Sunday cyber surfing: Mother’s Day, and rookies go camping

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on May 13, 2012 – 10:05 am

Good morning, and Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks today, May 13:

Joe Frollo at USAFootball.com did a Mother’s Day piece that features Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung and his mom, Dorothy: “This weekend also is special for Dorothy as her daughter graduates from Texas A&M. Big brother has always been protective of his little sister – even if it means standing up to mom. ‘When Russell was 6 or 7, his sister was misbehaving, and I spanked her,’ Dorothy said. ‘She ran crying to her brother, who came up to me and told me not to do that. I’ve called him ‘Big Daddy’ ever since. I still do. He is a protective type and takes care of stuff around the house whenever something needs to be done.’ ”

Dave Boling at the News Tribune takes a look at the toughness the running game is developing under line coach Tom Cable: “Scheme? No, commitment and attitude. ‘Where we want to go is being a physical football team that throws the ball on you to score points but runs the ball to beat you,’ Cable said. ‘There are some teams in the league who are exceptional throwing the football. But to be a truly tough-minded football team, you have to run it. You can’t just talk about it, you have to do it.’ ”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams checks in with former Utah State teammates Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin, who are teammates once again: “ ‘I’ve got a different number, he’s got a different number and it’s like, here we go again,’ Turbin said. ‘It’s just a different helmet on – a different team, a whole different scheme. The greatest thing about it is we know each other enough that we can kind of push each other a little bit to get better.’ ”
Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times looks at how Turbin has used the death of his brother as motivation: “I pointed to Turbin’s massive biceps that practically look as big as a couple of heads of lettuce and asked him where they came from. ‘My brother,’ the Seahawks’ fourth-round pick said. ‘He used to make me work out all of the time when I was little. Even when we’d be watching cartoons he’d make me do push-ups and sit-ups. We would wrestle all the time. He was always pushing me.’ On Feb. 6, Turbin was in Phoenix, preparing for the NFL combine when he got a call at 3 a.m. from his cousin. Lonnie had been shot and killed in Oakland. It would be Turbin’s job to call his father, Ronald, with the tragic news. ‘I would have brought him (Lonnie) with me here to Seattle, to camp,’ said Turbin, 22. ‘Maybe he could have worked around here. Pass out drinks or something. Just be around a positive environment.’ ”

Also at the Times, Danny O’Neil looks at quarterback Russell Wilson, who continues to battle questions about his height: “Russell Wilson stood out early on. Wait. That’s a poor choice of words considering all the fuss over Wilson’s height — or more accurately his lack thereof — at 5 feet 11. It’s the size of his arm that was evident long before he became a four-year starter at quarterback, a baseball prospect in the Rockies organization or the Seahawks’ third-round draft pick. This was back when Wilson was in fifth, maybe sixth grade in Richmond, Va., serving as a ball boy for the high-school varsity team, and he left a referee waiting for the football in the middle of the field. ‘For once in his life, Russell must not have been paying attention,’ said Charlie McFall, the coach at the Collegiate School. Instead of running the ball out, Wilson threw it from the sidelines. ‘He just chucked that ball out to him,’ McFall said. ‘I was like, ‘Oooh, I’m going to hang around for this guy.’ ”

Tim Booth at the Associated Press checks in with Alex Barron, a veteran who is standing out at the Seahawks’ minicamp: “Alex Barron got down into his three-point stance at left tackle, looked to his right and saw a seventh-round draft pick that has never played on the offensive line at any level of football. Barron’s presence at the Seattle Seahawks’ rookie camp this weekend is a long way from the days when he was a first-round draft pick out of Florida State and starter for the St. Louis Rams. ‘It’s just kind of how it is right now, where I’m at in my career,’ Barron said. ‘Just take the good with the good, the bad with the bad and continue to work hard. That’s all you can do.’ ”

Liz Matthews of 710 ESPN also has the word on Wagner at mynorthwest.com: “Wagner spoke to the media Saturday and said that for now he is focusing specifically at the middle linebacker spot. ‘I think it helps learning one position because you’ve got to figure out what’s to the right of you, what’s to the left of you,’ Wagner said. ‘So if I do get to the right I’ll know what’s in the middle and what’s on the other side. I think it’s good playing Mike first.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the latest infusion of speed for the defense – first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin and second-rounder Bobby Wagner: “We all saw what the speed of Earl Thomas and Chris Clemons brought to the Seahawks’ defense two years ago. Boiled down to the simplest statistical terms, it was a team-high five interceptions (by Thomas, a rookie free safety) and a club-leading 11 sacks (by Clemons, who had been acquired in an offseason trade). Then there was the infusion of length last season provide by 6-foot-3 strong safety Kam Chancellor; cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, who are 6-4 and 6-3; and 6-4 strongside linebacker K.J. Wright. Each was in his first season as a starter, all delivered unique contributions to the NFL’s ninth-ranked defense – as this quartet ranked 2-7-8-5 on the team in tackles, led by Chancellor’s 94; combined for 14 of the Seahawks’ 22 interceptions, including Browner’s team-leading six; and also had 54 passes defensed. Now come Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner, this year’s first- and second-round draft choices who are turning the team’s three-day minicamp into a dare-to-dream exercise as you ponder just what their speed and length can add to the defense’s already impressive mix of flashing arms and legs. ‘First and foremost, it’s the speed. We really like their speed,’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said Saturday, following the second of three two-hour practices in this rookie minicamp. ‘We’re excited about both those guys’ progress.’ ”

In Hawkville, we also take a look at the relationship between Wagner and Turbin: “Teammates. Again. Still. That’s Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin, the duo from Utah State who shares not only a first name but now a professional team after the Seahawks selected them in the second and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft. And these two are getting some good looks at one another in the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, as Wagner is lining up at middle linebacker with the No. 1 defense and Turbin is getting a lot of touches with the No. 1 offense. ‘It’s great. I actually catch myself rooting for the offense sometimes, which I probably shouldn’t be,’ Wagner said today after another two-hour practice in ideal conditions at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. ‘But it’s great to have a person that you know well and he knows you well. It definitely makes moving here and getting settled here much better.’ ”

There’s also Tony Ventrella’s video recap.


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