Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 8:
Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a closer look at Pep Levingston, the first of the Seahawks’ two seventh-round picks in April’s NFL Draft. Says Williams: “The Seahawks see Levingston competing for time at defensive end with Red Bryant as a player who can hold the point at 5 technique. It’s an interesting development, because Seattle drafted E.J. Wilson for that very same purpose last year out of North Carolina in the fourth round, but cut him midway through the season – one of the few draft picks they missed on last year.”
Mike Sando is on vacation, but his NFC West blog continues to get by with a little help from his ESPN.com friends. The latest is Mel Kiper, who offers his summer audit for the division. Kiper on the Seahawks: “Mimicking a constant question in this division, what happens at starting quarterback is still the biggest question for this team. I can see Matt Hasselbeck back, but his performance last year was, for the most part, in line with the idea that he is past his prime. Late-season heroics helped his cause, but it’s clear Seattle has its eyes wide open. I think Pete Carroll believes that if they can block, they can continue the improvement that was shown in 2010. But fans looking for big gains from the draft may be disappointed. More questions will be answered by health and more continuity on the roster.”
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, and Cowboys.com offers this preview of the team from Seattle. Rob Phillips on Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Back in the pros after a dominant stretch at USC, Pete Carroll’s enthusiasm was infectious last year. The Seahawks conducted highly competitive practices, overturned the roster and fed off critics who claimed a sub-.500 team shouldn’t make the playoffs. Like the Cowboys’ new head coach, Jason Garrett, Carroll’s an energetic guy and an effective motivator.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, ESPN.com reports that the plaintiffs in the Tom Brady vs. the NFL case were updated on the situation in a conference call on Thursday night. According to the report: “All of the details of the agreement have not been worked out, but the call was designed to give the plaintiffs a clear idea of where the agreement is headed so that they can make an informed decision about the anti-trust lawsuit which must be settled in federal court prior to the CBA taking effect, the league source said.”
At NFL.com, Jason La Canfora says there remain unresolved issues in the on-going talk. Offers La Canfora: “Philosophical differences about some core issues remain, numerous sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. For instance, significant work on how rookies will be compensated still must be done, according to multiple sources, with both parties at odds over how much negotiation will remain in the signing process and how much will be straight slotting, in which players will receive a preordained raise over the person drafted in their spot the previous year. The parties have worked on the issue for weeks but aren’t seen as being near a consensus.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles reviewing the team’s first 35 years with a look at the 1990 season – the start of a three-season run where the defense was the only one in the league to rank among the Top 10, a testament to coordinator Tom Catlin.