Monday cyber surfing: Best secondary in the NFL? It’s the Seahawks

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 4:

Brady Henderson at 710 ESPN offers highlights from Tim Hasselbeck’s appearance on the Brock and Salk show, including: “Hasselbeck pointed to the Seahawks’ two Pro Bowl safeties, two towering cornerbacks and overall depth as reasons he thinks Seattle has the best secondary in the league. Hasselbeck said Kam Chancellor is better than Arizona’s Adrian Wilson – who’s considered one of the top strong safeties in the league – and predicted a breakout season for Earl Thomas, a Pro Bowl starter in 2011. Hasselbeck: ‘When Marcus Trufant is your fourth corner, that’s a good thing. That is a very good thing in terms of depth for your secondary.’ ”

Speaking of Trufant, Eric Williams at the News Tribune looks at the veteran corner, who admits he missed the game while sitting out the final 12 games last season: “At a recent offseason workout, Marcus Trufant quickly broke on a pass out in the flat, swatting it away from rookie receiver Jermaine Kearse before he could haul it in. That’s the feeling Trufant longed for while watching from the sideline most of the 2011 season because of a balky back. ‘I learned that I love football because I missed it sitting out,’ said Trufant, who has fought back issues since 2009 and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a bruised sacrum after four games last season.”

Mike Sando at has highlights from his appearance on 710 ESPN with John Clayton, including: “Clayton asked about the Seahawks’ quarterback situation. The answer I gave was lacking in nutritional value. It’s simply too early to pass judgment. Newcomers Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have never played a game for the team. They have never even participated in a padded practice with the team. We have no idea how they’ll fare. Wilson impressed initially relative to reasonable rookie expectations. Flynn has done fine without wowing. Tarvaris Jackson represents the known and an insurance policy at this point.”

Here at, we also check in with Trufant, who is settling into a new role: “Of all the things Trufant has done for the Seahawks in his nine-season career – which is a lot – he’s never done this. Not make a play. That has become routine, as Trufant has tackled (604), picked (21) and tipped (113) his way into the franchise’s Top 10 in all three categories. But for the first time in his career, Trufant is playing as the nickel back during the team’s OTA practices. ‘It’s brand new,’ Trufant said Friday, after the Seahawks wrapped up the second week of their OTA sessions. ‘It’s a lot of carryover, but it is new. So I’m learning on the fly. I’m in the film room. I’m just trying to get better at it. It’s a process. I’ll be all right, though.’ ”

We’ve also got a “look” at Doug Baldwin’s one-handed catch from Friday’s OTA practice: “The Seahawks not only wrapped up the second week of their OTA practices today, Doug Baldwin wrapped a bow around the drizzle-drenched session with a one-handed catch that had to be seen to really appreciate. Since that can’t happen, an explanation will have to suffice. ‘It was a regular corner route,’ said Baldwin, the team’s leading receiver as a rookie last season. ‘The nickel corner that was playing me (rookie Jeremy Lane) kind of leaned to the outside, so I had to go over the top of him and Matt (Flynn) put the ball in a place where only I could get it.’ Even more impressive was why Baldwin made the one-handed grab for a 35-yard gain. ‘You use these practices like a project, so sometimes you do things you wouldn’t normally do to try and make yourself better,’ he said. ‘So I’m working on my ability to go up in different ways to catch the ball.’ ”

John McClain at the Houston Chronicle has the word on Justin Forsett signing with the Texans: “Forsett, 27, gives the Texans three veteran running backs with Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Forsett worked out for the Texans last week.”

Teresa Walker of the Associated Press has a look at the Titans’ QB situation, which includes a couple of passers with ties to Seattle: “… the Titans kicked their quarterback battle into a new gear with their first on-field training activities last week. The Titans are letting Hasselbeck, who quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks from 2001-10, and Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall in 2011 out of Washington, compete to be the starting quarterback this season. The veteran got the ball first in team drills last week, and Hasselbeck said he’s approaching this year as he does every year. ‘The advice I give to guys over the years is you’re not really competing with the guys at your position,’ Hasselbeck said last week. ‘It’s probably a faulty view of things. At this level, you’re competing with everyone in the world they could find to replace you with whether they’re here yet or not, and you know I almost learned that lesson the hard way this offseason. That’s just reality.’ ”

For a look around the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at

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