Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” after the long Memorial Day week about the Seahawks for today, May 29:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with veteran linebacker Leroy Hill, who’s not only back but leaner: “To watch the Seahawks’ herd of young bucks at linebacker is to suspect the evolution of a new predatory species, a hybrid that maximizes speed without sacrificing power. And fitting in well with this group during offseason workouts is a lean and fast kid wearing Leroy Hill’s old jersey. This new No. 56 seems very polished, though. As it turns out – somewhat against the odds and occasional skepticism – the guy in Hill’s jersey actually is Leroy Hill. At 235 pounds, with scant 12-percent body fat, Hill resembles the 2005 rookie linebacker who surprised everyone with 7.5 sacks and led the Seahawks in tackles during their playoff run to the Super Bowl. ‘I feel amazing,’ Hill said after a recent practice. ‘A little more muscle and leaner … I committed to the offseason program and I’ve been going hard and feeling great. I feel … youthful.’ ”
Jesse Temple at FoxSports.com looks at Russell Wilson, and other height-challenged QBs who have made it in the NFL: “Wilson had just two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage last season while playing behind an offensive line at Wisconsin that averaged 6-5, 322 pounds – the fifth-heaviest line in professional or college football. His success is predicated on having an over-the-top delivery, a high release point and a strong arm, which are three essential aspects to overcoming the short quarterback stigma in the NFL. Wilson himself has attempted to put the notion that he’s too short to bed for quite some time. ‘My height’s not a factor,’ Wilson said after his pro day at Wisconsin in March. ‘I played this way my whole life. The key is finding lanes and delivering the ball on time. There’s not that much of a difference if I was 6-1 or 5-11, to be honest. Playing behind the offensive line you play behind, you don’t really see over guys, you throw through lanes, deliver an accurate ball, throw the ball with arc and pace and just make plays.’ “
Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at where each NFL team ranks in popularity, and the Seahawks check in at No. 18: “Pollsters conduct 1,500 monthly telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of Americans age 12 and older. They have reached 390,000 Americans since 1994 via land lines and cell phones, in English and Spanish.”
Doug Farrar of ShutdownCorner.com looks at the impact the acquisition of Kellen Winslow will have in this dispatch at YahooSports.com: “ ‘We like guys with special dimensions and he’s got them,’ (coach Pete) Carroll said of his newest weapon. ‘He’s a real route-runner and a great, great catcher and he does stuff with the ball after he catches it, too. Zach (Miller) is a dynamite ‘Y’ tight end in this offense — we use him for so many different special things because he’s so good at it. To have the complement of these two guys going and the way we can mix it it’s a really exciting aspect for our offense … we’re going to make the most of this trade and it’s going to be really good.’ “
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got our 10th – and final – profile on the team’s draft choices, defensive lineman Jaye Howard: “Before Jaye Howard wrapped up his first ball carrier for the Seahawks, the fourth-round draft choice took a moment to wrap his head around the situation he finds himself in. ‘It’s been an unreal experience,’ the defensive tackle from Florida said of his first visit to Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the team’s rookie minicamp. ‘Walking into the same locker room and seeing Marshawn Lynch – a player that I look up to – and now I’m actually in the same locker room. It’s a great feeling. So I’m just embracing this moment right now.’ Once he got that out of his system, Howard started getting to the quarterback, as well as running backs before they could get through the hole.”
Pete Carroll is featured in this video interview on NFL.com. There’s nothing new here, except that someone connected with the team is getting some national attention.
For a look around the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, which includes this sad note on the future of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans: “So many of us in the journalism business have had to get used to new things. New age of versatility that has us do print, Internet, radio and TV. Twitter. The 24-hour news cycle. The whole business has changed, and we all probably knew this day was coming. But it’ll be an eerie day this fall: The storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, born in 1837, will stop publishing seven days a week. It’ll publish three days a week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Saints are the biggest story in the city, all fall. But you won’t read about them away from a computer until Wednesday every week in New Orleans. There’ll be a Super Bowl in New Orleans in February. Will those folks not inclined to read online have to wait ’til Wednesday to read about the biggest game in America? The paper will cut about 50 jobs from the 150-member staff and begin devoting most of its energy to the online product. This cannot be good for journalism, no matter which way the parent company, Advance Publications, spins it.”