Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 19:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com dips into his mailbag and addressed the pros and cons of the Seahawks re-signing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
Sando on why the Seahawks should retain Hasselbeck: “The shortened offseason will make it tougher for teams to install new schemes. Hasselbeck worked previously under Seattle’s new coordinator, Darrell Bevell. He could step in quickly and run the offense. The team has taken steps to upgrade its ground game. As the playoff game against New Orleans showed, Hasselbeck can still play at a high level when backed by a strong running game. And it’s not like Seattle will find a long list of superior options available once the signing period opens. The Seahawks might as well keep Hasselbeck until they have someone better. Hasselbeck should finish his career in Seattle, anyway.”
Sando on why the Seahawks should go in another direction: “Why stick with a 35-year-old quarterback during a rebuilding phase? (Charlie) Whitehurst ideally would have played more last season. He was 1-1 as a starter and hasn’t had a fair chance. The Seahawks gave Hasselbeck additional chances after shaky moments early in his career. Besides, Hasselbeck has the NFL’s lowest passer rating since 2008 among the 19 quarterbacks with at least 35 regular-season starts during that time, according to Pro Football Reference. Hasselbeck’s rating during that time is 71.4, more than 10 points lower than Carson Palmer’s rating, which ranks 18th among the 19 quarterbacks.”
Eric Williams of the News Tribune takes a closer look at safety Mark LeGree, the Seahawks’ fifth-round choice in April’s NFL Draft. Says Williams: “If you’re looking for a comparison, think about what Ryan Clark does for Troy Polamalu in Pittsburgh, serving as a safety valve for the talented USC product to play instinctive football, and I think you get an idea of what LeGree could do in Seattle.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times is taking at look at the NFC West teams, with an assist from beat writers around the division. Here’s a look at the Arizona Cardinals by Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
Says Somers: “Both impending doom and great opportunity await the Cardinals when the lockout ends. The team needs a starting quarterback. Its three interior offensive linemen are un-signed as is starting receiver Steve Breaston. Most of the “star” defensive players are coming off disappointing seasons, a factor in Ken Whisenhunt’s decision to hire Ray Horton as his third defensive coordinator in five seasons. Horton, a disciple of Steelers’ coordinator Dick LeBeau (and former Washington Husky), will bring that high-pressure philosophy to the Cardinals. But that effort has been hampered by the lockout. Many of the key players have the defensive playbook, but they haven’t worked on it as a unit. The Cardinals needed a full offseason as much as any other team in the NFL. Plans to acquire a new quarterback have been on hold, and the team is going to have to move quickly to find one. Look for the club to immediately attempt to trade for Eagles backup Kevin Kolb. He is the first choice, but the Cardinals don’t want to give up a ransom for him. They also have interest in the Broncos’ Kyle Orton, who is under contract. The path of least resistance would be to simply sign Marc Bulger, a free agent, and let John Skelton back him up.”
Neither Russell Okung nor Earl Thomas made the ESPN.com Dream Team of Tomorrow. They were the only Seahawks up for consideration, but Thomas lost out to the Chiefs’ Eric Berry at free safety and the tackle spots went to the Dolphins’ Jake Long and the Browns’ Joe Thomas rather than Okung.
Michael Fabiano, Fantasy editor at NFL.com, takes a look at the most-targeted tight ends in the league last season. The Seahawks’ John Carlson is conspicuous by his absence in the rankings, a definite indication that the coaches need to get him more involved in the passing game – as a receiver, not a blocker.
For the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, Albert Breer at NFL.com is reporting that the days for this cyber-surfing entry could be numbered as the owners and players move closer to agreeing to new CBA. Says Breer: “The owners’ objective is to have a completed deal to vote on at their meeting Thursday in Atlanta. In a memo sent Monday to all 32 teams, the league said that if all goes to plan, it will stage a ‘labor seminar’ to educate clubs on the terms of the new deal, starting 90 minutes after ratification Thursday and continuing Friday at another hotel in Atlanta. Each team can have four reps, plus its owner, at that meeting”.
But Jason LaCanfora, Breer’s colleague at NFL.com, breaks down the issues that still need to be resolved for that vote to actually take place on Thursday.
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue of series of articles profiling the members of the 35th Anniversary team with Kenny Easley – the Hall of Fame-caliber strong safety who didn’t play long enough to get his bust in the Hall. Yet. Easley admits he wasn’t expecting to play for the Seahawks, and didn’t want to play the position he redefined.