Monday cyber surfing: Seahawks move to 4-4 after Week 8 loss to Lions

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks the day after their 28-24 defeat to the Detroit Lions.

Danny O’Neil has his game recap from yesterday, calling the outcome the most “puzzling” of Seattle’s four losses this year, “This was the most puzzling of Seattle’s four losses this season. The Seahawks showed significant improvement in a passing game that has been the team’s chronic weakness, only to lose because of the defense that has been the team’s biggest strength. ‘We’ve got to play better,’ defensive end Chris Clemons said. ‘That goes for each and every individual on the defense.’ The defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in any game this season. Not only did Detroit score four on Sunday, the Lions converted 12 of their 16 third downs, the highest percentage by any Seahawks opponent since December 2004. There were plenty of mistakes by Seattle, from the way it frittered away a field-goal opportunity at the end of the first half to wasting a timeout on a replay challenge in the third quarter, but this game was lost because Seattle’s defense couldn’t close out Detroit like it did the Panthers and the Patriots.”

O’Neil notes that while the Seahawks did a good job shutting down Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, they let Titus Young do the damage, “After a week in which the focus was on everything from Calvin Johnson’s size, at 6 feet 5, to his Transformers nickname, the Lions’ leading receiver caught as many passes (three) as he allowed to bounce off his hands. ‘You see his numbers,’ cornerback Richard Sherman said. ‘They speak for themselves. He was a non-factor.’ Instead, it was Titus Young, the Lions’ second-year receiver from Boise State, who caught nine passes, including two touchdowns. His 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter matched the longest scoring pass allowed by Seattle this season, and his 1-yard catch in the fourth quarter turned out to be the game-winner. As for all the attention on Johnson before the game? ‘We can’t emphasize on one guy so much,’ Seahawks corner Brandon Browner said. ‘I thought we’d match up well against him.’ “

O’Neil believes that despite the loss the Seahawks’ passing game took a major step forward, “Wilson attempted 35 passes, his most in any game this season. He threw for 236 yards, two touchdowns and his quarterback rating of 96.8 was his highest in five road games this season. He was 6-for-8 passing on Seattle’s final touchdown drive, which covered 87 yards and would have been hailed as a potential turning point if Seattle had not gone on to lose. ‘I definitely believe we can do that consistently,’ Wilson said. ‘We have the time in terms of the offensive line blocking and doing a great job of giving me enough time to make decisions.’ “

O’Neil also names the Lions’ Stafford and Young his players of the game in his “2-minute drill.”

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says this time the loss is on the shoulders of the defense, “This shouldn’t have happened. It was alarming to watch the Lions move the ball coast-to-coast so easily. ‘Definitely, we always want the game on our shoulders,’ cornerback Richard Sherman said after the 28-24 loss Sunday that dropped the Seahawks’ record to 4-4. ‘But this was one of those times that we didn’t pull it out. This was an opportunity we let get away.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune has his game recap from Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Lions, “While Seattle’s defense has played well this season – at times looking dominant – some of the team’s struggles on that side of the ball had previously been overshadowed by the Seahawks’ inability to move the ball on offense. That wasn’t the case Sunday. The Seahawks allowed Detroit to convert an embarrassing 12 out of 16 third-down plays into first downs. Seattle’s defense was ranked No. 5 in the league in yardage allowed heading into the game, but the Seahawks have given up over 400 yards of offense in two of their past three contests. ‘Every one of those guys on defense knows the game was ours to win,’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ‘They thought they had to do what they had to do, ‘Let’s go get our stop and get out of here,’ and it didn’t happen.’ “

Williams also looks at the play of the Lions’ Young and Seahawks’ defensive backs, “While Seattle did a nice job containing ‘Megatron,’ he wound up serving as a diversion while Detroit’s other receivers broke loose against the Seahawks. Young finished with a game-high nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew totaled seven catches for 74 yards. And rookie Ryan Broyles finished with three catches for 37 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown. ‘I thought before the game even started we were going to do OK against him,’ Browner said. ‘But it’s the other guys that got off. We can’t focus on one player, because we tend to forget that they’ve got stars like Titus Young. … I thought we would match up well with him. He’s a big guy. We’re big guys. It’s the little guys that we’ll have problems with, because they can get in and out of breaks faster than we do.’ “

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune critiques the play of the Seahawks defense, “An elite defense, with nine full days of rest, doesn’t surrender 415 yards to a team forced into a short work week after appearing on Monday Night Football. That stat – 415 yards surrendered – isn’t an aberration, merely the continuation of a three-week pattern for the Seahawks, who were torched for 475 yards by New England and then 313 yards by San Francisco. Since holding each of their first five opponents under 300 yards, the Seahawks are allowing an average of 401 per game in the past three.”

Mike Salk of 710Sports.com says the Seahawks’ loss casts a doubt on what has been rock-solid play of the defense, “The difference is that Sunday’s 28-24 loss in Detroit cast doubt upon the one rock-solid principal on which our faith in the Seahawks was based: the defense. More specifically, the defense on third down. The Lions converted 12 of their 16 third-down opportunities. For those of you out of practice with elementary school mathematics, that is 75 percent. It also means the Seahawks defense had 12 opportunities to get off the field but failed to finish. On those 12 plays, they gave up an average of 10.5 yards. Three of those 12 plays ended with the ball in the end zone. One of them was the winning score. If they had stopped just one of the three third-down plays on the final drive, they would likely have won the game (or forced overtime). The Seahawks’ third down defense has not been a problem of this magnitude yet this season, but it has not been stellar, either. They get off the field just 38.5 percent of the time (16th in the NFL) and the problem has raised its ugly head in important spots in three of their four losses.”

The staff at SportsPressNW.com has their game recap from Sunday.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com has his wrap-up following Sunday’s Seahawks-Lions game, “What I liked: Wilson and the offense converted on third-and-10 and fourth-and-short during the go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller caught scoring passes. Marshawn Lynch’s 77-yard touchdown run was the Seahawks’ longest since Shaun Alexander had an 88-yarder at Arizona. The run allowed Lynch to top 100 yards rushing even though the ground game wasn’t consistently strong for Seattle, a bit of a surprise. Seattle shut out Calvin Johnson in the first half and prevented him from emerging as a dominant threat. Jackson couldn’t handle the potential go-ahead scoring pass in the final minutes. Earl Thomas picked off a pass deep in Seahawks territory to ward off a Lions scoring chance.”

Sando details several silver linings from yesterday’s loss, “Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson led a 12-play, 87-yard drive to the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Wilson completed 25 of 35 passes for 236 yards with two touchdowns and no sacks. His Total QBR score (93.7 out of 100) trailed only those for Tom Brady (98.4) and Matt Ryan (95.7) through the afternoon games Sunday. This was Wilson’s best NFL performance in a road game, and perhaps overall.”

For a look around the League, Peter King of SI.com has his “Monday Morning Quarterback.”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth recaps the 28-24 setback, and names Stafford his player of the game in his game at a glance.

Tony Ventrella brings postgame reaction from safety Earl Thomas, quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Carroll is his game recap.

We have complete game highlights from yesterday here, and highlights with a focus on Wilson here.

We bring you Carroll and Wilson‘s full postgame press conferences.

Our team photographer Rod Mar has a look at Week 8 in photos here.

And finally, fullback Michael Robinson shares his latest episode of “The Real Rob Report”, which was shot the week prior to the team’s game against the Lions:


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Monday cyber surfing: Week 7 revisited; New “Real Rob Report”

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, October 22.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks have struggled playing against teams built in a similar style as they are, “This Seahawks team — with its run-heavy approach and rookie quarterback — figured to have trouble keeping up with the high-fliers like Green Bay and New England. The reality has been the exact opposite. It’s the low-scoring affairs against similarly conservative attacks that have highlighted the Seahawks’ offensive inadequacies. Seattle has played four teams currently ranked among the league’s top 10 defenses in terms of yards allowed. The Seahawks are 1-3 in those games. All three of those defeats have come on the road, but the sites of those games might not explain everything. The Seahawks have beaten the Packers, who led the league in scoring a year ago. They have defeated the Patriots, who are the league’s top offense this year. They held Dallas — which is No. 6 in total yards this year — without a point in the second half, and they have lost to both Arizona and St. Louis, who like Seattle rank among the league’s five worst offenses.”

