Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 26:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com breaks down the sacks total for NFC West teams last season – by down: “The Seahawks ranked 18th in sacks on first and second downs, collecting 21 of them. That was only two fewer than the 49ers, a bit of a surprise. … Seattle ranked 25th in first-down sacks (eight) and seventh in second-down sacks (13). The Seahawks might count on free-agent addition Jason Jones to pump up the totals on early downs. But with a No. 21 ranking in third-down sacks (12), the Seahawks need help across the board. The team added Jones and first-round pick Bruce Irvin to remedy the problem.”
Adam Jones spoke to players at the NFL Rookie Symposium and Jeff Darlington at NFL.com has the details, including the impact of Jones’ advice on Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner: “When Jones finished his speech Monday, Seahawks rookie Bobby Wagner waited for the room to empty before jumping onto the stage to speak privately for a few extra minutes with Jones. He’d never met him before, but something during his speech triggered a desire to seek advice. ‘He was going through something that I was going through, so I asked him personally what he did so I can try to apply it to my life,’ said Wagner, who said the matter was too private to discuss during the interview. ‘It helps knowing that somebody went through what you went through. You can take what you need from it and apply it to your life. A lot of players in here are going through some of the same things, whether its baby mamas or trying to pick a financial advisor to an issue with an agent. We can learn from this. We can learn from him.’ “
Speaking of Wagner, the rookie said he has been studying video of former Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu during an appearance on the John Clayton show on 710 ESPN on Saturday. Brady Henderson has the details at mynorthwest.com: “ ‘In watching him, I’ve kind of taken some of his style, the way he runs the defense, the way he was able to run around and make plays. He was definitely a heck of a player while he was here,’ Wagner said. ‘He knew the defense inside and out. He ran it for so long. You could just tell, as soon as the tight end motioned or somebody moved he was making the checks.’ “
How good was Brandon Browner’s first season with the Seahawks? Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner lists it among the best first-season efforts in NFL history in this feature at YahooSports.com – and Warren Moon’s 1984 season with the Oilers also made the list.
Farrar on Browner: “Last time anybody in the NFL saw Browner before 2011, he was a Denver Broncos undrafted guy in 2005. Before he could even get started, a fractured forearm cost Browner the 2005 season and a 2006 roster spot. He spent (four) years in the CFL before Pete Carroll and John Schneider took a shot on him. Browner rewarded the Seahawks with an impressive and altogether unlikely season. Of the ten players on our list, only Browner and Warren Moon started all 16 games in their first seasons. Browner picked off six passes, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and helped his first official NFL team establish the man coverage concepts it didn’t have the personnel to do before he arrived.”
Farrar on Moon, who later played for the Seahawks and is now the team’s radio analyst: “Moon is a bit of an oddity, of course. He ripped it up at Washington, and would have been selected within the first few picks a generation later, when the NFL wasn’t quite so stupid about black quarterbacks. Moon had to blow up the CFL for a few years before the Oilers brought him on in 1984. He went on to a Hall of Fame career and a well-deserved reputation as an important part of NFL history. After his early success, anyone who claimed that quarterbacks of his ‘type’ couldn’t succeed would look as dumb as they actually were.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with Cordarro Law, the rookie free-agent defensive end who has surprised his teammates: “After a recent workout, wide receiver Sidney Rice and some of the Seahawks’ other “skill-position” players were shooting hoops at the basket along one sideline in the indoor practice facility. Then Cordarro Law approached the group. He was greeted by glances that shouted, ‘And what does this guy think he’s doing?’ Law is, after all, a defensive end – and a rookie free agent defensive end, at that. Then, Law started draining nothing-but-net jumpers. Then, the 6-foot-1, 254-pound Law went up and … dunked the basketball. ‘He actually surprised me,’ Rice said. ‘He can shoot it. (Rookie wide receiver Phil) Bates, terrible jump-shooter. (Cornerback Byron) Maxwell, terrible jump-shooter. (First-round draft choice) Bruce Irvin, terrible jump-shooter. But Law actually impressed me.’ And the dunk? ‘Yeah,’ Rice said, ‘he can dunk.’ But wait, there’s more. Unable to workout at Virginia Mason Athletic Center together because of the new guidelines in the CBA that ended last year’s 136-day lockout, some of the receivers and quarterbacks went to the University of Washington last week to run routes, catch passes and all of that. Law was there, too. ‘Law ran like every route with us,’ Rice said. ‘And he only dropped two passes the whole day. So that’s pretty impressive.’ ”