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Chiefs hire Will Lewis as director of pro scouting

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Former Seahawks Director of Pro Personnel Will Lewis (right)

Will Lewis, who worked in the Seahawks’ scouting department and front office for 13 years, has been hired as director of pro scouting by the Chiefs.

The move was announced on the team’s website. Marvin Allen was added as director of college scouting on the staff of first-year general manager John Dorsey, who also worked for the Seahawks in 1999.

“Will and Marvin are tremendous at what they do,” Dorsey said. “I had the privilege of getting to know Will while working with him in both Seattle and Green Bay, and he has a lot of experience that will benefit us.”

After playing for the Seahawks in 1980-81, Lewis returned in 1999 as the team’s director of pro personnel and was vice president of football operations from 2010-12.


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On this date: Seahawks win NFC title

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A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 22:

1992: Bob Bratkowski is named quarterbacks coach on Tom Flores’ staff. Bratkowski had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, a position he would later hold with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2006: The Seahawks not only play in their first NFC Championship Game, they host the game and win it 34-14 over the Panthers as Shaun Alexander rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck throws for two scores and the defense intercepts three passes. The decisive victory sends the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL. The game, and everything surrounding it, was named the top moment in the first 10 seasons at the team’s state-of-the-art stadium that opened in 2002.

2007: Bruce DeHaven is named special teams coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2009: Tim Lewis, the brother of Seahawks’ director of pro personnel Will Lewis, is named defensive backs coach on Jim Mora’s staff.


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On this date: Big-play day grounds Eagles

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 23:

Bobby Joe Edmonds

Bobby Joe Edmonds

1980: Will Lewis returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, but the Seahawks fall to the Broncos 36-20 in Denver.

1986: The Seahawks begin a five-game winning streak as they jump to a 21-6 lead and hold on a 24-20 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg passes 72 yards to Daryl Turner for one touchdown and Bobby Joe Edmonds returns a punt 75 yards for another. The Seahawks sack Randall Cunningham nine times, including three by Fredd Young.

2007: Matt Hasselbeck passes for five touchdowns and 333 yards as the Seahawks take leads of 27-10 and 41-24, only to have the Ravens storm back with 38 second-half points and win 44-41 in overtime. Matt Stover ties the game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and then wins it with a 42-yarder in overtime to end the four-hour game. Darrell Jackson catches seven passes for 146 yards, including an 80-yard TD.

2008: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to John Carlson and Maurice Morris, but Shaun Suisham kicks a 22-yard field goal midway through fourth to give the Redskins a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Julian Peterson has two sacks among his 10 tackles.


On this date: An NFC title

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 22:

1992: Bob Bratkowski is named quarterbacks coach on Tom Flores’ staff. Bratkowski had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami, a position he would later hold with the Seahawks on Dennis Erickson’s staff.

2006: The Seahawks not only play in their first NFC Championship Game, they host the game and win 34-14 over the Panthers as Shaun Alexander rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Hasselbeck throws for two scores and the defense intercepts three passes. The decisive victory sends the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL.

2007: Bruce DeHaven is named special teams coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff.

2009: Tim Lewis, the brother of Seahawks’ director of pro personnel Will Lewis, is named defensive backs coach on Jim Mora’s staff.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 23:

1980: Will Lewis returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, but the Seahawks fall to the Broncos 36-20 in Denver.

1986: The Seahawks begin a five-game winning streak as they jump to a 21-6 lead and hold on a 24-20 victory over the Eagles at the Kingdome. Dave Krieg passes 72 yards to Daryl Turner for one touchdown and Bobby Joe Edmonds returns a punt 75 yards for another. The Seahawks sack Randall Cunningham nine times, including three by Fredd Young.

2003: Matt Hasselbeck passes for five touchdowns and 333 yards as the Seahawks take leads of 27-10 and 41-24, only to have the Ravens storm back with 38 second-half points and win 44-41 in overtime. Matt Stover ties the game with a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and then wins it with a 42-yarder in overtime to end the four-hour game. Darrell Jackson catches seven passes for 146 yards, including an 80-yard TD.

