuned!