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Monday cyber surfing: Kitna comes home

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 21:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times checks in with Jon Kitna, the former Seahawks quarterback who has retired from the NFL after 16 seasons and is coaching and teaching at his alma mater, Lincoln High School in Tacoma: “You might have heard Kitna retired. Well, that’s not true. He’s just not playing football anymore. The NFL career he never expected is over, and he’s now in his first year teaching math and coaching football, which is exactly what he hoped to do when he left college in 1996. ‘The NFL wasn’t supposed to happen,’ says Kitna, 39. Quarterbacks from Central Washington University don’t usually move on to the NFL. Not even the really good ones, and as great as Kitna was, he graduated with a degree in math education and had every expectation his next gig would be in a classroom and not under center. He applied for his first teaching job before he signed with an NFL team. How did a man who played 16 years of professional football and made millions of dollars wind up – voluntarily – in a classroom at the most impoverished high school in Pierce County? It’s a tough question. One that Kitna himself can’t really answer, not even with one of those equations he throws at his students.”

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post looks at how the 2012 NFL Draft would have been altered if Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore were taller in this piece at YahooSports.com: “They deal with their height deficiencies in different ways. Wilson relies more on his athleticism; Moore relies more on his mind. ‘He is the closest player I’ve done to Drew Brees and Jeff Garcia in terms of sliding, finding lanes and creating for himself,’ Seattle general manager John Schneider said of Wilson. ‘He can slide and he has quick eyes. From an accuracy, anticipation standpoint, he is the closest to Drew Brees.’ ”

Brady Henderson at mynorthwest.com passes along highlights from Doug Baldwin’s interview on the Kevin Calabro show at 710 ESPN, including one game that still sticks out in Baldwin’s rookie season: “ ‘One of the games that really stood out to me which we actually lost – and I actually played pretty decently assignment-wise but there was just something about the defense and the player that I was going against and I just didn’t have a good game statistically – it was against the Cleveland Browns and Dimitri Patterson. I’ll never forget it because I didn’t have a catch that game, and I’ll remember Dimitri Patterson for the rest of my life because of the fact that he held me to zero catches.’ “

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of profiles on the draft choices with a look at Greg Scruggs, the defensive end from Louisville who was the last of the team’s 10 selections: “The Seahawks thought enough of Greg Scruggs’ length and versatility that they dispatched defensive line coach Todd Wash to check out the Louisville lineman. It was on the Tuesday of draft week. ‘I worked him out at his high school (St. Xavier in Cincinnati), and he had a real good workout,’ Wash said Friday, as the players and coaches concluded Phase 2 of the offseason program. The trip proved to be well worth it, as the Seahawks made the 6-foot-3, 284-pound Scruggs the last of their 10 draft choices. In fact, shortly after the conclusion of the three-day NFL Draft, general manager John Schneider was asked whether any of the team’s picks seemed like a bargain at a certain spot. ‘Quite honestly, I would have to say Scruggs,’ he said. ‘When we were taking (safety Winston) Guy, Scruggs was one of our considerations.’ And Guy was selected in the sixth round – 51 picks before the Seahawks eventually drafted Scruggs with the 232nd pick overall.”

We’ve also got a look at how coach Pete Carroll concluded the final practice in Phase 2 of the offseason program: “Near the end of (the) 45-minute, on-field session, rather than going with special teams drills, the Seahawks’ third-year coach had the offensive and defensive linemen square off in a pass-catching competition. It was similar to the drill that is used for receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine, as each player ran the width of the field while trying to catch seven passes. The first lineman up was John Moffitt. And the second-year guard not only caught each of his passes, he one-handed the final throw – as his fellow offensive players partied like it was 1999, all over again. ‘You like that one-hander?’ Moffitt said after him impressive run – and catch. ‘(The passers) were kind of faking us a little, so I had to pedal back a little and go a little extra. But this was fun. This was a good one to end this part of the offseason program with.’ ”

For a look around the rest of the league – and the world, in this installment – there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com: “Love the British papers. Saturday’s edition of The Times featured a long dispatch from Australia focusing on the Southern hairy-nosed wombat being endangered because of the potato weed, a noxious plant that damages the wombats’ livers. Not many other papers covering the decline of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat.”


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