Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 19:
Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with Deuce Lutui, the former bad boy for the Arizona Cardinals who’s here to tell you – and show you – that he’s not that guy anymore. Not all the time anyway: “Now that he wears a Seahawks uniform, fans will note that he’s an Eagle Scout in behavior, a charitable individual, and among the more engaging guys on the team and in the community. Cardinal Hyde and Seahawk Jekyll … ah, the wonders of perspective. ‘I’m a nice guy, a mama’s boy, a sweetheart off the field,’ Lutui said. ‘(On the field) I like to go to my alter ego, you could say.’ ”
Boling also handicaps the three-QB competition for the starting job: “The situation is an obvious upgrade. If it’s (Tarvaris) Jackson who wins the start, it will be because he beat out two other candidates and was not just named the starter, as was the case last season, because the only other choice was incumbent Charlie Whitehurst. If (Matt) Flynn proves an upgrade over Jackson, then that will mean a better balance with a rushing attack that was one of the best in the NFL over the second half of last season. And paired with a top-10 defense that returns 10 starters, that’s a promising situation. If (Russell) Wilson can come in and earn the starting job as a rookie over a pair of veterans, he will have to show the kind of potential that would make him a steal as a third-round draft pick.”
Coach Pete Carroll also discussed the QB situation when the NFL Network caught up with him at A Better L.A. function: “In Around the League’s conversation with the coach, we brought up the widely held belief — despite Carroll’s public insistence otherwise — that Flynn is the favorite to win the job on account of the $10 million in guaranteed money coming his way. Carroll dismissed the notion. ‘It has nothing to do with it. And I’ve said that from the start; I came into the league saying I don’t care how much you guys are getting paid, it’s who plays the best,’ Carroll said. ‘That’s free agency, you know? That’s what that is. That’s what it cost to get him in the free-agent market, but on the field, he ain’t carrying around any money in his pocket.’ ”
NFL.com’s 32 in 32 series has gotten to the Seahawks. You can watch the video report here. Spoiler alert: They don’t like the three-man competition at QB or the team’s pass rush.
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the guidelines that prohibit players from working in football fundamentals together during their extended breaks under the new CBA: “Asked last week if he could foresee a push by the coaches in the league to tweak the format, (Pete) Carroll offered, ‘I think this is going to come from the players. I think if a movement is going to be made at all, the players are going to have to decide what they think is best and what they would like to have. I would be surprised if they think that this is a good thing that they can’t throw the football and play catch out here as quarterbacks and receivers. I don’t think that they’re going to like that because it’s not convenient for them at all. But we’ll find out. It’s up to them.’ ”
The Sports Xchange has the word on the latest stop on Brian Banks’ tryout tour, which included a two-day stint with the Seahawks last week: “Brian Banks’ workout tour continues this week in San Francisco. The 26-year-old inside linebacker is participating in a three-day rookie minicamp with the 49ers. Banks, who was exonerated last month when the alleged victim recanted 10 years after he was convicted, has also worked out for the Seahawks, Chiefs and Chargers.”