On this date: ’05 Seahawks win eighth in a row

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 5:

Lofa Tatupu

1976: Jim Zorn throws a touchdown pass to tight end John McMakin for the Seahawks’ only score, as the Bears put up 34 points and 509 yards in a loss that is No. 4 in a five-game losing streak to close Seattle’s inaugural season.

1982: Marcus Allen rushes for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders, who take a 28-0 lead and hold on for a 28-23 victory in Los Angeles as Jim Zorn passes for two touchdowns.

1993: Brian Blades catches seven passes for 134 yards, but Marcus Allen runs for three touchdowns as the Chiefs hand the Seahawks a 31-16 setback at the Kingdome.

1999: Jon Kitna throws two touchdown passes, but Tim Brown catches two TD passes from Rich Gannon, staking the Raiders to a 17-0 lead in their 30-21 victory in Oakland.

2005: The Seahawks run their winning streak to eight in a row with a 42-0 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia on “Monday Night Football” in a game where neither team has more than 200 yards in total offense, as Andre Dyson returns an interception 72 yards and a fumble 25 yards for touchdowns; Shaun Alexander scores twice; and Lofa Tatupu also returns an interception 38 yards for a TD.

2010: The Panthers take a 14-0 lead, but Marshawn Lynch then scores three times and Lofa Tatupu returns an interception for a touchdown as the Seahawks run off 31 unanswered points in a lopsided victory in Seattle. David Hawthorne leads the defensive effort with 14 tackles.

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On this date: Hasselbeck throws for 427

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Dec. 1:

Matt Hasselbeck

1985: A Jacob Green-led defense sacks Todd Blackledge five times and intercepts three of his passes, while Steve Largent catches seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-6 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome.

1991: John Kasay kicks two field goals, but Nick Lowery kicks four in a battle of field goals at the Kingdome that is won by the Chiefs 19-6.

1996: John Elway? Or Rick Mirer? Elway, of course, as the Broncos’ QB throws two touchdown passes and the Seahawks’ QB throws two interceptions in Denver’s 34-7 victory at Mile High Stadium.

2002: Matt Hasselbeck passes for a club-record 427 yards and three touchdowns, but Garrison Hearst runs for 124 yards and three scores as the 49ers take a 31-24 victory at Candlestick Park. Hasselbeck completes 30 of 55 passes, with Darrell Jackson catching seven for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Bobby Engram six for 72 yards and Koren Robinson four for 95 yards and a TD.

2011: Marshawn Lynch runs for 148 yards and two touchdowns, middle linebacker David Hawthorne returns an interception 77 yards for a score and cornerback Brandon Browner has two picks as the Seahawks slap a 31-14 loss on the Eagles in a Thursday night game at CenturyLink Field.

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On this date: Running Watters ends KC drought

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 21:

Ricky Watters

Ricky Watters

1976: Sherman Smith scores on a pair of 1-yard runs and Steve Largent catches six passes for 101 yards and a TD, but it’s not enough as the expansion Seahawks fall to the Saints 51-27 at the Kingdome.

1982: In their first game after the eight-week NFL players’ strike, and with Mike McCormack taking over as interim coach for Jack Patera, Steve Largent catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn with 49 seconds left in a 17-10 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

1999: Ricky Watters scores three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as he compiles 174 combined yards in a 31-19 victory in Kansas City, where the Seahawks had lost their previous eight games against the Chiefs.

2004: Michael Boulware intercepts a pass and returns it 63 yards for the touchdown with 56 seconds to play in a 24-17 victory over the Dolphins in Seattle. Trent Dilfer also throws a 21-yard TD pass to Jerry Rice.

2010: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 366 yards, with Mike Williams catching six passes for 109 yards, and David Hawthorne has 12 tackles and an interception. But the defending Super Bowl champion Saints prevail 34-19 in New Orleans. The game is a prelude to the team’s rematch in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle that season.

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On this date: Big days for Browns; from Theotis to Chad

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 8:

1981: The Seahawks hold the Steelers scoreless in the second half while rallying for a 24-21 victory at the Kingdome as Theotis Brown scores on a pair of 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter. The defensive effort is led by safety John Harris and end Mike White, who have 11 tackles each.

