Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 20:
With the end of the lockout reportedly in sight, Dave Boling of the New Tribune is expecting a hectic few weeks as the Seahawks forge ahead with free agency and re-signing their own free agents before the start of training camp. Says Boling: “One thing working in the Seahawks’ favor is that the constant turnover of the past year has them accustomed to making changes on the fly and pulling a quick trigger on personnel deals. So we may presume that (GM John) Schneider is already loosening up his dialing digits and clearing his throat for action.”
The end of the lockout must be at hand, because Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com doesn’t just have his first power poll, it’s a four-pronged affair – at least that’s what he’s calling it, even though there are five categories. He not only ranks the teams (the Seahawks are tied for 28th), he also rates the QBs (Matt Hasselbeck is 27th), the pass-rushers (Chris Clemons is 20th), the cornerbacks (Marcus Trufant is 27th) and the tackles (Russell Okung is 25th).
Also from CBSSports.com, Will Brinson has put together a cast for a movie about the lockout. Really. It’s right here. Only Colts QB Peyton Manning gets to “play” himself.
Brinson also provides the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, by checking in with NFLPA president and former Seahawk Kevin Mawae. Offers Mawae: “We’re not tied to a timeline of July 21. Our timeline is to get the best deal for our players. We’re not going to agree to any deal unless it’s the right deal for all the players.”
Keeping with this giddy the end-is-near trend, John P. Lopez at SI.com has a post-lockout shopper’s guide for NFC teams. Here’s his take on the Seahawks: “Money is no object: The Charlie Whitehurst era looks set to begin, with Matt Hasselbeck one of the premier QB free agents likely to depart. Whitehurst needs someone to either push him or take the job. Matt Moore of Carolina or Trent Edwards should be the players targeted. Smart shopper: Pete Carroll likes to go off the grid sometimes. If a Moore or Edwards is not signed, why not Vince Young, the player who beat Carroll for the 2005 NCAA national championship? Carroll has a knack with players searching for a new identity or rebirth and VY definitely fits the bill.” Not sure we care for any of those options. Here’s his take on the AFC teams.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times continues his trip through the NFC West with a look at the San Francisco 49ers through the words of Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Offers Miaocco: “There might not be another team in the NFL that was more negatively impacted by the lockout than the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh is one of eight new NFL head coaches, but the 49ers’ coaching staff is at a distinct disadvantage with a shortened timetable to implement their systems. … If there’s one advantage to the work stoppage, it’s that the coaching staff had plenty of time to watch film and get familiar with the rest of the NFL. Harbaugh also handed unsigned quarterback Alex Smith the playbook, PowerPoint material and video cutups of the West Coast system when the lockout briefly lifted on April 29. Smith organized two weeks of structured workouts that included installation meetings and on-field practices at San Jose State. Twenty-five of the team’s offensive players took part in the get-togethers that were dubbed ‘Camp Alex.’ ”
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Rams twice this season – Nov. 20 in St. Louis and Dec. 12 at CenturyLink Field – and Sporting News Today has a preview of the Seahawks’ NFC West rival. Offers correspondent and longtime Rams beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “It’s possible St. Louis could play better, yet have the same record it did in 2010. That’s because the schedule, particularly the first six weeks of the season, could be crushing. In order to succeed, the Rams’ run blocking must improve and the receivers have to step up. To truly be a playoff contender, the Rams need to produce one more TD per game than they did in 201. And that’s asking a lot.”
Vinnie Iyer at Sporting News Today offers predictions on where some of the big-name players might end up after the lockout, and he has Bengals QB Carson Palmer being reunited with Pete Carroll, his former college coach, in Seattle – despite Cincinnati owner Mike Brown saying repeatedly that he will not trade Palmer.
The roof at the stadium where the Seahawks play their games has been repainted after CenturyLink took control of Qwest. Here’s a look at the new roof at CenturyLink Field – or least half of it – courtesy of KIRO-TV’s Chopper 7.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of stories on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 1981 – when linebacker Michael Jackson led the team in tackles, but remembers very little about it. We’re also extending the voting to determine your choice for the best player in franchise history: Steve Largent or Walter Jones. As of 8 o’clock this morning, Jones had jumped into a 28-vote lead over Largent (617-589). Largent had a three-vote lead yesterday at 5 p.m. You can cast your vote here.