Cyber surfing: Friday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Sept. 9 – or “Back to Football Friday”:

The Everett Herald continues its 1-2 punch of coverage, with John Boyle providing the third in his preview series for the 2011 season – this one on the special teams; and Scott Johnson profiling the man who made what is probably the most-memorable catch in franchise history in his “Game of My Life” series. Boyle on the special teams: “Last season, Leon Washington set a franchise record with a 101-yard kickoff return. To add to his impressive career total of seven kickoff return touchdowns, Washington may well have to break that record.” Johnson on Paul Skansi’s game-winner against the Chiefs: “Paul Skansi, the most improbable of heroes, will always have a place in the hearts of Seahawks fans who remember the big catch.”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with Breno Giacomini, who just might start at right tackle in Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers. Says Boling, with an assist from defensive end Raheem Brock: “For a scouting report on Giacomini’s attributes, a solid source is defensive end Raheem Brock, who faces the towering 6-foot-7, 318-pound Giacomini in practice. ‘He’s strong and a pretty good pass blocker, as well; he’s definitely improving,’ Brock said. And his attitude? ‘Yeah, he definitely irritates me,’ Brock said, adding: ‘That’s a good thing.’ ”

Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams profiles something the Seahawks haven’t had in a while – a receiver like Sidney Rice. Says Williams: “Rice’s natural talent can’t be overlooked – and there’s plenty of it packed in his 6-foot-4, 202-pound frame. The former South Carolina player has the speed to run by defenders and the springs to jump over them to go get the ball. His rare combination of size, speed, strength and smarts is something not often seen around these parts since the franchise’s beginnings in 1976.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times checks in with QB Tarvaris Jackson. Offers O’Neil: “For 10 years everything started with the quarterback in Seattle. That’s the way Mike Holmgren saw this game, and the way he built his team. If you didn’t have your guy at quarterback, you needed to find him. Like right now. Now, there is a question where there once was a cornerstone. The Seahawks have moved on from Matt Hasselbeck, moved in Tarvaris Jackson and now face uncertainty under center for the first time in years.”

Christian Caple at PI.com looks at how both Jackson and the 49ers’ Alex Smith have something to prove this season, starting with their opening-day matchup. Says Caple: “But what we do know? Jackson and Smith, the respective quarterbacks of each team, are entering seasons that could be career-defining. Each has been given a chance before. Each has been an easy target for disgruntled fans. Each feels the need to prove themselves worthy of being a starting quarterback in the NFL.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a closer look at his teammates electing Jackson as the offensive captain, even though he’s only been around for six week. Says running back Justin Forsett: “Tarvaris showed some leadership ability, especially with this offense and just being able to talk to everybody and tell them where to go and what to do if we’re lost or anything. He’s that type of guy, and we need that kind of encouragement in the huddle. At first, Tarvaris started off as kind of a quiet guy. But he started to show some leadership characteristics. So he was my vote.”

We’ve also got Thursday’s practice covered in words, photos and video. But that’s not all. There’s also the story on punter Jon Ryan cutting his locks – of love. That barber looks vaguely familiar, doesn’t he?

Mike Sando at ESPN.com examines why so many undrafted rookies made NFL rosters. The Seahawks have four, which tied for second most in the league. Says Sando: “The Seahawks found four roster spots for undrafted rookie free agents heading into Week 1. The 49ers set aside three spots for them. The trend has been less pronounced through most of the league, but the overall numbers – 58 undrafted rookies on rosters at present – have defied expectations.”


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