Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Attention Grabbers From Day 1 Of Seahawks OTAs

Every new season starts with a series of questions that can only be answered when the team takes the field. The first day of OTA practices occurred yesterday, and provided step one of what will be marathon leading up to the season opener in September. There are no conclusions that can be made at this point, but a few tidbits were worth exploring.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Future Of Bruce Irvin


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Pete Carroll was giddy when the Seahawks traded back in first round of the 2012 draft and still were able to select Bruce Irvin. Carroll described Irvin as the ideal LEO pass rusher. He was long, lean, flexible and insanely fast. Seattle had drafted the heir apparent to Chris Clemons, except Clemons has now departed and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has indicated Irvin is not in line to step into that role. A draft that saw Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson explode from the second and third rounds, now waits to see if the man taken in the first round can realize his vast potential.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Seahawks 5-Year Roster Outlook Updated

The draft is complete. Free agents have come, but mostly gone. Deals have been extended. It is time to update the Hawk Blogger 5-Year Roster Outlook.

All the draft picks and the key free agent changes have been added

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Paul Richardson Digs The Long Ball


Speed can be used in a variety of ways when you are a wide receiver in the NFL. It can allow you to run by a defender, or to scare a defender into a retreat, and gain separation on a shorter throw. Paul Richardson also used it in college to run away from defenders after hauling in the pass. That unique skill translated to an eye-popping 41.8 average yards per touchdown reception in college. Seattle is hoping to blend that trait into a unit that is already one of the most prolific big-play groups in the NFL.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Play Golf With Marshawn Lynch

We have all gone beast mode on the golf course. Usually, it involves wrapping your club around a tree or driving the head of your putter into the green. Now you have the chance to see the original beast mode up close-and-personal while golfing and supporting a great cause.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Chris Harper Effect?

John Schneider has had a ton of success in the draft over the last four years. When he talks about his approach, I listen. Putting together comments he made from a series of interviews before and after the draft, I believe he added a new criteria to his evaluation system this year, and I think it was a direct result of seeing fourth round draft choice Chris Harper wash out a season ago.

Forecasting What The Draft May Mean To Current Seahawks


Projecting how drafted players will impact the future of current Seahawks is a treacherous endeavour. Step one is to set aside the uncertainty with all the rookies, and assume for this exercise that they will succeed at some level. Step two is to survey the current roster and look for areas of the team that the front office would like to add some young and cheap talent either due to less-than-stellar performance or due to an upcoming free agency from the current occupant. Lastly, you ask yourself if the potential castoffs are too central to the team's success to be let go. Some of the results may surprise you.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Morning After: Seahawks 2014 Draft Now Complete



Too many people believe adding a great young player to your roster is about picking the best prospects. People want to see it as binary, either you have drafted a good player or you made a mistake. That may be true for a lot of teams. It is not true for the Seahawks. Seattle has not excelled in the draft simply by plucking a great player when no other team saw the talent. They have excelled because there is unmatched insight into how the player's fit into the system they will be entering, and among the best coaching and player development programs in the whole league. Earl Thomas was going to be great wherever he ended up. The same may not have been true for Kam Chancellor or Byron Maxwell or Malcolm Smith. There is a fabulous marriage between the departments responsible for player selection and the ones responsible for player utilization and development. John Schneider has sowed the seeds. Pete Carroll and staff now go to work growing them into the next bumper crop.

Grading My Seahawks Draft Projections

People say predicting what John Schneider is going to do in the draft is impossible. Let's take a look to see how close I came, position-by-position.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Skepticism Warranted On OL or DL Draft Picks


I do not possess many unique traits, but I do have a pretty darn good sense of direction. Even after 15 years of marriage and likely thousands of proof points where she was wrong and I was right about which way to go, my lovely wife still questions my navigational decisions. Such is the life of John Schneider as the Seahawks general manager. He finds Russell Wilson in the third round. People question. He takes Bobby Wagner in the second round. People question. Sure enough, the doubters started pouring in yesterday after the two names were announced for Seattle. Richardson is too thin and injury prone. Britt is a 6th or 7th round talent. Even constructing a Super Bowl champion almost exclusively through expert drafting does not afford Schneider a ton of leeway with fans and pundits. But here's the thing, some of that skepticism is warranted.

The Morning After: 2014 NFL Draft Day 2



John Schneider and Pete Carroll hold their cards as close to their vests as any front office pair in the NFL before the draft. Then they are among the most transparent after picks are made. It is just one more way in which they revel in contradiction. While the rest of the NFL scoffed at the idea of taking wide receiver Paul Richardson in the second round, Carroll and Schneider could barely contain their glee at landing a player they were ready to take with their pick in the first round.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Episode Of Doug Baldwin's Fresh Files: Super Bowl Edition

Good stuff from Angry Doug Baldwin behind the scenes of the Super Bowl.


