Sunday, April 26, 2015

Unconventional Extreme: A Future Without Russell Wilson

Pete Carroll and John Schneider love to defy convention. They take cornerbacks that everyone else says are too tall and stiff, and make them into All-Pros and spendy free agents. They take a player like Bruce Irvin in the first round, far higher than projected, get eight sacks out of him as a rookie defensive end, and promptly convert him into a linebacker. Most famously, they take a short quarterback in the third round after already paying free agent dollars for the position, and give him the starting job out of training camp.

These moves came before the ascendency to Super Bowl champion, but the pair's love of independent thought still burns brightly. That is why it is worth a moment to consider the move they could make that defies league standards more than any other. What if Schneider and Carroll choose not to keep their young franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson? What might the signs be that they are considering such a shocking possibility, and how would that play out on the field? Do your best Carroll and Schneider impersonation, and consider the improbable.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PODCAST: On with Softy talking Seahawks Charity Dinner and Draft

It has been a while since Softy and I had a chance to talk Seahawks. He wanted to hear what I thought of new Seahawk Jimmy Graham after meeting him at the Primetime Charity Event on Thursday. We discussed that and the impending NFL draft. Listen Here

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Seahawks Super Bowl Loss Overblown

I am a big Jerry Brewer fan. He is a quality writer and a quality person. I take issue, however, with the way he characterized the Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX loss in today's Seattle Times.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

COVER STORY: Reading John Schneider's Draft Future Through His Past

John Schneider has made a career of flummoxing the draft pundits. That is because they predict his moves based on what other NFL teams do. This story breaks down how Schneider has approached his five drafts in Seattle, and how that may foreshadow what is to come.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Seahawks Must Follow 49ers Blueprint

Weeks and months have passed since the Seahawks fell a yard short of back-to-back Lombardi trophies. Time is said to heal all wounds, but time will never change the outcome of that game. What time can offer is an opportunity for redemption. Pete Carroll and John Schneider are chasing the sunrise, doing everything they can to keep ascension and opportunity on their side. One championship would be below the standard they have set. History tells us that their ability to keep the Sun from setting on their ambitions is inextricably linked to how well they draft after their first ring.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Breaking The Silence

It has been nearly four weeks since I last posted here. That is easily the longest drought for me on in years. I love the offseason. It is when I can take my time to do deep and unique analysis that the regular season pace makes more challenging. The site actually had a record-setting traffic month after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl. Walking away from that was tough, but I have another love that also happens to pay the bills, and it needed all my attention. Many of you have asked what I do for a living and how in the world I write this blog and hold a full-time job. Here is where I reveal all, and introduce you to a new app that can make any blogger look like a star.

Monday, March 16, 2015

2014 Seahawks Free Agency to Date

Written By Matthew Heuett

 After everything that's happened in the last week, it seemed like a good idea to start off this one with a quick recap of how things stand (as of this moment, anyway) with the Seahawks and their own free agents.  A few of these signings technically occurred just prior to the official start of free agency, but I'm going to go ahead and include them here for the sake of completeness.  One other relatively small but vitally important group that deserves a quick mention here are the players who would be free agents right now had John Schneider not been so proactive during the 2014 season in extending their contracts (note: ages shown in parentheses will be the player's age at the start of the 2015 season):

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Updated Seahawks Free Agency Big Board

Things move fast in the first week of free agency. See just how fast by looking at the few players left on my big board:

Where's the Beef?

A football roster is like a human body. The quarterback is the brain, the running back is the heart, and the secondary responds nimbly to stimuli like a nervous system. It is, however, the offensive and defensive lines that form the spine. Seattle has done nothing to strengthen their backbone this offseason. They are weaker on the offensive line for the moment, but it is their lack of attention to the defensive line that could haunt them in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Who the %!&$ is Jimmy?

I sat down at dinner next to my thirteen-year-old son and immediately started talking about the Seahawks trade for Jimmy Graham. We had texted earlier and I shared that I was not a fan of the deal. Now, he wanted to know why. First, I told him I don't like Graham as a player. He is soft. He comes across as arrogant and self-centered, and my experience is that players like that do not come through when the game gets tough and usually are quick to blame others. I also do not like the idea of trading Pro Bowl lineman for a skill player. Football is a game of strength and skill, but strength trumps finesse. Give me a team that can beat down an opponent over one that can run away from them every time and three times on Super Bowl Sunday. Finally, I did not like giving up a first-round pick in addition to the starting lineman. Sixty-two players will be selected before the Seahawks make their first selection in what will be a pivotal 2015 draft. My son looked at me, and said, "Yeah, but we got one of the best tight ends in history." Yes we did. Now what?