Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 3:
About 40 Seahawks – those under contract, as well as some scheduled to become free agents – and other NFL players gathered Thursday for their largest informal workout since the work stoppage began in March. Percy Allen of the Seattle Times filed this report, and also this blog item. While it wasn’t an OTA (organized team activity), it was a workout. Said cornerback Marcus Trufant: “It’s not exactly the same. We all know that, but you just try to make it as close as you can.”
The Associated Press also was on hand for the workout at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Indoor and filed this report. Said center Max Unger: “It’s just weird not playing football right now. We’d normally have just less than a month of offseason and then we’d be off til fall camp. … I don’t really know, man, that stuff is up in the air. There is a lot of red tape to cut through.”
Adam Schein of Fox Sports has his annual organizational rankings for the NFL and the Seahawks are listed at a – how appropriate – No. 12. Opines Schein: “The facilities are state of the art. The home-field advantage with the ‘12th man’ is significant. Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider inherited a total mess. They were super-active last season, bringing in different combinations of players, leading to a street free-agent gem like Mike Williams. Hiring Tom Cable to coach the offensive line was a great move. Seattle, finally, has a good structure in place.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-work-stoppage item, we offer this overview and review from Andrew Brandt on what to expect from today’s court hearing in Minneapolis on the 80th day of the lockout. The primer is from ESPN.com, but Brandt has several irons in this legal fire. Offers Brandt: “Because the players and the owners disagree on almost everything nowadays, it is not surprising that they dispute which standard of review – the amount of deference the court gives to a lower court’s decision – should apply.
NFL.com has some details about the two days of meetings between representatives of the owners and players in Chicago that wrapped up on Thursday. Mum’s the word on what transpired, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones offered: “We can’t make a comment about it at all, but we’re trying. We’re trying. I think the fact that we’re meeting is good.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our recaps of the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 1986. The Seahawks went 10-6 and beat both teams that advanced to the Super Bowl, but did not make the playoffs – despite a high-powered, five-game winning streak to close the season. We also revisit the offensive line that paved the way for the team’s Super Bowl run in 2005, with former Pro Bowl center Robbie Tobeck serving as tour guide.