Friday round-up: Pete Carroll’s Top 5 most significant wins

On the Seahawks #12Tour, Doug Baldwin and Red Bryant surprise David Libby of the United States Army at his home in honoring his service and sacrifice as a Wounded Warrior.

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Friday, July 12, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com ranks the Top 5 most significant wins under head coach Pete Carroll. O’Neil’s No. 1 ranked win under Carroll may not be one that your mind would immediately gravitate toward, as he picks the Seahawks’ 22-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on November 13, 2011 – Carroll’s second season with the club.

On that game, O’Neil writes:  “The significance is apparent only in retrospect. Seattle was 10-16 under Carroll entering this game, including the playoffs. Lynch had rushed for 100 yards in only two of those games and the Seahawks had a total of 19 rushing touchdowns. The Seahawks are 17-9 in all games since, Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards in 16 games and the Seahawks have 29 rushing touchdowns. Seattle may not have taken off until Wilson was put under center, but the sign of the turnaround can be traced to the midway point of Carroll’s second season.”

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times continues his countdown to training camp blog, answering the question – who will win the Seahawks backup quarterback job?

Speaking of backup quarterbacks, NFL.com Around the League writer Marc Sessler ranks the NFL’s backup quarterbacks, and Seahawks backup Brady Quinn comes in at No. 18.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s Ian Furness to talk about the Seahawks defense and which players need to step up come training camp at the end of July:

Former NFL quarterback and Tacoma, Wash. native Jon Kitna joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Danny” to talk about quarterback Russell Wilson’s development, as well as Wilson’s No. 12 ranking in ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s ranking of the League’s 32 quarterbacks:

ESPN’s John Clayton discusses 2012 first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin’s potential move from defensive end to outside linebacker on 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Wyman, Mike and Moore.” Clayton notes the move shows confidence that defensive end Chris Clemons could be available earlier in the season.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth throws it back to strong safety Jeron Johnson’s time as a middle linebacker at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif.

Along with team partner Alaska Airlines, Wilson led a pledge for 605 urban youth to stay in school and accomplish their goals. We also have photos from the event here.

And in some news around the rest of the League, no players were selected in yesterday’s 2013 supplemental draft.


Thursday round-up: Unveiling Seahawks all-time underrated, overrated players

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, July 11, about your Seattle Seahawks:

NFL.com’s Zach Schwartz unveils his list of all-time underrated and overrated players in Seahawks franchise history. Former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, guard Steve Hutchinson, wide receiver Joey Galloway, kick returner Leon Washington and current strong safety Kam Chancellor make up his all-time underrated list.

We’re about two weeks away from the start of Seahawks training camp, and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has started a 15 days, 15 questions feature – counting down one question each day until the start of camp. In his first entry, Condotta clarifies 2012 first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin’s reported position switch from defensive end to strongside linebacker with comments from head coach Pete Carroll.

In the podcast below, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” chat with Seahawks 2013 second-round draft pick running back Christine Michael about his draft process and acclimation to life in the NFL:

Tom Pelissero of USA Today outlines the NFL’s new padding requirements, which mandates all players wear thigh and knee pads. Several wide receivers, cornerbacks and more have chosen not to wear these pads in the past, but choosing to do so this season will not only result in a fine for the player, but NFL referees could also pull that player from the game.

The Seahawks have advanced to Round 3 in NFL.com personality Dave Dameshek’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history. You can cast your vote for the Seahawks’ current digs here, as they square off against the current unis of the New Orleans Saints. Voting for Round 3 ends on Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. PT.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has his daily look around the NFC West and will hold a SportsNation chat at 10 a.m. PT.

Sando also notes that quarterback Russell Wilson landed at No. 12 (there’s that number again…) on ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s rankings of the League’s 32 signal callers.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth delves into the connection between new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and his hand-picked defensive line coach Travis Jones.

Running back Marshawn Lynch’s Bay Area charity weekend kicks off today.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin joined KPUG AM 1170 to talk about the 12 Tour Belingham in the podcast below:

Andy Prest of Vancouver, B.C.’s North Shore News also talks with Baldwin, as he previews his 12 Tour visit with our neighbors to the north. Baldwin lands in B.C. with defensive end Red Bryant and cornerback Richard Sherman on Saturday, July 13 for a full weekend of Seahawks-themed activities.