1992: Chris Warren runs for 103 yards, but it’s not enough to prevent the Redskins from posting a 16-3 victory over the Seahawks at the Kingdome – loss No. 6 in an eight-game losing streak during Seattle’s 2-14 season.

1998: Ricky Watters runs for 105 yards and two touchdowns in 24-12 victory over the Chiefs at the Kingdome. Linebacker Darrin Smith also returns one of the Seahawks’ three interceptions 26 yards for a TD, while linebacker Chad Brown also intercepts a pass and has two sacks among his nine tackles.

2009: Olindo Mare kicks four field goals and Josh Wilson returns one of the Seahawks’ five interceptions 61 yards for a touchdown in a 32-20 victory over the Lions in Seattle. Linebacker David Hawthorne has two interceptions and nine tackles.

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Thursday cyber surfing: Seahawks hold keys to Seattle’s next sports superstar?

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 12.

At the Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer tells us Seattle is in dire need of a new sports superstar. Brewer points to years 1990-2010 as a time when Seattle experienced an unforgettable – and remarkable – run of sports superstars: Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Steve Emtman, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Walter Jones, Lou Piniella, George Karl and Mike Holmgren. As Seattle continues to search for it’s new sports identity, Brewer offered that the Seahawks have the potential to shape that mold, “With quality talent evaluators such as Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Seahawks GM John Schneider in town, you can already see the potential for a new generation of superstars. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has a chance to be, at least, the best safety in the NFL. If [Marshawn] Lynch goes off, there’s a possibility he could be elite. [Felix] Hernandez is just 26, and with some help, it’s easy to see him taking that final step to becoming a superstar. Matt Flynn, who is expected to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback this season, could become a star, but if rookie Russell Wilson eventually wins the job and performs at a star level, a small, 5-foot-11 quarterback would have a better chance of captivating a national audience.”

Also at the Seattle Times, Danny O’Neil continues to take a close look at the Seahawks wide receiver position, this time turning his attention to fourth-year pro Deon Butler. O’Neil admits that he has questioned whether or not Butler would land on the team’s 53-man rosters the past two seasons, as he notes Butler’s small stature in a system that favors bigger wide receivers, and points to a leg injury that landed Butler on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the 2011 season . In 2012, O’Neil still finds himself questioning Butler’s status among the wide receiver group, but if history is any indication for Butler, O’Neil gives him a good shot at making the squad, “Go ahead, crunch the numbers, but come Sept. 1, I think it would be very hard for Seattle to pick its 53 best players for the roster and not have Butler among that group. That’s not to say it’s impossible. He’s not a special-teams mainstay like veteran Ben Obomanu has been, and he hasn’t shown that uncanny knack as a slot receiver like [Doug] Baldwin did. He doesn’t have the height of [Sidney] Rice, [Kris] Durham or Mike Williams — all of whom stand 6-4 or taller. But Butler is in the conversation for the fastest receiver on the roster, and he has shown a professionalism and ability to bounce back from both adversity and injury. And the past two years have shown that for all the questions of whether he’ll be back, the guy listed as the smallest player on Seattle’s roster has some staying power”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth continues with his 2012 positional breakdown, as he takes a look at the Seahawks linebacking corps heading into the new season. Farnsworth speaks to the group’s healthy mix of youth and experience, “On a team that has been in a constant change since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over 30 months ago, the linebacking crew has undergone one of the most major transformations under [Seahawks linebackers coach Ken] Norton. The last linebacker standing from the team’s glory days of winning the NFC Championship in 2005 is [Leroy] Hill, who continues to be the starter on the weakside. David Hawthorne took over in the middle for Lofa Tatupu in 2010, but with the team’s leading tackler the past three seasons now with the New Orleans Saints, Hawthorne will be replaced by either the youthful enthusiasm of [Bobby] Wagner or the productive experience of [Barrett] Ruud. On the strong side, [K.J.] Wright played so well as a rookie last season that the club traded former first-round draft choice Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. … This seemingly mismatched collection of linebackers creates an interesting blend of skills and talents that should allow Carroll and coordinator Gus Bradley to play the way they want to, and need to – fast, physical, aggressive and smart – in matching the efforts of the Pro Bowl-laced secondary and line.”

