Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 1:
NFL.com has compiled its list of the best players who never appeared in a Super Bowl, and you-know-who is on it: “(Steve) Largent helped turn the expansion Seahawks into a contender in a short period of time, but the Hall of Fame receiver only got as far in the playoffs as the 1983 AFC Championship Game.”
As a companion piece, NFL Films also has a list of the Top 10 players who never appeared in a Super Bowl and Largent checks in at No. 3. You can check out the video here.
The QB who threw a lot of passes to Largent – Jim Zorn – won’t be interviewing for a job with the Bears. Sean Jensen of the Sun Times says the Chiefs denied the Bears permission to talk to Zorn: “Zorn joined the Chiefs last offseason. Although head coach Todd Haley was fired, the Chiefs apparently like Zorn enough that they don’t want him to leave.”
Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com has the word on Greg Knapp, the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator in 2009, taking the same position with the Raiders: “Knapp spent last season as Houston’s quarterbacks coach. He previously served as Oakland’s offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 and held the same position with San Francisco (2001 to 2003), Atlanta (2004 to 2006) and Seattle.”
Former Seahawks linebacker Keith Butler has opted not to interview with the Colts to become their defensive coordinator and remain with the Steelers. Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette has the details: “Butler was scheduled to interview with new Colts Coach Chuck Pagano on Tuesday in Indianapolis, but he changed his mind after meeting today with team president Art Rooney II and Coach Mike Tomlin. Butler was told after the 2009 season he will be the team’s defensive coordinator when Dick LeBeau retires – a handshake agreement that was made when he turned down the Miami Dolphins offer to become their defensive coordinator.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be selected Saturday and SI.com’s Jim Trotter, a member of the selection committee, looks at former 49ers owner and finalist Eddie DeBartolo: “What could make Saturday’s session more interesting than previous years is that for the first time in at least two decades there are no shoo-in, first-year candidates. That means deserving finalists previously caught in a numbers logjam will have a better shot at breaking through. And yet the thing that could really make this year noteworthy is the candidacy of former San Francisco 49ers patriarch Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who is seeking to be the first modern-era owner inducted at Canton. The 12 owners currently in the Hall of Fame purchased their teams before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, and their candidacies revolved around their contributions to the health and growth of the league in its formative years. DeBartolo oversaw one of sport’s great dynasties as owner of the 49ers from 1977 to 2000. His nomination is important because it could provide insight as to how modern owners will be judged in the future.”
Tuesday was Media Day in Indianapolis, the event during the Super Bowl week where anything can – and usually does – happen. Don Banks at SI.com has the details: “At least five times I must have chosen the same player podium to be at – unfortunately – as that Nickelodeon guy who always shows up on Super Bowl media day and calls himself “Pick Boy.” He’s dressed in a knockoff version of the “Robin” cape, mask and tights of “Batman and Robin” fame, and let’s just say hilarity doesn’t often ensue following his zany questions put to players.”