O’Neil also has a look at what we learned and what we’re still trying to figure out after last Thursday’s defeat at San Francisco, “You can’t take Wilson’s passing numbers at face value.
Well, 9-for-23 passing may not get it done, but how about 14-for-23? Does that sound better? Because Wilson had some passes that couldn’t have been thrown any better and should have resulted in big gains that were flat-out dropped. Wilson played very well in the first half, and if tight end Evan Moore, receiver Golden Tate and running back Robert Turbin catch balls that hit them in the hands in the first two quarters, Seattle’s lead would have been larger than 6-3 at halftime.”

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks’ mini-break in their schedule after Thursday night’s game is a good chance for them to catch a mid-season breather, “Most players are using the three days off to get in a mini-vacation or reconnect with family and friends. After that matchup with the Lions, Seattle will settle into a second-half schedule that includes home games against Minnesota and the New York Jets before a bye in Week 11, the latest Seattle has had a bye week since 2000. While Seattle finishes with five of its last eight games at home, they also face a potentially more difficult schedule. Seattle’s final nine opponents have a combined record of 31-22 (58.5 percent). The Seahawks’ first seven opponents have a combined record of 21-20 (51.2 winning percentage).”

Williams also highlights linebacker and special teams co-captain Heath Farwell, who has proven to be the team’s most productive special teams player, “Through seven games, Heath Farwell leads in special-teams tackles with eight. Farwell also led the NFL in special-teams tackles last season with 21, which was more impressive because he joined the Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent last October, five games into the season. ‘I’m definitely not the fastest guy down there – that’s (Byron) Maxwell or (Chris) Maragos,’ Farwell said with a laugh. ‘But you’ve got to have instincts, too. I’ve got those guys running down in front of me, and I kind of play off of them. And they make a lot of stuff happen that allows me to make tackles.’ “

Dave Wyman, writing for mynorthwest.com, says you shouldn’t feel too bad about the Seahawks’ 4-3 record, “How bad should a 4-3 record feel? When you’re third loss came on the road, in a short week and against a top-five team, not that bad. Going 0-3 in the division and not beating the Cardinals or Rams on the road should feel bad. But it should feel awfully good that you did beat the Cowboys, Packers and Patriots at home. The CenturyLink Field advantage is back and I’d say that if the Seahawks could win two more road games and only lose once at home, 10-6 looks pretty good. I’ll take my chances with that record at the end of the season. Too bad the Seahawks aren’t in the AFC, where just two of the 16 teams are above .500. Here’s what else to not feel bad about: Seattle’s three losses were by a total of 17 points. In 2010, Carroll’s first season as the Seahawks’ coach, they were also 4-3 after seven games. But their three losses were by a total of 64 points. That year, the Seahawks’ average margin of defeat was a league-worst 21 points.”

Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com revisits Russell Wilson’s performance following Thursday’s game against the 49ers, “It was safe to assume Wilson wouldn’t complete as many deep throws against the 49ers as he did against the Patriots. He didn’t, but he would have had more success on such throws had it not been for some drops. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Wilson was 20 of 35 with five touchdowns and three interceptions on passes traveling more than 15 yards downfield entering Thursday, but he went just 2 of 8 with an interception against San Francisco. Tight end Evan Moore and receiver Golden Tate each dropped a pass on one of those attempts. Tate had a second drop, while running backs Robert Turbin and Marshawn Lynch dropped passes as well. Turbin might have scored had he caught his pass.”