And Australia’s Queensland Maroons rugby squad recently hosted Seahawks 2013 fifth-round draft pick defensive tackle Jesse Williams – an Australia native – at a team scrimmage.


Tuesday round-up: How do you stop Earl Thomas?

Russell Wilson’s Passing Academy started up in Spokane yesterday, and Darnay Tripp of KREM.com has the story on day one of Wilson’s two-day camp. You can view photos from Wilson’s Spokane camp here.

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Tuesday, July 9, about your Seattle Seahawks:

ESPN Insider Matt Bowen has a detailed feature on how to stop free safety Earl Thomas. Bowen looks at what makes the All-Pro/Pro Bowl fourth-year player so unique, pointing to Thomas’ range, speed, hips, and footwork. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, but here is a small snippet from Bowen’s work:

“There is no question this Seattle secondary of Thomas, Chancellor and cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be challenged during the 2013 season, especially with the multitude of upgrades to the receiving units of NFC West teams. But Thomas is still the key. He has an ideal skill set for the Seahawks’ defense. And if you want to make some plays versus the free safety (along with the rest of the Seattle secondary), the combination routes and tight end matchups would be at the top of my call sheet on game days.”

Thomas saw the ESPN piece and welcomes the challenge, clamoring for any opportunity to have the ball thrown his way:

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando returns from vacation and gears back up with his morning look around the NFC West.

Bob Condotta on the Seattle Times joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s Jason Puckett to talk about Richard Sherman’s Celebrity Softball Game and Seahawks expectations heading into 2013 in the podcast below:

Rebecca Wright of The Windsor Star has a story on rookie tight end Luke Willson, who recently returned to his local sports roots of Essex, Ontario, Canada to support the Essex Ravens junior and varsity teams.

Braden Gall of AthlonSports.com ranks the League’s 32 quarterbacks. The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson comes in at No. 12 – what is it about that number, anyway? It’s everywhere. Here’s what Gall had to say about the club’s second-year signal caller:

“Wilson has a lot of Drew Brees to his game. Undersized, savvy, hard-working, underrated athletically and a lightning-quick right arm. Cut from the Rodgers-Luck dual-threat cloth, Wilson is constantly looking to extend the play and make a big throw. He can run around and pick up first downs with his legs if need be, but he’s also adept at throwing on the run. This, and his compact frame, gives him a better chance at staying healthy over other true dual-threats. His statistical and win-loss records as a starter both in college and his first year in the pros speak for themselves.”

Today is the final day to vote in round two of NFL.com’s bracket to determine the greatest uniform in League history, where as of this posting the Seahawks’ current uniforms (No. 6 seed) have more than double the votes of the current jerseys of the New York Giants (No. 3). Voting ends at 3 p.m. PT.

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth continues his 2013 positional preview series with a look at the club’s secondary, which includes some compassionate comments from head coach Pete Carroll on Thomas: “…there’s no end to the potential that Earl has, because he’s so fast and he’s so tough. But more than that, he’s just so driven to be great. He’s just driven to be a great player and a great teammate.”

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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan poses for a photo at Spain’s San Fermin festival (via Jets Instagram)

Team photographers Rod Mar and Corky Trewin bring us a combined 159 frames from Sherman’s celebrity softball game at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

In news around the rest of the NFL, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reportedly ran with the bulls – twice – at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. According to the Jets, Ryan escaped without injury.

And it’s about a week old now, but Richard Owens of NFL Films has a unique behind-the-scenes Q & A session with NFL Films music composer Dave Robidoux, who has won nine Emmy awards for his work with the organization.


Thursday round-up: Happy birthday, America

Happy Birthday America

On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, announcing the formation of the United States of America – a new nation of 13 colonies liberated from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Who knew that just 200 years later, in 1976, the Seahawks would open their inaugural NFL season in a Kingdom(e) of their own.

Today, we celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday, and with it some Seahawks links in what are widely considered the dog days of the NFL offseason. But I’m here to make those dog days a little more interesting (hopefully), so here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, July 4, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com breaks down the Seahawks wide receiver position, noting the club has one of the deepest corps in the NFL, with the roster boasting four different players who have caught 45 passes or more in at least one of the past two seasons.

O’Neil also has the chat transcript from his Wednesday afternoon “Hawk Talk” available here.

