Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 3.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times previews Cortez Kennedy’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow, “He was the most memorable player in what was otherwise a largely forgettable decade in the team’s history,” O’Neil writes. “Kennedy stood out — such a singular force of nature that he could be identified by only half his first name. He was ‘Tez. ‘There is no one more deserving of this than Cortez,’ said Mike Holmgren, who coached Kennedy his final two seasons. ‘I got him near the end of his career. He’s such a good man, such a pleasure. We maintained a friendship. He’s one of the good guys.’ ”
O’Neil also tells the story of how Facebook helped Seahawks safety Chris Maragos first get discovered.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune talks with rookie running back Robert Turbin, who is easing in to his new role as backup running back to Marshawn Lynch and Leon Washington, ” ‘There’s no pressure,’ Turbin said. ‘This is what I do. I’m a rookie, but I’m a professional football player right now, you know what I mean? So I’ve got to do my job. And my job is to right now back up Marshawn Lynch, or back up Leon (Washington). And so when my opportunity comes to get on the field, I have to just do my job and take advantage of the opportunity.’ Two days after getting knocked on his back by linebacker K.J. Wright during a running drill, Turbin heeded the second-year linebacker’s advice and got his pad level lower. The result at Thursday’s practice was a thundering collision where Turbin got the better of massive defensive end Red Bryant – although Turbin was the one looking around for his helmet afterward.”
John Boyle of the Everett Herald asks Brandon Browner what his expectations are for 2012, after the towering cornerback had such a successful first season after coming over from the CFL, ” ‘It’s a lot different,’ Browner said of his second Seahawks training camp. ‘Last year, there was some uncertainty. Now, I’ve got a little bit of an understanding of the defense this year. But at the same time, we’ve got a standard that’s set and we’ve got to play to that standard that’s set.’ ” Boyle’s piece also contains an interesting anecdote on Browner from coach Carroll.
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com says second-year linebacker K.J. Wright is hoping for a breakout season in 2012, as he recounts a segment of “Bob and Groz” in which Wright joined the show. ” ‘When I first got here, I’m telling you, I was real lost. I didn’t know how to make the strength calls and I was playing a new position,”‘ Wright, a fourth-round pick in 2011, told “Bob and Groz” after the team’s training camp practice on Thursday. ‘Coming in here and having OTAs and minicamps [this year], learning the insides of the defense, why we’re doing certain things, it really helped me out.’ For a guy who claims to have been lost, Wright seemed to figure it out quickly. He started the season opener at middle linebacker while David Hawthorne was out with a knee injury, and by the sixth week of the season the Seahawks were convinced enough in his ability to start at strongside linebacker that they gave him the job and shipped Aaron Curry out of town.”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com analyzes the ‘Hawks wide receiver position – a position he thought could emerge to be among the 10 best in the League – in this short video. Huard doesn’t necessarily share those same sentiments anymore after watching how Seattle’s defensive backs have had their way with the receivers thus far in camp, and calls for the group to step up their game as the preseason nears.
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his notes from Thursday’s practice session, “Whether it was the first- or second-team unit on the field, the defense showed the promise and potential they have. The pass rush was consistent. LB K.J. Wright and LB Bobby Wagner flashed frequently and the secondary was as strong as expected. The strength of the defense obviously played into how much the offense struggled, but the difficult question is just how good was the defense and just how poor was the offense? That’s a tough question to answer, but it’s safe to say the defense has some scary potential this season.”
Here at Seahawks.com we bring you a look at Thursday’s practice, including a look at second-year cornerback Byron Maxwell, who has been working back into training camp practice this summer after an ankle injury from last year slowed him during the offseason, ” ‘We’re very satisfied with his progress,’ said Seahawks secondary coach Kris Richard. ‘Of course, his issue is going to be conditioning now. He hasn’t had a full offseason. We are well aware of it, but we’re very satisfied with his effort. He’s a ball player. He’s always had a knack to get around the ball. A healthy Byron at corner, in the nickel, and on special teams – a healthy Byron is a very effective Byron.’ ”
Clare Farnsworth has made it to Canton, Ohio for Cortez Kennedy’s induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and has his story previewing ‘Tez’s big day, as he talks with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon on what ‘Tez can expect come Saturday, ” ‘It’s like you’re trying to plan a reunion and a wedding, at the same time,’ Moon said this week. ‘It’s a weekend filled with all these different people that have been involved in your life – whether it’s high school, whether it’s Pop Warner. I had so many different people from all the different phases of my career there that you want to try and spend time with them all. But you also know you have all these other obligations.’ ”
Farnsworth also brings us his final ‘Countdown to Canton’ piece, this one with the only Seahawk currently in the Hall of Fame – wide receiver Steve Largent, ” ‘I’m so happy for Cortez,’ Largent said. ‘He knows how cool it is right now, but he doesn’t realize yet that it gets better and better. Just the quality and caliber of guys that you’re associated with, and get to associate with a lot, it’s really fun and exciting. I still feel like a kid when I’m in the room with these guys. I’m a fan.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com we also break down Day Five of the team’s quarterback competition, a day that saw Matt Flynn taking the majority of first-team reps, and a day that saw the defense – once again – dominate the practice session, ” ‘I talked to the defense today and told them to dial it up and make it hard as we can make it on these guys for getting comparisons and good information,’ said head coach Pete Carroll. “So we’re going to continue to do that and continue to make it hard. We’re not going to cater at all and make it easy for the quarterbacks.”
Tony Ventrella takes a look at the mix of veterans and youth in the ‘Hawks defensive backfield in our Thursday Seahawks Daily.
And finally, we have a little light-hearted competition between the team’s three quarterbacks, as Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson took part in the first of three non-football competitions. First up – how many free throws can each QB make in a minute?