Tim Booth of the Associated Press notes there were other problems than Wilson’s performance and the drops by the wide receivers in last Thursday’s loss to the Niners, “Seattle’s run defense allowed an opponent to top 100 total yards rushing for the first time this season. Gore’s 131 yards were the most by an individual rusher against the Seahawks since Dallas’ DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards in Week 9 of last season, a span of 14 games. … The fact Seattle held San Francisco to just 13 points and still felt the night was a defensive disappointment exemplifies the standard to which Carroll holds the Seahawks. ‘It was a heck of a night by our defense, but I’m still frustrated that we didn’t stop a couple of things. If we stop a couple of things, the game doesn’t go like that. Now, it still was going to be close because we didn’t score much, but we need to play better in the running game,’ Carroll said.”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com says the  Seahawks have nine weeks to figure out what went wrong in their Week 7 loss to the 49ers before a Week 16 re-match in Seattle.

Amy Brachmann of ESPN The Magazine catches up with Wilson and asks the rookie quarterback a few off-beat questions, “What is the most embarrassing music you have to admit you listen to? There’s some *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys on my iPod. I listen to it if it comes up on shuffle. What is your guilty pleasure? Milk chocolate with caramel. What is your most irrational fear? Jumping out of a plane. I could never do that.”

For a complete look around the weekend in the NFL Peter King of SI.com has his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth uses the short player break after Thursday night to catch up with a couple former Seahawks – Dan Doornink and Jeff West.

Seahawks fan Chuck McGowan has his “12th Fan View” update after the Seahawks’ Week 6 victory over the New England Patriots.

Lastly, we leave you with fullback Michael Robinson’s latest episode of the Real Rob Report, which was shot prior to last Thursday’s game in San Francisco:


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Week 4 – The Real Rob Report

Fullback Michael Robinson brings us another episode of “The Real Rob Report”, this time catching up with longtime Seahawks equipment manager Erik Kennedy, who details his equipment team’s seven-day-a-week responsibility.

Mike Rob also talks with kicker Steven Hauschka, stands by as cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Jeron Johnson debate the greatest rapper of all-time, showcases guard John Moffitt’s new mustache, and catches a discussion between cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Winston Guy on the qualities of good hair vs. bad hair.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.com for more updates from “The Real Rob Report” and be sure to subscribe to Robinson’s YouTube channel for his latest video features.


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Week 3 – The Real Rob Report

Our Pro Bowl fullback and aspiring broadcaster Michael Robinson is back with another episode of “The Real Rob Report”.

In you’re unfamiliar with Robinson’s endeavors, he offers a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective of life in the NFL, catching up with fellow players and coaches in an informal setting compared to what you may be used to seeing in the mainstream media.

In this week’s installment quarterback Russell Wilson kicks things off with his best impersonation of Head Coach Pete Carroll, which is frighteningly close to the real thing.

Robinson catches up with wide receivers Ben Obomanu and Ricardo Lockette, and cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Brandon Browner, asking the guys who their favorite teams and players were when they were growing up.

Mike Rob also tries to get camera-shy running back Marshawn Lynch to open up to the lens, and catches an interaction between running back Robert Turbin and a Seahawks media relations staffer on film.

All-in-all it’s another must-see Real Rob Report production from the Real Mike Rob.


More Real Rob Report

Our Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson is back behind the camera in his latest installment of “The Real Rob Report.”

Robinson catches up with wide receiver Golden Tate, who will return to action tomorrow against the Dallas Cowboys, Ben Obomanu flexes his pipes – not his biceps, but his vocal chords – and second-year offensive lineman James Carpenter talks college football and his long-awaited return to the practice field.

Check out the video above and check back for more episodes of “The Real Rob Report” throughout the season.


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The Real Rob Report – Preseason edition


Michael Robinson, the Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, is at it again as he brings us another installment of “The Real Rob Report”.

As we’ve mentioned before on our site, Robinson has aspirations to get into broadcasting when his career is over, and he attended the NFL’s Broadcasting Boot Camp earlier this summer.