NFL.com Around the League writer Chris Wesseling profiles wide receiver Golden Tate at No. 31 on their list of the top 40 players they see “Making the Leap” in 2013, citing Tate’s ability to make plays down the field as the reason to expect a big year out of the fourth-year pro.

Dave Dameshek of NFL.com has assembled division-by-division All-Pro squads, and his NFC West team features several Seahawks. Dameshek ranks the West as the strongest of the League’s eight divisions.

In honor of the Fourth of July, the staff at NFL.com tries to pinpoint which 2013 matchup is most deserving of it’s own national holiday.

John Clayton’s “Inside the Huddle” video feature for ESPN.com leads by profiling quarterback Russell Wilson. Clayton says the 5-foot-11 Wilson has the hand size of a 6-foot-7 athlete, noting his 10.25-inch hand-span is the seventh-largest hand-span measured at the NFL Combine since 2006.

It got a little dusty in here with this one, but ESPN.com also has a video feature of several military personnel coming home to reunite with their families. At the 5:37 mark, U.S. Army Sgt. Zach Ames surprises his wife, Bri Ames, and their daughter Emersyn with a reunion at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’ contest with the New York Jets last season.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was involved in yet another football camp for youth, this time down in Pensacola, Florida – just across the bay from his hometown of Gulf Breeze. BLAB TV has video and sound from Baldwin and Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who was also in attendance.

Richard Sherman joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” show Wednesday afternoon to talk a little bit more about his celebrity softball game for charity taking place this Sunday, July 7, at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. A complete list participants is available here, but some highlights include Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, who will serve as the team’s head coaches, several Seahawks and members of the Seattle Mist, Seattle SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, former NFL wideout Terrell Owens, and 2012 NFL replacement referee Lance Easley.

Here at Seahawks.com, we have a look in photos at the spirit of the 12th Man present in several active-duty military members around the globe.

Clare Farnsworth’s positional series continued yesterday, this time highlighting the club’s young, fast, and athletic linebacker corps.

A friendly reminder that our 2013 training camp dates are quickly filling up. All weekend dates are already sold out and weekday availability is not far behind. Be sure to secure your spot and register while you still can at bingtrainingcamp.seahawks.com.

And I leave you with one last link that I like to come back to every Independence Day, and it comes from the movie title of the same name. As a kid who grew up in the mid-90’s engulfed in science-fiction, fantasy, and everything Will Smith (except Big Willie Style, I skipped that one), this speech from President Thomas J. Whitemore (played by Bill Pullman) still gives me goosebumps, and still makes me damn proud to be an American.

Happy birthday, America.


Wednesday round-up: Richard Sherman launches “Blanket Coverage” family foundation

“Blanket Coverage” on Facebook

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Wednesday, July 3, about your Seattle Seahawks:

With the help of his close family and friends, cornerback Richard Sherman has announced the launch of “Blanket Coverage – The Richard Sherman Family Foundation.” The All-Pro, Stanford graduate says the foundation will “channel it’s resources to ensure that as many children as possible are provided with proper school supplies and adequate clothing.”Richard Sherman

On his Facebook fan page, Sherman announced a formal dinner to kick the foundation off on Saturday, July 6 at the Columbia Tower Club in downtown Seattle. Special guests include head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, and more. It is a VIP event, but general admission tickets are available for $125, with all proceeds going back to “Blanket Coverage.” One day later, on Sunday, July 7, Sherman will host his celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, and we’ll have “blanket coverage” from that event here on Seahawks.com.

NFL Network’s NFL Total Access discusses which player will help their new team the most in this short video. Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is the show’s first mention.

NFL.com has rolled out their 2013 fantasy football draft kit, featuring position-by-position fantasy ranks, projections, sleepers, rookies that could surprise, bargain players, and more. It’s a must-read section of their site for you fantasy football gurus over the Fourth of July weekend.

Also on the fantasy front, Adam Rank of NFL.com breaks down the second-tier of fantasy stars for the 2013 season in this short video.

If you missed it on our site yesterday, NFL.com has unveiled their “Greatest Uniform in NFL History” bracket, where the Seahawks’ current uni’s and throwback digs are featured. First-round voting runs through Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m. PT.

And Clare Farnsworth’s 2013 preview series continued yesterday with a look at the versatility along the defensive line.


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Movement in Seahawks scouting department

Tag Ribary

New director of team operations Tag Ribary, pictured right, during the Seahawks’ 2010 NFL Draft

The Seahawks have announced several changes shuffling up their scouting department.

