Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 27:
Mike Sando, ESPN.com’s NFC West blogger held a chat from the Seahawks headquarters Thursday and the question he decided to highlight for the team dealt with whether it should pursue Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. Surprise. Surprise. Offered Sando: “There is also a sense Pete Carroll wants to get the running game going first, and might even think he can win without a top quarterback. After the draft, the Seahawks indicated they were not in position to invest heavily in a quarterback. They are in slightly better position to do so now because they’ve drafted players at other positions, notably on the line.”
And of course there is the daily dose concerning the work stoppage …
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com supplies analysis of the NFL’s just-completed spring meetings in Indianapolis, offering that it’s not so much what they did as what they said: That there will be a 2011 season, and there will be a Super Bowl in Indy. That was the message league officials passed on to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard. “It’s our intention to be here, to play a full season and to conclude the 2011 season here in Indianapolis,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. Let’s hope it’s not just political posturing.
Jason Cole of YahooSports.com focused on the July 4 deadline for an agreement that Colts owner Jim Irsay seems to be “fixated” on. Why Independence Day? Says Cole: “Several general managers said that getting a deal done by the early part of July would be necessary because of the time needed to sign free agents, draft picks and undrafted players in advance of training camp.”
But Jim Trotter at SI.com talks with Saints QB Drew Brees, who offers a new twist to the already thick plot between the owners and players. Says Brees, “Ever since Gene Upshaw passed away – I’m just going to lay it all out there – the owners saw blood in the water. They felt like, ‘This is our opportunity to take a significant piece of the (financial) pie back at all costs, a piece that we will never have to give back again. This is our chance, while they don’t have leadership, while they’re scrambling to find a new executive director. This is our time.’ ”
Former NFL QB Kurt Warner tells USA Today that eventually the players will have to relent. Says Warner: “As much as I hate to say it, at some point, the players have to give in. Hopefully, they can gain some other things on their side. But ultimately, they have too much to lose.”
Andrew Brandt writes about those caught in the middle of the situation – the coaches – for National Football Post. Says Brandt: “While coaches have definite allegiances to both sides, they are caught in the crossfire of a nasty and bitter battle.”
CBSSports.com offers a timeline of the work stoppage.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles reviewing the franchise’s first 35 seasons with a look at 2006.