In his latest episode, Robinson catches up with starting quarterback Russell Wilson after his first NFL start against the Kansas City Chiefs, hands the mic to G John Moffitt for a one-on-one interview with C Max Unger, the Seahawks specialists perform a little “Kicker Karaoke”, and rookie DE Greg Scruggs shows off his “Fat Daddy” sack dance.

Anyways, enough talk. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more features from Mike Rob.


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Friday cyber surfing: ‘Hawks wrap up preseason 4-0

Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, August 31, after finishing the preseason with a record of 4-0 following their 21-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders Thursday night.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times recaps last night’s victory, and speaks to the team’s depth that was continually on display through four preseason games,”The Seahawks outscored opponents 67-21 in the second half of exhibition games this season, which speaks to the team’s improved depth. Seattle must trim its roster to 53 players on Friday, and will open the regular season Sept. 9 in Arizona. ‘We did a great job this preseason,’ [Russell] Wilson said. ‘But now it’s time to look forward on to what’s next, and that’s the season. Obviously, we have to take one step at a time.'”

O’Neil also highlights rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin in his game notebook, who tallied his first NFL sack last night, “It took Bruce Irvin 3 ½ games before he finally got to the opponent’s quarterback. Once he registered his first half a sack in the third quarter against Oakland, Irvin couldn’t wait to get back there. He had another sack in the fourth quarter, a tackle for loss and nearly another sack, turning Seattle’s exhibition finale into a coming-out party for the Seahawks’ first-round pick. ‘I mean, I wanted to get a sack,’ Irvin said. ‘I came so close last week. I wanted to get my feet wet.’ “

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune digests Thursday night’s win, with a couple notes on running back Vai Taua, “Running back Vai Taua is one of those players who stood out Thursday. The University of Nevada product served as a tackling dummy most of 2011, working as the scout squad running back for Seattle while spending most of the season on the practice squad. But Taua finally got a chance to dish out some punishment Thursday. Taua finished with 49 yards on nine carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run. Taua also had five catches for 39 yards as he attempts to lock up a spot on Seattle’s 53-man roster. Taua offers some versatility because he can play both tailback and fullback, along with playing on special teams.”

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune takes a look at Seattle’s ball-hawking defense, who has scored points in three of the team’s four games this preseason, “Particularly relevant with the first turnover was that it was first-round draft pick Bruce Irvin who forced a fumble on a punt to set up the Seahawks’ first score. Irvin tackled Raiders returner Roscoe Parrish, forcing a fumble that was recovered by fellow rookie Bobby Wagner. The turnover set up a 25-yard field goal by Steven Haushka. In the second quarter, another rookie, cornerback Jeremy Lane, picked off a Matt Leinart pass intended for Brandon Carswell to set up another Haushka field goal (29 yards). The Seahawks led the NFC in turnover differential through the first three exhibition games at plus-five, having forced eight turnovers. The turnovers helped the Hawks power to the league’s best scoring differential of plus-60 (101-41).”

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has his game report from Thursday night, “Seahawks coach Pete Carroll likes a lot of what he has seen from his team coming out of his third preseason in Seattle. ‘We’re so much tighter with what we’re doing,’ Carroll said. ‘The messaging and philosophy is embedded. Our style is clear. Now I don’t know if we’re going to bring it to life in the regular season, I don’t know that, but we’re going to try. … This is the style of play that we’ve been looking for’ “

Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com sums up Thursday night’s performance from rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, “It was the type of performance the Seahawks had in mind when they made Irvin the 15th overall pick. And it was just what he needed after a quiet preseason, even if it came in a meaningless game. ‘It feels good to finally have a little success,’ a smiling Irvin said afterward before putting his night in the proper perspective. ‘But it don’t count. The stat sheet starts over next week. That’s why I wasn’t really concerned when people was worried. It don’t count, so I’ve just got to keep working and get ready for the season next week.’ “

