Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Jan. 18:
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times wonders what he has missed the past two weeks, and answers his own query: Not much. Offers O’Neil: “For the first time since 2001, Seattle was not either a) in the playoffs, or b) making a significant front-office move. Seriously, go back, look it up. After the 2002 season, Mike Holmgren got defrocked of GM responsibilities. In 2003 through 2007, the Seahawks were in the postseason. After 2008, the Seahawks completed the world’s most ham-handed head-coaching transition from Holmgren to Jim Mora and after the following season, Pete Carroll was brought in as the Seahawks’ effectively hit the reset button. This has been a most uneventful offseason so far.”
Chris Clemons didn’t make Matt Williamson’s list at ESPN.com of the Top 5 pass-rushers in the league, but the Seahawks’ Leo end did get honorable mention.
Bucky Brooks at NFL.com ranks his Top 50 players for the April NFL Draft, including QBs at No. 1 (Andrew Luck) and No. 3 (Robert Griffin III) and a familiar running back at No. 50: “Chris Polk, Washington. Crafty runner with a workmanlike game that is built for the pros. He excels between the tackles, but is an underrated receiver capable of staying on the field as a three-down weapon.”
Also at NFL.com, Jamie Dukes breaks down his needs for each of the 32 teams and has this to say about the Seahawks: “Pied Piper Pete Carroll picked a pair of pickled quarterbacks. Though Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst haven’t been awful, their games have worms. See the above comments on serviceable quarterbacks (Kyle Orton and Matt Cassel are serviceable quarters in KC, but serviceable only wins Super Bowls once a millennium). Jamie’s Judgment: Find a franchise quarterback, wide receiver or cornerback.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with rookies K.J. Wright and Ricardo Lockette, who had some flattering things to say about the 12th MAN crowd at CenturyLink Field after experiencing what they had been told about: “ ‘I loved it,’ Wright said as the players were cleaning out their cubicles in the locker room at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Jan. 2. ‘Guys had told me about this crowd, but I wasn’t expecting this at all. This crowd has been amazing. It’s a blessing to play for this team because we get to play in front of that crowd.’ ”
There’s also a dandy video of Marshawn Lynch’s greatest hits from the 2011 season, as well as a blog item on the playoff success of the four NFC West teams that might surprise you: “Since 2004, the division the Seahawks share with the 49ers, Cardinals and Rams has won at least one playoff game in each of the eight postseasons – including the Seahawks from 2005-07 and again in 2010. No other division in the NFC can make that claim.”
The division-rival Rams have a new coach – Jeff Fisher – and Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his first impressions from the introductory news conference including this one on Fisher’s immediate goal: “Fisher pointed to becoming competitive within the NFC West as his top priority. The Rams were 0-6 in the division this season. Fisher said he would field a “disciplined, tough, physical football team” that can win in the division. He wants to field a team that runs the ball, protects the quarterback and forces turnovers.” Welcome to the club, and the division, Jeff.