Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 7.
Late Monday night the team announced they had agreed to terms on a contract with wide receiver Terrell Owens, the prolific wideout who ranks second in NFL history in receiving yardage (15,934) and receiving touchdowns (153), and who last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on the ‘Hawks agreeing to terms with Owens, “The Seahawks have been looking at veteran wide receivers for more than a month, signing first Antonio Bryant — who was released Sunday — then Braylon Edwards, who was added Tuesday, and now the Seahawks are looking at Owens. Edwards and Owens ranked second and third, respectively, in the league in touchdown passes, but that was five years ago. At the very least, those are two physical receivers who will be able to test the Seahawks physical cornerbacks in practice. In a best-case scenario, Edwards and/or Owens would use this chance with Seattle to springboard back to the top of an NFL depth chart.
O’Neil also has his notes on the Seahawks 2012 draft class thus far into camp, including a thought on sixth round draft pick defensive back Winston Guy, “He played four different positions in college, and it looks like he’ll have a role right away in Seattle’s defense in the Seahawks’ Bandit package, which puts six defensive backs on the field at the same time.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at what Owens can bring to Seattle, “Owens has experience working in the West Coast offense from his time in San Francisco and Philadelphia, so he should pick up Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s version of the offense quickly. Owens provides experience and depth for a team lacking both at receiver.”
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune offers an in-depth look at the Seahawks competition for a starting quarterback, including a look at the strengths and weaknesses associated with each.
John Boyle at the Everett Herald comments on the Owens addition, and digs up some comments from coach Pete Carroll on T.O., “Two years ago, when the Seahawks were in the early stages of a rebuilding process, Carroll took a pass on Owens, who was available before signing with the Bengals. Asked on an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle if Seattle was interested in Owens, Carroll dismissed the idea. ‘I really like Terrell, but we won’t be able to do that this time around,’ Carroll said. ‘I think at our time of our program development — I like him and all of that — but we’re going to continue to work with the guys that we’ve got and go in a different direction than that. … That’s not the right guy for us at this time.’ Yet two years later, the Seahawks believe Owens is, or at least has a chance to be, the right guy at this time. And if Owens is still physically able to play, and if he can avoid being a distraction, he does possess an on-field resume that is hard to ignore. A six-time Pro Bowler, Owens has nine seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards, and ranks second all time to Jerry Rice in career receiving yards.”
Brock Huard of mynorthwest.com says there is plenty to like about the ‘Hawks addition of Owens, “Owens is one big dude. A wideout with a huge catching radius like Owens is quarterback’s best friend. Unlike Antonio Bryant, Mike Williams, Plaxico Burress, and even Braylon Edwards, Owens has also been incredibly productive when given the opportunity in his most recent years. A torn ACL sidelined him in 2011, but with three different teams from 2008-2010 he averaged 65 receptions and over 950 yards. Remember that Doug Baldwin led this team with 51 catches and 788 yards last season.”
Mike Sando of ESPN.com has an interesting look at the 2010 Terrell Owens vs. Seahawks’ current roster, noting that in ’10 Owens’ 72 catches for 983 yards and nine scores outproduced any current Seattle wide receiver’s numbers from 2010 and 2011 combined.
At NFL.com, Dan Hanzus has his report on T.O., and takes a look at what the addition of Owens and Braylon Edwards could mean for the rest of the Seahawks receiving corps.
Also at NFL.com, Gregg Rosenthal likes the Seattle Seahawks as his choice to make the playoffs out of teams with quarterback battles, “The Miami Dolphins are the only team I would count out of this discussion. The Tennessee Titans have enough offensive talent and play in a weak division. The Arizona Cardinals have an improved, younger defense. The Seattle Seahawks are my choice, though, because they have a more improved, more talented young defense. Pete Carroll’s team, like division foe San Francisco, was greater than the sum of its parts by the end of last year. With a little help from Matt Flynn, the Seahawks can win the NFC West.”
Rosenthal also calls Carroll “The Right Boss”to handle the addition of a guy like T.O., “Pete Carroll hasn’t won in the regular season, much less ‘forever’ during his two seasons with the Seahawks. But Carroll is one of the few coaches in the NFL with the juice to pull off a move like this. Carroll doesn’t answer to general manager John Schneider. Ownership certainly isn’t going to get in the way. Carroll is the new Big Show in town. It’s a joy to have Carroll back in the NFL because he does things differently. He thinks differently. He talks differently. He drafts and signs differently. You might not agree with a lot of what Carroll does, but at least he’s not following someone else’s script. Part of that script includes reclaiming value in surprising places. Mike Williams was salvaged off the scrap heap, albeit briefly. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner is a 6-foot-3 former CFL star. The Seahawks kick the tires on a guy like Antonio Bryant, sign him, and then toss him aside a week later with nothing lost but a little time. Most coaches pay lip service to competition, but Carroll truly seems to play the guys who perform best in practice. That helps Owens.”
Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth has his take on Owens, “Part of the Seahawks’ interest in Owens is the fact that they’re still looking for a bigger receiver to replace split end Mike Williams, the team’s leading receiver in 2010 who was released last month. Part of the intrigue is Owens’ past production, which includes 12 seasons with at least 60 receptions, nine seasons with at 1,000 receiving yards and eight seasons with double-digit touchdown catches.”
Farnsworth also looks back on Sunday’s team scrimmage in his latest edition of ‘Hawkville’, including a look at rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, “On back-to-back snaps, Irvin displayed a boggling bust to pressure and ‘sack’ [Tarvaris] Jackson and then tipped the third-down pass incomplete. But his even-better effort was chasing down Marshawn Lynch at the end of a 70-yard run. ‘That’s not a surprise,’ Carroll said. ‘He can fly.’ ”
And with Cortez Kennedy finally entrenched in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Farnsworth tries to answers one last question: What took so long? Farnsworth caught up with Tez’s former teammate, Eugene Robinson, who offered, ” ‘If Tez had played in New York or Dallas, oh my goodness,’ said Robinson, Kennedy’s teammate from 1990-95 and also on the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team. ‘They would have changed the rules. Tez would have been in the Hall before his career was over. He was that good. He was that dominating.’ ”
Running back and return specialist Leon Washington comes at us with our second installment of ‘Camp Dayz’ – a behind the scenes video feature of Bing Training Camp.
Also of note: The Seahawks practice times for the remainder of Bing Training Camp have been moved back to the 10:00 a.m.-hour time slot, including the five sessions that are open to fans. You can view the updated schedule and register for a session here.