Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 15:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his team-by-team selections for the players he expects to be the most dominant future stars in the NFC West. His choice for the Seahawks is hardly surprising: Left tackle Russell Okung. Sando on Okung: “Let’s consider a few specific examples suggesting Okung has the temperament, not just the talent, to excel for years to come. Three examples of Okung’s aggressiveness stand out as I look back on his rookie season: the way Okung drove back and ultimately ticked off Chicago’s Brian Urlacher during Justin Forsett’s touchdown run in Week 6; the way Okung clobbered Kansas City’s Mike Vrabel in Week 12 when it wasn’t really necessary; and the way Okung blasted Carolina’s Captain Muderlyn during an interception return in Week 13.”
Sando also takes another look at one of his earlier items about pressure applied by defenses in the division. This time he focuses on first-and-10 situations, and offers on the Seahawks: “The Seahawks held opponents to a division-leading 71.8 passer rating when sending five or more pass-rushers in these situations. Seattle made effective use of strong safety Lawyer Milloy as a pass-rusher last season, but only one of his four sacks came on first-and-10. Other players with first-and-10 sacks for Seattle: Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, Chris Clemons (2.5), Colin Cole, Raheem Brock and Jordan Babineaux and (half-sack).”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune continues his “Offseason Rewind” series with a look at press coverage – something the Seahawks always talk about doing more of, but then don’t. Says Williams: “(Coach Pete) Carroll wants to play more press coverage because it takes away the quick, rhythm passing game and forces the offense to make tougher throws down the field and outside the numbers. It’s one of the reasons Seattle drafted big corners in Stanford’s Richard Sherman and Clemson’s Byron Maxwell, along with bringing in Oregon State product and CFL Star Brandon Browner with a futures contract.”
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, the Associated Press is quoting sources as saying a deal on a new CBA could be reached within 24 hours after significant progress – and perhaps even an agreement – was made on a rookie pay scale during 15 hours of meetings on Thursday. But, the report also says: “The (sources) cautioned, however, that other key issues remained for owners and players to resolve, including free agency and new offseason workout rules.”
Leave it to Adam Rank at NFL.com to come up with six awards he’d like to see the ESPYs add. The Seahawks aren’t mentioned specifically in this “Pick Six” installment, but one-time QB Jon Kitna and cup-of-coffee QB Ryan Leaf are. Rank also considered a “Tony Romo Nice Hands Award,” and no explanation is needed there.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of stories on the team’s first 35 seasons with a look at 2008. It was Mike Holmgren’s final season as coach, and a forgettable one as an injury-ravaged team finished 4-12.