Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 21:

The NFL owners are in Atlanta, and that includes a rare appearance Paul Allen. The Seahawks owner usually delegates these matters, according to Mike Sando of ESPN.com. But with a possible vote on a new CBA in the works, Allen has joined his fellow owners.  

Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a closer look at Richard Sherman, the cornerback from Stanford who the Seahawks selected in the fifth round of the April NFL Draft. Says Williams: “Sherman fits that mold of a late-round prospect with a big, athletic frame that appears to be a good fit in Seattle’s press corner scheme. However, I think he’s still a work in progress and will be in a dog fight for a spot on the final, 53-man roster, particularly without the benefit of an offseason program learning the tricks of the trade from veterans like Marcus Trufant. But he could be a solid contributor on special teams for Seattle as a gunner on punt and punt returns.”

No one can crunch salary-cap numbers like John Clayton, which he does in his latest offering for ESPN.com. The story actually deals with players who could become cap casualties once the lockout ends and NFL year begins, and no Seahawks are listed. But the hidden nugget is the chart that shows the salary cap status for each team. According to Clayton’s calculations, the Seahawks have more cap space than the other teams in the NFC West.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times continues his four-part preview series on the NFC West with a look at the St. Louis Rams through the words of Jim Thomas, the beat writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Says Thomas: “With the NFC West title and a playoff berth on the line in the 2010 season finale in Seattle, the Rams could muster only six points and 184 yards offense against a less-than-stellar Seahawks defense. If you polled Rams fans in the aftermath of that game, they almost certainly would’ve voted that offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur must go. Shurmur went all right – to Cleveland as the Browns’ new head coach. In fairness, Shurmur’s play calling was limited by personnel issues, and the overall conservative offensive philosophy of head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Which brings us to Josh McDaniels. The one-time “boy wonder” of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, McDaniels crashed and burned as a head coach in Denver. But he has a bright offensive mind and a good reputation as a play caller. It was a bold move for the Rams, because McDaniels likes to take chances and throw the ball downfield – something that didn’t happen too often last season in St. Louis. If the line can hold up and the receiving corps stays healthy and develops, Bradford could be the big beneficiary. With no minicamps and OTAs during the lockout, it has been impossible to get a read on how McDaniels will put his stamp on the St. Louis offense. That’s about to change.”

For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, surprise, surprise – the widely reported news of the players ratifying a new CBA on Wednesday didn’t happen. Jason La Canfora at NFL.com has the details. The owners, meanwhile, are meeting in Atlanta today. Offers La Canfora: “NFL owners are meeting in Atlanta, where in 2008 they voted to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement with the players. And it’s in Atlanta where, maybe as soon as Thursday, owners could vote to agree to a new CBA that will end the lockout.”

NFL.com, meanwhile, has this roundup/update on the labor situation, including a video report with Falcons owner Arthur Blank saying, “I’m optimistic that we’ll get a call for a vote today, and I’m optimistic that the ownership will approve a deal today. Whether or not the players will have approved it before we vote, I’m not sure.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the first 35 seasons in franchise history with a look at 2009 – Jim Mora’s first, and last, season as coach of his hometown NFL team.


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