Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 4.
Former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this afternoon, and we start we a slew of coverage on ‘Tez’s big day.
Here at Seahawks.com, ‘Tez has taken over our homepage. Clare Farnsworth, who is in Canton, Ohio for tonight’s induction ceremony, starts by detailing Cortez’s Hall of Fame press conference, ”I’m so proud, not only for the Seahawks organization but the Seahawks fans,’ Kennedy said. ‘This honor they deserve just as much as I do because we’ve been through so much in Seattle. So to see me getting into the Hall of Fame with (Steve) Largent, it’s speechless. It’s great for the city of Seattle. Plus the Seahawks fans and the 12th Man.’ “
Farnsworth brings us his notes from Kennedy’s gold jacket ceremony, which occurred Friday night, “The golden moment came when Kennedy was presented with his gold Hall of Fame jacket by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, with an assist from Dixie Fraley Keller, the widow of Kennedy’s longtime friend and agent who was killed in a plane crash. Fraley Keller will introduce Kennedy during the induction ceremony on Saturday night.”
Farnsworth will live blog tonight’s induction ceremony, and you can follow along here.
From Canton we also have this photo gallery chronicling Cortez.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com is also in Canton for Kennedy’s Hall of Fame induction, and starts by bringing you the events from his first 30 hours in Ohio, including a run in with the man of the hour – or weekend – right off the bat, “Cortez Kennedy was the person I hoped to see first Thursday night after unloading bags for check-in at the McKinley Grand Hotel,” Sando writes. “He was the 2012 enshrinee I’d covered years ago and gotten to know while presenting his case to the other Hall selectors. Having the retired Seattle Seahawks great step from the hotel’s entrance before I could get my bags to the curb foreshadowed good fortune.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com, writing for the Tacoma News Tribune, pays tribute to Kennedy’s big day, ” ‘I never did want to go anywhere,’ [Kennedy] said in a recent telephone interview with reporters. ‘I was in Seattle, and I couldn’t go anywhere and I didn’t want to go anywhere. I loved playing with my coaches and teammates. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but I just wanted to be in Seattle.’ Some things cannot be explained. Seahawks fans don’t care. They just know that one of their greats will be hailed with the NFL’s best in Canton, Ohio, when he joins fellow inductees Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf in receiving pro football’s most cherished honor.”
Scott M. Johnson of the Everett Herald gives his take on Kennedy, “This afternoon, Kennedy will become the first known professional athlete to be enshrined in a major Hall of Fame with full Seattle ties. That is, he was drafted by a Seattle team and spent his entire career in the same city. Edgar Martinez and Walter Jones may one day share that distinction, but for now it’s Kennedy who will serve as Seattle’s lone wire-to-wire representative.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times talks about the continuity that is seen this year through the roster and coaching staff along the offensive line, and catches up with center Max Unger, who recently signed a contract extension that secured his place on the squad for the foreseeable future, “…in Unger’s first three years in Seattle, the Seahawks had four different offensive-line coaches and started more than 20 players along the line. Now, Tom Cable returns as the line coach and the release of guard Robert Gallery is the only significant offseason subtraction, which means that Unger is learning what a difference continuity makes up front. ‘It’s night and day,’ Unger said. ‘Being able to go from one season to the next one, and have 100 percent carry-over is very cool.’ “
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with running back Leon Washington, “Asked by a fan at training camp Friday how many times he’ll get into the end zone in 2012, Washington raised four fingers, meaning he’s looking to create more explosive plays this season. ‘One thing we looked at when it came to the return part of the game, especially when it came to kick returns, is [with the NFL moving kickoffs forward] we only had about five less returns than the previous year,” said Washington, who turns 30 years old this month. ‘So the opportunities are still there for us to go out there and make plays.’ “
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com recaps of a segment of “Bob and Groz” in which safety Kam Chancellor joined the show. Henderson says Chancellor is lighter than he was last year, but that’s not going to stop the big hits from coming, ” ‘I’m trying to stay light to where I can run fast but also still have a little weight to keep that boom,’ said Chancellor. ‘That boom’ refers to Chancellor’s penchant for big hits. He had a few of them in 2011, his first season as a starter. The notoriety that resulted helped Chancellor make the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, earn a reputation as one of the league’s most imposing safeties and put second thoughts into opposing receivers.”
Also at mynorthwest.com Bill Swartz has highlights from Day Six of camp, “Quarterback Matt Flynn looked solid during his reps, connecting on several passes with tight end Sean McGrath. He’s an undrafted rookie free agent out of Division II Henderson State in Arkansas. McGrath is getting more looks because Anthony McCoy is still out with a hamstring injury.”
Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM has his report from Friday’s practice, “Wilson had an up and down practice, but definitely had the highlight of the day from the [QB] position. Wilson found WR Golden Tate streaking up the left sideline and dropped a pass in his hands over the outstretched reach of CB Brandon Browner for a big gain.”
Mike Silver of YahooSports.com gives his take on the Seahawks quarterback competition.
Here at Seahawks.com we also bring you our ‘Hawkville’ blog, which includes a look at the events surrounding yesterday’s practice session with a focus on the recently-converted rookie offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy, who has shown improvement in camp, ” ‘It was rough in OTAs to start,’ Sweezy said. ‘I was completely confused. At first I was too aggressive. On defense my whole life I’ve been taught to play at a 45-degree angle and now I have to sit back and wait and not lunge at people. When you lunge as an offensive lineman you get beat every time, so it’s a matter of me staying back on my heels. But now I’m starting to get it. It’s starting to make sense and I’m having fun.’ “
And we take a look at the three-man quarterback competition from Day Six, which featured rookie Russell Wilson under center for the majority of first-team reps.
Tony Ventrella also brings you our Seahawks Daily with a look at the tight end group.
Lastly, we have Part II of our non-football related quarterback competition between Russell Wilson, Matt Flynn, and Tarvaris Jackson, with the three QBs competing in a golf chipping competition.