Thursday cyber surfing: Two weeks until the NFL Draft

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 12:

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his draft needs for the Seahawks, in the website’s on-going examination of all 32 teams: “When league scouts talk about the Seahawks, they all say the same thing: Loads of young talent, but what about the quarterback? Under coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have tried Charlie Whitehurst (failed) and Tarvaris Jackson (grade incomplete) as quarterbacks they acquired to fill a glaring need. Now comes Matt Flynn. The Seahawks signed Flynn as a free agent from the Green Bay Packers. Flynn started two games in four years with the Packers, so his signing is risky. Carroll said that Flynn and Jackson will compete for the job, but it’s probably Flynn’s to lose. If Flynn can prove to be more than just a manage-the-game passer, Seattle will push for the NFC West title. If not, they might be looking again next spring.”

Todd McShay goes deep in his fifth mock draft at ESPN.com, offering multiple options for teams. It’s an Insider feature, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he has to say about the Seahawks: “Scenario 1: Take (Luke) Kuechly and bring some stability to a linebacker corps that has seen the likes of Julian Peterson, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne and others come and go in recent years. Scenario 2: With Kuechly gone, (Quinton) Coples becomes a value pick at this point and will add a versatile presence who can both pressure the quarterback and hold up against the run when his motor is running high. Scenario 3: Look to need areas elsewhere on offense with (David) DeCastro or (Michael) Floyd.”

Also at ESPN.com, former Colts GM Bill Polian, now an NFL Insider for the website, examines some possible trades in the draft: “In the weeks leading up to the draft, general managers and personnel directors around the NFL will turn their attention to a process called draft management – NFL insider speak for predicting how the draft will unfold. It’s through this process that a team anticipates where its draft targets may come off the board and ensures the selection of one of its top choices. While teams are never 100 percent accurate with these predictions, they have been able to project the first round with a high degree of certainty in recent years. That said, every draft has certain pivot points, spots where the draft veers from its anticipated path and proceeds in a new, unexpected direction. Sometimes the impetus for these moments is an off-the-radar selection, but more often it’s a trade. There are several reasons to believe the first big pivot point of the 2012 draft could come with a potential trade of the No. 3 overall pick from the Vikings to the Dolphins.”

Don Banks at SI.com has his fifth mock draft, but his selection for the Seahawks sounds familiar: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “There’s a lot to love about the young defense the Seahawks are assembling, but they’ve got to create more pressure on opposing passers. Coples could drop well into the teens, but he’s got double-digit sack talent if Pete Carroll and Co. can figure out how to keep his intensity and effort level high at all times.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we begin our series of articles previewing the NFL Draft with a look at the team’s situation, through the eyes of general manager John Schneider: “ ‘There are tons of mock drafts, and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t look at them,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s not that easy. We build our (draft) board based on our team and what we have currently. So we compare these players to our current roster, and that’s how we build our board. We don’t build our board for the league, per say.’ And definitely not to appease those who compile mock drafts. ‘So while people in a mock draft might feel like we need a certain position or a specific player, it’s just really who has the highest grade – and if it fills a specific need, that’s great,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s a grade comparable to what our team is and how we see our own players at each position. That’s why it’s so important to know your team and evaluate your team first and foremost.’ ”

The do-over draft series at NFL.com has reached 2009, when the Seahawks made Aaron Curry the fourth pick overall. In the do-over, Jason Smith gives them Clay Matthews: “All you need to know here is that after just two seasons the Seahawks shipped Curry to the Raiders for a seventh-round pick and a conditional selection. (And this guy was actually in the mix to be No. 1 overall for a little while!) How much more teeth would there be in that Seahawks defense with Matthews? A Pro Bowler all three years in the league and he was first-team All Pro in 2010. And that hair, my gosh, I would’ve re-done the pick if I was just getting that part of him. I know, why not Foster? Well, Seattle thought they had their RB situation under control after having just added Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. And now they have the Skittles Beast, so they’re all set there.”

