Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 9:
In NFL.com’s list of the Top 20 games from the 2010 season, the Seahawks stunning upset of the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in what was one wild wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field checks in at No. 4. Why No. 4? Offered Elliott Harrison, who drew the task of watching all 267 games from last season before selecting his Top 20: “Maybe the worst playoff team ever knocking off the defending Super Bowl champs, that’s what makes No. 4 on our list an easy selection.” OK then, why not higher? “Let’s talk about it. I was asked to pick the 20 best games, and as fun as Saints-Seahawks was, there were three clashes that had me just as entranced, all for different reasons. But this I can say (spoiler alert!): the biggest wild card upset of the 2000s was the best playoff game of 2010.”
Spend some time with this. It’s worth reliving, especially since there’s no other football to focus on at this time. Besides, it’s a chance to watch Marshawn Lynch’s seismic scoring run one more time – if not a half dozen.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated was on with 710 ESPN’s Brock and Salk on Thursday to discuss his recent tweets regarding QB Matt Hasselbeck not returning to the Seahawks. You can listen to that interview here. During the interview, Brock Huard says that the sticking point in re-signing Hasselbeck before the lockout began in March was not the money the Seahawks were willing to pay but the length of the deal – one year vs. two.
John Clayton of ESPN.com takes a look at a vanishing breed in the NFL: The 300-carry back. Says Clayton: “Being a back in the NFL is increasingly becoming one of the worst jobs in sports. The good backs are targeted for replacement once they reach the age of 28 or 29 or have 1,600 carries on their résumé. First-round runners sign five-year rookie contracts and rarely get second deals from the team that drafts them. Plus, more teams are using backfields like carpools and go into a season spreading carries among two, three or four runners. Starting in 2007, the number of 300-carry backs dropped significantly. There were 13 in 2003, nine in 2004 and 10 each in 2005 and 2006. Since then, only six backs had 300 or more carries in 2007, five in 2008, six in 2009 and seven last year, an average of six per season.”
Included in those 300-carry backs from 2003, 2004 and 2005 was Shaun Alexander, whose carries increased from 295 in 2002 to 326 in ’03, to 353 in ’04, to 370 in ’05. Think about it. That’s 1,344 carries in four seasons. As impressive as anything Alexander did during the four-season run – which was a lot, especially in ’05 – were the carries it took to do it.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com takes a look at 10 assistant coaches who could become head coaches. Not one from Pete Carroll’s staff is included, but there are two with ties to the Seahawks: former linebacker Winston Moss, now the assistant head coach/inside linebackers coach with the Green Bay Packers; and Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole, who coached linebackers (2000) and defensive backs (1999, 2002-02) on Mike Holmgren’s staff. Prisco on Moss: “His time may be coming soon. A former NFL linebacker, he seems to have a good rapport with his players. The knock on him is that he hasn’t been a coordinator yet. But we’ve seen guys make the same leap in recent years that Moss would be making.” Prisco on Flajole: “Like Rams coach Steve Spagnoulo, Flajole believes in an aggressive approach. The Rams lost offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur after the 2010 season when he became coach of the Browns. The 56-year-old Flajole could be next up.”
In our give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-situation-update item we offer Albert Breer’s piece from NFL.com on the continuing talks between representatives of the owners and players. Says Breer: “According to sources on each side of the talks, the NFL and players have come to an understanding that the time to bargain seriously is now.”
Now? Why are they just deciding that “now” is the time to bargain seriously? Let’s hope they also understand what it will take to get a new deal done – some give-and-take, from both sides.
NFLLabor.com issued this joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA, and confirmed who is representing each side: “NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week. Those discussions will continue.” NFL attendees at this week’s meetings: Commissioner Roger Goodell and labor committee members Jerry Richardson (Carolina), Clark Hunt (Kansas City), Robert Kraft (New England), John Mara (New York Giants) and Dean Spanos (San Diego). Representing the players: DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our profiles of the players selected to the 35th Anniversary team with a look at wide receiver Brian Blades, who just became a grandfather. There’s also a blog item on the franchise’s only brother act – Brian and Bennie, who played together in 1997. Before the Eisenhooth fans in the audience come unglued, John being active for one game on the 1987 replacement team does not count – because Stan was on strike.