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Wednesday cyber surfing: Seahawks have their ‘Mo’

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 23:

Dave Boling at the News Tribune checks in with Maurice Kelly, the team’s director of player development: “Spring is busy for Maurice ‘Mo’ Kelly, as the newly fledged Seahawks rookies arrive and he begins the important duty of taking them under his wing. He’s titled director of player development, and is considered a liaison between the players and coaching staff and the franchise. There’s a great deal more to it, though, because he appears to operate the busiest office in the team headquarters – situated not on the corporate level or the staff level, but just around the corner from the locker room. Guidance counselor? ‘Yep,’ he answers. Father Confessor? ‘Yep.’ Mother? ‘Yep.’ Baby-sitter? ‘Yep.’ In a sense, he coaches life.”

In the Tuesday edition of his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, Peter King looks at the Kellen Winslow trade from the Buccaneers’ side: “Greg Schiano is a control freak. And that’s the major explanation, at least in my mind, for why you trade a productive tight end like Kellen Winslow for something so paltry as a seventh-round draft choice, which the Bucs did Monday in dealing him to Seattle: The new coach doubted he was going to be able to control Winslow. … I give Winslow tremendous credit over the last three years in Tampa Bay. When he was dealt from Cleveland, I was convinced he’d end up missing big chunks of time because of his injury history. He didn’t. Winslow was a plus for the Bucs, and he played well. But I just think Schiano looked at everything – his contract, his occasional churlishness, and how he (Schiano) knew he’d be coaching this team – and decided he’d like the alternative of Clark over Winslow.”

Speaking of Winslow, Bob and Groz at 710 ESPN did just that with Roy Cummings, who covers the Bucs, and concluded: What’s not to like about the trade?  Cummings described Winslow as “a hard worker, competitive, accountable and someone who cares about winning and his legacy.”

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. sees Matt Flynn making the Seahawks contenders. It’s an Insiders feature at ESPN.com, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s part of what he has to say: “So, while Flynn may not be Aaron Rodgers, he doesn’t have to be. The Seahawks have a respectable running game to lean on and their defense is among the best in the league. Those elements alone should help them contend for the playoffs. And it’s a formula we’ve seen work before. … The bottom line is this: Flynn is an upgrade at QB over (Tarvaris) Jackson, and improving at quarterback is always a good thing. I still don’t see the Seahawks as true Super Bowl contenders in 2012, however they very well could be a playoff team behind Flynn.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the team’s first OTA practice through the eyes of veteran linebacker Leroy Hill: “This first OTA session also was important – and imperative – for the coaches, who finally got a look at how well the players have absorbed the teaching aspects of the game that were featured in Phase 2 of the offseason program. On defense, two of the team’s 10 draft choices stepped into the No. 1 unit – first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin at the “Leo” end spot and second-round pick Bobby Wagner at middle linebacker. Irvin’s immediate role is expected to as the pass-rushing end opposite Chris Clemons in the nickel, but with Clemons absent on Tuesday it gave Irvin some needed reps with the starters. It’s a similar situation for Wagner, who is expected to compete with free-agent addition Barrett Ruud for the starting spot that opened when leading tackler David Hawthorne signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. But Ruud remains sidelined while recovering from a surgical procedure. ‘We finished No. 9 (in the league) last year, and we definitely can climb a bunch of spots with what we’ve got coming back and what they’ve added,’ Hill said. ‘We’ve only lost one starter. It was a big starter in Hawthorne, but I think we can be even better this season.’ ”


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Cyber surfing: Thursday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 2:

Jim Trotter of SI.com examines how players are working out during the lockout, and starts with a look at Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck and tight end John Carlson. With VMAC off limits, Hasselbeck and Carlson have opted for, well, here’s the picture Trotter paints: “Yet on a rainy morning Hasselbeck and Carlson are working out at a private gym in nearby Bellevue. The facility sits in a shopping plaza along with a Goodwill store, a Mattress Depot, a paint distributorship and a Chinese restaurant. The regular gym patrons try to be discreet, but they sneak a few peeks — it’s not every day an NFL quarterback shows up to work out. It’s even rarer to find him throwing passes to his tight end in the parking lot behind the gym. That’s where Hasselbeck and Carlson practice their routes later in the day. At one point the football rolls into a puddle at the base of a Dumpster. The players look quizzically at each other, as if to say: Who’s going to get it? Maybe it’s time to call it quits. But Carlson mans up, grabs the ball, tosses it to Hasselbeck, and the training resumes.”

Speaking of Hasselbeck, Terry McCormack of the Nashville City Paper reports on former UW QB Jake Locker joining the Titans workouts. Locker, the team’s first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, says he has been working out with Hasselbeck: “Matt was working out at the school. We’ve been working out together on and off the last couple of months. We threw together a couple of times together and spent some time together. I’ve gotten to know him a little better through this process.”

Jon Machota of FoxSportsSouthwest.com catches up with Bill Parcells, who says the Seahawks’ wild victory over the then-Parcells coached Cowboys in a 2006 wild-card playoff game was a factor in his decision to leave coaching. Says Parcells: “I wouldn’t say that that one game really had much to do with anything. It just was … I just think it was time to stop coaching because you have to get off the train sometime and I had a difficult time doing that because I do love the game, but I think as far as coaching, it’s a young man’s game and it’s for someone else now.”

Howard Mudd had not one, but two stints with the Seahawks as their offensive line coach. The first was from 1978-82 on the staff of Jack Patera. Mudd returned from 1993-97, working first under Tom Flores and then Dennis Erickson. After a brief retirement, Mudd is back at it as the new line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Marcus Hayes of the Daily News has a profile of how Mudd’s career and life have come, well, full cycle. Hayes on one of the more memorable characters in the Seahawks’ first 35 seasons: “Mudd, 69, is the offseason gem in Andy Reid’s reconstructed Eagles staff, the man who kept Peyton Manning protected for 12 years. He retired after the 2009 season but Reid and defensive-line coach Jim Washburn, an unlikely buddy who previously ran Tennessee’s defensive line, coaxed him back into the NFL.”

For a “Faces of the lockout” feature on ESPN.com, NFC West blogger Mike Sando spent some time with Maurice Kelly, the Seahawks’ senior director of player development. Says Sando: “Each spring and summer, NFL teams hand over piles of cash to men in their early 20s, many of whom possess zero real-world life experience. Society calls this a recipe for disaster. Teams hire people such as Kelly, a 38-year-old former Seahawks safety, to help even out the odds.”

Also at ESPN.com, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report that representatives for the owners and players met privately Wednesday.  According to the report, “One source said any potential deal still was a ways away, however, the hope would be that the two sides could get something done sooner rather than later, potentially even later this month.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of profiles on the players readers selected to the 35th Anniversary team with a look at guard Bryan Millard. We also ask who had the best single-season performance in franchise history, and offer some alternatives to Shaun Alexander’s MVP campaign in 2005.


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