Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Aug. 3:
Another day, another addition, another hot topic. Tuesday, it was Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller agreeing to terms. So that was the obvious story from training camp, if not the only angle on this story.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at Miller’s obvious asset: His hands. But the Miller story is not complete without a decision of how complete a player he is. Says O’Neil: “Zach Miller is a tight end known for his hands after catching at least 60 passes in two successive seasons. That’s not the only reason the Seahawks think he’s a catch, though, after signing him away from Oakland. Seattle sees an elite receiver who’s also a blocker unafraid to get his hands dirty in the trenches.”
Eric Williams at the News Tribune says that this condensed free-agency period has coach Pete Carroll back in his college-days role as a recruiter. Offers Williams: “A week into this frenetic combination of free agency and the beginning of training camp, and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is back in his old element. ‘We’ve been recruiting,’ the former University of Southern California coach said.’“This is kind of like the old days, and our guys have really stepped up and helped out.’ After reeling in a promising group of free agents during the opening days of free agency, the Seahawks added the top tight end in the market, announcing Tuesday that the team had come to terms with former Oakland Raiders tight end Zach Miller.”
At PI.com, Christian Caple looks at what Miller’s arrival means for incumbent starter John Carlson. Says Caple: “It doesn’t appear as if the arrival of Miller, a free-agent who agreed to a deal with the Seahawks on Tuesday worth a reported $34 million over five years, will force the Seahawks to send Carlson elsewhere. Rather, Carroll is downright giddy over the prospect of putting both of the pass-catching tight ends on the field at the same time. So, yes, Carroll said, there is room for both of them in Seattle. ‘Anybody who thinks anything otherwise doesn’t get it,’ Carroll said. ‘I think those guys will play together in tandem.’
Mike Sando at ESPN.com says the addition of Miller is a rare luxury. Says Sando: “It’s tough getting younger and better in unrestricted free agency. The Seahawks’ deal with Raiders tight end Zach Miller allows them to do both. Miller, 25, has 126 receptions and eight touchdowns over the past two seasons. He counts as a luxury signing, in my view, because the team already has a young option at the position in 27-year-old John Carlson, who appears to be a good fit for Seattle’s offense.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the connection between Miller and line coach Tom Cable, who also coached the tight end while with the Raiders: “Zach Miller not only agreed to terms with the club on Tuesday, the Pro Bowl tight end from the Oakland Raiders said that Tom Cable’s presence in Seattle was a significant factor in his decision to join the Seahawks – more than the lucrative five-year contract he will sign. Cable, who joined coach Pete Carroll’s staff in January as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach, spent the previous four seasons in Oakland – the past two as the Raiders’ head coach after filling the position on an interim basis for last 12 games in 2008. Cable also was influential in getting guard Robert Gallery, another ex-Raider, to sign with the Seahawks last week.”
We also have a recap of practice, including Earl Thomas’ new role in the nickel defense; a look at the session through the lens of Rod Mar; and Tony Ventrella’s video wrap-up. There’s even a bonus: A look back at the 2004 season, in the next-to-last installment in our series of articles on the team’s first 35 seasons.