NEW YORK – Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 3:
Eric Williams at the New Tribune has the details on Marshawn Lynch’s latest star turn: “Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch crashed through the front door of a bank with a ski mask over his head, toting a rifle in an apparent bank heist. But Lynch, who recently signed a four-year, $32 million deal to stay in Seattle, certainly doesn’t need cash. He’s just exploring a new hobby as an actor, playing a small role as a tough guy in the movie “Matt’s Chance” by Seattle filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney. ‘I saw that in ‘Call of Duty,’ joked Lynch, crouching with his rifle aimed at one of his fellow bank robbers at the conclusion of the scene.”
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times reports on the passing of motivational speaker Lou Tice, who was an influence on Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, among others: “In 2002, Tice played a critical role in the formation of ‘A Better LA,’ a nonprofit foundation Carroll formed in Southern California while he was the USC football coach with the aim of reducing violence in the city. ‘He’s helped me figure out my approach and my philosophy,’ said Carroll, the Seahawks’ coach since 2010. ‘He has done way more than that. He has been a global contributor for change.’ ”
The bloggers at ESPN.com held their own mock draft, and NFC West blogger Mike Sando reviews his selections for the team in the division – including the Seahawks at No. 12: “I wondered going into the mock whether Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly might be available for Seattle in this slot. Would the team take an inside linebacker that early? San Francisco fared well taking Patrick Willis with the 11th pick in 2007. Scot McCloughan, now a top Seahawks personnel executive, was the driving force behind the Willis decision. Would the Seahawks see Kuechly in a similar light? They do need help at linebacker, after all. The thought became a fleeting one when Kuechly went to Carolina at No. 9. That made it easier to focus on the highest-rated pass-rushers. Quinton Coples was the choice because he seemed to be the most talented one available, based on scouting reports.”
Here at Seahawks.com, well, we are here – in New York City – for today’s unveiling of the team’s new uniform: “It’s the event a lot of fans have been waiting for – and yes, some even clamoring for – especially those in Seahawks Nation. With Nike taking over as the supplier to the league, after Reebok’s 10-year deal with the NFL expired over the weekend, the new uniforms for each team will be unveiled Tuesday in New York. Nike, the league and the individual teams have been clandestine and then some when it comes to keeping the details of just what to expect under wraps. But whenever the innovative, swoosh-driven company from Beaverton, Ore., gets involved you can bet we’re talking about a whole different uni-verse from what the Seahawks have been wearing the past 10 seasons.”
And the folks at NFL.com linked to our story about the new uniforms and the comments from former Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond, who knows more than most about the Nike way of doing things: “They change the uniforms (at Oregon) every two years, so I got my opportunity to wear a couple different ones,” Thurmond said. “… I think (Seahawks chairman) Paul Allen wanted an upgrade as far as the jerseys are concerned. I think the Nike team did a great job.”
Yes, it’s Tuesday. But Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com hadn’t been posted in time to include it yesterday.