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com wraps Thursday’s victory and Seattle’s preseason, “For whatever it’s worth in dominating the Titans, Broncos,  Chiefs and Raiders in the preseason, the Seahawks allowed averages of 248 yards of total offense and 15 first downs in a combined 122-44 domination of the scoreboard. Leading the NFC in takeaways before the game with seven, the defense recovered another fumble and added an interception. ‘It’s exciting, but you have to take it with a grain of salt,’ said cornerback Richard Sherman. ‘Every (offense) is vanilla, they’re not doing much different. No schemes. But we have extremely high expectations for ourselves.’ “

Curtis Crabtree of 950 KJR AM takes a crack at predicting the Seahawks 53-man roster.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com revisits three nuggets from Thursday’s matchup with the Raiders, including a comment on Bruce Irvin’s impact, “First-round draft choice Bruce Irvin played deep into the game as the Seahawks tried to get their rookie defensive end into a rhythm. They were going to leave him in the game until Irvin produced, and once he did, they weren’t going to take him out. Irvin feasted on the Raiders’ backups in the second half. He finished with 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits after failing to register on the defensive stat sheet in the first three preseason games. Irvin also forced a fumble while working on the punt-coverage team. Irvin can now emerge from the preseason with something to build upon.”

Sando also rehashes a conversation he had with Matt Williamson of Scouts, Inc., who believes naming rookie quarterback Russell Wilson the starter was the move that could put Seattle over the top, ” ‘I very much believe Russell Wilson will have the best year of any quarterback in the division,’ Williamson said. ‘Sam Bradford has a chance to be a very good one, but he looks terrible and his supporting cast is a mess. Arizona is a mess. I’m not a huge Smith believer.’ In Wilson, Williamson see the potential for Cam Newton-type production. He thought Wilson, a third-round choice, should have gone a round earlier. ‘One thing about him, his college history shows he doesn’t turn the ball over,’ Williamson said. ‘He’ll do more at this level, but he is not going to hurt the team the way rookie quarterbacks usually do. He’s very smart, really knows where to go with the ball.’ Williamson went with Pete Carroll as his projected coach of the year. ‘We’ll look back in 16 games and say, ‘Wow, naming Wilson the starter over Matt Flynn was a gutsy move by Coach Carroll and that is why they won the West,’ ‘ Williamson said.”

Scott Pianowski of YahooSports.com lists the Seattle Seahawks as one of his “Five NFL teams that are better than you think“. Pianowski says, “Seattle just completed a dominant 4-0 preseason, outscoring opponents by 78 points, and while that doesn’t guarantee a thing going forward, a strong August has correlated to a strong season over the last couple of decades (mind you, it didn’t help Seattle in 2009, when a 4-0 preseason led to a 5-11 mark). I’m expecting the Seahawks to post a winning record in 2012, and they should challenge San Francisco for the division title.”

From our fullback Michael Robinson, we have the much-anticipated next installment of his “Real Rob Report“, which features appearances by quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman, guard John Moffitt, center Max Unger, defensive end Greg Scruggs, and punter Jon Ryan.

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth looks at the impressive play from the young players on the roster during last night’s game, and names Bruce Irvin as his player of the game.

Finally, Tony Ventrella gives us a video recap of Thursday’s events.


Friday cyber surfing: Wilson earns praise of former NFL exec

Good morning, and happy Friday the 13th. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today.

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson comes at us with another installment of “The Real Rob Report”, this time from the 2012 ESPY Awards. Robinson talks with various athletes and celebrities including Josh Cribbs, Vernon Davis and Terrell Suggs as they walk the red carpet. Suggs raved about playing in Seattle and the tremendous fan support the 12th Man exuberates on game days, “It’s really hard to play up there [in Seattle], but it’s fun. That’s what the game is all about – how electric the stadium is. I love going to play the Seahawks. I’m 0-2 up there, but I must say both of the games, they were very fun. And the city – I love the city. It’s a beautiful city. I’m gonna have to get me a ‘W’ up there, though. But the Seahawks – it’s a really good stadium, it’s a really good atmosphere. That’s what NFL football is about up there.”

