Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 7:
Dave Boling at the New Tribune takes a look at how the Seahawks have gotten bigger, faster and younger. Says Boling: “Since last season’s opener against San Francisco, the Seattle Seahawks starters have gotten 30 years younger, the offensive line has added 58 pounds and the starting secondary has sprouted 8 inches. It’s increasingly clear that if they were to design an heraldic crest symbolic of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider regime with the Seahawks, it would feature a couple of grinning guys high-fiving above the motto: Younger, Faster, Stronger.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times examines the new look of the Seahawks’ passing game, and he’s not talking about QB Tarvaris Jackson. Offers O’Neil: “The Seahawks’ most intriguing story line this season is at quarterback, whether focusing on starter Tarvaris Jackson specifically or the position in general. But so much time has been spent scrutinizing the man who will throw the ball that the addition of the two Pro Bowlers who will catch it has been overlooked. A year ago, Seattle’s five wide receivers had a combined 64 receptions the previous season. Now, the Seahawks have three players who’ve caught more than 60 passes each at least once in the previous two years.”
At the Everett Herald, Scott Johnson continues his “The Game of my Life” series with a look at one of the most enigmatic players in franchise history: Daryl Turner. Says Johnson: “On the football field, there was only one way for Daryl Turner to achieve the ultimate high. A way to get that feeling of invincibility, to chase away that depression and self-doubt that had plagued him for much of his life. A way to float above it all. Scoring a touchdown could do that for Turner. The end zone was his refuge, and it was a place he visited often.”
Also at the Herald, John Boyle begins a four-part series previewing the 2011 Seahawks with a look at the offense. Says Boyle: “The Minnesota Vikings did not believe in Tarvaris Jackson as a starting quarterback. The Seattle Seahawks do. And as the start of the 2011 season approaches, that belief by the Seahawks, more than anything else, will shape how the year plays out.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com has thoughts on the Seahawks from Gary Horton, the founder of Scouts Inc. Says Horton: “This passing game could be underrated with wide receivers Mike Williams and Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller if they can find a quarterback to get the ball to them!” This is nothing new. Those inside the Seahawks organization love Jackson’s potential. Those who are the outside looking in, not so much.
Here at Seahawks.com, Ben Malcolmson has the inside story on Pete Carroll’s pregame ploy for the preseason finale that worked very well in his weekly “From the Sidelines.” We’ve also got a look at Carroll’s choice (or choices) for the player (or players) he’s most excited about making the 53-man roster (don’t tell anyone, but it’s Brandon Browner and Dominique Byrd), as well as the daily report from Hawkville.