Tag Ribary, in his 16th season with the club, has been promoted to director of team operations and will oversee team security, team video, facility and equipment departments.

Trent Kirchner has been promoted to fill Ribary’s previous role as director of pro personnel. Kirchner, who started as an intern in the team’s communications department (a great place to start, by the way), enters his fourth year with the Seahawks after spending eight seasons (2002-09) as a scout with the Carolina Panthers.

Former Panther’s 2001 first-round draft pick Dan Morgan takes over Kirchner’s former title of assistant director of pro personnel. Morgan spent the last two years with the Seahawks as a pro scout.

Josh Graff, who spent the last two seasons as an intern in the Seahawks scouting department, has been promoted to national scout and will rep the club in the Carolinas Region for National Scouting, Inc.

Jim Nagy has been hired on as the southeast area scout to replace Derrick Jensen, who retires after 22 seasons with the club. Jensen, who is currently battling ALS, made the team’s final two picks in April’s draft on what just so happened to also be his 57th birthday, selecting offensive guard Jared Smith and offensive tackle Michael Bowie via conference call with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.


Thursday round-up: Future Power Rankings; Seahawks NFL’s best defense?

The Seahawks partnered with the Microsoft Corporation to create a one week job shadowing program where left tackle Russell Okung, defensive end Gregg Scruggs, kicker Steven Hauschka, long snapper Clint Gresham & former Seahawk wide receiver Ben Obomanu were matched with Microsoft Finance & Research Managers

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Thursday, June 20, about your Seattle Seahawks:Cliff Avril

ESPN.com has rolled out their NFL Future Power Rankings, an exercise measuring the confidence their site’s experts (Herm Edwards, Mel Kiper, Mike Sando, Gary Horton, Matt Williamson, Field Yates, and former NFL GM Bill Polian) has in each club as they project three seasons ahead. The ranking takes into account the quality of the team’s roster, the quality of it’s quarterback, the quality of the 2012 draft class, the ability of the team’s front office, and the capability of a team’s coaching staff. It’s an ESPN Insider feature, so a subscription is required to view the full piece, but here’s a sampling of what was said about the Seahawks, who ranked at No. 3 (up from No. 21 in last year’s Future Rankings) behind the Green Bay Packers (No. 2) and San Francisco 49ers (No. 1), “GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have very quickly drafted a contender in Seattle. The emergence of Wilson as a dynamic player and leader has exponentially improved this club. The defense loses coordinator Gus Bradley but in essence Pete’s fingerprints are all over this group anyway. And a good group it is. The addition of Cliff Avril at a low price was one of the best free-agent pickups of the year. Avril and Irvin provide an outstanding tandem of pass-rushers.” – Polian

Several contributors over at NFL.com position the Seahawks as the League’s best defense.

NFL.com Around the League writer Gregg Rosenthal ranks the top 25 edge rushers in the NFL today, and second-year defensive end Bruce Irvin makes the list at No. 12. Rosenthal lists Avril as having “just missed” his top 25.

Russell WilsonNFC West blogger Mike Sando of ESPN.com has a chart breaking down NFL quarterbacks that have produced games with a QBR of 90+ from 2010-12. Perhaps not surprisingly, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tops the list, totaling 14 games with a 90+ QBR in 46 starts from 2010-12, but it’s Wilson who stands out on Sando’s list with five 90+ QBR games last season alone.

Sando also has his daily look around the NFC West and his Wednesday SportsNation chat transcript can be found here.

Dick Fain, on Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s “Mitch in the Morning” show, chats with Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon about what he saw from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson through the team’s Offseason Program and what to expect from the club in the 2013 season. We have the podcast for you below:

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth talks with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn about backup players stepping up.

Punter Jon Ryan is hosting a charity golf tournament today in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Free safety Chris Maragos, tight end Sean McGrath, kicker Steven Hauschka and long snapper Clint Gresham will also be in attendance.

And by way of NFL Network’s NFL AM, NFL Chief Security Officer Jeff Miller adds some clarity to the League’s new bag rule.


