Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 30:
ESPN went NFC West for an hour last night, and Mike Sando has some of the highlights in his NFC West blog at ESPN.com: “ESPN’s Tedy Bruschi played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll in New England years ago and seemed to have a strong feel – and respect – for Carroll’s current team. He picked Seattle as an upset division winner in 2012. He pointed to Earl Thomas as the heir to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He picked Marshawn Lynch as the division’s MVP for the upcoming season. Bruschi was high on Seattle all the way around. He also defended Carroll’s handling of the quarterback situation, noting that it’s only May – too early to worry about having a starter in place. Bruschi also thought Matt Flynn would become the signing of the year in the division.”
Sando also answers a few Seahawks-related items while dipping into his mailbag, including on about whether the Seahawks will play “a lot of nickel” now that Marcus Trufant is filling the nickel back role. Says Sando: “Offensive personnel usually dictates how much time a team spends in sub packages on defense. The Seahawks generally played their base defense against two or more tight ends (their game against Baltimore was one exception). I would expect that trend to continue if Trufant becomes the nickel corner, which seems like a strong possibility.”
When the Jets come to CenturyLink Field on Nov. 11, there’s an increased chance that a former Seahawk will be starting at right tackle and Rich Cimini at ESPN.com has the details: “A year ago, GM Mike Tannebaum stubbornly refused to sign any experienced backup offensive linemen – and it came back to bite him. He must be determined to avoid the same situation because the Jets signed two veteran right tackles Tuesday, Stephon Heyer and Ray Willis, a source confirmed (and the team later announced). Embattled RT Wayne Hunter, who has received mixed support from the organization, remains the starter. The additions of Heyer and Willis are more of a reflection on third-year RT Vladimir Ducasse than Hunter. Ducasse, a former second-round pick, is supposed to challenge Hunter, but the organization apparently wants to hedge its bet.” Willis was a fourth-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 2005 and started 26 games for them. Hunter was a third-round pick in 2003 and played in two games in three seasons with the Seahawks.
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the first week of the team’s OTA practices with an eye to the second week: “As OTA practices go, the first three of the offseason went pretty darn well for the Seahawks last week. There were athletic plays on both sides of the ball, but still enough of the less-artistic kinds of plays so that Pete Carroll’s staff can coach to them. Each of the three quarterbacks vying for the starting job took advantage of his equal-as-they-throw reps to make don’t-forget-about-me plays. The oh-so-young, but oh-so-talented secondary continued to show that jealousy also can be a virtue. Chirpy even slipped into chippy a couple of times, giving Carroll an opportunity to commend the spirit but condemn stepping over the line. And what can we expect for an encore when the players return to the practice fields at Virginia Mason Athletic Center this week? More of the same, and then some – starting Wednesday, when the session will be open to the media. ‘It was pretty standard, the first three days of practice in the offseason,’ fourth-year center Max Unger said Tuesday after the offensive players had completed their workout in the offseason program. ‘We were kind of getting used to some of the new guys we’ve brought in. But it’s nice starting off where we were last season and kind of moving from there. We’re not going start from the first page as we did out of the lockout.”
We’ve also got a video replay of Carroll’s Town Hall meeting last night at CenturyLink Field, when the Seahawks’ fired-up coach (is that redundant?) answered questions for 300-plus fired-up fans.