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Sunday cyber surfing: QB competition talk picks up; Tez enshrined

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times goes inside the mind of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and his unorthodox approach to the competition for the team’s quarterback position, “Yes, Carroll is being different. I’d call him weird, but let’s be honest: When he has gone outside the box with the Seahawks, the coach has been successful more times than not. The Great Roster Shuffle days before the first game of his first season, the major post-lockout changes, the surprise selections during the NFL draft and on and on — Carroll and sidekick John Schneider haven’t been perfect, but mostly, they have been right. And the Seahawks transformed into young and talented at an impressive pace because of it. For Carroll, different is often innovative.”

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times also comments on Carroll’s handling of the team’s competition at quarterback, “…while most coaches would attempt to turn down the temperature on the quarterback competition, to dilute the suspense and the scrutiny, Carroll is trying to make Seattle’s pocket boil. Pressure can bust pipes, but it can also produce diamonds, and by staging a three-man, musical-chairs competition at quarterback, Carroll is getting a chance to see which player can make the most of his limited reps against a defense that ranked among the league’s top 10 last year. ‘We are not going to cater at all and make it easy for quarterbacks,’ Carroll said this week. ‘We are going to stress them as much as possible.’ That is one way to pick a quarterback. More specifically, it’s Carroll’s way.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune, writing for The Olympian, takes a look at tight end Zach Miller’s progression in his second season in Seattle, “Part of the reason for Miller’s drop in production was that Seattle relied on him to stay in and block more because of injuries and inexperience along the offensive line. Add to that the steep learning curve of picking up a new passing offense in a lockout-shortened offseason, and it’s understandable why Miller got off to a slow start with the Seahawks. But now that he has had a full season and this offseason in Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s version of the West Coast offense, Miller expects progress. ‘It’s night-and-day difference,’ Miller said. ‘A year ago, I was trying to learn a whole new passing system as quick as I could. And so just having the knowledge and working with Bevell for the whole year, and having an offseason with it has helped so much. It’s hard to put into words.’ “

John Boyle of the Everett Herald comments on the improvement along the Seahawks offensive line, “What was most impressive about Seattle’s improved line play last season, and what should be most encouraging heading into this year, is that the line was able to continue its growth even as injuries took their toll. When John Moffitt and James Carpenter both went down with season-ending knee injuries, Paul McQuistan and Breno Giacomini stepped in and the line didn’t miss a beat. When Russell Okung went on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, McQuistan moved to left tackle, one of football’s most demanding positions, and held his own. McQuistan and Giacomini were both rewarded with contract extensions, and will open the season as starters, Giacomini at right tackle and McQuistan at left guard.”

Tim Booth of the Associated Press offers a look from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the ‘Hawks three-way quarterback competition, ” ‘I think we’re kind of breaking new ground. It’s something I’ve never done before. For however many years I’ve been in the league it’s something I haven’t done before. We’re just trying to do the best we can divvying it up,” Bevell said. “We have a plan every day coming out here of exactly how we want it to go. Where it can change a little bit is during some of these, ‘move-the-ball’ periods. If you move your offense, if you go a 10-play drive you get 10 plays, if you go three-and-out you got three plays and we change groups. They can get off there a little bit. For the most part we have a plan when we come out here.’ “

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com details Cortez Kennedy’s Hall of Fame induction speech.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth gives his take on Cortez Kennedy’s Hall of Fame induction speech, Tony Ventrella catches up with Seahawks fans and coaches at yesterday’s practice who offer their praise for Tez in this short video, Tez gives an interview after delivering his Hall of Fame speech, and former Seahawks Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent gives his take on Tez’s honor.

You can read Tez’s speech in it’s entirety here.

We also have a photo gallery from Tez’s big day in Canton.

Our Saturday in Hawkville piece features commentary from quarterbacks coach Carl Smith on the Seahawks’ three-man QB competition, ” ‘To have the three of them [Jackson, Flynn, and Wilson] involved in this competition just heightens their neurons every day,’ said Smith. ‘There’s a lot of electricity in the room and in meetings, on the field, and it’s just a little more than usual. They’re like that all the time, but it just adds something when you think you’re going to be the guy, or have a chance to be the guy.’ “

We also have a look at day seven of the quarterback competition – a day that saw Tarvaris Jackson earn most of the first-team reps, and featured several game-like situation drills. Quarterback Matt Flynn spoke with the media after practice, ” ‘It’s definitely a new stage that we’re moving into,’ said Flynn. ‘After today we’re past the install stage. We have our whole offense in, so now we start getting to where we get to go back over things. We get to move the field, kind of mock-game situations, and then we’re going to get into our game plan.’ ” The next of those ‘mock-game’ situations that Flynn refers to is scheduled to take place today, in an intra-squad scrimmage.

Lastly, we have Part III of our non-football related quarterback competition series, with Jackson, Flynn, and Wilson competing in Gatorade pong.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Beat writers unite

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 19.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, writing for Sporting News, provides this Seahawks training camp outlook, as he gives us a taste of what’s new on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, settles on what he believes are three camp goals for the Seahawks in 2012, and gives us his prediction for a breakout player – naming Seahawks 2012 first round draft pick DE Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia, “Irvin was the first defensive end selected in the draft. Seattle’s priority on defense was to add speed and improve the pass rush. At 248 pounds, Irvin is lighter than your prototypical NFL end, but he is custom-made to play the rush end in Seattle’s defense, which is referred to as the ‘Leo.’ His only two responsibilities from that position are to rush the passer or chase after the ball on running plays, and with Irvin’s speed and explosiveness, he shouldn’t struggle in either regard. Irvin has already predicted he will have a double-digit sack total as a rookie, which is ambitious but not out of the reach of possibility.”

O’Neil also joined fellow Seahawks beat writers Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune and John Boyle of the Everett Herald for a Seahawks-themed roundtable discussion on the Ian Furness show on 950 KJR AM. Furness, O’Neil, Williams and Boyle covered a wide range of topics in their two-hour Hawk-talk as the team prepares to enter training camp at the end of the month. You can listen to hour one of their conversation right here and catch hour two right here.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth follows up his Wednesday piece on the Seahawks 2012 defensive line by taking a look at the other side of the line of scrimmage – the offensive line. Farnsworth speaks with Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable, who believes his unit is much improved heading into training camp and looking to make a big jump forward – particularly in pass protection – if everyone can stay healthy. Farnsworth spoke with Cable: “ ‘The progress we’ve made this spring has been tremendous,’ Cable said before heading out for the coaches’ extended break prior to the start of training camp in late July. ‘I think we’ve brought ourselves up to a level that we never reached during last season.’ The reasons for Cable’s optimism are obvious. For starters, he and his linemen had an offseason – after the 136-day lockout last year erased the spring minicamps and OTA practices. Then there are the starters, as seven linemen on the current 90-man roster started at least five games last season.”

Finally, the Sea Gals recently overhauled their look on game days and with that came an update to their website, which launched recently at www.SeaGals.com. You can learn about this year’s squad, view photos, videos and news, preview the Sea Gals calender and learn more about the Sea Gals new look, appearances in the community, and show group.


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