Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 19:
Cornerback Marcus Trufant was on 710 ESPN and told host Kevin Calabro that he is surprised but also pleased to be back with the Seahawks after the former first-round draft choice had been released: “I didn’t really think I’d be back, either. Things kind of fell into place and that’s how it happened. Just because of how things kind of worked out as far as my injuries and with the guys — they played real well last year — so it didn’t really seem like there was a spot for me. … Everybody has a different role to play. Sherm (Richard Sherman), he played off the charts last year, and that’s the same with (Brandon) Browner. So I’ve got a role to play. I’m (going to) always compete, but I know I have a role to play and that’s what I plan to do.”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com takes a deeper look at the schedules that were announced Tuesday to determine how much time teams have to prepare for opponents, compared to those opponents. The Seahawks come out minus-10: “Five of the Seahawks’ nine opponents from Weeks 2-10 have more time than Seattle to prepare for those games. For the season, the Seahawks’ opponents have 10 additional net days. That was by far the worst differential in the NFC West. Dallas (four days), Green Bay (three), St. Louis (one) have additional days from Weeks 2-4. Seattle enjoys four additional days to prepare for Detroit (Week 8) and another four-day edge on Miami (Week 12), but the Dolphins will still have 10 days to prepare for the Seahawks. Minnesota (three) and the New York Jets (seven) will also have more time than Seattle to prepare.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has a poll where you can vote for your favorite game on the Seahawks’ home schedule.
Adam Rank at NFL.com offers some bold predictions in a photo essay after examining the schedule, including this one that involves the Seahawks: “When Pete Carroll was at USC, he traditionally opened the schedule with tough games, so he should feel right at home with an opening slate against the Cardinals, Cowboys and Packers. The Seahawks have posted back-to-back 7-9 seasons, and this is a critical year for coach Carroll who will be relying on the recently-paid Marshawn Lynch. Don’t worry coach, running backs who score huge contracts always perform well, just ask Chris Johnson. Oh wait…”