Also at NFL.com, Chad Reuter looks at the players in this year’s draft class that could spark interest from teams looking to trade up in the first round to get them: “Due to the lack of suspense surrounding the landing points of (Andrew) Luck and (Robert) Griffin, a lot of attention has been placed on the new home of the draft’s third-rated passer, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins are the odds-on favorites to select the athletic and strong-armed, if inexperienced (19 collegiate starts at QB after playing receiver his first two-plus seasons on campus), passer because of their extreme need at the position. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach at A&M.”

Former Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear has signed with the Giants, and Aaron Wilson at Scout.com has the report: “The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder played last season for the Washington Redskins and played in eight games with four starts after spending the previous seven years with the Seattle Seahawks. Locklear has played in 105 regular-season games with 82 starts.”

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Thursday cyber surfing: Clock ticking toward NFL Draft

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 5:

The countdown to the NFL Draft is underway – literally, with ESPN.com featuring a clock to tick off the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the start of the first round on April 26. And Mel Kiper has his mock draft 4.0. It’s an Insider feature, so you must register and pay a fee. But he has the Seahawks selecting what has become a familiar name at No. 12: “North Carolina DE Quinton Coples. Even if (Boston College middle linebacker Luke) Kuechly is still on the board, it would be tough for Seattle to pass on perhaps the safest 4-3 DE option available. Coples has prototypical size, can play every down as a pass-rusher and has a solid arsenal of moves to get to opposing quarterbacks, but with the size and discipline to be a force against the run. Seattle can’t go wrong here with either the top LB or DE available. This defense is close to being considered among the NFL’s finest.”

But in this mock, Kiper goes two-rounds deep, and at No. 43 has the Seahawks selecting Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis: “His production dipped some in 2011, but Lewis could start as a situational pass-rusher and become more.”

Also at ESPN.com, Mike Sando provides his take on Kiper’s picks for each of the NFC West team, including the Seahawks: “The word ‘safest’ isn’t particularly comforting for Seahawks fans. Aaron Curry was considered the safest pick in the 2009 draft. Coples was my choice for Seattle in the recent NFL Blog Network mock. Then, Kuechly was not available. Kiper previously had Seattle taking Ryan Tannehill in this spot, but Tannehill was off the board this time and the Seahawks weren’t in the QB market, anyway, after signing Matt Flynn. Some have criticized Coples for inconsistent effort. Pete Carroll constantly emphasizes competition, but the Seahawks have shown they can get good results from defensive players with varied résumés and reputations. Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Alan Branch come to mind. The draft plot thickens considerably for Seattle if Kuechly does slip past the top 11 choices. The word ‘safe’ has applied to Kuechly as well. The Seahawks have obvious needs for a pass-rusher and a linebacker, so Coples and Kuechly make sense as projected picks.”

Sando also looks at the NFC West preseason matchups after the league announced the August slate yesterday, including these notes on the Seahawks: “Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans face the Seahawks in Seattle (in the opener), Hasselbeck’s first game against his former team. That means Matt Flynn makes his Seattle debut against Hasselbeck; Seattle travels to Denver for what will be (Peyton) Manning’s first home game with the Broncos; all four NFC West teams are home in the fourth week of preseason. That’s a bonus heading into the regular season. Every AFC West team finishes the preseason on the road, with three of those games against NFC West teams.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune provides a replay of his chat with Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, which includes this assessment of James Carpenter, last year’s first-round pick who ended the season in injured reserve with a severe knee injury: “James Carpenter showed everything I was hoping for as a rookie right tackle until the injury. It’s such a shame, as he was really progressing over the final few games. It all depends on how and when he’s able to return to the field. I’d be surprised if the Seahawks are counting on him providing much this year.”

Don Banks at SI.com also has his fourth mock draft, and also has the Seahawks selecting Coples: “Seattle needs to generate more heat on opposing quarterbacks, and Coples has natural ability in the pass rush department. His effort level has been inconsistent, and he could drop into the teens because of it. But his upside makes him a decent gamble at No. 12 for the Seahawks.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at what being the first player to wear No. 31 in the team’s new uniforms means to Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor, who modeled the new-look duds at the unveiling event in New York on Tuesday: “ ‘I can always say I was the first one to wear No. 31 in a Nike jersey for the Seahawks,’ Chancellor said. ‘And that is a special feeling. It feels good.’ ”

We’ve also got a timeline of the Seahawks’ uniforms in a photoblog. One question: Who is that guy with a mustache wearing No. 83?