 
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The Morning After: 2014 Draft Round 1 Complete

You can forgive the Seahawks if they seem resistant to embracing the 2014 season. After all, they just won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and have every right to savor it. But sooner or later, they are going to be forced to add a meaningful new name to their roster and acknowledge that it will be a fusion of the new and the not-yet-old talent that provides them an opportunity to drag their feet again in a year. A mostly quiet free agency period was followed by a completely quiet first round of the draft for Seattle, who chose to trade their first round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for the second year in a row. There is no word as to whether the Seahawks requested to look at the hips of the 40th (2nd round) and 108th (4th round) picks they received in return. Pete Carroll and John Schneider may just force fans to wait again when their choices come around today, but rest assured, they will eventually pick someone. And history suggests whoever they nab in the second round is going to be pretty good.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Final Pre-Draft Predictions

It is two hours before the draft, and I always want to put out my predictions for which positions the team will add before the picks come in. I'm steering clear of specific names this year, but here are some thoughts on what the end result will be position-wise.

Estimated probability of how many players Seahawks will draft at each position

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Celebrating Richard Sherman: A Magazine

Take a walk down memory lane to appreciate the journey from 5th-round draft choice to the best cornerback in the game.

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Seahawks Depth Chart Pre-Draft

Twenty-four hours from now, we will be hours away from waiting hours for the Seahawks to more-than-likely trade out of the first round. Does the NFL have us by the unmentionables or what? You will see many pre-draft pundits talk about "needs," but let's try to dig a little deeper for our Seahawks and examine their most used personnel groups to see where the actual gaps may be, and how that could foreshadow John Schneider's draft picks, whenever he starts making them.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Must Read: Brochure Sent By Seahawks To Player Agents

I don't usually post pass-alongs, but this deserves as much attention as it can get. The Seahawks sent this slide deck to player agents. It is chock full of information that makes a case for why undrafted free agents should favor the Seahawks, largely because Seattle has a track record of giving them chances to make the roster and contribute, even if it comes at the expense of a draft choice.

This relates to my last post and demonstrates the front office is feeling the pressure to gain any traction possible for bringing in rookies considering their pick disadvantage with the 49ers and Rams. If you can't draft'em, sign'em.

There is a ton of great info that the team compiled in there. I highly recommend taking a look.

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Strength In Numbers: A Look At NFC West Draft Trends

John Schneider has nothing to prove. He has helped to take one of the worst rosters in the NFL and turn it into a Super Bowl winner in just four seasons. He has drafted Pro Bowl players in each of his first three drafts, with strong potential for a player like Christine Michael to make it four straight sometime down the road. His attention to the cap, roster management, scouring all sources of talent, and even his relationship with the players on the team is everything a fan could hope for. And yet, the Seahawks sit here, just two days from the draft, with only six picks. A team they beat by the slimmest of margins to earn a trip to New York will take five more players than the Seahawks at this point. The St. Louis Rams, who gave Seattle everything they could handle the last two seasons, will pick six more players than the Seahawks. As great as Schneider is, his odds of out-drafting teams with that much of a pick advantage are long. Take a look back at the number of draft choices for each of the current NFC West GMs over the last few years and their hit rate on those picks.

Prepping For The Draft: Secondary

I broke down each position group immediately following the Super Bowl predicting what would happen, player-by-player. Now is the right time to see where things stand heading into the draft.

Secondary

Things are progressing on plan here.

WHAT I GOT RIGHT

  • Earl Thomas extended
  • Added depth at nickel corner (Phillip Adams)
  • Walter Thurmond leaves
  • Brandon Browner leaves
  • Chris Maragos leaves

Monday, May 5, 2014

Prepping For The Draft: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

I broke down each position group immediately following the Super Bowl predicting what would happen, player-by-player. Now is the right time to see where things stand heading into the draft.

Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

This group panned out differently than I predicted, and nobody is happier to be wrong in this case than me.

WHAT I GOT RIGHT

  • Sidney Rice being released
  • Anthony McCoy re-signed
  • Zach Miller stays with the team

Prepping For The Draft: Defensive Line

I broke down each position group immediately following the Super Bowl predicting what would happen, player-by-player. Now is the right time to see where things stand heading into the draft.

Defensive Line

This unit largely played out as expected. I had:

GOING
Chris Clemons
Clinton McDonald
Red Bryant

STAYING
Michael Bennett
Tony McDaniel (or similar veteran 3T run-stuffer)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

PODCAST: On the air with Softy talking Seahawks & the draft


Softy invited me down the new World Sports Grille for a quick chat about the Seahawks. We discussed the team needs, and what may be the team's biggest challenge heading into a 2014.



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