Good morning, and happy Friday the 13th. Here’s what’s “out there” today about the Seahawks as another week in the NFL work stoppage draws to a close:
Ron Springs, the father of former Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback and first-round draft choice Shawn, has died of a heart attack. He was 54. Springs, a former running back for the Dallas Cowboys, had been in a coma for almost four months. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com has the details.
In highlights from a chat wrap, ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando handles a question about the type of offense the Seahawks will run under new coordinator Darrell Bevell and makes a need-to-know point: “The first thing to understand is that this will be a collaboration on offense. Bevell is the coordinator, but Tom Cable is going to implement the running game. The team’s overall offensive philosophy will reflect (Pete) Carroll’s desire to run the football.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times is on a roll. Yesterday, he presented the conflicting reports on whether or not the Seahawks were interested in re-signing free-agent-to-be QB Matt Hasselbeck. Now, he uses roughly 250 words to respond to a 17-word item from an L.A. Daily News blog concerning the Seahawks reportedly speaking to former USC QB Matt Leinart about joining the team, finishing with this self-chide: “And I have now written entirely too much to explain and expound upon a simple, 17-word sentence.”
Football Insiders is offering post-draft needs for all 32 teams, and lists defensive line depth for the Seahawks. Because the feature is offered only to Insider subscribers on ESPN.com, we’ll include their analysis for the Seahawks rather than a link:
After the draft, Seattle general manager John Schneider reassured his team’s fans that the Seahawks knew what they were doing at the quarterback position. “We had a plan going in and we still have our plan,” he said. “We just can’t execute that plan right now.”
Does that plan involve Matt Hasselbeck? Nobody knows for sure. On one episode of NFL Live, Mike Sando reported that the Seahawks had “reached out” to Hasselbeck during the brief interruption of the lockout, only to have Adam Schefter come on a few minutes later and say that Hasselbeck was not expected back.
If we believe Schneider has a quarterback plan, then the biggest hole for Seattle is depth along the defensive line. The starting front four of Red Bryant, Colin Cole, Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons is actually very good when healthy, but only Clemons managed to play more than 12 games in 2010. When the others went down, the Seahawks had nothing behind them and were quickly overwhelmed. Mebane is unsigned, although he may or may not be unrestricted in free agency.
Finding linemen to fit Seattle’s scheme is tricky, as the Seahawks usually use 4-3 personnel in something of a 3-4 alignment. The Seahawks drafted just one defensive lineman, a seventh-rounder named Lazarius Levingston who is doubtful to make an impact this season. In free agency, they could target 317-pound Aubrayo Franklin from division rival San Francisco or they may go after Cullen Jenkins, whose experience in Green Bay’s multiple sets would serve him well in Seattle’s defense. Ex-Bears tackle Tommie Harris is also an option.