Just-acquired free-agent linebacker David Hawthorne, the Seahawks leading tackler the past three seasons, did a Q&A with Saints.com. It gave Hawthorne one more opportunity to explain how he got his “Heater” nickname: “I’ve had a nickname at every level I’ve been at. When I came to Seattle, I was an undrafted free agent who had to work hard both on defense and special teams and bring it every day. After I made some hard hits, I came to the sidelines and Lofa Tatupu gave it to me.”

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Wednesday cyber surfing: It’s all about the Seahawks’ new look

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

The big news Tuesday, of course, was the unveiling of the NFL’s new uniform by Nike in an event in New York. The Seahawks took center stage – literally – because they got the only total makeover.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times offers his thoughts on the Seahawks’ new uniforms: “Mock if you must. Compare them to the Nike football flagship that Oregon’s college program has become, or invoke the Arena League or comic-book superheroes for that matter. But no one is going to mistake the Seahawks’ new uniforms for anything out of grandma’s attic.”

Doug Farrar at YahooSports.com says Kam Chancellor likes the team’s new look: “ ‘I’m ready to play right now,’ Chancellor said from Tuesday’s uniform launch at Steiner Studios in New York City. When asked of the ‘look good, feel good, play good’ meme applied to him, Chancellor responded in the affirmative. Even Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, seated down the way from Chancellor in a series of group media sessions, opined that the Seahawks’ unis were ‘mind-boggling.’ ”

Will Brinson at CBSSports.com offers several photos from the event, as well as this on the Seahawks’ new look: “Seattle is the proverbial guinea pig for the Nike jerseys (the NFL’s version of Oregon, perhaps?), making big-time changes to their uniforms in a manner that’s quite fitting for a Pete Carroll-coached team. ‘Seattle is obviously very innovative,’ Todd Van Horne, Nike’s Creative Director for Football, told CBSSports.com. ‘And because of our relationship with them, there’s a comfort factor. When we showed them the materials and talked about the performance, they were obviously willing to be excited and embrace it from a performance standpoint. They wanted an opportunity to extend their brand.’ Seattle did just that on Tuesday, drawing mostly positive reviews for their new game-day outfits.”

NFL.com has a photo gallery from the event, so you can check out the new uniforms for all 32 teams. There’s also a behind-the-scenes photo gallery.

At Seahawks.com, we also attended the unveiling, focusing on how Pro Bowl strong safety turned model Chancellor spent part of his 24th birthday and the man behind the Seahawks’ new look, Van Horne. Says Chancellor: “This feels good. I feel privileged, especially because it’s on my birthday. It’s a fun event, and I’m just having fun out here.” On Van Horne: “Van Horne’s inspiration for the Seahawks’ first new look since 2002 was a totem, in general; and the thunderbird prominently displayed on many Pacific Northwest totems, specifically. ‘That’s our inspiration,’ Van Horne said after the presentation. ‘Living in the Northwest, you see a lot of that native style. So we just thought the most powerful image of that are the totems, and the most treasured of those totems is typically the thunderbird totem. Thunderbird. Seahawks. You have that obvious relationship. It’s the symbol of supernatural power and strength. So we thought this is a great inspiration. Let’s bring that into the design.’ ”

And, whatever you might think about the new uniforms, the other players on hand at the event did like them. Offered Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount: “ ‘Look at the Seahawks, they got the whole new uniform,’ Blount said, casting an envious glance at Chancellor. ’I’m kind of mad. I’m upset. I like that look. That’s sweet.’ ”

The Seahawks also lost leading tackler David Hawthorne on Tuesday when he agreed to sign with the Saints in free agency. Eric Williams at the News Tribune has the details: “Talks between the Seahawks and Hawthorne intensified a week ago, but ultimately the two sides never got to the point where they agreed on financial terms or length of the contract, and Hawthorne went with the offer he had on the table from New Orleans.”