2008: Matt Hasselbeck throws touchdown passes to John Carlson and Maurice Morris, but Shaun Suisham kicks a 22-yard field goal midway through fourth to give the Redskins a 20-17 victory in Seattle. Julian Peterson has two sacks among his 10 tackles.


Cruise with the Seahawks – Day 4

On Wednesday we arrived at our first port of call, Juneau.  The weather was beautiful and temps in the upper 60’s!

Coach Cable decided he wanted to do some fishin’, so he went on the Fly Fishing Adventure Excursion.  He reported a great time after his 5 ½ hour excursion.  There was no road access to get to the fishing location, so he got to take a float plane which he described like being on a rollercoaster, going up and down and side-to-side.

The fish species they went after were cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and various other species of salmon.  They caught a 5-7 pound salmon and a trout (they catch and release).  Tom said it was a wonderful experience and he would recommend this excursion to anyone that loves fishing.

I told Will about the great time I had in Mexico when I went zip lining so he, his wife and his twin 15 year old boys decided to do the Rain Forest Canopy and Zip line Expedition in Juneau.  They had to cross the channel in a high speed water craft and once across, they boarded a 4×4 All Terrain vehicle to take a ride up a densely forested hillside that took them to their first zip line tree platform.  They went on 10 zip lines and 2 aerial suspension bridges during this expedition.  I think that very first one is the hardest but as expected, his boys had no problem at all.  Will said that while he was crossing the suspension bridges, the guides were rocking the bridge from side to side… jokers! At the end of the zip lines, the very last thing they did  was repel out of the trees. They don’t show you how to do that until you get to the last tree…nice surprise!!  Needless to say they had quite the adventure.

Overall it was a great day at our first port.  Our next port is Sitka.  So until my next blog….


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Remembering Ralph

In the article on the Seahawks’ 1980 season that was posted Monday, then-rookie free agent cornerback/returner Will Lewis shared a story about former scout Ralph Goldston.

“One day, I muffed a punt,” said Lewis, now the Seahawks’ VP of football operations. “At the end of practice, (scout) Ralph Goldston came up to me, put his arm around my neck and said, ‘Hey Millersville, if you want to make this team you’d better catch all those balls.’ ”

That’s when Lewis realized everything counted in the final tally.

“The only reason I had returned punts in college is because I was out there for the fun of it,” Lewis said. “If you dropped one, so what. But after Ralph talked to me, that’s when I realized if I wanted the opportunity to stay here I would have to field everything. That’s when I started focusing more on being the return guy.”

Goldston has died at the age of 82, according to this report. While the Associated Press story mentioned Goldston being one of the first African Americans to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, there are no details about his post-playing career.

He was a scout for the Seahawks for 14 years, arriving in 1975 – the year before the team played its first game. Goldston came to the Seahawks after serving as offensive backfield coach for the Chicago Bears and remained with the Seahawks through the 1988 season.

Goldston always had a smile to share, not to mention a story that would only make you smile. He will be missed.


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Cruise with the Seahawks – Day 3

Today we cruised to beautiful Glacier Bay, where the ice is blue.  If you haven’t had the chance to see it, it is one of those majestic and awe inspiring sights in the world!

Today we have our Chalk Talk with our Seahawks Hosts, in which they get to share some valuable insight on the inner workings of an NFL Football team.  Tom Cable, our new offensive line coach, is super fired up about getting started and working with our offensive line.  He is focused on putting together an effective running game and indicated that the Seahawks will use a combination of zone blocking, gap blocking and man blocking.  He showed the fans using different diagrams the difference between all three blocking schemes, which was pretty cool.  He also talked about involving tight ends more in different ways and pointed out that our wide receivers WILL be good blockers… or they won’t be Seahawks for very long!  Coach Cable is ready to roll!

