A little news from today and a few leftovers from departure day:
Ben Obomanu. Somewhat lost in the excitement leading up to Sunday’s playoff game against the Bears in Chicago and the disappointment of losing that game was the three-year contract extension the fifth-year wide receiver signed on Friday.
Obomanu could be the poster player for coach Pete Carroll’s “Always Compete” approach.
Seventh-round draft choice 2006. Perennial “bubble” player when the final roster cuts are made. No. 5 wide-out this season until an injury to Deon Butler gave him a chance to actually start.
“There’s a little bit of personal satisfaction, knowing that for one of the first times in a long time you feel wanted a little bit,” Obomanu said Monday as he was cleaning out his cubicle in the locker room. “Instead of having to prove yourself and that you deserve to be around.
“Now you get to prove why you were chosen to be around.”
A different mindset? A different approach?
“For other people, maybe,” Obomanu said. “But for myself, it’s still the same mindset. The only thing I know how to do is work hard in the offseason and comeback for OTAs, minicamps, training camp and still consider myself a ‘bubble’ guy.
“So I think my mentality won’t change, because my work ethic is what got me here and it will do the same thing to help me sustain myself.”
Obomanu caught 30 passes for a team-leading 16.5-yard average and four touchdowns during the regular season and added nine receptions in the two playoffs games – despite playing with a dislocated shoulder.
After a season dominated by roster moves, the Seahawks made a few involving their coaching staff today.
Tom Cable, head coach of the Oakland Raiders since midway through the 2008 season, has been hired as assistant head coach/offensive line coach. Cable, 46, was the Raiders’ O-line coach in 2007-08 before replacing Lane Kiffin as head coach. With the Seahawks, Cable takes the position to Alex Gibbs held until he retired the weekend before the regular-season opener. Cable graduated from Snohomish High School in 1982.
Todd Wash has been hired to replace departing defensive line coach Dan Quinn, who is leaving to become defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Wash was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the past four seasons; the past three as D-line coach.
With defensive backs coach Jerry Gray leaving to become assistant head coach/defensive backs coach at the University of Texas, assistants Kris Richard and Rocky Seto are being elevated. Richard, a former cornerback for the Seahawks, was the assistant defensive backs coach this season. Seto, who also coached for Carroll at USC, was a defensive quality control coach this season.
Friday afternoon. The Seahawks got quite the sendoff when they left for the airport for Sunday’s game. As they were boarding the buses in the parking lot at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, local TV stations were filming the activity from ground level as well as helicopters that circled overhead.
On the ride to the airport, fans lined the roads at several junctures and packed the overpasses on 405 – decked out in Seahawks jerseys and waving 12th Man flags. Drivers honked their horns and waved clinched fists from their windows as the buses passed them on the freeway.
“A lot of us in the locker room really expected to win that game and really expected to have the opportunity to come back and host the NFC Championship game, which would have been an awesome opportunity,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “The sendoff we got from our fans on our way to Chicago, we bought in. We were feeling the excitement.
“That’s probably one of the most disappointing things about this year is just knowing we had the opportunity to host that game and it would have been a great opportunity for our fans and for us. We just let it slip away.”
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Practice squad wide receivers Dominique Ellison and Patrick Williams have been signed to 2011 future contracts.
Williams (6-1, 204) was on the original eight-man practice squad that was compiled Sept. 6 after the roster cut to 53 players. But he was released twice during the season and re-signed, most recently on Nov. 23. Ellison (6-2, 204) was signed to the practice squad Dec. 9.
STATS ’N STUFF, POSTSEASON EDITION
It’s been a while since the Seahawks were in the playoffs, but they left their mark on the 2010 postseason.
Mike Williams scored three touchdowns – after having two TD receptions during the regular season – and shares the postseason lead with the Jets’ running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Kicker Olindo Mare scored 17 points (3 for 3 on field goals, 8 for 8 on PATs) and ranks second to the Ravens’ Billy Cundiff (18 points).
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley caught 12 passes to rank second to Ravens’ tight end Todd Heap (13), and Stokley’s yardage (158) is tops in the postseason.
Leon Washington averaged 24.7 yards on kickoffs returns, third behind Falcons’ Eric Weems (32.5) and Jets’ Antonio Cromartie (31.8).
Marshawn Lynch finished with 133 rushing yards, which ranks third behind the Packers’ James Starks (189) and Jets’ Shonn Greene (146).
Hasselbeck fashioned a 102.4 passer rating, which ranks fourth behind the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (134.5), Bears’ Jay Cutler (111.3) and Colts’ Peyton Manning (108.7). Hasselbeck threw a postseason-high seven TD passes and his passing yards (530) rank second to Rodgers (546). Hasselbeck’s 117.5 rating in the fourth quarter is second to the Jets’ Mark Sanchez (152.1).
Defensive end Raheem Brock had a sack in each of the Seahawks’ playoff games, to rank fourth behind the Ravens’ Terrill Suggs (5), the Steelers’ James Harrison (3) and Packers’ Clay Mathews (3) – all linebackers.
As a team, the Seahawks rank sixth in total offense and 12th in total defense.
YOU DON’T SAY
“This day, I’ve had it 15 times and it’s never a good feeling – (expect) the one time I was able to have this day with the (Super Bowl) trophy. It was an up-and-down season. A lot of things were awkward at times. The one thing this team did was stay together and when we had a chance at the end, everything started to feel normal around here, started to feel like it’s supposed to feel. This is a team that’s going places. When you have a new coach, when you have new players, it’s a process. We took a big step in that process to being a very-good team. Not only in the near future, but to be dominant – especially in our division – for awhile. That’s the thing I’m proud about.” – strong safety Lawyer Milloy