Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 25:
In 2008, John Carlson became the first rookie to lead the Seahawks in receptions since Steve Largent in 1976. But the chart that accompanies this item on tight ends by ESPN.com’s Mike Sando also shows that Carlson’s first season was significant on a league-wide basis, as well. Since 2000, only Jeremy Shockey caught more passes (74) for more yards (894) among rookie tight ends that Carlson (55 for 627). Shockey was a rookie for the New York Giants in 2002, and those numbers remain his career-best totals. He played the past three seasons for the New Orleans Saints and is now with the Carolina Panthers.
Sando also provides analysis of the league’s latest rule changes regarding player safety. Teams can now be fined for repeated flagrant hits. The change was passed Tuesday by league owners at their annual spring meeting in Indianapolis. You can read the details in this report from the Associated Press.
Matt Hasselbeck gets some pre-free agency love from Russ Lande, a former NFL scout who now writes for Sporting News Today. Lande rates the Seahawks’ incumbent starter as the best available QB, giving him a grade of 8.0 on a scale of 1-9. Says Lande: “Hasselbeck is a high-end QB who has received much national recognition due to playing in Seattle. When I evaluated him on film, it was clear he is better than many other well-known quarterbacks.” Hmmmm. But then, we already knew that.
But Eric Williams of the News Tribune makes a case for starting Charlie Whitehurst this season, or at least offers his thoughts on why coach Pete Carroll might be leaning toward the incumbent backup – complete with video links to some of Whitehurst’s better passes in his first season with the Seahawks.
The population of Seahawks Nation increased by one yesterday, when Jamila Curry, wife of linebacker Aaron Curry, gave birth to their second son – Matthew. The proud pops announced the birth on twitter, and also included a picture.
Football Outsiders ranks the 10 most disappointing trades of the past 25 years in this list on ESPN.com. They Seahawks are included twice. At No. 10 is their 2006 deal with the New England Patriots to acquire wide receiver Deion Branch, who was traded back to the Patriots last season. At No. 6 is the 1988 trade with the Cardinals for quarterback Kelly Stouffer.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles examining the team’s first 35 seasons. Now up is 1985, when the Seahawks were the trendy preseason pick to win the AFC, but ended up winning only eight games.