Coach Brian Schneider talked about his Special Teams crew and how he prepares for each opponent. He commented on film and the amount of study that the coaches put in… which would astound you.  So many hours watching film and devising schemes… it is mind boggling.  He talked about Leon Washington and his unique ability to return kicks and how he sets himself up under the football when he is preparing to catch… it is pretty special.  He also diagramed different return and blocking schemes and how timing on the returns has to be just perfect.  Brian is so enthusiastic about what he does and the fans got a real treat with his insight!

VP of Football Operations Will Lewis discussed the intricate planning involved in the Draft process and choosing players that are right for our team.  The Seahawks divide the United States into six regions and assign a scout to each region.  It is the scout’s responsibility to identify all of the colleges in his region and know about every, single football player at each and every school! Just think about all of the big and small colleges in the East coast and how many have football teams…whew!   The information Will shared was really great and this is really only top line.  I haven’t even mentioned what goes on with all of the pro scouts and how they keep track of each professional player on each team… lets just say they have their work cut out for them! And we have some of the best in the biz back at home at VMAC.

Not many people get this type of insider information and in such detail.  One of the many perks about this fantastic cruise!

Next stop is Juneau tomorrow, and our coaches have some excursions planned that I will be telling you more about.  So until next time…


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Cyber surfing: Tuesday

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 12:

Four months of the lockout has taken its toll on the folks at ESPN.com. As a diversion to the constant – and seemingly constantly changing – updates on the labor situation, they are compiling a “Dream Team of Tomorrow,” and letting you vote for the players who will be the best at their positions in 2014-15-16. Do you think Russell Okung will emerge as one of the best tackles in the NFL? How about free safety Earl Thomas? Here’s your chance to be heard, on a national level. Vote for the offensive team here, and the defensive team here.

Mike Sando, the NFC West blogger at ESPN.com, offers his views on some players in the division who might deserve recognition on the “Dream Team.” Says Sando: “Safety Earl Thomas and tackle Russell Okung were the only Seattle players listed (on the ballots). (Defensive tackle Brandon) Mebane also has star potential in the right scheme, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. has suggested. But Thomas and Okung possess more frontline talent. Seattle selected them among the first 14 choices of the 2010 draft.”

Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group checks in with Marshawn Lynch, who is looking to repaint his image with the Seahawks. Says Poole: “The Seattle Seahawks running back realizes he’s a symbol of influence, certainly to youth, and doesn’t want to fumble away his opportunity. He’s making a valiant effort.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a closer look at Byron Maxwell, the cornerback from Clemson who was the Seahawks’ sixth-round pick in the April NFL Draft. Says Williams: “There’s no denying that Maxwell has the physical ability to play in the NFL. At 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, he bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and broad jumped 10 feet, 4 inches, all marks that placed him among the top 10 corners at February’s NFL Scouting Combine. Maxwell, 21, is a hard hitter and was a valuable special teams player at Clemson, finishing with 45 career special teams tackles. But what Maxwell will have to prove is that he has fluid enough hip movement and route anticipation to remain a corner for Seattle, where he will receive some intense competition for a spot on the final roster with players who already have some experience in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s system like Walter Thurmond, Roy Lewis, Kennard Cox, Marcus Brown and Josh Pinkard.”

For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, Albert Breer at NFL.com says the preseason games are “hanging in the balance” as lawyers for both sides continue to meet in efforts to reach a new CBA. Offers Breer: “The format for this week is similar to the previous two, with language and details handled by the lawyers earlier in the week, and owners and players joining later to negotiate core issues.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the franchise’s first 35 years with a look at the 1980 season – when an 0-8 home record led to a 4-12 overall record, but a rookie returner named Will Lewis made a name for himself. We’ve also narrowed our poll to determine the top player in franchise history – or actually you did with your votes the first time around – to two players: Walter Jones and Steve Largent. Vote here.


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