Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 30:
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times weighs in on the story du jour – the trade of Kelly Jennings to the Bengals. Offers O’Neil: “The Seahawks didn’t see Jennings as a long-term solution at the position, so they re-signed him to a one-year deal. They didn’t even see him as a starter with second-year corner Walter Thurmond poised to start at right cornerback and Marcus Trufant remaining on the left side.”
Eric Williams at the New Tribune also has the story on the trade of Jennings, offering: “Jennings has great catch-up speed and can turn and run with the fastest receivers, but during his five-year tenure in Seattle, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back struggled with making plays on the ball, hauling in just two career interceptions.”
With the trade of Jennings, a first-round draft choice in 2006, Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the fate of the of the team’s other high draft choices since 2003. Says Sando: “Some of these draft choices would have fared better in Seattle if the team had performed well enough to avoid sweeping changes in the organization. Likewise, those sweeping changes might not have been necessary if some of these draft choices had come closer to meeting expectations.”
Sando also offers his take on the trade of Jennings: “Size matters: The Seahawks have gone big and tall at cornerback. Jennings is listed at 5-foot-11, but he’s slight of frame and struggled in matchups against bigger receivers. Experience does not matter: Jennings was one of two cornerbacks on the Seahawks’ roster with significant starting experience. The team has decided to go young – very young – and Jennings was practically ancient by Seattle cornerback standards at 28. The team felt good enough about its young corners to move on without Jennings.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald has a change-of-pace piece on Tom Cable, the new offensive line coach who played at Snohomish High School. Says Cable, a 1982 grad of SHS: “It’s really a blessing in so many ways. I’m back where I grew up … It’s fun to be a part of this. I used to go to games at the Kingdome, and saw all the great players from Steve Largent to Jim Zorn all the way up to Jacob Green. It’s fun to be here. I’m going to check out a Snohomish High game this fall. The chance to see my mother more often is a pretty neat deal. It’s been a real blessing, it really has.”
Mike Silver at Yahoo.com looks at how Marshawn Lynch’s electrifying 67-yard TD run against the Saints in the playoffs last season is shaping New Orleans’ approach to this season. Writes Silver: “As the New Orleans Saints’’ defenders streamed into a semi-darkened room for their first meeting of training camp in late July, there wasn’t much mystery as to which horror flick might await them. There, at the podium, was high-strung defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, preparing to release more than six months’ worth of pent-up, lockout-fueled frustration. There, on the video screen, was Seattle Seahawks halfback Marshawn Lynch, preparing to rip through the Saints on a 67-yard touchdown that clinched Seattle’s stunning, 41-36 playoff upset of the defending Super Bowl champs last January. Suffice it to say that the Beast was not especially well received by this focus group.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got the Jennings story, and how his trade leaves 16 players on the roster from the team coach Pete Carroll inherited 18 months ago. We’ve also got our weekly Monday metatarsal musings, focusing on the impressive efforts of the special teams in Saturday night’s loss to the Broncos.