The Tacoma News Tribune’s Eric Williams joined Pro Football Talk Live yesterday to talk about the Seahawks heading into 2012. Williams and PFT host Mike Florio touched on a variety of subjects, from the Seahawks young, ascending defense to Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks three-man quarterback competition, the wide receiver group, offensive and defensive lines, and how Seattle might challenge the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West division title. You can watch and listen to the nearly 18-minute segment right here.

Brady Henderson at MyNorthwest.com recaps a Wednesday segment of “Bob and Groz” in which former NFL front-office executive Tony Softli joined the show. Henderson said Softli believes Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will eventually earn the position of Seahawks’ starting quarterback, but not necessarily by the end of training camp. Henderson writes, “Softli raved about Wilson’s athleticism and leadership. He said Wilson ‘throws a better ball’ than Drew Brees, the Saints’ record-setting quarterback, and that it’s only a matter of time before Wilson proves that he’s a better quarterback than [Matt] Flynn and [Tarvaris] Jackson. ‘I think he is the future, there’s no question,’ Softli said. ‘Flynn, Jackson, they better not open the door because this guy will slam it shut.’ “

Wide receiver Golden Tate joined Dave “Softy” Mahler of 950 KJR AM yesterday – you can listen to the audio by following the download links on their page . The two talked about the excitement building around the Seahawks upcoming training camp, what to expect from the team in 2012, and Tate gives his thoughts on the Seahawks quarterback competition.

Here at Seahawks.com Tony Ventrella and the Sea Gals give us a sneak-preview of 2012 Bing Training Camp, which opens for registration later this morning.


Monday cyber surfing: Earl Thomas’ camp for kids

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 9.

From KFDM Channel 6 in Beaumont, Texas, we have this feature on Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who during the downtime before training camp returned to his hometown of Orange, Texas to host a free football camp for Southeast Texas kids. “Growing up here not too many people came back,” said Thomas. “It kind of made me mad, so I said if I ever made it I’d be the first one to come back and help out.”

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson shares another installment of his video series “The Real Rob Report”, this time catching up with rookie QB Russell Wilson at the end of the Seahawks minicamp in mid-June.

Here at Seahawks.com, we wrapped up our Rookie Spotlight segment over the weekend as GM John Schneider offered his thoughts on fifth round draft pick Korey Toomer, sixth round draft picks Jeremy Lane and Winston Guy, and seventh round draft picks J.R. Sweezy and Greg Scruggs.

At MyNorthwest.com Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of the “Bob and Groz” show follow up on a guest appearance by former NFL QB Kurt Warner, as they discuss the Seahawks three-man quarterback competition and how big of an advantage Tarvaris Jackson’s familiarity with the Seahawks offense and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell can be come training camp.

Andy Behrens over at YahooSports.com takes a look at the Seahawks from a fantasy perspective, as he shares his thoughts on Marshawn Lynch and the running game, the Seahawks quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, and had this to say about the Seahawks ‘D’, “Seattle’s defense should be a solid option this season, as they finished among the top-10 teams last year in fewest points and yards allowed (19.7, 332.2). This group ranked fourth in the league in interceptions (22) and they scored four defensive TDs, so they were obviously a decent fantasy commodity. The IDPs to target here are DE Chris Clemons (11.0 sacks), plus safeties Earl Thomas (98 tackles) and Kam Chancellor (97 tackles). First-round DE Bruce Irvin and second-round LB Bobby Wagner might just sneak into the IDP discussion, too.”

Lastly, over at NFL.com we have a photo gallery highlighting the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which includes a 16-photo spread of Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 4.


Michael Robinson on the call

Michael Robinson, the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl fullback, took part in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp last week.

He was one of 23 current and former NFL players to participate in the sixth annual event that was held at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Robinson would like to get into broadcasting when his career is over, and already videotapes interviews with teammates for his own website – “The Real Rob Report.”

“Absolutely, this is something I want to do,” Robinson said before he left for the Boot Camp. “If I can’t play the game I definitely want to be able to talk about it, because I feel I have some great insight on it.”

How did Robinson do? Listen and watch for yourself.


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