Friday cyber surfing: Pass rushers and passers

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 30:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com discusses the Seahawks’ biggest need in the NFL Draft with Brock Huard and Mike Salk at 710 ESPN. Sando opts for a pass-rusher: “I lean toward making pass-rush help a higher priority while the team finds out whether (Matt) Flynn has the ability to maximize the existing weapons and make full use of additional ones. The chart shows which players accounted for the Seahawks’ 33 sacks last season. Five of the players with at least 3.0 sacks are unsigned and/or will not return.”

One of those players who won’t be back is Anthony Hargrove, who agreed to terms with the Packers in free agency. Tyler Dunne at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the details: “Green Bay only had 29 sacks in 2011, as the loss of Cullen Jenkins lingered all year. The 6-foot-3½, 272-pound Hargrove probably isn’t a savior. This will be his fifth team in eight seasons. The 28-year-old has played for the St. Louis Rams (2004-’06), Buffalo Bills (2006-’07), New Orleans Saints (2009-’10) and Seattle Seahawks (2011). But he should offer the Packers’ defensive front something it sorely lacks – speed.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll met with the media at the NFL owners meeting on Wednesday, and was asked about the Jets’ QB situation now that Tim Tebow has joined Mark Sanchez. Clark Judge at CBSSports.com has the details: “Carroll coached Sanchez at USC, so he knows the guy. But he knows about Tebow, too, with Sanchez saying he once played host to him as a recruit at USC. ‘I think Mark will respond the way you need to,’ Carroll said. ‘He’s smart enough. He gets it. He’s said all the things he could say at this point. Now it’s back to: Let’s go play football. And Mark will be ready for that. There’s no question there’s a ripple in the force there in their locker room. Tebow is that extraordinary of a person and a player. I was just as much a fan watching that thing happen this year as anybody, and I was just amazed at his ability to do it.’ ”

Speaking of Carroll, he, GM John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell attended the Pro Day workout of QB Ryan Tannehill at Texas A&M on Thursday. Charean Williams at the Fort Worth Star Telegram has the details: “Seattle’s contingent was larger than expected considering they just signed free agent Matt Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal. General manager John Schneider, head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were in College Station. ‘He did a really good job,’ Carroll said. ‘He should feel very proud of the workout today and the preparation that he and Chris (Weinke) put in to get here. He did a really nice job.’ “

 
Mike Mayock at NFL.com has more on Tannehill’s workout: “He’s a big, strong kid that can rip the ball. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, but we all knew he was athletic already because he’s a former wide receiver. His foot is fine. He threw the ball extremely well on short, intermediate and deep passes. His movement skills in the pocket were excellent; he had good feet and good accuracy on the run. Everything checks out.”

Also at CBSSports.com, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com updated his mock draft this week and it includes a new selection at No. 12 for the Seahawks: “Luke Kuechly, Boston College, inside linebacker. A year ago the Seahawks’ starting three linebackers were Aaron Curry (strong side), David Hawthorne (middle) and Leroy Hill (weak side). After trading Curry to Oakland during the season, Seattle doesn’t appear particularly concerned about the possibility of losing Hawthorne or Hill to free agency. Perhaps that’s because they’re targeting the All-American Kuechly, who’d be an upgrade in the middle.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we caught up with Michael Jackson, the former University of Washington linebacker who also led the Seahawks in tackle for three consecutive seasons: “Now 54, Jackson was a broadcaster for one season with NBC after he retired and then moved to Los Angeles briefly to pursue an acting career. But he moved back to the Seattle area after only six months because, as he put it, ‘There were dog-eat-dog people down there.’ He works for Diamond Parking, in their real estate division. He and his wife, Kathy, have three sons – Christopher, Justin, and Marshall; a daughter – Donnall; and eight grandchildren. ‘Everybody is doing well, and everybody is happy,’ he said.”

We’ve also got guard John Moffitt and center Max Unger helping spread the word on an agreement with KCPQ to televise the team’s preseason games in this video.


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