Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 13:
Pro Football Focus ranks the offensive lines from the 2010 season and the Seahawks are a somewhat surprising 22nd on the list. Surprising, that is, because of the major injury problems that forced them to start 10 different combinations. Says PFF: “The Seahawks just couldn’t get anything going in their run game, hence the need for Marshawn Lynch to enter beast mode. On the plus side none of the players had that many issues in pass protection, with many of them distinguishing themselves. Best Player: So many average to below average players, the best might just be Russell Okung who is the first rookie left tackle in a few years to come out and handle it. If he takes a step up he won’t be too far from some of the better left tackles in the league. Biggest Concern: Time to move on from Chris Spencer? Yes indeed. Is Max Unger going to be the answer?” Our take on Okung? No “might just be” about it, the rookie was the Seahawks’ best lineman last season, despite playing on two bad ankles.
John Clayton at ESPN.com touches on several topics in his always readable and even more informative weekly mailbag, including the on-going talks aimed at getting a new CBA and the quarterback situation in the NFC West. Says Clayton: “The NFC West will become a decent division once it settles its quarterback issues. The Rams are fine with (Sam) Bradford. Arizona might solve its problems if it acquires Kevin Kolb in a trade. Seattle and San Francisco, however, are in a transitional period at quarterback, and that could hold those teams back. The 49ers are going with Alex Smith on a one-year deal. The Seahawks have to re-sign Matt Hasselbeck. This is a quarterback-driven league, and the reason for the decline in the NFC West is the quarterback problems. You noticed NFC West teams – Arizona and Seattle – went to Super Bowls when their quarterback position was good.”
Matt Williams of Scouts Inc. examines the NFC West tight ends for ESPN.com. It’s an “Insider” item, so registration and a fee are required. But here’s part of what he has to say about the Seahawks: “Because the Seahawks’ offensive line played so poorly last season, it was difficult to analyze what Seattle has at this position. The tight ends were blocking more than anyone in the organization would have liked. Seattle has dedicated a lot of resources to the front five this offseason, though, so we might just see something from John Carlson or Cameron Morrah. … Morrah interests me. I see him as someone who could make a real impact in this offense. He can run and get downfield, and he has the natural ability you look for in a pass-catching tight end. He, too, was asked to pass block more often than the ideal last season, but he shuffles his feet well and gives excellent effort. Morrah might be an ascending player with some explosive qualities, though he did have only nine receptions last season.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees – you might have heard of them – say “it is time” for the owners and their fellow players to wrap up negotiations, talks and whatever else there is to be completed so a new CBA can be reached. In a statement released to the Associated Press via the NFL Players Association on Wednesday, New England’s Brady, Indianapolis’ Manning and New Orleans’ Brees said: “We believe the overall proposal made by the players is fair for both sides and it is time to get this deal done.”
In this other AP report, however, there is this: “But there is serious doubt that a disruption to the preseason can be avoided. Although the regular season still appears safe, the situation isn’t as simple as shaking hands and going back to business as usual, even assuming owners and players patched everything up when face-to-face talks resume Wednesday – an unlikely scenario.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the team’s first 35 years with a look at the 1987 season – when the Seahawks returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence, in part because their replacement team went 2-1 during the players’ strike.