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Hawthorne agrees with Saints

A look at the Seahawks’ free-agent activity:Players agreed/signed from other teams

DT Jason Jones (Titans)

QB Matt Flynn (Packers)

RB Kregg Lumpkin (Buccaneers)

Seahawks players re-signed/agreed

RB Marshawn Lynch

OT Breno Giacomini

DE Red Bryant

LB Heath Farwell

OL Paul McQuistan

FB Michael Robinson

Seahawks players signed/agreed with other teams

TE John Carlson (Vikings)

OL Mike Gibson (Eagles)

QB Charlie Whitehurst (Chargers)

S Atari Bigby (Chargers)

DL Anthony Hargrove (Packers)

LB David Hawthorne (Saints)

David Hawthorne, the Seahawks’ leading tackler the past three seasons, has agreed to terms on a five-year contract to join the Saints.

The Seahawks tried to re-sign Hawthorne before the free agency period began on March 13 and again after he had visited the Saints. But the sides could not agree on a deal.

Hawthorne, 26, made the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and then started the next three seasons at middle linebacker (2009 and 2011) as well as at weakside linebacker (2010). He registered more than 100 tackles in each of those three seasons, including a career-high 116 in 2009 and 115 last season.

He became the sixth player in franchise history to be the team’s leading tackler for three consecutive seasons, joining Terry Beeson (1977-79), Michael Jackson (1980-82), Fredd Young (1985-87), Chad Brown (1997-99) and Lofa Tatupu (2005-08).

With the Saints, Hawthorne likely will move back outside, because the team also signed former Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton in free agency.

The Seahawks’ options for replacing Hawthorne include moving K.J. Wright into the middle after he started 11 games on the strong side as a rookie last season; signing a middle linebacker in free agency; or addressing the position in the NFL Draft later this month.

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Wednesday cyber surfing: Carroll talks ‘Heater’

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 21:

Coach Pete Carroll did an interview with 710 ESPN yesterday and discussed free-agent middle linebacker David Hawthorne: “ ‘We love what David gave to us and brought to us,’ Carroll said. ‘This is free agency time, and, man, it can get hard.’ ”

Not everyone was in all on Matt Flynn yesterday. Chris Burke at SI.com says the Seahawks went back to the future in acquiring the backup QB from the Packers: “Coming off a disappointing season in which they finished under .500 and missed the playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in need of a starting quarterback. So they turned their attention to Green Bay, where a talented backup was stuck behind an entrenched starter. This all happened 11 years ago, of course, when Seattle pulled the trigger on a trade to snatch Matt Hasselbeck from Green Bay.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at why Carroll had a reason to smile even before the team got agreements over the weekend from Matt Flynn and Jason Jones: “ ‘Free agency for us was to get our own guys – that was the start of it,’ Carroll on Monday. And it started with the top two priorities: Retaining leading rusher Marshawn Lynch, without using the franchise tag; and getting an agreement with run-stuffing, kick-blocking defensive end Red Bryant before he could test the free-agent market. Check, and check. And check out what else Carroll, general manager John Schneider and vice president of football administration/salary cap guru/lead negotiator John Idzik were able to do before dipping into the pool of free agents from other teams. The club also reached agreements with Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, versatile and valuable offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan; and linebacker/special teams standout Heath Farwell, who led the NFL in coverage tackles last season. ‘The fact that we were able to do that with Marshawn and come back with Red, Mike Robinson and on down the line, this has been really important to us,’ Carroll said.”

Mike Sando takes a look at the free agents who have visited each of the teams in the NFC West, including the Seahawks.

Jason La Canfora at NFL.com continues to track all the free agent activity around the league and you can follow along here.

It’s not all about free agency at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The Seahawks also continue to prepare for the NFL Draft next month. Peter Schrager at FoxSports.com has a new mock draft this morning and he gives the Seahawks South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram with the 12th pick: “I loved the quiet re-signing of Red Bryant, one of the most underrated producers in the game, and picking up Jason Jones for one year was a “no-lose” move. Ingram solidified himself as a Top 20 pick with a dominant week of Senior Bowl practices in Mobile. Capable of playing either the outside linebacker or defensive end spot, he’s a pass-rushing force who can cover tight ends in the passing game, too. The Matt Flynn signing will steal all the headlines, but I love what Seattle’s doing with its D.”

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