Saturday cyber surfing: Perusing the passers

INDIANAPOLIS – Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 25:


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, and a lot of what he talked about was quarterbacks – who also made their way to the interview room at Lucas Oil Stadium.


Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times focuses on one of those QBs: Robert Griffin III, who was engaging and entertaining: “Griffin was composed and funny. He was relaxed, he was thoughtful, and by the time he was done he had thoroughly charmed the room, talking about everything from his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle socks to being raised by two parents who served in the military. Now, interviews don’t count as touchdowns, and winning a news conference isn’t enough to convince a team like the Seahawks to move the mountains necessary to get in position to draft Griffin. But as he stood at the podium with all eyes on him, his composure and his presence made me stop and wonder about the possibilities.”


Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at Carroll’s appearance in the interview room coinciding with those of Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson and Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill: “Just getting a chance to watch these guys in this setting is really good as well, ” said Carroll, taking a peek over his shoulder, “ because everything counts in this evaluation as you’ re trying to figure the guys out.” Seattle’s goal each offseason is to improve at quarterback. But the Seahawks have yet to draft one since Carroll took over.”


Here at, we’ve got Carroll talking about his desire to add a quarterback in this year’s draft: “Determining which quarterback could help the Seahawks, and when/if to take him, is among the tasks facing Carroll between now and the Draft. ‘There’s a lot of talent, and there’s a lot of playmaking, and a wide diversity of ways they express their talent that’s really interesting,’ Carroll said. ‘But it’s a mystery now. We’re working hard to solve it, but there’s a lot to it.‘ ”


We’ve also got a recap of the Seahawks losing the coin flip to determine whether they would select 11th or 12th in the first round of April’s NFL Draft: “Patrick Willis or Marshawn Lynch? Demarcus Ware or Shawne Merriman? Ben Roethlisberger or Jonathan Vilma? Yes, the Seahawks lost a coin flip with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday morning to determine which team selects 11th and which gets pick No. 12 in the first round of April’s NFL Draft. But no – as the above list indicates – the Seahawks are not lost when it comes to finding a player at No. 12 who can help them improve on the 7-9 records they’ve posted in each of Pete Carroll’s two seasons as coach.”


After his podium stint, Carroll was asked whether he ever felt the need to “tamp down” the fun while coaching at USC, and Mike Sando at has his response: “Well, the NCAA thought we had to,” Carroll replied, drawing immediate laughter from assembled reporters. “They didn’t quite understand how you could have this much fun playing football. I’m serious about that. They could not figure it out and thought something must be wrong.”


With all NFL teams getting new-look uniforms with the league switching to Nike this year, Nick Eaton at looks at the Seahawks’ uniforms through the years: “Seahawks fans are waiting with bated breath for the new Seattle uniforms, which reportedly will be unveiled in early April. As Nike takes over as the supplier for the entire NFL, the Seahawks will shed their Reebok uniforms and don some new ones. It’s still unknown what exactly the new uniforms will look like, but we’ve gotten some hints from Nike.”


Back to the QBs, Jeff Darlington at was among the many who were impressed with Griffin and Andrew Luck: “By the time both Griffin and Andrew Luck had concluded their eagerly anticipated press conferences on Friday, they’d delivered doses of the personalities that we’ve all come to expect from two highly touted prospects. Each, in their own special way, showed why two NFL cities will easily embrace their charm as much as their football skills.”


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