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The Tickets Have Arrived

30 Jul

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One of my favorite days of the summer is the day that my Seahawks season tickets are delivered. Today is that glorious day. Each year included with the season ticket package is some sort of gift. Over the past 6 years, I have received the following gifts (in no particular order):

A Seahawks drawstring backpack, A Seahawks license plate holder, a full size Seahawks 12th Man flag, A 12th Man car flag, A 12th Man flag blanket, and Seahawks playing cards.

This year’s gift is a Seahawks knit hat. As you can tell from the picture posted above, it is a navy blue hat with two feather stripes (One gray and one green) with “Seahawks” in white in-between the two stripes. The Seahawks season ticket holder patch is located on the forehead. The Seahawks logo is also located on the left ear while the number 12 is on the right ear. The hat is a tight fit on my head, but with short hair it should be no problem this winter. (I don’t plan on growing my afro out again anytime soon! haha).

Practice has ended for the day and I will have my notes on today’s practice session later tonight!

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!

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.

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.

Scouting Combine Preview: Defense

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

One of the Seahawks biggest struggles on defense last year was putting pressure on the opposing quarterback. With the 49ers drafting Aldon Smith last season and the Rams having Chris Long, the Seahawks may look to gain ground on their divisional rivals in the draft by drafting a pass rusher. At the combine I will be more focused on 40-yard-dash times, vertical jump measurements, and the 20-yard shuttle. As this may help show which defense players have the speed and lateral movements to be a dominating defensive presence. At this point, I believe the Seahawks will use their first round pick on a defensive player. Here is my take on some of the players that we could potentially take in round one.

Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina: Coples is not expected to be on the board when the Seahawks are on the clock, but if he does fall it is going to be very difficult for the Seahawks to pass on him. Coples is the top defensive player available according to Mel Kiper of ESPN and his college stats back this ranking up. Coples racked up 55 tackles and 7.5 sacks at UNC in 2011. The one area that has Coples slipping down the draft board is his motor. Coples has been known to take some plays off and not try as hard as he can but I believe Pete Carroll is the right coach to make sure he stays motivated all the time.

Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina: Ingram recorded 48 tackles and 10 sacks for the Gamecocks in 2011. According to various mock drafts, Ingram may or may not be on the board when the Seahawks pick. Ingram played a big role in South Carolina having the third best pass defense in college football in 2011. If Coples is not available, Ingram may very well be the next best option if the Seahawks are set on drafting a pass rusher.

Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama: Both David Hawthorne and Leroy Hill are unrestricted free agents. I am unsure how much of an effort will be made to retain Hill. If we do lose Leroy Hill before the draft, Upshaw could be the perfect replacement. Upshaw is a winner, coming from an Alabama program fresh of the BCS National Championship. He sacked opposing quarterbacks 9.5 times in 2011 from the linebacker position. Upshaw could be the player Seahawks fans were hoping for when we drafted Aaron Curry in 2009. If we can re-sign Hawthorne and we draft Upshaw, out linebacker corps is young and fierce and should not be taken lightly by other teams.

Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, LSU: To be honest I do not see us taking a defensive tackle in round one. DT is one of the deepest positions on our roster with Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch locked in starters. If something were to change between now and the draft, Brockers may be an option. Brockers is a big boy, measuring to 6-6, 302 pounds. With a defensive line with Red Bryant and Brockers, the Seahawks could definitely improve on a run defense that was already stout in 2011.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama: My initial hunch is that Marcus Trufant will not be back in 2012. Brandon Browner is coming off a pro bowl season and Richard Sherman made the NFL all-rookie team in 2011. Add a healthy Walter Thurmond into the mix, the Seahawks may not be looking for secondary help this early in the draft. If we do go after a corner in round one, Kirkpatrick may be the best man available. One thing I have learned over the years is height may be the most important aspect of a cornerback. We saw what a flop 5-11 Kelly Jennings was and Josh Wilson, although would make a big play from time to time, was never consistently dominant. Kirkpatrick is 6-3 and the way he plays the position is electric. With may mid-to-late first round cornerbacks projected, if the Seahawks are to draft a cornerback, Kirkpatrick is the guy I would like to see us draft.

SPECIAL: In honor of valentine’s day, I will be posting a write-up on why I love the Seahawks later today. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this. I hope you have a great valentine’s day!