Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 29:
Mike Sando of ESPN.com compiles five bests for the NFC West, and gives Marshawn Lynch “best instant legacy,” for one obvious reason. Says Sando: “The Seattle Seahawks’ running back gave the team a hard-nosed presence on the ground at times after arriving from Buffalo via trade, but his first regular season in the Northwest was largely underwhelming. That all changed in the playoffs. Lynch’s 67-yard touchdown run against New Orleans relieved all the Seahawks’ frustrations at once, and without warning. Qwest Field rocked hard enough for local seismologists to take note. Lynch somehow broke eight tackles. He bulled over one defender, stiff-armed another and eluded others. Lynch was the first and only Seattle player to rush for 100 yards in a game, during a season in which the team was constantly shuffling its offensive line. No matter what happens from this point forward, Lynch’s place in Seattle sports lore is secure.”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a look at “the money down,” by examining how the Seahawks fared on third downs last season with an eye on how they might improve this season. Offers Williams: “Seattle might be looking to take more chances on third down this year (on defense) after drafting players like linebackers K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith, corners Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell and safety Mark LeGree, in addition to Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond and Roy Lewis – all fast, explosive players who can tackle and cover.”
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Bears in Chicago in Week 15, which would be their third trip to Soldier Field the past two seasons. Sports News Today has a post-draft look at the Bears. Says correspondent Gene Chamberlain: “For more than a decade, this has been (Olin) Kreutz’s or Brian Urlacher’s team. The burden of leadership is changing as these players get on in their careers. To a great extent, this now becomes (Jay) Cutler’s team to carry, for better or worse.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com says the one-on-one – and no one else – meetings between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA leader DeMaurice will determine the fate of the 2011 season. Says Freeman: “There is one difference about this week of negotiating, I’m told, and it’s an interesting one. Both Goodell and Smith feel like they’ve been handed more respective authority to make an agreement on behalf of their constituents; Goodell on behalf of the owners and Smith on behalf of the players.”
Steve Wyche at NFL.com has the word on the joint statement issued by Goodell and Smith after their meeting. Says Wyche: “The outwardly friendly relationship between Goodell and Smith continues to show that the ice has thawed between the sides and that progress, as several league and players association members said, is being made.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we have a poll that allows you to vote on the best rookie season in club history. Was it Joey Galloway in 1995? Or Lofa Tatupu in 2005? Or Curt Warner in 1983? We let you make the call.