Wednesday round-up: Earl Thomas tours NFL Network; Doug Baldwin audio

Free safety Earl Thomas drops by the set of “NFL Total Access” to talk about NFC West rivalries and which club has the best secondary in the League

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” for today, Wednesday, June 19, about your Seattle Seahawks:

Free safety Earl Thomas joined NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek Football Program. Dameshek’s segment with Thomas begins at the 22-minute mark of the podcast below:

NFC West blogger Mike Sando of ESPN.com looks at the percentages of 2012 game snaps remaining on the Seahawks’ 90-man roster. According to Sando, the team’s current roster logged 87.4 percent of offensive and defensive snaps last season – the highest percentage in the division, reflecting a high player-retention rate year-over-year. The team has come a long way since those 284 roster transactions head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider made during their first year together in 2010.

Sando also passes along notes from ESPN’s fantasy football comparison of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Seahawks wideout Percy Harvin.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin joined Sports Radio 950 KJR AM for a conversation with Dave “Softy” Mahler yesterday afternoon, the podcast of which can be found below:

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com discusses the 2013 outlook for quarterback Russell Wilson.

Here at Seahawks.com, team president Peter McLoughlin is seeking 12 season ticket holders to join his new Fan Advisory Council to assist the club in the overall 12th Man experience. If you meet the requirements, feel free to apply here. All applications are due by July 12.

Clare Farnsworth’s Tuesday feature reacquainted us with 2012 fifth-round draft pick Korey Toomer, the uber-athletic linebacker out of the University of Idaho who spent his rookie season on the practice squad before moving to injured reserve after having shoulder surgery early in the year. Toomer has worked at strong-side linebacker with the No. 2 and No. 3 defenses during the team’s nine sessions of Organized Team Activties (OTAs) this spring, as well as during last week’s three-day minicamp, and will look to factor in at the position come training camp in late July.

Wide receiver Golden Tate showed up for the fourth time on NFL AM’s countdown of the Top 100 Plays of 2012, when his 32-yard grab from quarterback Russell Wilson in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins was highlighted at No. 34 on the list. Of the 67 plays unveiled to this point, the Seahawks are featured in eight of them.

And USA Football will host a Heads Up Football Player Safety Coaches clinic this Saturday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where master trainer Tom Bainter – head coach at Bothell High School – will educate more than 70 Seattle-area coaches.


A Giants step for Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll has worked and lived in Southern California and now Seattle, not to mention Arkansas, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Buffalo, Minnesota, New York and New England during a 30-something-year coaching career that has taken him from college to the NFL, back to college and back to the NFL.

But the Seahawks’ fourth-year coach will forever be a Bay Area boy.

Carroll was born in San Francisco. He grew up in Marin County and went to Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. He played football at the University of Pacific in Stockton.

The San Francisco Giants have honored Carroll by presenting him with a jersey. It not only has his name across the back, the number is 12 – for the Seahawks’ 12th Man fans.


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Tarvaris Jackson officially signed

Tarvaris Jackson

It’s official, Tarvaris Jackson is a member of the Seahawks. Again.

The team’s starting quarterback in 2011 agreed to contract terms late Thursday and the signing became official today. To clear a spot on the 90-man roster, quarterback Jerrod Johnson was released.

There was speculation about Jackson’s return as soon as the Bills released him on Tuesday. Jackson flew to Seattle on Thursday, was given a physical and then a contract.

Coach Pete Carroll is happy to have him back, and competing with Brady Quinn to be the backup to starting QB Russell Wilson.

“I think it’s a great boost for us in a competitive sense,” Carroll said Thursday. “We thought of Tarvaris as a tremendously tough football player and competitive kid that battled for us.”

That was in 2011, when Jackson was signed in free agency following the 136-day lockout and named the starter because of he had played under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Minnesota when both were with the Vikings. Without an offseason, Jackson’s knowledge of, and comfort with, the system Bevell was installing with the Seahawks gave the team a competitive edge, as Carroll put it at the time.

Jackson started 14 games, but played the second half of the season with an injured pectoral in his passing shoulder. He passed for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns.

But after Matt Flynn was signed in free agency and Wilson added in the draft last year, Jackson became expendable and was traded to the Bills. Despite not playing a snap last season, the Bills re-signed Jackson this offseason, only to release him.

With Flynn being traded to the Raiders in April, and Quinn signed to fill his role as the backup, the chance to reacquire Jackson and spike the competition for the No. 2 spot was one Carroll and general manager John Schneider couldn’t pass up.

“We’re seizing the opportunity that one of our guys is out there and we can bring him back in,” Carroll said. “And he’ll be able to help us.”